Hunter Nelson and Brynn Kort earn Bruce Brown Memorial Scholarships.
Camden Katz of Scottsdale fired a first-round 71 highlighted by three birdies and one eagle to open up a six-shot lead. He held on in the second round to finish at 8-over-par 152 (71-81), five shots clear of David Ramirez of Yuma (76-81—157, +13) in the Boys Championship Division at the Bruce Brown Yuma City Junior Championship. Sebastian Van Laarhoven of Scottsdale took third at 15-over-par 159 (79-80).
In the Girls Championship division, Kyla Wilde of Phoenix shot a 7-over-par 151 (76-75) to win by one stroke over Malia Uyeshiro of Queen Creek (77-75—152), and Leah Skaar of Gold Canyon came in third place at 14-over-par 158 (82-76).
The annual event is played at Yuma’s Desert Hills Golf Course. After the passing of the long-time PGA Southwest member and general manager of the golf facility, Bruce Brown, his wife Laura and the JGAA established the Bruce Brown Memorial Scholarship in his name to award scholarship funds toward JGAA entry fees to deserving JGAA players. Hunter Nelson of Yuma received the award on the boy’s side and Brynn Kort of Kingman on the Girl’s side.
“Once again the Bruce Brown Yuma City Junior Championship turned out great,” said Scott McNevin, executive director of the JGAA. “We’re truly honored to host this event in Bruce Brown’s name. His commitment to the game of golf and community is an inspiration to us all.”
BRUCE BROWN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Hunter Nelson of Yuma broke through to the winner’s circle after coming up short in a playoff last year. He started out hot with a first-round even-par 72, thanks to a stretch of four birdies in five holes (8-12). He took the Boys 15-18 division with a 13-over-par performance (72-85—157). Kush Shah of Chandler won in the Boys 13-14 division at 21-over-par 165 (81-84). And Jai Agrawal of Chandler won in the Boys 11-12 division at 19-over-par 91 (45-46).
Marsa Waite of Chandler won in the Girls 15-18 Division at 22-over par (86-80—166). Brynn Kort of Kingman won in the Girls 13-14 division at 21-over par (81-84—165). Natalia Lamadrid of Phoenix
won in the Girls 11-12 division at 10-over par (42-40—82). And Natalia’s younger sister, Alexis Lamadrid, won in the Girls 10 and Under division at 6-over-par 78 (38-40).