The Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado made its second Tour stop of 2019 at the Country Club of Colorado this past weekend - April 27-28.
Playing conditions were not ideal as high winds posed a challenge for the players on both Saturday and Sunday. However, players managed to cope with the tough conditions and fired great scores throughout the two days.
After Day 1, TJ Shehee, of Mead, held the Boys lead by carding a 1-over par 72. Hailey Schalk, of Erie, took the Girls lead into Sunday with a first round 73.
Beginning the day 4 shots behind Shehee, Christopher Kennedy fired a 1 over par 72, with 3 birdies and 4 bogies to post the clubhouse lead at +6. Shehee then came to the 9th hole (His 18th of the day) needing a par to force a playoff with Kennedy. His second shot finished long left of the green and his chip left him with a downhill 4-footer for par. Shehee lipped out the par putt and Kennedy claimed his first JGAC Title of his career.
Owen Cornmesser and Bo Wardynski both posted 9 over par for the tournament, with Cornmesser winning the scorecard playoff (Back Nine 34) to claim third position.
Also, in the Boys Tournament and during the final round on Sunday, Carter Surofchek (right) holed out from 170 yards on the par 3 6th hole for his first career hole-in-one. Congratulations Carter!
On the girls’ side, Hailey Schalk and Meghan Vogt played together in the final group and began the day 2 shots apart. Schalk never relinquished the lead, but after Vogt's birdie on number 9, her lead was only 1. Both girls shot a 1 over par 36 on their final 9 holes and Schalk held on to claim victory.
Jessica Zapf, of Windsor, played with Schalk and Vogt in the final pairing and posted rounds of 77, 80 to finish in 3rd position.
Just across town, at Valley Hi Golf Course, the JGAC Series teed it up for their second tournament of 2019.
Grady Ortiz used rounds of 40, 37 to finish at 5 over par and claim the Boys 6-8 title.
Brayden Destefano fired a final round of 2 under 34, which began with an eagle on the opening hole and contained 2 more birdies and a double bogey to win the Boys 9-10 crown by 6 strokes.
A tight race ensued in the Girls 6-10 division with 1st and 3rd separated by only 4 shots. Adrielle Miller fired rounds of 41, 43 to come out on top. Brynn Balliet (+14) and Jadie Wilson (+16) finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
Austin Barry continued his early season dominance with rounds of 72, 72 to post an ever par total for the two days and win the Boys 11-13 division by 7 shots.
Ashleigh Wilson (81, 81) again claimed victory over Alexandra Remaklus (87, 78), this time by 3 strokes in the Girls 11-13 division.
The Boys 14-15 Division was another tight race, with Yusuke Ogi (75, 76) coming out on top by 2 strokes over two players and by 3 shots over two others.
Nathan Rabuck (79, 78) won the Boys 16-18 title by 5 strokes over Connon Moberly (81, 81).
Hadley Ashton continued her JGAC dominance posting another victory in the Girls 14-18 Division. Ashton fired a 6-over par total for the two days (76, 74) to win by 13 strokes.
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