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Rylan Johnson and Kaya Kshatriya Take Home Top Honors at the Maricopa Junior Championship

By August 5, 2021No Comments

Gilbert’s Rylan Johnson continues to play exceptional golf, this time, at the Maricopa Junior Championship, held August 2-3. He posted 65-67, 12-under par at a stout Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club for the victory. Six strokes back, Tyler Spielman of Cave Creek and Ethan Klose of Phoenix both put up a pair of 3-under 69s to capture a share of second place at -6. Johnson, already with three JGAA wins this season, posted his fourth victory, recording 15 birdies to 3 bogeys over 36 holes.

Kaya Kshatriya of Scottsdale won in the Girls Championship division by two strokes (+6) over Julie Huggins (+8) of Anthem and Lauren Garcia (+8) of Gilbert, who tied for second place. Kshatriya jumped out to the first-round lead with at 2-over-par 74, while Huggins and Garcia sat four back with 78s. Although both players narrowed Kshatriya’s lead in the second round, they ultimately finished two strokes back with final-round 74s; Kshatriya closed the competition with a 76. The win marks her first since moving up to the Girls Championship division in April.

In the Boys 15-18 division Bowei Wang (71-75) of Scottsdale edged out Hunter Schaefer (70-76) of Litchfield Park in a playoff after they finished tied for the lead at 2-over-par 146. Likewise, Wyatt Charnoki (75-76) of Tucson prevailed in a playoff over Oliver Uribe (75-76) of Scottsdale to win the Boys 13-14 division after both finished at 7-over-par 151. Zachary Schaefer of Tucson shot +3 (37-38–75) to win the Boys 11-12 Division, and Apollo Lynch of Scottsdale shot a fantastic 4-under-par 68 (34-34) to win the Boys 10 and Under division.  

Tucson’s Lily Huether won in the Girls 15-18 division at 3-over par (75-72—147). Ella Walsh of Tucson won the Girls 13-14 division at 13-over par (76-81—157), and Taylor Underhill of Gilbert won in the Girls 11-12 division at 32-over-par 104 (50-54).