The Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA) announced today that the Tucson City Junior Championship will tee off May 27-28 featuring 175 Arizona junior golfers (boys and girls) ages 8-18 competing in five age groups: 10 and under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18, and the Championship Division. Randolph Golf Complex – Dell Urich Golf Course and Randolph North Golf – will be the host venues for the tournament with tee times beginning at 6:30 a.m. each day. Spectators are welcome.
“The Tucson Conquistadores, Tucson City Golf and the Southern Chapter of the Southwest Section PGA have come together to create a wonderful tournament for juniors to show their stuff,” said Scott McNevin, Executive Director of the JGAA. “We also look forward to partnering with the Ricki Rarick Junior Golf Program to boost participation from local players. In a big way, all of these groups foster the competitive spirit among Arizona’s junior golfers and help shape the character of our future community leaders through the game of golf.”
This year the field in the Boys Championship Division is highlighted by several local players. Trevor Werbylo, a student at Salpointe High School, enters the field after winning the Tucson Conquistadores Spring Classic last month. He also recently posted a T9 finish at the Thunderbird Invitational. Gavin Cohen of Catalina Foothills High School notched a T2 finish at the Phoenix Metro Championship and a solo-second-place finish at the Charlie Beljan Invitational. And Kenyon Kautz of Ironwood Ridge High School finished the Tucson Conquistadores Spring Classic tied for 12th place, and he signed a letter of intent to play golf for Hofstra University last fall.
In the Girls Championship Division, Kathryn Ottman, a student at Sahuaro High School, defended home turf last month with a win at the Tucson Conquistadores Spring Classic as well as a solo-second-place finish at the Desert Mashie Spring Championship. Natassja Meredith enters the field after placing fifth at the Tucson Conquistadores Spring Classic and T9 at the Charlie Beljan Invitational. And the Hughes sisters – Taylor and Halley – are in the field. Taylor, class of 2016 at Sahuaro High School, placed 12th in the Thunderbird Invitational and 7th in the Tucson Conquistadores Spring Classic. While Halley, class of 2019 playing in the 13-14 Girls Division, took solo-third place in the Phoenix Metro Junior Championship and T4 in the Tucson Conquistadores Spring Classic.
For more information about the Tucson City Junior Championship, including the full field, visit www.JGAA.org or call 602-944-6168.
About the Tucson Conquistadores
Since its inception in 1962, the Tucson Conquistadores civic group has raised $29 million for young athletes. The group has an active membership of 200 business and professional men who represent a cross-section of the Tucson community. Professional golf has been the primary source for the Conquistadores’ fundraising success. The Conquistadores currently sponsor the Tucson Conquistadores Classic, an Official PGA TOUR Champions Tour event staged in March. Proceeds benefit The First Tee of Tucson, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, Pima County Special Olympics, the JGAA and dozens of youth sports teams and events throughout Southern Arizona. To learn more about the Tucson Conquistadores, visit http://www.TucsonConquistadores.com/ or call 520.571.0400.