JGAC Tour Championship

JGAC Tour Championship

JGAC TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

The creation of the JGAC in 2016 marked the inagural year for the JGAC Tour Championship.

CURRENT YEAR WINNER - PARKER PAXTON

 

CURRENT YEAR WINNER - CHARLOTTE HILLARY

14-year-old JGAC member Parker Paxton of Riverton, Wyo., pulled away down the stretch to claim the boys championship by three over two-time 4A state high school champion Micah Stangebye of Montrose.

“It feels pretty awesome” to win the Tour Championship, said Paxton, an eighth grader at Riverton Middle School. “I’m very thankful Colorado let me into this event. And Cherry Hills was just an amazing golf course. It’s pretty special. I kind of fell in love with the course while I was out there. It’s perfectly manicured, awesome. It means a lot to win this one.”

Paxton and Gavin Hagstrom of Fort Collins were neck and neck atop the leaderboard most of Sunday. Hagstrom, a senior at Fossil Ridge High School, was one ahead after a birdie on 11. But he bogeyed 12, and Paxton took the lead for good with a 12-foot birdie on No. 15. After both players bogeyed 16, Hagstrom fell back with a double-bogey 7 on No. 17 and Paxton closed with a birdie on 18.

Paxton ended up with a 1-under-par 71 on Sunday, giving him a winning total of 3-under 141 in his first days ever playing Cherry Hills. He carded four birdies — including a 60-footer on No. 8 — and three bogeys on Sunday.

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As if completing a personal trifecta in the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado’s Tour Championship weren’t enough for Charlotte Hillary on Sunday, the 17-year-old accomplished the feat at her home course, Cherry Hills Country Club. And, to take it yet another step, with the victory the Kent Denver senior earned the Girls Player of the Year award from the JGAC.

Hillary won the JGAC Tour Championship each of the previous two times she played in the event — in 2016 at Cherry Hills and last year at Denver Country Club. And this time she left little suspense in claiming the title by 10 strokes.

“That was one of my goals this year,” Hillary said of her personal three-peat in the Tour Championship. “I’m really happy to have done it. To have won it three years is not something a lot of people can say.

“This is my last time playing in it, which is pretty sad, because next year I’ll be in college. But just to look back and have my name on the trophy three times is really special. I’m definitely excited about that.”

Hillary, whose family has been members at Cherry Hills since 2003, birdied the last two holes — including a 25-footer on 18 — on Sunday to shoot a 3-over-par 75, giving her a winning total of 3-over 147. On day 2, she made three birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey.

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PAST CHAMPIONS

2018

Jackson Klutznick

Charlotte Hillary

2017

Davis Bryant

Hailey Schalk

2016

Trevor Olkowski

Charlotte Hillary