Strole wins on soon-to-be home course; Lyons goes bogeyless by one.
Carly Strole won the PING Invitational contested July 16-17 at Grand Canyon University Golf Course, which will soon become her home course in the fall as a member of the Lopes Women’s Golf team. Strole shot a 3-under 68 to sit in second place after the first round, one stroke off the pace set by Calynne Rosholt (67) of Cave Creek. Maya Benita of Tucson finished a stroke behind Strole in third place with a 69, Malia Uyeshiro of Queen Creek in fourth at 70 and defending champion, Mattison Frick of Peoria, in fifth at 71.
In the second round, Strole recorded three-consecutive birdies on holes 3-5 – a repeat of holes 2-4 in the first round – before bouncing back-and-forth between birdies and bogeys on the back nine to close out the competition with a 4-under-par 67. Strole’s 7-under-par 135 topped a grouping of four players tied for second place at 3-under-par 139 – Rosholt (67-72), Uyeshiro (70-69), Frick (71-68) and Benita (69-70). The win marked Strole’s fourth since 2018, with the latest in late June at the Mesa City Jr Championship.
In the Boys Championship division, Ben Lorenz of Peoria jumped out to the first-round lead with a 6-under-par 65. Bound for the University of Oklahoma, Lorenz picked up where he left off in the first round with three birdies within the first six holes of the second round until Max Lyons, also of Peoria, outpaced Lorenz down the stretch with birdies on holes 16 and 18. Lyons fired a bogeyless 67-65—132 to win at 10-under par, one stroke ahead of a hard-charging Alan Quezada of Phoenix who fired a final-round 64 to finish in second place at 9-under-par 133. Damon Vilkauskas (68-67) of Mesa and Lorenz (65-70) tied for third place at 7-under-par 135.
Parker Bond of Phoenix won in the Boys 15-18 division at 3-under-par 139 (68-71). Tyler Spielman of Cave Creek won the Boys 13-14 Division at 7-under par (69-66—135). Dylan Boenning of Scottsdale posted a repeat win at 8-under-par 64 (31-32) in Boys 11-12 division after winning in a playoff last year. And David Vanden Branden of Oro Valley took the Boys 10 and Under division with a score of 7-over par (40-39—79).
Ailis Tribolet of Chandler won in the Girls 15-18 division at 2-over par (72-72—144). Alexis Vakasiuola of San Tan Valley won the Girls 13-14 division at 1-over par (70-73—143). Julia Herzberg of Gilbert won the Girls 11-12 Division at 4-under par (35-33—68), and Kaitlyn Moreland of Scottsdale won the Girls 10 and Under division at 3-over par (36-39—75).
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