BOTH WIN IN PLAYOFFS WITH PARS ON THE FIRST EXTRA HOLE.
The AM&E Classic teed off March 24-25 at Moon Valley Country Club with 72 of the Arizona’s best junior golfers competing in two divisions: Boys Championship and Girls Championship.
The fourth of five Junior Masters Series tournaments, after regular play, both divisions were tied for first place. Hayden Sayre (66-73) and Jake Carlson (71-68), both of Phoenix, finished at 5-under-par 139 in the Boys Championship Division. Sayre went on to take the championship with a par at the par-3, 2nd hole – the first playoff hole. Likewise, in the Girls Championship Division, Abbey Schutte (72-75) of Goodyear and Julie Ju (77-70) of Chandler finished tied for first place at 3-over-par 147. Schutte also made par on the first extra hole to win. Tony Hendricks of Phoenix took third on the boy’s side at 3-under-par 141 (70-71) and Eve Worden of Phoenix placed third on the girl’s side at 4-over-par 148 (73-75).
The JGAA’s Junior Masters Series is made up of five 36-hole, invitation-only, events where top-ranked Arizona junior golfers compete locally against their peers. Due to the strength of the field, players earn more national-level points. This helps Arizona’s best enter national junior golf tournaments as well as better prepares them for college golf and securing college golf scholarships.
The field is made up of the JGAA’s Boys and Girls Championship Divisions who were invited to compete by virtue of their national ranking on Junior Golf Scoreboard – boys must be in the top 3,500 and girls in the top 1,500.
“Our goal is to provide a competitive place for up-and-coming players to test their abilities,” said George Getz, Chairman of the Board of the JGAA. “This tournament series will allow junior athletes to earn national-level points and will serve as a launching pad into nationally chartered events. We enjoy seeing athletes improve over the season and rise in standings throughout the years with this event. ”
To learn more about the JGAA and the Junior Masters Series, contact Scott McNevin, JGAA Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 602-944-6168.