Final-round notes: 2014 Jekyll Island Cup

The 11th-annual Jekyll Island Cup was played at Jekyll Island Golf Club in Jekyll Island, Georgia. More than 300 players, ages 5-14, competed in 15 age divisions during the two-day stroke play event, March 22-23.

Final results
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Boys Recap
In Boys 9, Allan Kournikova (Florida) captured his fourth consecutive Jekyll Island Cup title and ninth USKG Regional victory. Kournikova, who also has three World Championships to his name, began the final round trailing by one stroke, but a final-round 67 lifted him to a 4-under total and a four-stroke victory over Andrew Davis (Florida).

Tyler Lipscomb (Georgia) had a three-stroke advantage over Connery Meyer (Georgia) through 18 holes in Boys 12, but Meyer’s birdie on No. 15 cut his deficit to one with three holes to play. Lipscomb restored his three-stroke lead with birdies on Nos. 16 and 17, and his final-round 70 gave him a 6-under total and his seventh USKG Regional win.

The Boys 11 crown went to Aidan Kramer (Florida), who closed with two birdies and zero bogeys on his final 15 holes en route to an even-par total and a one-stroke victory. Jason Quinlan (Minnesota) finished second after carding six birdies and a 3-under 69, the day’s lowest score in Boys 11.

Aiden Cudney (Wisconsin) was the first player to post 4-under in Boys 7, as his eagle on No. 6 helped him to a bogey-free 33 Sunday. Playing in the group after Cudney, first-round leader Trey Marrion (Virginia) carded a 1-under 35 and matched the 4-under total. Marrion prevailed in the ensuing playoff and claimed his first USKG Regional title.

Lukas Clark (Pennsylvania) also prevailed in a sudden-death playoff. On Sunday, Jordan Plunkett (Alabama) carded the only under-par round of the tournament, a 1-under 71, and was the leader in the clubhouse with a 4-over total. Clark forced the playoff after recording a final-round 73, including a bogey-free 35 on the back nine, and then took home the Boys 13-14 crown in the playoff.

In Boys 8, Mason Snyder (Nevada) and Sihan Sandhu (Virginia) began the final round tied at 1-under. Snyder birdied Nos. 2-4 and built a five-shot cushion, but Sandhu responded with birdies of his own on Nos. 6 and 9. In the end, Snyder made par on the closing hole and secured a one-stroke victory with a 2-under total.

Bruce Murphy (Georgia) opened with a bogey-free 67, and four final-round birdies was secured a 7-under total and a six-stroke victory in Boys 10, while Ricky Stegbauer posted nine birdies and just one bogey en route to an 8-under total and a three-stroke win in Boys 7 & Under.

Girls Recap
Since her first USKG Regional victory at the 2013 Copperhead Classic, Chloe Kovelesky (Florida) has not been defeated in Girls 7 & Under. At Jekyll Island, she extended her winning streak to seven Regionals, as she birdied nine of 18 holes and finished with a 7-under total, four strokes ahead of Vanessa Borovilos (Canada) and Morgan Rodriguez (Florida).

Alexa Pano (Florida) is also familiar with sustained success, as she won for the fourth consecutive year and added to a record that now includes 17 USKG Regional wins and three World Championships. Back-to-back rounds of 34 gave her a 4-under total and a four-stroke victory in Girls 9 over Kynadie Adams (Tennessee).

Two years after winning the PGA Golf Club Invitational, Rylie Heflin (Pennsylvania) returned to the winner’s circle and won Girls 10 with an 8-over total. Her final-round 76 included an eagle on No. 8, which helped her to a two-stroke victory over Ashely Shim (Georgia).

A well-timed birdie on the 14th hole helped Keagan Dunn (Georgia) advance to a playoff in Girls 13-14. The birdie knotted the score with Abigail Bolt (Georgia), and a sudden-death playoff was needed after each player parred the final four holes. In the end, Dunn emerged victorious and claimed her first USKG Regional title.

