Kuebler Wins by Seven, Laux by Five
Gilbert’s Kohl Kuebler and Madeleine Laux of Goodyear turned in exceptional performances to notch wins in the Boys and Girls Championship Divisions at the Tucson City Junior Championship, held at Randolph North Golf Course and Dell Urich Golf Course May 30-31.
Kohl started the two-round tournament with a 5-under-par 67; the lowest of the event on the boys’ side, before posting a 2-under-par 70 to cruise to victory by seven strokes at 7-under-par 137. This marks Kohl’s first win in two seasons. Three players – Cameron Kaiser of Scottsdale (74-70), Joseph Lloyd of Scottsdale (74-70), and Dallan Graybill of Tucson (73-71) – finished tied for second place at even-par 144.
On the girls’ side, Laux fired two rounds in the 60s (68-67) – the only player in the field to do so – to finish at 5-under-par 135, five strokes ahead of Carly Strole of Scottsdale (71-69—140). Interestingly, this is the second consecutive win for Laux in Tucson; she recently posted a victory at the Tucson Spring Classic at El Rio Golf Course on April 22. Kyla Wilde of Phoenix (73-70), Halley Hughes of Tucson (72-71), and Breyana Matthews of Scottsdale (70-73) finished tied for third place at 3-over-par 143.
Thanks to Our Host Organizations
“Once again, thanks to a host of organizations such as the Tucson Conquistadores, Tucson City Golf, Ricki Rarick Junior Golf Programs and The First Tee of Tucson, the Tucson City Junior Championship was huge success,” said Katya Lewis, Tournament Director of the JGAA. “The Randolf Golf Complex and its staff did a great job of hosting the event.”
The tournament featured 117 Arizona junior golfers (boys and girls) ages 8-18 competing in five age groups. Alan Quezada of Phoenix won in the Boys 15-18 Division at 4-over-par 148 (74-74), while Caleigh Essert of Torrington, Wyo. won in the Girls 15-18 Division at 8-over-par 148 (76-72). Charlie Palmer of Phoenix won in the Boys 13-14 Division at 5-over-par 145 (72-73), and Raina Ports of Oro Valley won in the Girls 13-14 Division at 3-over-par 143 (69-74). Ryan Sefrioui of Scottsdale won the Boys 11-12 Division at 2-over-par 72 (38-34), while Lucy Newell of Oro Valley took the Girls 11-12 Division 4-over-par 74 (38-36). Aiden Dinani of Upland, Calif. won the Boys 10 and Under Division at 4-over-par 74 (37-37), and Alexis Lamadrid of Phoenix won in the Girls 10 and Under Division at 5-over-par 75 (40-35).
About the Michael J. Harris Core Value Award
This award is established in the memory of Michael J. Harris and is awarded to the player who demonstrates the qualities he lived by. Michael was a Tucson Conquistadores for 33 years and lived by their mission statement of being dedicated to continue the tradition of golf in Tucson and to promote and athletics. He lived his life as he played golf, with honesty, loyalty, good sportsmanship, integrity, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance and courtesy. He loved to play golf for the friendships developed on the course and the positive competitive spirit that comes with the game. He loved his community of Tucson, the people who lived here and he worked on many causes to make it a better place for all to live. Professionally he worked in administration at the University of Arizona, was the administrator of a local hospital for 14 years, the CEO of a health care network and a realtor. His real passion, though, was his family, philanthropy and golf. He was founder or chairman of over 30 community originations including, but not limited to, the United Way, Rotary, Davis-Monthan 50 the Tucson Airport Authority.