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Arizona commit Maya Benita leads the field at the Tucson City Jr Golf Championships

Maya Benita (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com

Tucson City Jr Championship-Tucson Conquistadores

The first round of the Tucson City Jr Championship took place Tuesday at the Randolph Golf Complex. The Tucson City Jr Championship is held under the guidance of the Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA) with sponsorship from the Tucson Conquistadores, Tucson City Golf and the Ricki Rarick Junior Golf Program.

Former Catalina Foothills standout Maya Benita leads the Girls Championship division by five strokes over the field on the Dell Urich Golf Course. Benita shot a 4-under-par 66 after connecting on three straight birdies on holes 2, 3 and 4. Benita won the AIA Division II state championship last fall and will be playing for the University of Arizona.

Benita took third at the Phoenix Metro Jr. Championships and then followed that up with a championship at the FBGA-PING Jr Masters in February.

LINK: FREE DAY ONE PHOTOS FROM DELL URICH

On the boy’s side, Adam Miller and Anawin Pikulthong are tied for first place in the Championship Division with a 5-under 67 on the Randolph North Golf Course. Miller (Phoenix) and Pikulthong (Gilbert) are one stroke ahead of Javier Delgadillo of El Paso.

Round two will get underway at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

TOP FIVE FROM EACH DIVISION

BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP (Randolph)
T1-Adam Miller 2023, Phoenix 67 -5
T1-Anawin Pikulthong 2023, Gilbert 67 -5
3-Javier Delgadillo 2022, El Paso 68 -4
4-Alan Quezada 2021, Phoenix 69 -3
T5-Jackson Norwich 2021, El Paso 70 -2
T5-Ryan Plodkowski 2022, San Diego 70 -2
T5-Noah Nuez 2021, Laveen 70 -2
T5-Alex Vekich 2021, Scottsdale 70 -2

GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP (Dell Urich)
1-Maya Benita 2020, Tucson 66 -4
T2-Kylee Loewe 2021, Scottsdale 71 +1
T2-Mattison Frick 2022, Peoria 71 +1
4-Susan Gietl 2022, Tucson 72 +2
T5-Zoe Newell 2023, Oro Valley 73 +3
T5-Carly Strole 2020, Avondale 73 +3

BOYS 15-18 (Randolph)
T1-Kevin Chor 2023, Chandler 71 -1
T1-Tanner Olson 2021, Peoria 71 -1
3-RJ Wright III 2020, Bisbee 74 +2
4-Jonathan Maese 2021, El Paso 75 +3
T5-Nicholas Morrow 2023, Phoenix 76 +4
T5-Eddie Sandoval 2023, El Paso 76 +4
T5-Devin Ackermann 2021, Tucson 76 +4
T5-Garrett Olson 2020, Peoria 76 +4

GIRLS 15-18 (Dell Urich)
1-Abigale Morris 2022, Buckeye 76 +6
T2-Lucy Newell 2025, Oro Valley 78 +8
T2-Annie Dawson 2023, Phoenix 78 +8
T4-Grace Garner 2021, Anthem 80 +10
T4-Baylee Hodgman 2022, Mesa 80 +10

BOYS 13-14 (Dell Urich)
1-Oscar Uribe 2024, Scottsdale 72 +2
2-Jake Myre 2023, Tucson 73 +3
3-Finn Meister 2025, Tucson 75 +5
T4-Chase Pickering 2025, Tucson 76 +6
T4-James Rogers 2024, Cave Creek 76 +6
T4-Jack Layman 2023, Surprise 76 +6

GIRLS 13-14 (Dell Urich)
T1-Raegan Capizzi 2024, Scottsdale 73 +3
T1-Ashley Shaw 2027, Litchfield Park 73 +3
3-Jayden Jevnick 2024, Cave Creek 75 +5
4-Kate Hauptman 2024, Scottsdale 76 +6
5-Lily Huether 2024, Tucson 77 +7

BOYS 11-12 (Dell Urich)
1-Zachary Schaefer 2027, Tucson 33 -2
T2-Everett Corwon 2027, Sahuarita 35 E
T2-Ethan Arneson 2026, Mesa 35 E
4-Hudson Parker 2026, Tucson 36 +1
5-Chase Cesarek 2026, Tucson 37 +2

GIRLS 11-12 (Dell Urich)
T1-Julia Herzberg 2026, Gilbert 38 +3
T1-Isabella Piazza 2026, Phoenix 38 +3
3-Kylie Kuppersmith 2026, Gilbert 39 +4
4-Mallory McRee 2027, Tucson 42 +7
T5-Peyton DeCosta 2027, Glendale 44 +9
T5-Cynthia Lang 2026, Chandler 44 +9

BOYS 10 & UNDER (Dell Urich)
1-Maverick Midthun 2029, Chandler 32 -3
2-David Vanden Branden 2028, Oro Valley 34 -1
3-Brody Olayvar 2029, Tucson 35 E
4-Ian Kennedy 2029, Maricopa 36 +1
5-Boone Wilcox 2027, Tucson 37 +2

GIRLS 10 & UNDER (Dell Urich)
1-Hannah Nguyen 2029, Phoenix 35 E
2-Kaitlyn Moreland 2027, Scottsdale 37 +2
3-Ariela Renee Trejo 2028, Tucson 46 +11
T4-Londyn Goulet 2029, Chandler 50 +15
T4-Addison Tillman 2027, Oro Valley 50 +15
6-Jensen Bell 2028, Tucson 60 +25

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