A first-round 72 gave Amanda Sambach (North Carolina) a three-stroke cushion in Girls 11, and after a final-round 76, the final margin of victory became eight strokes. Jordan Chantale Fischer (Florida) finished at 7-over and took home the crown in Girls 8, while Phoebe Beber-Frankel (Florida) carded a 6-over total and won Girls 12 by seven strokes.

Boys 6 & Under
-8…Ricky Stegbauer (Florida)
-5…Patmon Malcom (Georgia)
-3…Jackson Okonkwo (Virginia)

Boys 7
-4…Trey Marrion (Virginia)*
-4…Aiden Cudney (Wisconsin)
-3…Asher Joseph (Florida)
-3…Michael Nardone (Florida)

Boys 8
-2…Mason Snyder (Nevada)
-1…Sihan Sandhu (Virginia)
+1…Jonathan Pollak (Florida)

Boys 9
-4…Allan Kournikova (Florida)
E…Andrew Davis (Florida)
+6…Johnnie Clark (Arizona)

Boys 10
-7…Bruce Murphy (Georgia)
-1…Jonathan Griz (South Carolina)
E…Nicholas Dunlap (Alabama)

Boys 11
E…Aidan Kramer (Florida)
+1…Jason Quinlan (Minnesota)
+4…Jude Kim (Florida)

Boys 12
-6…Tyler Lipscomb (Georgia)
-3…Connery Meyer (Georgia)
-2…Karl Vilips (Australia)
-2…Grayson Wotnosky (North Carolina)

Boys 13-14
+4…Lukas Clark (Pennsylvania)*
+4…Jordan Plunkett (Alabama)
+9…Stephen Foernslaer (Georgia)
+9…Cameron Frazier (Ohio)
+9…Grant Herrenbruck (Kansas)

Girls 7 & Under
-7…Chloe Kovelesky (Florida)
-3…Vanessa Borovilos (Canada)
-3…Morgan Rodriguez (Florida)

Girls 8
+7…Jordan Chantale Fischer (Florida)
+16…Alejandra Castillo (Mexico)
+19…Amelia Shen (New York)

Girls 9
-4…Alexa Pano (Florida)
E…Kynadie Adams (Tennessee)
+2…Isabell Pellot (Florida)

Girls 10
+8…Rylie Heflin (Pennsylvania)
+10…Ashely Shim (Georgia)
+12…Emily McLatchey (Florida)
+12…Kyndall Shamblin (Tennessee)

Girls 11
+4…Amanda Sambach (North Carolina)
+12…Megan Ikeda (Florida)
+15…Emily Staples (Florida)

Girls 12
+6…Phoebe Beber-Frankel (Florida)
+13…Laura Lou (Florida)
+20…Parker Stalvey (South Carolina)

Girls 13-14
+15…Keagan Dunn (Georgia)*
+15…Abigail Bolt (Georgia)
+17…Yuna Kim (Virginia)

* Won via sudden-death playoff

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications

Final-round notes: Desert Shootout

The sixth-annual Desert Shootout was played at Wigwam Golf & Country Club in Litchfield Park, Arizona. More than 260 players, ages 5-14, competed in 15 age divisions during the two-day stroke play event, Feb. 15-16.

Final results
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Boys Recap
The 9-year-old boys provided the most dramatic finish of the day, as William Luu (California) was victorious in a sudden-death playoff against 2012 World Champion Jeevan Sihota (Canada). Luu birdied Nos. 16 and 17 and took a one-stroke lead over Sihota with one hole to play. Sihota evened the score at 2-over-par with a birdie on the par-5 18th hole, but his comeback bid fell short as Luu prevailed in the playoff.

Johnnie Clark won Boys 7 with a 2-under-par total and was the only boy from the host state of Arizona to claim victory. Clark was also the only boy to card consecutive rounds under-par (35-35–70), which resulted in a three-stroke win over Jay Leng Jr. (California).

In Boys 12, Joseph Pagdin (Florida) survived a late rally by Dylan Menante (Nevada) and captured his fourth career USKG Regional victory. Over his final 15 holes, Menanate was 4-under-par, including birdies on Nos. 16 and 18, en route to a final-round 69. Despite Menante’s best efforts, Pagdin birdied No. 17 and finished one stroke ahead at 2-under-par.

