The 2023 Winter Classic teed off December 2-3 with junior golfers ages 8-18 from across the Valley competing in five age groups at Sun City West-Grandview and Sun City South Golf Course.
JJ Brigowatz of Phoenix trailed by two strokes after a three-under 69 scorecard heading into the final round at Sun City West – Grandview-thanks in part to six players shooting in 60s. He heated up in the final round and came out firing four birdies in his first seven holes to rally towards a six-under-par 66, tied for the tournament-low. Brigowatz pulled off the comeback after a strong performance in day two and climbed his way to the top of the leaderboard; one stroke ahead of Alec Hilgers of Litchfield Park (70-66) and Pierson Huyck of Phoenix (67-69) at nine-under par for the event.
In the Girls Championship division, contested at Sun City South Course, Alexis Lamadrid of Phoenix set the pace, with a first round two-under-par 70. Alexis Lamadrid of Phoenix and Raegan Capizzi of Scottsdale gave chase with a pair of 70s heading into the final day. Lamadrid quickly pulled through in full force and replicated her first-round success for the win, after a one-under 70 to pull away from the rest of the field. Alexis ended up with a five-shot victory at three-under par for the event, with Cynthia Lang of Chandler placing second at two-over par (72-74) and Aubrey Hilgers of Litchfield Park in third at three-over par (75-72).
Contested at Sun City West – Grandview, Brennan Wiscombe of Phoenix shot 79-67 to win the Boys 15-18 division at two-over par. Gilbert’s Nash Yogurtian won the Boys 13-14 division, shooting a season-best 8-under par (69-67—136) at Sun City South. In the Boys 11-12 division, Andrew Kung (37-35) of Phoenix claimed the title at even par, and Zhenting Liu of Chandler posted a victory in the Boys 10 and Under division held at Sun City South after shooting 44-42, 14-over-par 86.
In the Girls 15-18 division at Sun City South, Kiana Roddy of Cave Creek shot 79-74—153 to win at nine-over par. Mischa Wang of Scottsdale posted 82-69—151 (+7) at Sun City South to take the Girls 13-14 division. Samantha Evangelista of Queen Creek posted 41-38—79 (+7) at Sun City South to take the Girls 11-12 division.