Phoenix Jr. Open Recap - March 19-20

Phoenix Junior Open

Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Phoenix, Ariz. March 19-20

On Thurs., March 17, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Phoenix, Ariz., to host the Phoenix Junior Open at the Adobe course at Arizona Biltmore Country Club. With great weather in the forecast, the kids were ready to make their mark on the tour’s second ever tournament in Arizona. The weather for the tournament days couldn’t have been better for the golfers. Saturday’s weather was sunny with a breeze, which made for a great way to start the tournament. The weather stayed the same on Sunday, making it beautiful for some golf for the weekend. The HJGT would like to thank the Arizona Biltmore Country Club staff for allowing us to host our Phoenix Junior Open at a great venue. Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings were awarded to the Girls 13 and under, Girls 14-18, Boys 11-13, Boys 14-15 and Boys 16-18 divisions. Each division winner received an invitation to the 2016 Tour Championship on Dec. 3-4 and the top three in each division received an invitation to the 2016 Druh Belts Mid Season Invitational at Chateau Elan on June 11-13. The top-ten finishers also received points towards end year honors, which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.

Boys 16-18 Division

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Ryan McMillan

Ryan McMillan[/caption] The champion of the Boys 16-18 division at the Phoenix Junior Open was Ryan Mcmillan of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Mcmillan (70-72) finished the tournament at two-under-par making him the overall tournament champion with a five-stroke victory. We had a four-way tie for fourth place out of 13 divisional competitors. The four-way tie was between Justin Fischer (74-73) of Rio Rico, Ariz.; Forrest Green (75-72) of Tucson, Ariz.; first round co-leader Daniel Kirkendall (70-77) of Buckeye, Ariz.; and Blake Hartung (74-73) of Pleasant Hill, Iowa. Mcmillan was the division’s birdie leader with nine. Fischer recorded his second runner-up finish in as many starts on the HJGT.    

Boys 14-15 Division

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Benjamin Yehle

Benjamin Yehle[/caption] The champion of the Boys 14-15 division at the Phoenix Junior Open was Benjamin Yehle (74-76) of Chandler, Ariz. Yehle finished the tournament at six-over-par and took home the first place trophy after winning a one-hole playoff with Ryan Berry (79-71) of Scottsdale, Ariz. Berry started the day five strokes off the lead and carded a division low 71 to nearly take the title. Tommy Dallahan (79-72) of Ellington, Conn., took third place out of seven divisional competitors at seven-over-par. Simon Trebon of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Dallahan were the division’s birdie leaders with five.    

Boys 11-13 Division

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Anawin Pikulthong

Anawin Pikulthong[/caption] The champion of the Boys 11-13 division at the Phoenix Junior Open was Anawin Pikulthong (77-77) of Gilbert, Ariz. Pikulthong shot 10-over-par and fended off first round co-leader Mikey Russello for the title. Russello of Scottsdale, Ariz., finished at 14-over-par after closing with an 81. There was a two-way tie for third place out of eight competitors in the division that included Arizonians Jacob Tarkany of Scottsdale and Charlie Palmer of Paradise Valley. Palmer and Pikulthong were the division’s birdie leaders with five.      

Boys 10U Division

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Riley Wortman

Riley Wortman[/caption] The champion of the Boys 10 and under division at the Phoenix Junior Open was Riley Wortman (81-79) of Queen Creek, Ariz. Wortman shot 16-over-par for the tournament and carded the division’s two lowest rounds. Reed Wright (82-83) of Gilbert, Ariz., finished five shots off Wortman’s pace. The third of three competitors was Alec Hilgers of Litchfield Park, Ariz., who took finished with scores of 95 and 88. Wright was the division’s birdie leader with three      

Girls 14-18 Division

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Ashley Menne

Ashley Menne[/caption] The champion of the Girls 14-18 division at the Phoenix Junior Open was Ashley Menne (74-76) of Surprise, Ariz., after posting six-over-par for the tournament for a five-stroke victory. Menne’s first round featured four birdies on the card and no holes of bogey or worse. Taking second place out of 12 divisional competitors was Tiegan Taylor (77-78) of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, who shot eleven-over-par for the Phoenix Junior Open. Stephanie Carras (79-77) of Midland, Mich., and Hailey Stevenson (79-77) of Las Vegas, Nev., finished in a two-way tie for third place at 12-over-par. Menne was also the division’s birdie leader with five.    

Girls 13U Division

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Makenna Cabardo

Makenna Cabardo[/caption] The first-place finisher of the Girls 13 and under division at the Phoenix Junior Open was Makenna Cabardo of Scottsdale, Ariz. Cabardo (80-76) posted 12-over-par for the tournament and led nearly wire to wire. Kyla Wilde (84-78) of Phoenix, Ariz., finished in second place out of five divisional competitors after shooting 18-over-par. The third place trophy went to Lexi Schulman (87-90) of Vernon Hills, Ill. Cabardo was also the division’s birdie leader with four.      

Weather for March 19-20

Round 1: Low 60, High 90. Chilly Morning, Sunny Skies, Slight Breeze Round 2: Low 60, High 90. Chilly Morning, Sunny Skies, Slight Breeze

Tournament Division Yardages

Boys 16-18: 6,408 Yards Boys 14-15: 6,408 Yards Boys 11-13: 5,790 Yards Boys 10U: 4,852Yards Girls 14-18: 5,790 Yards Girls 13U: 5,247 Yards

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