Michael Nardone (Florida) also took home his third USKG Regional title with a victory in Boys 7. An eagle-birdie finish highlighted a final-round 34, giving him an even-par total and a four-stroke advantage over Arden Bunch (Georgia) and Max Thomas (California).

The four other boys winners from the Desert Shootout were Isaac Diaz (Texas; Boys 6 & Under), Jacob Uyesato (California; Boys 10), Alexander Yang (California; Boys 11), and Jorge Daniel Salazar (Mexico; Boys 13-14).

Girls Recap
With her victory in Girls 12, Michaela Morard (Alabama) extended a winning streak that started at the 2009 Desert Shootout. Morard posted a 2-over-par total and a 13-stroke victory, which now gives her at least one USKG Regional win each of the last six years.

Two girls champions were decided by a sudden-death playoff. In Girls 9, Morgan Miller (Texas) birdied the last hole of regulation and forced extra holes with Banet Flores (Guatemala), but Flores came out on top after she carded her first birdie of the tournament on the first playoff hole.

Red numbers were needed to get into the Girls 11 playoff, as Kaylee Vesley (Texas) and Sadie Englemann (Texas) combined for 11 birdies and an eagle in the final round. After Vesley took a one-stroke lead with birdies on Nos. 15 and 16, Englemann tied the score at even-par with a birdie on No. 17. Vesley eventually took home the crown in the playoff, giving her the second USKG Regional title of her career.

Melena Barrientos (Texas) opened with a 78 and held a three-stroke lead in Girls 10 after 18 holes. She pulled away from the field Sunday, as she carded five birdies and an eagle en route to a final-round 69 and a 17-stroke victory.

In Girls 8, Gracie McGovern (Arizona) finished at 5-over-par and finished one stroke ahead of the field for her third USKG win. Isabella Vigna (Louisiana) posted her second USKG victory by winning Girls 13-14, and Chloe Kovelesky (Florida) won for the fifth time after a seven-stroke victory in Girls 7 & Under.

Boys 6 & Under
+3…Isaac Diaz (Texas)
+8…Phillip Dunham (Florida)
+10…Aditya Das (California)
+10…Andre Dumonteil (Colorado)

Boys 7
E…Michael Nardone (Florida)
+4…Arden Bunch (Georgia)
+4…Max Thomas (California)

Boys 8
-2…Johnnie Clark (Arizona)
+1…Jay Leng Jr. (California)
+3…Zander Grant (California)

Boys 9
+2…William Luu (California)*
+2…Jeevan Sihota (Canada)
+4…Freddy Sun (Canada)

Boys 10
E…Jacob Uyesato (California)
+1…Mahanth Chirravuri (Arizona)
+8…Rohan Reddy Aerrabolu (Texas)
+8…Gavin Aurilia (Arizona)
+8…Eli Tran (Texas)

Boys 11
-2…Alexander Yang (California)
E…Connery Meyer (Georgia)
E…Ryan Smith (Maryland)

Boys 12
-2…Joseph Pagdin (Florida)
-1…Dylan Menante (Nevada)
+4…Canon Claycomb (Kentucky)

Boys 13-14
+4…Jorge Daniel Salazar (Mexico)
+6…Cole Ponich (Utah)
+7…Cade Mayer (Arizona)

Girls 7 & Under
+5…Chloe Kovelesky (Florida)
+12…Avery Zweig (Texas)
+13…Natalie Yen (Oregon)

Girls 8
+5…Gracie McGovern (Arizona)
+6…Eleanor Parkerson (Massachusetts)
+13…Ali Mulhall (Wyoming)

Girls 9
+13…Banet Flores (Guatemala)*
+13…Morgan Miller (Texas)
+18…Kiley Malmberg (New Jersey)
+18…Kate Strickland (Oklahoma)

Girls 10
+3…Melena Barrientos (Texas)
+20…Ellee Fox (Texas)
+28…Kenzi Hall (Nevada)

