All in the Family

All in the Family

Posted on June 14, 2017

It worked out altogether fittingly.

Two teenage kids whose fathers are Colorado PGA general managers, earned the titles Wednesday in the Colorado Junior PGA Championship, the first major of the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado's 2017 season.

Davis Bryant of Aurora, son of Green Valley Ranch Golf Club GM Matt Bryant, prevailed by two strokes for the boys championship at Eisenhower Golf Club's Blue Course at the Air Force Academy.

And Hailey Schalk of Erie, daughter of Colorado National Golf Club GM Matt Schalk, rolled to an 11-stroke victory in the girls tournament.

It was the first win in a JGAC major for Bryant, a 17-year-old senior-to-be at Eaglecrest High School who has verbally committed to play his college golf at Colorado State University.

It was JGAC major victory No. 2 for Schalk, a 15-year-old who won the Colorado Junior Match Play last year. The Colorado Junior PGA continues a stellar 2017 season for the Holy Family High School student, who last month became the first freshman since 2002 to win a Colorado girls state high school title, then followed that up by becoming the first Coloradan to earn a championship at the AJGA Hale Irwin Colorado Junior by Transamerica.

Both Bryant and Schalk (pictured) led wire-to-wire at Eisenhower.

Bryant, a 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier and a member of the Colorado Junior America's Cup teams in both 2015 and '16, won by two in the boys division despite a three-putt bogey on his final hole. He shot a 1-over-par 73 Wednesday to post a 1-under 215 total.

Dillon Stewart of Fort Collins was the only serious challenger to Bryant on Wednesday. After starting the day three back, the 16-year-old cut the deficit to two on three occasions in the final round, but could get no closer. He carded a final-round 72 for a 217 total, placing second for the second straight year in a JGAC major at Eisenhower.

By finishing 1-2, Bryant and Stewart qualified for the national Junior PGA Championship at the Country Club of St. Albans near St. Louis, set for July 31-Aug. 3.

Placing a distant third on Wednesday -- in a four-way tie at 227 --were Calvin McCoy of Highlands Ranch, Jack Hughes of Aspen, Jack Castiglia of Lakewood and Michael Perea of Arvada.

In the girls tournament, Schalk entered the final round with a nine-stroke lead. Charlotte Hillary of Cherry Hills Village made a small run by going 2 under par on the front nine, cutting the deficit to five. But Schalk built the advantage to 11 with her 4-foot birdie on No. 18. She finished with a 3-over-par 75 on Wednesday, leaving her at 6-over 222 overall.

Jaclyn Murray of Grand Junction, a recent Regis Jesuit graduate who will play collegiately at the University of Colorado as a walk-on, placed second at 233 after a closing 74. By earning the runner-up spot, Murray joined Schalk in qualifying for the national Junior PGA Championship, which in the case of the girls will also be held at St. Albans, but on July 18-21.

For scores from the Colorado Junior PGA, click on the following: BOYSGIRLS.

Check back later for reaction and additional photos and details.

By Gary Baines 6/14/17.