The PING Invitational teed off July 19-20 at Grand Canyon University Golf Course. In the first round Wyatt Chapman put up an incredible 8-under-par 63, the lowest score of the tournament by three strokes. He followed the eight birdie-one bogey performance with an even-par second round for the win in the Boys Championship division at -8, two shots ahead of second place finisher Alan Quezada (-6) of Phoenix who fired 66-70—136. Tyler Spielman (70-68) of Cave Creek and Blake Hammarstrom (68-70) of Scottsdale finished tied for third place at 4-under par.
In the Girls Championship division, Gracie McGovern of Scottsdale lapped the field with two rounds in the 60s. She jumped out to the first-round lead after shooting a bogey-free 4-under 67. She then shot a second-round 6-under 65, which picked up steam after an eagle-2 on the par-4 4th hole followed immediately by two birdies on 5 and 6. She then increased her lead by going three-under par for the last five holes. Three players – Sammie Olson (72-68) of Phoenix, Kate Hauptman (71-69) of Phoenix and Tucson’s Marley Moncada (68-72) – tied for second place at 2-under par.
Brennan Korn of Scottsdale won the Boys 15-18 division after shooting 68-73—141, 1-under par. Two players tied for first place in the Girls 15-18 division at 13-over par – Lily Huether (79-76) of Tucson and Brooke Bream (75-80) of Phoenix – with Bream winning in a scorecard playoff.
The Boys 13-14 division Quinton Breuer of Peoria shot 71-73, 2-over-par 144, and Aubrey Hilgers (74-72) of Litchfield Park won the Girls 13-14 division at 4-over-par 146.
Zachary Schaefer of Tucson won the Boys 11-12 division at 5-under-par 67 (33-34) while Phoebe Brethower of Chandler won on the girl’s side 11-12 division at 7-over-par (40-39—79).
Apollo Lynch of Scottsdale won the Boys 10 and Under division at 1-under-par 71 (36-35), and Aubrey Pizzillo of Goodyear finished at 1-over par (36-37—73) to win the Girls 10 and Under division.