Girls 11
E…Kaylee Vesely (Texas)*
E…Sadie Englemann (Texas)
+5…Soona Lee-Tolley (New York)

Girls 12
+2…Michaela Morard (Alabama)
+15…Jenny Bae (Arizona)
+15…Alison Luann Gastelum (Mexico)

Girls 13-14
+8…Isabella Vigna (Louisiana)
+12…Maya Pugatch (California)
+17…Hallie Kent (Wisconsin)

* Won via sudden-death playoff

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications

Final-round notes: 2013 Monterey Challenge

MontereyThe third-annual Monterey Challenge was played Nov. 9-10 at Monterey Pines Golf Course and Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey, Calif. More than 210 players, ages 5-14, competed in 15 age divisions during the two-day stroke play event.

Final-round results
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Boys Recap
In Boys 8, Jackson Koivun (California) fired a bogey-free 32 in the final round and was the clubhouse leader at 3-under-par with three players left to finish. Jay Brooks (Florida) trailed by one with one hole to play, but an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole gave Brooks a final-round 35 and a one-stroke victory at 4-under-par.

Ian Fritz (Nevada) recorded a final-round 73 and captured his third career USKG title by winning Boys 9 with an even-par total. Eight pars on the back nine helped him protect his lead and defeat two-time defending champ Jeevan Sihota (British Columbia) by four strokes.

Fernando Castillo (Mexico) mounted a furious comeback Sunday, as he tallied seven birdies en route to final-round 69 and a 3-over-par total. He held the clubhouse lead with one group left on the course, but Paramdeep Sodhi (California) finished birdie-par and took home top honors in Boys 10 with a final-round 74 and a 2-over-par total.

Seven players started the final round within one stroke of the lead in Boys 11, so it was fitting that the title wasn’t decided until the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. After posting 36-hole totals of 2-over-par, it was Andrew Jung (California) who was victorious over Jackson Rivera (California) and Ryan Smith (California).

The four other boys champions were Aditya Das (California, Boys 6 & Under), Gregory Tom (California, Boys 7), Brian Ma (California, Boys 12), and Aditya Kumar (California, Boys 13-14).

Girls Recap
In Girls 9, Faith Low (California) finished at even-par and successfully defended her title after carding six birdies in her two nine-hole rounds. In Girls 10, Madelyn Gamble (California) recorded nine birdies on the weekend and posted rounds of 73-72 en route to her first USKG Regional victory.

First-round leader Ana Raquel Sanson Leon (Panama) protected her position with three birdies and an eagle in the final round. She closed with a 75 and won Girls 11 by six strokes with a 7-over-par total. In Girls 13-14, Sarah Fouratt (California) posted the best score during both the first and second rounds, which led to a 7-over-par total and a five-stroke victory. In all, she tallied seven birdies, including three in her final-round 74.

The three other girls champions were Jeanne Padillo (California, Girls 7 & Under), Ali Mulhall (Wyoming, Girls 8), and Caroline Jordaan (Colorado, Girls 12).

Boys 6 & Under
+3…Aditya Das (California)
+4…Ethan Hong (California)
+7…Ayden Fynaut (California)
+7…Joseph Gutierrez (California)
+7…Jonathan Chen (California)

Boys 7
-3…Gregory Tom (California)
-1…Jaden Wyeth Dumdumaya (California)
+1…Max Thomas (California)
+1…Kenneth Wang (British Columbia)

Boys 8
-4…Jay Brooks (Florida)
-3…Jackson Koivun (California)
-2…Bryant Hernandez (California)

Boys 9
E…Ian Fritz (Nevada)
+4…Jeevan Sihota (British Columbia)
+8…Ethan Evans (Washington)

Boys 10
+2…Paramdeep Sodhi (California)
+3…Fernando Castillo (Mexico)
+3…Kevin Jiang (California)

Boys 11
+2…Andrew Jung (California)*
+2…Jackson Rivera (California)
+2…Bradley Vu (California)

Boys 12
-1…Brian Ma (California)
+3…Aaron Chen (California)
+4…Dylan Menante (Nevada)

