Scottsdale junior golfers compete in Phoenix City championship

Emma Lower, Emily Mahar, and Breyana Matthews (submitted photo)

Emma Lower, Emily Mahar, and Breyana Matthews (submitted photo)

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.

Chaz Aurilia, Jackson Vickers (submitted photo)

Chaz Aurilia, Jackson Vickers (submitted photo)

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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