Colorado Junior Match Play Championship

Colorado Junior Match Play Championship

COLORADO JUNIOR MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP

The CGA Junior Match Play Championship was first played in 1951 and the corresponding CWGA Junior Match Play Championships started in 1953. In 2016 the CGA and CWGA moved their respective events under the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado and they were renamed to become the Colorado Junior Match Play Championship.

CURRENT YEAR WINNER - JACK CASTIGLIA

 

CURRENT YEAR WINNER - LAUREN LEHIGH

Jack Castiglia of Lakewood capped off his junior golf career in fine fashion on Wednesday, rallying from 3 down on the back nine in the boys final to claim the title in the Colorado Junior Match Play, a victory that narrowly eluded him the past two years.

Castiglia, a semifinalist in this event in 2016 and a finalist last year, defeated Tyler Severin of Johnstown, 2 and 1 in the boys final.

In the final, Severin made three birdies on the front nine, including a 45-footer on No. 8, to make the turn at 3 up. And Castiglia didn't help his cause by missing a 2-foot par putt on No. 7.

But things turned on the back nine. Severin, a University of Wyoming signee who played in the CoBank Colorado Open last week, three-putted the 10th and 14th holes, and Castliglia made eagle on 11 with a 55-foot putt. That evened the match after 14. Both players two-putted for birdie on No. 15 for a halve.

Then Severin pushed his tee shot and his third shot into the water that borders the entire right side of No. 16, falling behind for the first time in the match. And after Castiglia hit a good tee shot on the par-3 17th, Severin put two more balls into the water short of the green and conceded the match to his 17-year-old University of Northern Colorado-bound opponent, in both players' final junior golf tournament.

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Lauren Lehigh of Loveland defeated two of the state's top girls golfers on the same day to earn the girls championship at Plum Creek Golf Club in Castle Rock.

Lehigh beat 2017 JGAC Girls Player of the Year -- and 2016 Colorado Junior Match Play champion -- Hailey Schalk of Erie in the title match, 4 and 3.

Earlier that day, in the semifinals, Lehigh posted another 4 and 3 victory over Charlotte Hillary of Englewood, who went to the match play round of 32 at the California Women's Amateur Championship last week.

The girls final was a matchup of two of the four players who represented Colorado in the Girls Junior Americas Cup at Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen. The finalists were all square after four holes, but Lehigh won the next three, making 15-foot birdie putts on Nos. 5 and 7 and prevailing with a par on No. 6.

Schalk, winner of this event in 2016, cut the deficit to 1 down by winning No. 9 with a par and No. 11 with a birdie. But Lehigh, the 2017 4A state high school champion, won 12 and 13 with pars, then she closed out the match on No. 15, where her 210-yard 4 hybrid from the rough ended up a couple of inches from the hole for an eagle.

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PAST CHAMPIONS

2017

Kyle Pearson

Emma Bryant

2016

Griffin Barela

Hailey Schalk

2015

Pierce Aichinger

Amy Chitkoksoong

2014

Sam Marley

Samantha Barker  

2013

Jake Staiano

Sydney Merchant    

2012

Andrew Romano

Calli Ringsby

2011

John Ahern

SeungHa Choi

2010

Nick Allen

Lindsay McGetrick

2009

Derek Fribbs

Somin Lee

2008

Brian Dorfman

Somin Lee

2007

Mark Hubbard

Melissa Martin

2006

Tyler Parsloe

Kayley Kempton

2005

Tyler Parsloe

Kayley Kempton

2004

Patrick Grady

Rachel Larson

2003

Tom Glissmeyer

Carla Scanniello

2002

Tom Glissmeyer

Kelly Jaques

2001

Dan Silva

Jennie Peek

2000

Dustin Mills

Lynette Duran

1999

Christian Sanchez

Kate Waggoner

1998

Shawn Wills

Nicki Cutler

1997

Mike English

Nancy Abiecunas

1996

Leif Olson

Nancy Abiecunas

1995

Ben Fiala

Katie Knode

1994

Randy Francis

Michelle Thomas

1993

Cam Osler

Jennifer Kern

1992

Jay Osmon

Kelly Heffer

1991

Mike Troyer

Kelly Heffer

1990

Ted Scribner

Jennifer McCormick

1989

Ray Best III

Lanny Whiteside

1988

Monte Montgomery

Jill McGill

1987

David Howe

Jodi Zwemke

1986

Charlie Whalen

Shelley Mallet

1985

Brett Dean

Kristie Warren

1984

Brandt Jobe

Wendy Werley

1983

Ron Speaker

Gailynn Addis

1982

Doug Bakke

Sue Allen

1981

Brad Penfold

Gailynn Addis

1980

Ronnie Maxfield

Liza Wright

1979

Steve Ivan

Holly Morris

1978

Andy Carr

Dana Howe

1977

Rick Cramer

Kim Eaton

1976

David Lee

Patty Pichon

1975

Terry Kahl

Lauren Howe

1974

Rick Petri

Patty Pichon

1973

Kent Moore

Terry Smith

1972

Bill Loeffler, Jr.

Shannon Johnson

1971

Mike Reid

Shannon Johnson

1970

Jim Mundell

Shannon Johnson

1969

Tim Brauch

Callie Phillips

1968

Chuck Canepa

Holly Holzum

1967

Doug Rouse

Caroline Norblum

1966

Larry Webb

Diane Tiedgen

1965

Mike Jerome

Caroline Norblum

1964

Dan Sommers

Sherry Nicola

1963

Paul Meininger

Sherry Nicola

1962

Hale Irwin

Nancy Baum

1961

Bob Douma

Nancy Baum

1960

Gary Polumbus

Gail Heitler

1959

Larry Maurer

Ronna Degan

1958

Ronnie Wright

Dee Ward

1957

Sandy Zisman

Ronna Degan

1956

Gary Wright

Sally Hardwick

1955

Hal Ottaway

Sally Hardwick

1954

Davis Love

Diane Reed

1953

Davis Love

Sally Hardwick

1952

Ronnie Sevier

 

1951

Paul Ransom