Boys 13-14
+7…Aditya Kumar (California)
+8…Hayden Hui (California)
+10…Matt Lloyd (California)

Girls 7 & Under
+7…Jeanne Padillo (California)
+11…Darla May Dela Torre (California)
+14…Natalie Yen (Oregon)

Girls 8
+3…Ali Mulhall (Wyoming)
+6…Gracie McGovern (Arizona)
+8…Varnika Achanta (California)

Girls 9
E…Faith Low (California)
+13…Tori Mouton (Florida)
+32…Oneeka Prabhakar (California)

Girls 10
+1…Madelyn Gamble (California)
+28…Hannah Harrison (California)
+41…Mary Beth Doss (Arizona)

Girls 11
+7…Ana Raquel Sanson Leon (Panama)
+13…Mika Jin (California)
+24…Doodle Yuen (California)

Girls 12
+31…Caroline Jordaan (Colorado)
+32…Abbi Fleiner (Nevada)
+37…Megan Ahmadi (California)

Girls 13-14
+7…Sarah Fouratt (California)
+12…Sophie Siminoff (California)
+14…Lydia Tsai (California)

* Won via sudden-death playoff

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications
@USKGRichards

First-round Notes: 2013 Monterey Challenge


Monterey

The third-annual Monterey Challenge is being played at Monterey Pines Golf Course and Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey, Calif. More than 210 players, ages 5-14, are competing in 15 age divisions during the two-day stroke play event.

First-round results
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During Saturday’s first round, Ian Fritz (Nevada) opened with a bogey-free 34 on his first nine holes, which helped him to a 1-under-par 71 and a two-stroke lead in Boys 9. Jeevan Sihota (British Columbia) has won the last two years and he will begin Sunday’s final round in second place after shooting 2-over-par 73.

The tightest race after day one is in Boys 11, as four players shot 3-over-par 75 and share the lead at the halfway mark. The four co-leaders are Ryan Smith (California), Andrew Jung (California), Joseph Pagdin (Florida) and Bradley Vu (California), while three players are tied for fifth and just one stroke behind the leaders. Jung is looking to return to the winner’s circle after winning the 2011 Monterey Challenge, while Pagdin is coming off a victory at the PGA Golf Club Invitational.

Two players tallied rounds of 4-under-par 68, the day’s best score. Aaron Chen (California) began his title defense in Boys 12 by recording five birdies and one bogey, while Ian Gilligan (California) also used five birdies to take the lead in Boys 10. Both players will begin the final round with three-stroke leads in their divisions.

Looking to defend her title, Faith Low (California) notched three consecutive birdies en route to a 1-under-par 35 and a seven-stroke lead in Girls 9. Mika Jin (California) is also hoping to win for a second straight year, and her opening-round 79 in Girls 11 has put her in second and three strokes behind Ana Raquel Sanson Leon (Panama), who carded three birdies in her first-round 76.

Ali Mulhall (Wyoming) joined Low as the only two girls to post under-par rounds Saturday. Mulhall closed with a birdie and an eagle en route to a 1-under-par 35 and a five-stroke lead in Girls 8. Varnika Achanta (California) is second at 4-over-par, while two-time USKG winner Gracie McGovern (Arizona) is third at 5-over-par.

Boys 6 & Under
-2…Aditya Das (California)
E…Ethan Hong (California)
+2…Ayden Fynaut (California)
+2…Joseph Gutierrez (California)
+2…Jonathan Chen (California)

Boys 7
-2…Gregory Tom (California)
-1…Jaden Wyeth Dumdumaya (California)
-1…Max Thomas (California)

Boys 8
-3…Jay Brooks (Florida)
-1…Bryant Hernandez (California)
E…Jay Leng Jr. (California)

Boys 9
-1…Ian Fritz (Nevada)
+1…Jeevan Sihota (British Columbia)
+4…Brayden Bozak (Colorado)
+4…Ethan Evans (Washington)

Boys 10
-4…Ian Gilligan (California)
-1…Kevin Jiang (California)
E…Paramdeep Sodhi (California)

