Held July 25-30 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, two JGAA members made it all the way to the round of 16 in the 2022 U.S. Junior Amateur. Johnnie Clark of Mesa finished the stroke play portion of the championship at 2-under par, T26, after rounds of 72-69, highlighted by a 3-under 32 on the back nine in the final round. Charlie Palmer of Phoenix finished T36 at -1, with steady rounds of 72-70. Both Clark and Palmer advanced to the round of 16 for Match Play before exiting the tournament.
Four other JGAA members made it to the championship but did not advance to match play competition. Vincent Cervantes of Chandler shot +2, 73-72. Mahanth Chirravuri, Chandler resident bound for USC in the fall, came in at +3 (74-72). Parker Bond of Phoenix posted +9 (77-75), and Pierson Huyck, 12 years old, the youngest ever to qualify for U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, shot 80-74 to finish at +11.
Congratulation to each of these players as they launch into the national golf scene. The JGAA is honored to be a part of their journey, as well as that of every member no matter where life – and the wonderful game of golf – leads them.