Forest Highlands hosts junior state championship

The 2011 Boys and Girls State Junior Golf Championship will return to the prestigious Forest Highlands Golf Club – Meadow Course, on July 12- 13. Forest Highlands Golf Club has previously hosted the event in 2007-2008 and 2010. For the third year in a row, the 2011 Arizona Boys & Girls State Junior Championships will be administered by the four state golf associations, the Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA), Southwest Section PGA, Arizona Golf Association and the Arizona Women’s Golf Association. “The combined effort by all of the supporting organizations has elevated the Boys and Girls State Junior Golf Championships to a level that has made it one of the more popular junior golf events in the state. With the continued support and direct involvement by everyone the tournament will continue to grow in popularity,” said Tom Cunningham, Executive Director of the Junior Golf Association of Arizona. The Boys field includes the 2010 runner-up Neil Evans as well as Alex McMahon, who finished 3rd. Several 2011 tournament winners will be playing, including Zach Wright. Wright recently won the Phoenix City Junior, with rounds of 67-64 at Aguila Golf Course. Other recent winners include Antigua Milt Coggins champion Blake Cannon, Willie Low champion Michael Anderson, Tucson City Junior champion Kale Davidson and Yuma City Junior champion Dylan Kornberg. The Girls field is highlighted by 2010 runner-up and 2009 champion Saki Iida. Iida has had a strong 2011 summer, recently winning the Thunderbird Junior Classic and the Phoenix City Junior. Also playing is Yesong Han, who has won Mesa City Junior and has top 5 finishes in the Thunderbird Junior Classic, Junior World Qualifier and Phoenix City Junior.