Boys 11
+3…Ryan Smith (California)
+3…Andrew Jung (California)
+3…Joseph Pagdin (Florida)
+3…Bradley Vu (California)

Boys 12
-4…Aaron Chen (California)
-1…Brian Ma (California)
-1…Dylan Menante (Nevada)
+5…Yunhe Zheng (Florida)

Boys 13-14
+4…Hayden Hui (California)
+5…Matt Lloyd (California)
+5…Connor Golembeski (Washington)
+5…Aditya Kumar (California)

Girls 7 & Under
+1…Jeanne Padillo (California)
+6…Natalie Yen (Oregon)
+9…Alejandra Castillo (Mexico)
+9…Darla May Dela Torre (California)
+9…Emily Luo (California)

Girls 8
-1…Ali Mulhall (Wyoming)
+4…Varnika Achanta (California)
+5…Gracie McGovern (Arizona)

Girls 9
-1…Faith Low (California)
+6…Tori Mouton (Florida)
+12…Oneeka Prabhakar (California)

Girls 10
+1…Madelyn Gamble (California)
+13…Hannah Harrison (California)
+18…Mary Beth Doss (Arizona)
+18…Lauren Garcia (Arizona)

Girls 11
+4…Ana Raquel Sanson Leon (Panama)
+7…Mika Jin (California)
+11…Marie Jordaan (Colorado)

Girls 12
+13…Caroline Jordaan (Colorado)
+16…Abbi Fleiner (Nevada)
+17…Megan Ahmadi (California)

Girls 13-14
+5…Sarah Fouratt (California)
+6…Sophie Siminoff (California)
+7…Lydia Tsai (California)

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications
@USKGRichards

Final-round notes: PGA Golf Club Invitational

PGAInvThis Columbus Day weekend, the sixth-annual PGA Golf Club Invitational was played at PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker and Ryder Courses in Port St. Lucie, Fla. More than 260 players, ages 5-14, competed in 15 age divisions during the two-day stroke play event.

Final results
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Boys recaps
Four boys returned to PGA Golf Club and successfully defended their age divisions’ crowns. Sihan Sandhu (Virginia) and Jackson Van Paris (Illinois) both captured their seventh career U.S. Kids Golf victories Sunday. Sandhu finished at 6-under-par and won Boys 7, while Van Paris posted a 10-stroke victory in Boys 10. Beni Long (Ontario) won Boys 8 with an even-par total, and Joseph Pagdin (Florida) finished at 5-under-par and won by four strokes in Boys 11.

In Boys 9, Allan Kournikova (Florida) and Luke Clanton (Florida) were tied at 4-under-par with two holes to play. Kournikova took the lead with a birdie on the par-5 17th, and a par on No. 18 led to a 5-under-par total and two-stroke victory, the 11th of his U.S. Kids Golf career.

In Boys 13-14, Christian Chapman (New York) began the final round three strokes off the lead, but the score was quickly evened after he birdied the first three holes. Chapman finished with a final-round 72, tied for the best round of the day, and posted a 2-over-par total and a two-stroke victory.

In Boys 12, August Meekhof (Michigan) finished at 3-over-par and won by one stroke, while Ben Kablach (Virginia) also won by one stroke with a 3-under-par total in Boys 6 & Under.

Girls recaps
Two of the girls divisions needed a sudden-death playoff in order to determine a winner. In Girls 7 & Under, Chloe Kovelesky (Florida) double bogeyed the second-to-last hole but rebounded with a birdie on No. 9 to finish at 1-over-par and force a playoff with Charlie Whorton (Arkansas). Kovelesky prevailed and won for the third time this season.

A playoff was also needed in Girls 13-14, as Alicia Cappellaro (Florida) erased a three-shot deficit by finishing regulation with a birdie and a par. She carried the momentum into the playoff and came away with her first U.S. Kids Golf win over Ami Gianchandani (New Jersey).

