The Phoenix City Junior Championship teed off July 6-7 at Aguila Golf Course with a field of 146 junior golfers – boys and girls – ages 8-18 competing in five age groups.
In the Boys Championship Division, Chaz Aurilia of Phoenix turned in a 3-under-par, 70-71—141 performance to win by a stroke over Jackson Vickers of Phoenix (71-71—142). Goodyear’s Aaron Ramos (71-72—143) took third place after prevailing on the first playoff hole against Eric Duarte and Gabriel Velarde.
In the Girls Championship Division, Emma Lower cruised to a four-stroke victory after firing a tournament-low, 7-under-par 65 in the first round. She followed that with a 1-under 71 to post 8-under-par 136 for the tournament. Emily Mahar of Scottsdale came in second place at 4-under par (70-70—140), and Scottsdale’s Breyana Matthews finished third (72-75—147), according to a press release.
The Phoenix City Junior Championship also served as a qualifying event for the upcoming Trusted Choice Big I Championship to be held Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento, Calif., Aug. 1-4.
With their strong performances, Vickers, Ramos and Lower made the cut to compete in this storied tournament – the third oldest junior golf event in the United States – which has served as a national championship challenge for our nation’s most accomplished junior golfers since 1969.
Noah Nuez of Laveen won the Boys 15-18 Division at 3-under par (71-70—141). Ethan Adam of Chandler won in the Boys 13-14 Division 75-71—146 (2-over par). Barrett Bowers of Scottsdale took top honors in the Boys 11-12 Division at 7-over par (39-40—79), and Henry Dall from Scottsdale won the Boys 10 and Under Division at 2-over par (37-37—74).
Brooke Beyer of Mesa won in the Girls 15-18 Division at 14-over par (80-78—158). Lauren Garcia of Gilbert won the Girls 13-14 Division at 5-over par (73-76—149). Isabelle Junio of Goodyear won the Girls 11-12 Division at 8-over par (40-40—80), and Kalyn Doss won in the Girls 10 and Under Division at 6-over par (40-38—78), the release stated.
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