Nicholas Kling and Ashley Menne Post Wins at the Scottsdale Junior Championship
NICHOLAS KLING AND ASHLEY MENNE POST WINS AT THE SCOTTSDALE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Kling breaks through in 10th event this season; Menne posts six wins in last six events entered on JGAA schedule
PHOENIX – Contested August 18-19, Nicholas Kling of Paradise Valley fired a pair of 2-under-par 69s (138) on TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course to win the Boys Championship division by two strokes over Alexander Yu of Gilbert, who finished at 2-under-par 140 (72-68) for the tournament. With the win, Kling breaks through for his first victory of the season in his 10th start. Mahanth Chirravuri of Chandler finished in third place at 1-under par (72-69—141). Fresh from a historic Arizona team win at the Hogan Cup, Chirravuri posted a clean 4-under 32 on the final nine holes of the tournament for his fifth top-3 finish of the season.
After a first round 74, Menne followed with a 2-under-par 69 to finish at 1-over-par 143 for the tournament, five shots clear of Avondale’s Carly Strole who finished at 6-over-par 148 (71-77). Menne’s latest win marks her sixth in six consecutive starts on the JGAA schedule. Kyla Wilde of Phoenix finished in third place at 7-over-par 149 (76-73).
In the Boys 15-18 division, hosted on TPC’s Stadium and Champions Courses, Torin Dezzani of Honolulu, Hawaii took first-place honors in a 72-76—148, 6-over-par performance. Anawin Pikulthong of Gilbert blistered the field with a 7-under-par 137 (70-69) on McCormick Ranch Golf Club’s Pine courses in the Boys 13-14 division. Derick Pedrosa of Goodyear posted a win in the Boys 11-12 division (38-40—78, +6) at McCormick Ranch, and Pierson Huyck of Phoenix posted a win in the Boy 10 and Under division with a 17-over-par 89 (44-45).
Joy Callinan of Makawao, Hawaii won in the Girls 15-18 division at 9-over par (76-75—151). Samantha Olson of Phoenix claimed victory in the Girls 13-14 Division with a score of 8-over par 78-74—152. Ailis Tribolet of Chandler prevailed in the Girls 11-12 division at 6-over par (38-40—78). And Alexis Lamadrid of Phoenix posted 44-44—88 to win in the Girls 10 and Under division.
About the JGAA
The Junior Golf Association of Arizona is a 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to educate, motivate and inspire Arizona’s youth through golf and all of the valuable lessons and life skills inherent to the game. In addition to hosting competitive events, the JGAA develops programs for local schools, assists golf courses with their junior programs, conducts college prep seminars and etiquette clinics. The Junior Ambassador and Guest Speaker Programs give JGAA students the opportunity to learn, develop and adopt successful habits and practices – both on and off the golf course – from a collection of prominent, civic-minded community and business leaders. The JGAA also awards two scholarship funds annually to high school senior members of the JGAA for their college education – the Tres Arnold and the John Wolfinger Memorial College Scholarships. The JGAA’s strong belief in teamwork and cooperation has guided the organization for more than 30 years and is instilled in all of its members. For more information JGAA, visit www.jgaa.org or call 602-944-6168.