Salpointe’s Mackenzie McRee wins Phoenix Metro Jr. Championship; Trevor Werbylo & Gavin Cohen come up big

Mackenzie McRee (JGAA Photo)

Salpointe junior standout Mackenzie McRee shot a 2-under-par 142 to win the Phoenix Metro Jr. Championship held at the Aguila Golf Course in Laveen Village this past weekend. McRee held on to beat Hamilton standout Jennifer Seo by two strokes.


McRee shot an even 72 on Saturday but Seo went 5-under on Sunday to make things close. McRee was 2-under after her fifth hole on Sunday and she shot even the rest of the day.

Cienega standout Daniel Henely took second on the boy’s side by three strokes behind Brophy prep standout Charlie Palmer. Palmer shot a 2-under 140 at the Stone Creek Golf Club located in Phoenix.

Rincon/University standout Lily Huether took second by one stroke (152 to 153) in the Girls 15-18 Division, Ironwood Ridge standout Andrew Bowers took second (149 to 151) in the Boys 15-18 Division.

Former Salpointe standout Trevor Werbylo took first place at The Prestige

University of Arizona senior Trevor Werbylo (Salpointe) shot a 4-under 209 to take a piece of first place at The Prestige held at the Greg Norman Course at PGA West in California last week. In doing so, Werbylo gave the Wildcats a share of first place as a team along with North Carolina.

Former Catalina Foothills standout Gavin Cohen wins back-to-back tournaments

Former Catalina Foothills standout Gavin Cohen shot 20 birdies for Loyola Marymount at the Nick Watney Invitational at the Sunnyside Country Club located in Fresno (Feb. 7-9). Cohen won the individual title after a playoff victory on the 18th hole.

Cohen turned around and won The Joust hosted by California Baptist (Feb. 22-23) at the Goose Creek Golf Club located in Mira Loma. He became the third golfer from Loyola Marymount to win back-to-back individual championships.


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