TPC Scottsdale-Champions Course: June 16-17
The first round of the Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA) State Junior Golf Championship is in the books with former Catalina Foothills standout Maya Benita coming in five strokes off the pace at the TPC Scottsdale-Champions Course.
The University of Arizona commit shot a 3-over-par 74 while Kendall Todd of Goodyear came in with a 2-under 69 to lead the field by one stroke. Todd and Benita were teammates at the 2019 Girls Junior America’s Cup held in Murrieta, California.
On the boy’s side, Hamilton sophomore Anawin Pikulthong shot a 5-under 66 to take an early one-stroke lead. Former Bisbee standout RJ Wright came in with a round of 74 to lead the Southern Arizona field. Wright signed with South Mountain.
Round Two will tee off at 7 a.m.
1 Kendall Todd 2021, Goodyear 69 -2
2 Makenzie Cooper 2022, Litchfield Park 70
T3 Ashley Menne 2020, Surprise 71
T3 Alyzzah Vakasiuola 2020, San Tan Valley 71
5 Calynne Rosholt 2021, Cave Creek 72
6 Kylee Loewe 2021, Scottsdale 73
T7 Carolyn Fuller 2023, Phoenix 74
T7 Maya Benita 2020, Tucson 74
T7 Emma Tang 2022, Chino Hills (CA) 74
T10 Talia Gutman 2022, Scottsdale 75
T10 Zoe Newell 2023, Oro Valley 75
T10 Carly Strole 2020, Avondale 5
T10 Sydney Seigel 2021, Scottsdale 75
T10 Sydney Bryan 2021, Mesa 75
T10 Mattison Frick 2022, Peoria 75
1 Anawin Pikulthong 2023, Gilbert 66 -5
T2 Joseph Lloyd 2021, Scottsdale 67
T2 Max Lyons 2021, Peoria 67
24 RJ Wright 2020, Bisbee 74
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