Nuez birdies last two holes to win by one; Laux fires final-round 71 to win by three.
The Phoenix Metro Junior Championship sponsored by Van’s Golf Shops teed off February 9-10 with a field of more than 200 junior golfers – boys and girls – ages 8-18 competing in five age groups in a 36-hole tournament held at Ahwatukee Country Club and Arizona Golf Resort.
“Thanks to great support, the Phoenix Metro continues to grow each year,” said Scott McNevin, Executive Director of the JGAA. “The field managed to overcome cold and windy conditions to post impressive scores under unusual circumstances.”
In the Boys Championship division, Noah Nuez of Laveen followed birdies at 11 and 12 on the final nine with two more at 17 and 18 to finish at 3-under par (74-67—141) for the tournament, one stroke ahead of Brady Haake of Gilbert who shot 75-67—142. Jackson Van Slyck of Scottsdale and Alan Quezada of Phoenix finished tied for third place at 1-under par.
In the Girls Championship division, Madeleine Laux of Goodyear birdied Nos. 14 and 17 en route to a final-round, 1-under-par 71 – the lone round in the red on the girl’s side – to finish at 2-over-par 146. She topped two players tied for second place at 5-over-par 149: Kailani Deedon of Mesa (76-73) and Carolyn Fuller of Phoenix (77-72).
Adam Gibson of Phoenix won the Boys 15-18 division at 5-over par (77-72—149). Adam Miller of Phoenix fired a strong 6-under-par 138 (68-70) to win by 10 strokes in the Boys 13-14 division. Brennan Korn of Phoenix took top honors in the Boys 11-12 division at even par (33-37—70), and Everett Corwon from Sahuarita won the Boys 10 and Under division at 23-over par (45-48—93).
Hyerim Kim of Sun City won in the Girls 15-18 division at 2-over par (74-72—146). Ailis Tribolet of Chandler won the Girls 13-14 division at 10-over par (73-81—154). Kalyn Doss of Litchfield Park won the Girls 11-12 division at 6-over par (39-37—76). Alexis Lamadrid of Phoenix won in the Girls 10 and Under division at 13-over par (42-41—83).