JGAA members advance to IMG Jr World Championship.
Rylan Johnson of Gilbert shot a first round 9-under-par 63 at Dobson Ranch to set a stiff pace as well as a four-stroke lead in the Boys Championship division. Already heating up on the front nine, his game caught fire on the back with a spectacular 7-under 28 on the way in.
In the second round Phoenix residents Alan Quezada and Gavin Aurilia gave chase – both amazingly going 7-under par for the final 10 holes – en route to 63s of their own. Johnson then closed the door with a 65 to win the 2021 Mesa City Jr Championship at blistering -16. Aurilia, bound for USC in the fall, and Quezada both shot 67-63 to finish T2.
The Mesa City Jr Championship also serves as a local qualifier for the IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championship to be held in San Diego July 12-16. By virtue of their finishes, Quezada, Aurilia, Jack Dozer (4) and Dallin Delgado (T5) advanced.
Fresh off a big win only days ago at the season’s final PING Junior Masters Series tournament – Willie Low Invitational – Chandler’s Jennifer Seo jumped out to the first round lead after a 1-under 71 at Toka Sticks Golf Club. In the second round, Eva Heinz of Goodyear erased Johnson’s lead with a 3-under 69 to move into a tie for first place with Anya Mathur of Scottsdale, who cruised along with rounds of 73-72.
After two extra holes, Heinz took home the Girls Championship division title, Mather earned second and Seo settled into third place. Heinz also qualified for the IMG Jr World Championship alongside Abigail Morris, Madeline Adam and Emily Swagger.
At Dobson Ranch, Andrew Bowers of Oro Valley won the Boys 15-18 division at 3-under par (73-68—141). In the Girls 15-18 division contested at Toka Sticks Emilee Swagger of Goodyear came out on top, posting a 10-over-par 154 (79-75).
Ajay Morris of Avondale won at View Point Golf Resort in the Boys 13-14 division at 4-under par (69-69—138). Already a qualifier, Morris will be joined at the IMG Jr World Championship by Oliver Uribe, Scottie Belgrade, Brennan Korn and Dylan Boenning.
In the Girls 13-14 division Natalia Lamadrid (75-71) of Scottsdale prevailed in a playoff over Angela Zhikun Chen (74-72) of Chandler after both finished tied for first place at +4 and both qualified for the IMG Jr World Championship.
Nathan Ash of Tempe shot 4-under par (65-73—138) to win the Boys 11-12 division, contested at Viewpoint Golf Resort. He, Jamieson Chaidez and John Meza qualified for the IMG Jr World Championship.
Hannah Nguyen of Phoenix won the Girls 11-12 division at 16-over par (77-81—158). She will be joined by Finley Foshie at the IMG Jr World Championship.
Hagen Lancaster (73-72) of Anthem won the Boys 10 and Under division in a playoff over Brody Olayvar (76-79) of Tucson. And Christina Seder of Mesa won in the Girls 10 and Under division at 32-over-par 174 (87-87).
The 2021 IMG Academy Junior World Championships tees off July 12-16. From its humble beginnings in 1952 with a group of 50 young players at the then Mission Valley Country Club, today the IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championships has grown to host 1,200 participants representing 56 countries and 42 states. The tournament is the largest international event in the world and is uniquely recognized for its cultural diversity. Hosted at famed Torrey Pines as well as other San-Diego-area clubs, in 1968 John W Brown, A.S. “Lou” Smith and Norrie West decided the San Diego Junior Golf Association would host the Junior World Golf Championships to create a tournament where juniors from all parts of the world could come together to play golf and grow culturally.
In all 46 Arizona junior golfers qualified to compete in the 2021 event during two locally held qualifying tournaments: IMG Academy Junior World Qualifier, April 17-18 and Mesa City JR Championship, June 30-July 1.
2021 AZ Qualifiers: IMG Academy Junior World Championships
|15-18||Rylan Johnson||Jennifer Seo|
|Mahanth Chirravuri (WD)||Gracie McGovern|
|Adam Miller||Calynne Rosholt|
|Max Lyons||Sammie Olson|
|Johnny Walker||Eva Heinz|
|Alan Quezada||Abigail Morris|
|Gavin Aurilia||Madeline Adam|
|Jack Dozer||Emily Swagger|
|Dallin Delgado||Makenzie Cooper|
|Brayden Bozak||Aaryanna Morris|
|Jorge Parada Wiley|
|13-14||Scottie Belgrade||Katherine Taylor|
|Owen Bolles||Kaitlyn Helm|
|Joey Hage||Alexis Vakasiuola|
|Dylan Boenning||Anya Mathur|
|Joseph Nelson||Natalia Lamadrid|
|Oliver Uribe||Angela Chen|
|Ajay Morris||Brynn Kort|
|11-12||Zachary Schaefer||Kaitlyn Moreland|
|Arjun Somani||Peyton DeCosta|
|Owen Setters||Finley Foshie (Joshua Foshie?)|
|Nathan Ash||Aubrey Hilgers|
|Jamieson Chaidez||Alexis Lamadrid|
|John Meza||Ashley Shaw|
|9-10||Apollo Lynch||Beau Ellington|
|Ian Kennedy||Hannah Nnguyen|
|Brody Olayvar||Caroline Brooks|