Junior golfers honored at Troon event | Sports

The JGAA named the 2021 Player of the Year and Sportsmanship Awards in five age categories at the awards banquet presented by Troon at the Papago Golf Course.

Thanks to Troon’s support, the evening included a talk from mental strength trainer Howard Falco, who shared “awareness” strategies for breakthrough athletic success.

“The 2021 season has been a great year for the JGAA, and we applaud not only these winners, but all the junior golfers who have competed this year. “

In the men’s championship division, Gilbert’s Rylan Johnson had five wins, including three consecutive, in 13 tournaments entered to claim the player of the year award. Scheduled to play college golf at Oregon State, the 18-year-old has fallen twice this season, shooting 9-under-par rounds en route to victory at the Scottsdale City Junior Championship (62) and the Mesa City Championship ( 63) two weeks before. In the five highly competitive PING Junior Masters Series (PJMS) tournaments, Johnson achieved three T5 rankings, with his best rankings, respectively T3 and third in solo at the Willie Low Invitational and the Fisher-Bryan Invitational. He finished the season in fifth place in scoring average, with a total of 68.96 in 25 rounds.

Jennifer Seo won the title of player of the year in the women’s championship division, taking four wins in 13 entered tournaments. She scored her biggest win at the last PJMS tournament of the season, Willie Low Invitational. Prior to her victory, the 16-year-old also performed well in the previous four PJMS tournaments, placing T3, T4, T5 and T2 before breaking through. Her lowest turn of the season came at home; the Chandler resident earned a 4 under par 66 victory en route to the Chandler City Junior Championship. Seo’s 72.42 average over 26 rounds places her in fourth place overall for the season.

2021 JGAA Award Recipients

Player of the year award

• Boys Championship: Rylan Johnson, Gilbert

• Girls’ Championship: Jennifer Seo, Chandler

• Boys aged 15 to 18: Nicholas Lippe, Chandler

• Girls aged 15 to 18: Lily Huether, Tucson

• Boys 13 to 14: Ajay Morris, Avondale

• Girls 13 to 14: Aubrey Hilgers, Litchfield Park

• Boys 11 to 12: Zachary Schaefer, Tucson

• Girls 11 to 12: Hannah Nguyen, Phoenix

• Boys 10 and under: Henry Newkirk, Scottsdale

• Girls aged 10 and under: Beau Ellington, Paradise Valley

Sportsmanship Award

• Boys Championship: Wyatt Chapman, Gilbert

• Girls’ Championship: Kendall Hayward, Mesa

• Boys aged 15 to 18: Oliver Corwon, Vallée d’Oro

• Girls aged 15 to 18: Grace Rubelsky, Phoenix

• Boys 13 to 14: Matthew Lee, Paradise Valley

• Girls 13 to 14: Mallory McRee, Tucson

• Boys aged 11 to 12: Jack McDonough, Chandler

• Girls 11 to 12: Phoebe Brethower, Chandler

• Boys aged 10 and under: Dominic Bustos, Phoenix

• Girls aged 10 and under: Hayden Nguyen, Peoria

Most Improved Rewards

• Boys: Chase Rogers, Litchfield Park

2020 – 87.67

2021 – 78.57

• Girls: Delaney Stamp, Hymn

2020 – 97

2021 – 83.50

Volunteer of the year

• Bill Evans

Hole-in-one rewards

• Ben Carr: February 21

Phoenix Metro Junior Championship

No. 12, Stonecreek Golf Club

192 meters, iron 5

• Brady Sheridan: February 21

Phoenix Metro Junior Championship

No. 7, Sun City North Golf Course

175 yards, 8 iron

• Karissa Flores: March 20

Mashie Desert Championship

No. 14, Encanto Golf Course

145 meters away

• Matt Herberger: April 25

Tucson Conquistadores Spring Classic

No. 12 Silverbell Golf Course

175 yards, 8 iron

• Parker servomotor: June 2

Tucson City Junior Championship

No. 2, Randolph Golf Complex – Dell Urich

170 yards, hybrid

• Reid McNulty: June 9

Antigua Milt Coggins AZ Junior Stroke Play

No. 11, Papago Golf Course

146 meters away

• Collin Welle: July 7

City of Prescott Junior Championship

No. 8 at Antelope Hills Golf Resort – North Course

165 yards, 8 iron

Joseph K. Bennett