The Thunderbirds and the JGAA hosted a special one-round tournament at Gainey Ranch Golf Club May 16 to honor Arizona’s 2020-2021 high school golf senior class.
Scottsdale Prep’s Davis Johnson, bound for the University of Utah, finished in first place in the Boys division with a strong 6-under-par 66. Johnson made four birdies on the way out to make the turn at 4-under par. He followed with a 2-under par on the way in to win by one stroke.
Joseph Lloyd, who will make the move from Pinnacle High to join Johnson at the University of Utah in the fall, carded a 5-under-par 67, which included a string of three-straight birdies on holes 7-9. He finished one stroke behind the pace set by Johnson and two strokes ahead of Hamilton High’s Johnny Walker, who will play for the Wildcats in Tucson this fall.
In the Girls division, future Sun Devil by way of Cactus Shadows, Calynne Rosholt shot a 2-under-par 70 to win by two strokes. Close behind, Julie Huggins of Boulder Creek High School shot even-par 72. She will play for the University of Missouri. Finally Leighton Shosted, a Mountain View High School senior, shot 73 to take third place. She also is headed due north to play for Utah Valley University.
“This event is just a fun way to say farewell and best of luck to our members who, in many cases, have been playing in JGAA events with us since they were in grade school,” said Scott McNevin, Executive Director of the JGAA. “It’s more of a casual atmosphere that allows the players to have a little fun as their high school golf careers end and their college careers begin.”
List of 38 JGAA members who earned college golf scholarships for next season.
About The Thunderbirds
The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports. The Thunderbirds consist of 55 “active” members and more than 280 “life” members who have helped the tournament eclipse $161 million in charitable giving since its inception in 1932 (through the 2020 tournament). For more information on The Thunderbirds or the 2022 WM Phoenix Open, visit www.wmphoenixopen.com.