With 260 junior golfers age 8-18, the 2022 Thunderbird Junior Classic teed off June 15-16 at Camelback, Orange Tree and Biltmore Golf Clubs. Two players finished tied for first place in the Boys Championship division at 6-under par: Bryan Beyer of Mesa and Dylan Kohner of Peoria. Beyer led the pack after round one, firing a 5-under 67, one clear of Kohner (68) in second place. Kohner turned the tables the next day by shooting 2-under 70, one better than Beyer, who shot 1-under par. Beyer made a birdie-4 on the 18th hole to win.
George Rubelsky came in third place, shooting 69-72, 3-under par. Kendall McCain of Flagstaff shot 70-72, -2, to take fourth place, and Brayden Bozak of Chandler fired 70-73, -1, to come in fifth place.
A playoff for the Girls Championship division contested at Orange Tree Golf Club also was needed to settle the title after Alexis Vakasiuola of San Tan Valley and Kate Hauptman of Phoenix finished tied for first place at +2. Vakasiuola held a five-stroke lead over Hauptman heading into the final round. Hauptman, who improved from a 76 in round one, put up a 2-under 70 to catch up with Vakasiuola, who eventually made a 4, par, on the 2nd hole to break the tie. Lily Huether Tucson came in third place after shooting 4-over par, 74-74. Talia Gutman of Scottsdale and Allie Sullivan Peoria shot identical scores of 5-over, 72-77 to finish T4.
On the Padre Course, Brody Leid of Peoria won the Boys 15-18 division after shooting 72-73, 1-over par, and Brooke Bream of Phoenix took the Girls 15-18 division with rounds of 78-75 (+9) at Orange Tree. At +10, Carmella Carlisi (74-80) of San Diego and Mackenzie Bream (80-74) of Phoenix tied for first place in the Girls 15-18 division, before Carlisi prevailed in a playoff.
The Boys and Girls 13-14 divisions both played 18 holes each day on the Biltmore’s Adobe course, with Preston Brooke of Gilbert coming in first on the boys side at an impressive 8-under-par 134, which featured a final round 6-under 64. Likewise, Lauren Nau of Scottsdale (76-75) and Kaitlyn Moreland of Scottsdale (78-73) finished tied for first place at 9-over-par 151, before Nau prevailed in a playoff.
Also contested on Adobe, Luke Duval of Scottsdale won the Boys 11-12 division at even-par 70 (36-34) while Mischa Wang of Scottsdale won on the girl’s side at 9-over-par (39-40—79).
Jaxon Luzar of Chandler won the Boys 10 and Under division at 7-over-par 77 (38-39), and Beau Ellington of Paradise Valley shot 3-over-par 73 (37-36) to win in the Girls 10 and Under division.
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