Garrett DeFisser of Gilbert and Emma Reyes of Mesa placed first in the Boys and Girls Championship Divisions respectively at the Chandler City Junior Championship held at Whirlwind Golf Club September 12-13. Hosted by the Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA), the field featured 115 junior golfers – boys and girls – ages 8-18 competing in five age groups.
In the Boys Championship Division, deFisser (70-72) and Grant Froman (73-69) also of Gilbert finished regulation play deadlocked at two-under-par 142. deFisser went on to edge out Froman in a playoff. The win was a breakthrough for deFisser. After eight events with only one top-10 finish, he notched his first win of the season. Gage Grimes, Ali Hameed and Noah Robinson placed T3 at 143 (-1) for the tournament.
In the Girls Championship Division, Reyes continues to play well with her fourth consecutive top-5 finish; she placed second in the PING Arizona Junior Masters in July and third in the Scottsdale Junior Championship in late August. Most impressively, Reyes outlasted Chandler’s Jenny Bea who has finished in the top 10 in all 12 tournaments that she entered this season, including three wins. Reyes captured the championship with a final score of 73-73—146 (+2), one stroke ahead of Bea.
In the Girls 11-12 Division, Drucelle Pedrosa of Goodyear aced the par-3, 15th hole with a driver from 141 yards. She went on to finish her division in 8th place.
Tom Katsenes of Scottsdale won the Boys 15-18 Division at two-under par (69-73—142). Daniel Thompson of Phoenix won in the Boys 13-14 Division at one-under par (71-72—143). On Bear Creek Golf Complex’s Cub Course, Ethan Klose of Phoenix made birdie on the fifth playoff hole to outlast Gavin Aurilia of Scottsdale in the Boys 11-12 Division. And Phoenix’s Paul Klander fired a 33-31—64 to take the Boys 10 and under Division by a stroke.
Anne Transier of Prescott Valley won in the Girls 15-18 Division posting a nine-over-par 153 (76-77). Ashley Menne of Surprise won the Girls 13-14 Division at even par (73-71—144). Bear Creek Golf Complex’s Cub Course, Sneha Yadav of Scottsdale won the Girls 11-12 Division at eight-over par (63-63—126), and Isabelle Junio of Goodyear won in the Girls 10 and Under Division at 18-over par (37-39—76).