Bowen Lan wins in a playoff in first JGAA start.
Rylan Johnson put together rounds of 68 and 66 on Randolph North Golf Course to win the Tucson City Junior Championship, held June 2-3 at Randolph Golf Complex. Local Carlos Astiazaran of Tucson took the first round lead with his own 66, featuring two eagles and three birdies, but unlike his late-April win at the Tucson Spring Classic, Astiazaran wasn’t able to hold on. Instead Johnson pulled ahead, finishing in first place at 10-under par for the tournament, four strokes ahead of Astiazaran at 6-under par. Ryan Heinz (70-71) of Phoenix and Charlie Allen (68-73) of Scottsdale tied for third place at 3-under par.
In her first JGAA start, Bowen Lan of Irvine, California shot rounds of 71-68 on Dell Urich Golf Course to win the Girls Championship division. She finished regulation play for the tournament tied for first place at 1-under par with Emma Tang (68-71) of Chino Hills, California before prevailing in a playoff. Zoe Newell of Oro Valley came in third place, shooting rounds of 70-71, 1-over-par 141 for the tournament.
The tournament featured more than 200 junior golfers (boys and girls) ages 8-18 competing in five age groups. Huey Thowson of Scottsdale won in the Boys 15-18 division at 1-under-par 143 (72-71), while Alexandria Klemke of Goodyear won in the Girls 15-18 division at 6-over-par 146 (70-76). Joey Hage of Oro Valley won in the Boys 13-14 division at 8-over-par 148 (75-73), and Rylee Stovall (74-74) of Litchfield Park won in the Girls 13-14 division in a playoff over Ella Walsh (73-75) of Tucson after finishing tied for first place at 8-over-par 148. Owen Setters of Scottsdale won the Boys 11-12 division at even-par 70 (35-35), while Hannah Nguyen of Phoenix took the Girls 11-12 division at 13-over-par 83 (43-40). Henry Newkirk of Scottsdale won the Boys 10 and Under division at 7-over-par 77 (37-40), and Jensen Bell of Tucson won in the Girls 10 and Under division at 23-over-par 93 (45-48).