CAM SANDLAND SHOOTS 14-UNDER PAR AND JENNY BAE SHOOTS 3-UNDER PAR
The 38th annual Desert Mashie Spring Championship teed off at Encanto Golf Course March 10-11. Hosted by the Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA), the field featured 189 junior golfers – boys and girls – ages 8-18 competing in five age groups.
In the Boys Championship Division, Cam Sandland of Phoenix ran away from the pack with a 14-under-par 126, besting runner up Ryan Macpherson by 10 strokes. Ty Sullivan of Scottsdale won the Boys 15-18 Division at 2-over par (70-72 – 142). Anawin Pikulthong of Gilbert took home top honors in the Boys 13-14 Division at even par (68-72 – 140). Nicklas Nuez of Laveen won the Boys 11-12 Division at 6-over par (65-61 – 126), and Gavin Ly of Goodyear won the Boys 10 and Under Division at 4-over par (33-31 – 64).
In the Girls Championship Division, Jenny Bae of Chandler held off Madeleine Laux of Goodyear to win by two strokes, shooting 3-under par (71-70 – 141). Emily Shimkus of Cave Creek won the Girls 15-18 Division at 8-over par (75-77 – 152). Carolyn Fuller of Phoenix took top honors in the Girls 13-14 Division at 9-over par (79-74 – 153). Alexis Vakasiuola of San Tan Valley won the Gilrs 11-12 Division at 14-over (67-67 – 134), and Alexis Lamadrid won her second-straight Girls 10 and Under Division title, posting a 12-over par (32-40 – 72).
“The Desert Mashie is a thrilling event for everyone,” said Scott McNevin, Executive Director of the JGAA. “It’s an honor for us to carry on the tradition of this tournament started by a group of people with a common passion for golf and the desire to see more kids enjoy the game of golf.”
The Desert Mashie Golf Club – formed by a group of Phoenix-area golf enthusiasts in 1946 – first held the Desert Mashie Spring Championship in 1981 at Encanto Golf Course, and it became a JGAA-sanctioned event in 1992. The founding fathers of the club were Dr. Thomas A. Crump, Aubrey C. Aldridge, Earl Le Near, Earnest S. Bartlett, Dr. Lowell C. Wormley, Curtis “Dock” Earl, William Robbie” Robinson, Ray Mercado and Densil Perdue. Today the Desert Mashie is the oldest public golf club in Arizona.