Alexa Pano (Florida) prevailed for the fourth consecutive year at PGA Golf Club and tallied her 16th career U.S. Kids Golf victory by winning Girls 9 with a 6-under-par total. Two other players also defended their titles at the PGA Golf Club Invitational. Mimi Chen (Florida), the 2013 U.S. Kids Golf National Player of the Year, won Girls 11 with a 5-under-par total, while Amy Zhang (Florida) won Girls 12 at 8-over-par.

First-time winners in Girls 8 and Girls 10 round out the list of 15 champions from Columbus Day weekend. Tynley Cotton (Florida) won Girls 8 at 6-over-par, while Xin Cindy Xou (Florida) won Girls 10 by one stroke with a 1-under-par total.

Boys 6 & Under
-3…Ben Kablach (Virginia)
-2…Dean Muratore (New York)
-2…Matthew Pollak (Florida)

Boys 7
-6…Sihan Sandhu (Virginia)
E…Michael Nardone (Florida)
+1…Bryce Wylie (Florida)

Boys 8
E…Beni Long (Ontario)
+2…Alex Heard (Florida)
+3…Alexander Hall (Florida)

Boys 9
-5…Allan Kournikova (Florida)
-3…Luke Clanton (Florida)
+2…Aaron Zhang (Florida)

Boys 10
-3…Jackson Van Paris (Illinois)
+7…Frankie Harris (Florida)
+9…Matthew Griggs (Texas)

Boys 11
-5…Joseph Pagdin (Florida)
-1…Connery Meyer (Georgia)
E…Zach Roberts (North Carolina)

Boys 12
+3…August Meekhof (Michigan)
+4…Joey Burke (Florida)
+5…Alexander Vogelsong (Florida)
+5…Yunhe Zheng (Florida)

Boys 13-14
+2…Christian Chapman (New York)
+4…Carson Yates (Florida)
+5…Clay Gibbs (Florida)

Girls 7 & Under
+1…Chloe Kovelesky (Florida)*
+1…Charlie Whorton (Arkansas)
+5…Isabella Dovhey (Florida)

Girls 8
+6…Tynley Cotton (Tennessee)
+9…Sara Im (Georgia)
+11…Jordan Chantale Fischer (Florida)

Girls 9
-6…Alexa Pano (Florida)
+3…Jane Custer (Florida)
+3…Ashley Shim (Georgia)

Girls 10
-1…Xin Cindy Kou (Florida)
E…Alice Hodge (New York)
+9…Ariel Gonzalez (Mexico)

Girls 11
-5…Mimi Chen (Florida)
-1…Soona Lee-Tolley (New York)
+1…Anne Yu (Florida)

Girls 12
+8…Amy Zhang (Florida)
+13…Daniela Spillert (Florida)
+17…Sarah Scott (Florida)

Girls 13-14
+10…Alicia Cappellaro (Florida)*
+10…Ami Gianchandani (New Jersey)
+19…Faith Hopkins (Oklahoma)

* Won sudden-death playoff

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications
@USKGRichards

First-round notes: PGA Golf Club Invitational

This Columbus Day weekend, the sixth-annual PGA Golf Club Invitational is being played at PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker and Ryder Courses in Port St. Lucie, Fla. More than 260 players, ages 5-14, are competing in 15 age divisions during the two-day stroke play event.

First-round results
Final-round tee times

The field includes 10 players who won their age division at this event in 2012, and six of those players grabbed the lead after Saturday’s first round.

Beni Long (Ontario) leads Boys 8 by two strokes after an opening-round 35, while Jackson Van Paris (Illinois) carded a 1-over-par 73 and leads Boys 10 by one stroke. Joseph Pagdin (Florida) is the third boys winner from 2012 to take a first-round lead, as his 3-under-par 69 has given him a three-stroke cushion in Boys 11.

On the girls’ side, three-time defending champion Alexa Pano (Florida) has put herself in position to repeat again, as her bogey-free round of 31 is six shots clear of the field in Girls 9. Mimi Chen (Florida), the 2013 U.S. Kids Golf National Player of the Year, also opened with a bogey-free round and she has a four-stroke lead in Girls 11 after carding a 68. In Girls 12, Amy Zhang (Florida) began her title defense by shooting a 75, which has given her a four-stroke lead heading into Sunday’s final round.

