Scottsdale teen earns top honors at Charlie Beljan Invitational

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Girls Champions: From left, Emily Mahar, Madison Kerley and Samantha Sandland with Mr. Beljan.

Emily Mahar, a 15-year-old at Xavier College Prepatory took top honors at the Charlie Beljan Invitational held at Alta Mesa Golf Club May 2-3.

In Ms. Mahar’s final round she shot a 2-under-par 34 on the back nine including birdies on the 10 and 13, according to a press release.

These turned out to be critical to her one-stroke victory over Madison Kerley, 17, of Scottsdale and Samantha Sandland, 17, of Phoenix, who both fired identical rounds of 76-74–150.

Ms. Mahar, also finished T3 in both the Thunderbird Invitational, the Desert Mashie Spring Championship, and fourth in the Tucson Conquistadores Spring Classic. The Charlie Beljan Invitational is the second of six Junior Masters Series tournaments that are tailored to Arizona junior golfers with the desire and ability to compete locally against their top-ranked peers.

According to the release the field for the event was made up of 72 players who were invited to compete by virtue of their national ranking by Junior Golf Scoreboard – boys must be in the top 3,000 and girls in the top 1,500.

Mr. Beljan joined another local professional golfer, Bryce Molder, as high-profile tournament ambassadors for the newly created Junior Master Series. The next Junior Masters Series event will be the Willie Low Invitational presented by MJ Insurance at Phoenix Country Club June 8-9.

“It was my pleasure to partner with the JGAA to host an event at my home course at Alta Mesa Golf Club,” said Mr. Beljan in the release. “Our goal is to have the best Arizona junior golfers compete locally and on a championship course.”

Openings for junior players from neighboring states will be dependent on availability at each event. Qualified junior players can sign up for the Junior Major Series by visiting

To learn more about the JGAA and the Junior Masters Series, contact Scott McNevin, JGAA Executive Director,, 602-944-6168.

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