Daniel Thompson of Phoenix and Ashley Menne of Surprise placed first in the Boys and Girls Championship Divisions respectively at the Scottsdale Junior Championship held on the Pine course at McCormick Ranch Golf Club August 27-28. Hosted by the Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA), the field featured 121 junior golfers – boys and girls – ages 8-18 competing in five age groups.
In the Boys Championship Division, Thompson (78-71—149, +5) won by a two-stroke margin over Jeffrey Miller of Phoenix (73-78-151, +7). It was his first victory of the season after posting 9 top-10 finishes in 18 events played. William Koepke of Scottsdale finished in third place (78-74—152), three strokes off the pace, and Brennan White came in fourth.
In the Boys 15-18 Division, Andrew Ellingsen of Paradise Valley took first place honors on the second playoff hole (72-77—149, +5) over Ethan Dezzani (73-76—149). Jarrod Johnson of Marana won in the Boys 13-14 Division (75-75—150, +6). Anawin Pikulthong of Gilbert posted a win in the Boys 11-12 Division (66-68—134, -2) contested at Starfire Golf Club. Also at Starfire, Brennan Korn of Phoenix won in the Boy 10 and Under Division with a 6-over-par 74 (38-36).
It was no surprise to see Ashley Menne of Surprise at the top of the leaderboard. With just a couple events remaining, Menne enjoyed one of the best – if not the best – seasons in JGAA history. She posted 11 wins in 22 events including five of seven Junior Masters Series tournaments, which are considered majors. Plus, she placed fifth or better in all events except one, where she placed sixth. Jenny Bae of Chandler came in second place (73-72—145, +1), and defending champion Emily Mahar finished third (72-73—146).
Kaitlynn Criswell of Mesa won in the Girls 15-18 Division (84-84—168). Sneha Yadav of Scottsdale won in the Girls 13-14 Division 78-78—156. Ivy Song of Peoria won in the Girls 11-12 Division contested at Starfire Golf Club with a score of 69-71—140; she’s a perfect five for five this season. And in the Girls 10 and under division, Alexis Lamadrid (45-41—86) won on the second playoff hole over Kalyn Doss.