A shootout seems to be brewing in Boys 9, as the top two players, Allan Kournikova (Florida) and Luke Clanton (Florida), combined to post 11 birdies and an eagle on Saturday. Kournikova went bogey-free and carded a 6-under-par 66, while Clanton sits just one stroke back at 5-under-par.

Coming off a win at the Seaview Open, Ben Kablach (Virginia) took a one-stroke lead in Boys 6 & Under after a 2-under-par 34, while six-time U.S. Kids Golf winner Sihan Sandhu (Virginia) leads Boys 7 by two strokes after shooting 3-under-par 33. Seeking her third U.S. Kids Golf win of the season, Chloe Kovelesky (Florida) carded a 1-over-par 37 and leads Girls 7 & Under by two strokes.

Boys 6 & Under
-2…Ben Kablach (Virginia)
-1…Eric Nguyen (Florida)
E…Dean Muratore (New York)
E…Matthew Pollak (Florida)

Boys 7
-3…Sihan Sandhu (Virginia)
-1…Bryce Wylie (Florida)
+1…Michael Nardone (Florida)

Boys 8
-1…Beni Long (Ontario)
+1…Alex Heard (Florida)
+2…Alexander Hall (Florida)
+2…Jack Usner (Texas)

Boys 9
-6…Allan Kournikova (Florida)
-5…Luke Clanton (Florida)
+2…Logan Zurn (Wisconsin)

Boys 10
+1…Jackson Van Paris (Illinois)
+2…Frankie Harris (Florida)
+4…Manuel Rexach (Puerto Rico)

Boys 11
-3…Joseph Pagdin (Florida)
E…Connery Meyer (Georgia)
E…Benjamin Warian (Minnesota)

Boys 12
-1…Yunhe Zheng (Florida)
+2…Joey Burke (Florida)
+2…August Meekhof (Michigan)

Boys 13-14
-1…Clay Gibbs (Florida)
+2…Christian Chapman (New York)
+4…Lukas Clark (Pennsylvania)
+4…Carson Yates (Florida)

Girls 7 & Under
+1…Chloe Kovelesky (Florida)
+3…Isabella Dovhey (Florida)
+3…Charlie Whorton (Arkansas)

Girls 8
+4…Tynley Cotton (Tennessee)
+5…Jordan Chantale Fischer (Florida)
+5…Sara Im (Georgia)

Girls 9
-5…Alexa Pano (Florida)
+1…Ashley Shim (Georgia)
+2…Jane Custer (Florida)

Girls 10
E…Xin Cindy Kou (Florida)
+1…Alice Hodge (New York)
+3…Ariel Gonzalez (Mexico)

Girls 11
-4…Mimi Chen (Florida)
E…Anne Yu (Florida)
+1…Soona Lee-Tolley (New York)

Girls 12
+3…Amy Zhang (Florida)
+7…Sarah Scott (Florida)
+8…Caroline Jordaan (Colorado)
+8…Daniela Spillert (Florida)

Girls 13-14
+3…Alicia Cappellaro (Florida)
+3…Ami Gianchandani (New Jersey)
+10…Faith Hopkins (Oklahoma)

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications
@USKGRichards

The pitching wedge that traveled 8,000 miles

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Austin Jet and a fellow-competitor’s mom celebrate his hole-in-one during the Phoenix Fall Local Tour event at Wigwam Resort.

Austin Jet’s ace on the Phoenix Fall Local Tour was truly a shot heard – and seen – around the world.

Austin’s father is in the military and stationed more than 8,000 miles from Wigwam Resort’s Heritage Course. As Austin approached the 12th hole, his mom held up her phone so her husband could watch their son play the par 3 via Skype.

The “click” of the ball being struck was followed by the “ping” of the ball hitting the flagstick, and finally the ball went “clink” as it found the bottom of the cup.

The ball only traveled 71 yards, but the moment traveled 8,000 miles. Congratulations, Austin…we’re happy you could share this memory with your family!

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications
@USKGRichards