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JGAA Desert Mashie recap

Over 145 juniors participated in the JGAA Desert Mashie Spring Championship, taking place at the Encanto Golf Course and Encanto 9, March 24-25. This tournament has developed and grown over the years by one of the leading minority golf organizations in the United States, the Desert Mashies. Started by a group of African-Americans in 1948, the Desert Mashies have a vision of pioneering the great game of golf to young golfers who otherwise may never have had the opportunity to pick up a golf club. The Desert Mashie quest for acceptance and further knowledge of the sport took shape in May of 1946 when after a round at Encanto Golf Course, the initial nine members of the group spoke fervently of their desire to attract more members, thus strengthening the group. At the time, Encanto was the only golf course in the greater Phoenix area that allowed African Americans to play. It would later become the host course for almost all of the tournaments hosted by the Desert Mashies. For the 2012 JGAA Desert Mashie Championship, the 13-14, 15-18 and Championship Divisions all played 36 holes on the par 70, Encanto Golf Course. In the Boys Championship Division, Anthony Quezada had rounds of 68-70 for a two-day total of 138 to win. Megan Knadler took home the title in the Girls Championship Division, with rounds 72-71 for a two-day total of 143. In the Boys 15-18 Division, Daniel Bonnell won with rounds of 69-68=137. Margaret Loncki won the Girls 15-18 Division, with scores of 80-82 for a two-day total of 162. In the 13-14 Boys Division Sam McKay took the title with rounds of 72-71 for a two-day total of 143. Kelly Su won the Girls 13-14 Division, with rounds 82-81 for a two-day total of 163. The Boys and Girls 11-12 Divisions played 18 holes each day, on the par 30 Encanto 9. Aaron Ramos took the victory in the Boys 11-12, with scores of 57-55 for a two-day total 112. In the Girls 11-12 Division, Aleksia Mikalacki shot 82-83 for a two-day total 165 to win. The Boys and Girls 10 and Under played 9 holes each day on the Encanto 9. In the Boys Division, Daniel Thompson won with rounds of 31-32 for a two-day total of 63. In the Girls 10 and Under, Grace Chung won with scores of 35-35 for a two-day total of 70. For full results and more information on the Junior Golf Association of Arizona, please visit the JGAA website: www.jgaa.org