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 - CONNOR JONES

 

CURRENT YEAR WINNER - CAROLINE JORDAAN

For Connor Jones, it was his first championship in a major as he had placed second and third in the previous two this year.

“It feels good,” said the 17-year-old Mountain Range High School graduate, who called this victory probably the biggest of his career. “I’ve played in a bunch of these tournaments and this is pretty much my last junior tournament, so it feels good to go out on a high note and play good.

“I’ve competed in a lot of really good tournaments. I haven’t won very much, so it feels really good to get a win.”

After needing 19 holes to win his semifinal over Lucas Howell of Colorado Springs — Jones prevailed with a par on the first extra hole — he never trailed in the title match and always had the advantage after winning the second hole with a birdie. In fact, he never lost a hole in the match and made four birdies and 10 pars in 14 holes. Jones pulled away with a 15-foot birdie on 10 and 30-footer on 13.

“I’ve been close in a lot of tournaments,” he said. “There’s a pretty good field this week and it feels good to finally win.”

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Caroline Jordaan earned her second victory in a JGAC major, but her first since 2015, when she captured the Colorado Junior PGA title.

The championship match on the girls side was quite a bit tighter, particularly through the first nine holes. Indeed, Mason, a 15-year-old sophomore-to-be at Holy Family, went 1 up with a 15-foot birdie on No. 8. But three straight bogeys by her — a three-putt on 9, a missed green on 10 and a water ball off the tee on 11 — gave Jordaan a 2-up advantage as the 18-year-old reeled off eight straight pars before making birdie on 13.

“Today I got my ball-striking back, which was really nice,” Jordaan said. “I tried to stay patient with the putting and it eventually worked.”

It was another big victory following a triumph individually and for her Colorado Academy team at the 3A state high school meet in May. She also placed 16th overall in the CoBank Colorado Women’s Open in late May and advance to the match play round of 16 at the Women’s Western Junior in June.

“It definitely feels good to end my junior career with a win before I go to DU,” she said. “That was the goal going into the week. I’m real happy with the result.”

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PAST CHAMPIONS

2018

Jack Castiglia

Lauren Lehigh

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