Brothers Ben and Blake Lorenz place first and second in the Boys Championship Division
Conducted by the Junior Golf Association of Arizona August 26-27, the field at the Scottsdale Junior Championship featured 143 junior golfers – boys and girls – ages 8-18 competing in five age groups. In the Boys Championship Divisions Ben Lorenz, 15, of Peoria edged out his older brother Blake, 17, by one stroke to place first after the final round played at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course, home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Ben fired a 6-under-par 136 (69-67) featuring one eagle and 11 birdies, while Blake shot 5-under par (70-67—137). Mahanth Chirravuri of Chandler finished in third place with and even-par 142 (71-71).
Three is a charm for Jenny Bae of Chandler; she broke through to the winners circle with a 5-over-par effort (73-74—147) on the Stadium Course after consecutive runner-up finishes in 2016 and 2015. She outlasted second-place finisher Phoenix’s Michelle Nguyen (+8, 75-75—150) by three strokes, and Katelyn Allen of Phoenix (+12, 79-75—154).
In the Boys 15-18 Division, Kobe Valociek of Peoria took first place honors in a rollercoaster 69-80—149, 7-over-par performance. Davis Johnson of Scottsdale won in a playoff at McCormick Ranch Golf Club over Max Krueger in the Boys 13-14 Division (72-75—147, +3). Kevin Chor of Chandler posted a win in the Boys 11-12 Division (69-71—140, +4) contested at Starfire Golf Club. Also at Starfire, Brennan Korn of Phoenix posted a repeat win in the Boy 10 and Under Division with a 1-under-par 67 (32-35).
Brooke Beyer of Mesa won in the Girls 15-18 Division (78-73—151). Ivy Song of Surprise claimed victory for the second consecutive year, this time in the Girls 13-14 Division with a score of 79-76—155. Alexis Vakasiuola of San Tan Valley prevailed in the 11-12 division (75-74—149). And Isabella Piazza (39-44—83) win in the Girls 10 and under division.