First-round notes: 2014 Teen World Championship

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Players from four countries have risen to the tops of the leaderboards after the first round at the Teen World Championship.

The boys leaderboards are crowded at the top, as the two-stroke lead held by Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet (Boys 15-18) is the largest among the three boys leaders. Chaplet carded five birdies on the day en route to a 2-under-par 70, while four Americans are tied for second after carding even-par rounds of 72.

Behind the strength of three birdies and an eagle, Luka Karaulic (Ohio, USA) carded the lowest round of the day, a 4-under 68, and has a one-stroke lead over Alejandro Gutierrez (Mexico) and Kritchayapol Sinchai (Thailand) in Boys 14. Juan Delgado (Dominican Republic) also has a one-stroke lead in Boys 13, as a birdie on his closing hole gave him sole possession of the lead over four players.

Two World Championship veterans are among the girls leaders after the first round. Haeley Wotnosky (North Carolina, USA) finished 3rd at last year’s Teen World Championship, and this year she opened with a 2-over 74 and leads Girls 14 by five strokes. In Girls 13, Mikhaela Denise Fortuna (Philippines) shot a 3-over 75 and has a two-stroke lead over Woo Wade (Georgia, USA). In two previous appearances at the World Championship, Fortuna finished 7th in 2013 (Girls 12) and 2nd in 2010 (Girls 9).

Grace Shin (Oklahoma, USA) is playing in her first U.S. Kids Golf tournament, and an opening-round 73 has given her a four-stroke lead over Killian Casson (Maryland, USA) in Girls 15-18.

Boys 15-18 (Pinehurst No. 8)
-2…Paul Chaplet (Costa Rica)
E…Eddie Karst (Tennessee, USA)
E…Vijay Mishra (South Carolina, USA)
E…RJ David (Arizona, USA)
E…Jake Lawson (Georgia, USA)

Boys 14 (Pinehurst No. 6)
-4…Luka Karaulic (Ohio, USA)
-3…Alejandro Gutierrez (Mexico)
-3…Kritchayapol Sinchai (Thailand)

Boys 13 (Pinehurst No. 9)
-3…Juan Delgado (Dominican Republic)
-2…Connor Creasy (Virginia, USA)
-2…Ross Steelman (Missouri, USA)
-2…Carson Stohler (Indiana, USA)
-2…Trent Tipton (Ohio, USA)

Girls 15-18 (Mid Pines)
+1…Grace Shin (Oklahoma, USA)
+5…Killian Casson (Maryland, USA)
+8…Victoria Origel (Mexico)
+8…Maria Regina Gonzalez (Mexico)

Girls 14 (Mid Pines)
+2…Haeley Wotnosky (North Carolina, USA)
+7…Julia Alhemoud (Kuwait)
+7…Ami Gianchandani (New Jersey, USA)
+7…Pin Wen Lu (Taiwan)

Girls 13 (Mid Pines)
+3…Mikhaela Denise Fortuna (Philippines)
+5…Woo Wade (Georgia, USA)
+6…Amy Zhang (Florida, USA)

Quick Facts: 2014 Teen World Championship

The ninth-annual Teen World Championship will be played July 24-26 in Pinehurst, N.C. Four of the best courses in Pinehurst will host more than 550 players, ages 13-18, from 35 countries.

Course Assignments
Boys 15-18  |  Pinehurst No. 8
Boys 14  |  Pinehurst No. 6
Boys 13  |  Pinehurst No. 9
Girls 13, 14, 15- 18  |  Mid Pines

First-round tee times

Tournament Preview
Two champions from this year’s European Championship will look to add another major victory to their resumes this week. Conor White (United Kingdom) posted a 4-over-par total and claimed the Boys 15-18 victory in a sudden-death playoff over fellow countryman Joseph Cloherty, who has also traveled to North Carolina to compete for a Teen World Championship crown.

Frederik Sejr (Denmark) posted a seven-stroke victory in Boys 14 at the European Championship, and he’ll return to Pinehurst after finishing T8 at this event last year. In all, the Boys 14 division will feature eight of the top 10 finishers from 2013, including runner-up Galven Green (Malaysia) and third-place finisher Derek Hitchner (Minnesota, USA).

Other top finishers from the 2014 European Championship include Georgia Uboh from Nigeria (T4, Girls 13), Louise Maurel-Le Corre from France (2nd, Girls 15-18), and Madison Elliott from South Carolina (3rd, Girls 15-18).

Haeley Wotnosky (North Carolina, USA) finished 3rd at last year’s Teen World Championship and is the top returning player in Girls 14, while Morgan Tournemire (Florida, USA) finished T4 at the 2013 World Championship and is the highest returning player in Boys 13.

Countries represented
Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.

Past Champions
Spencer Alexander…2012
Ryan Nicole Ashburn…2006
Maria Balcazar…2012
Anna Buchanan…2013
Lucas Gabriel Cabarcos…2009
Branden Collins…2008, 2010
Kyle Cornelius…2013
Casey Danielson…2008, 2009
Natalia Forero…2009
Gavin Kyle Green…2008
Benjamin Griffin…2010, 2011
Richard Hattori…2009
Courtney Hooton…2007
Veronica Joels…2013
Mitchell Klooz…2009
Hendrika Labsch…2010
David Mackey…2012
Sophie Madden…2011
Janet Mao…2010
MJ Maquire…2007
Samantha Marks…2008
Alberto Martinez…2013
Chad Merzbacher…2007
Bobby Monaco…2006
Haley Moore…2012
Tyler Moore…2010
Alheli Moreno…2009
Nicole Quinn…2008
Mark Reilly…2008
Jonathan Renza…2007
Laura Restrepo…2011
Matthew Ruel…2012
Daffodil Sanchez…2006
Yasemin Sari…2010
Monifa Sealy…2007
David Snyder…2011, 2013
Kennedy Swann…2013
Korey Ward…2006
Kelly Whaley…2012
Cameron Young…2011
Yin Yuanru…2011

Pinecrest High School seniors awarded 2014 U.S. Kids Golf Foundation volunteer scholarships


VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (June 27, 2014) — A pair of enthusiastic and devoted student volunteers were recently awarded U.S. Kids Golf Foundation Volunteer Scholarships.

Three weeks later they were logging numerous unpaid hours on Pinehurst’s legendary No. 2 course during the historic back-to-back U.S. Opens.

These two rising college freshmen are volunteers extraordinaire.

Dr. Richard Lawson, Volunteer Chairman for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship, presented the scholarships to Pinecrest High School seniors Savannah Thompson and James Halligan shortly before graduation. This marks the fifth year that these scholarships have been awarded for exceptional citizenship, community service, willingness to serve as a volunteer and extra-curricular activities.

And though it is not a requirement for the scholarship, both Thompson and Halligan have been loyal U.S. Kids Golf volunteers in the past years.

Thompson, of Seven Lakes, will use her $750 scholarship at UNC-Pembroke, where she will study Mass Communications and join the golf team. Her U.S. Open volunteer experience was one that most teens would dream about.

“I had the opportunity to be the standard bearer for Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickleson in the practice round,” she said, “and I also had the amazing chance to walk with the last group as a standard bearer on Sunday. It was a great experience being able to watch Martin Kaymer make his last putt on the 18th hole.”

N.C. State University is Halligan’s college choice, and his $750 scholarship will help him study Computer Engineering. James is from Pinehurst, and he was also a standard bearer during the Opens.

“I’ve met so many interesting people through golf and consider myself fortunate to have been granted the opportunity to volunteer for the U.S. Opens, the U.S. Amateurs, U.S. Kids Golf and many other tournaments hosted at Pinehurst,” Halligan said. “Though I’m not a great golfer myself, the sport has proven that it still has a lot to give me.”

Since 2006, Atlanta-based U.S. Kids Golf has held the World Championship on 12 of the Pinehurst area courses. More than local 700 volunteers help with the event each August.

Chris Vonderkall, Vice President of Tournaments for U.S. Kids Golf, had great things to say about the Sandhills area volunteers and the scholarship winners.

“Through these Foundation scholarships, we are able to pay tribute to the countless hard-working volunteers from the local area, because without them, the World Championship would not be possible,” said Vonderkall. “I congratulate Savannah and James because they certainly represent the giving nature of the folks around the Pinehurst area.”

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
Facebook photos

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
Facebook photos

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
Facebook photos

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

First-round Notes: 2013 Monterey Challenge


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
Facebook photos

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