Gathered at Longbow Golf Club Arizona’s best junior golfers – 30 girls and 48 boys – competed in the Fisher-Bryan Invitational held Feb. 13-14.
The second coveted PING Junior Masters Series tournament of the 2021 JGAA season, in the Girls Championship division, Kendall Todd of Goodyear held the first round lead after an even-par 71, according to a press release.
Vying for her second-consecutive PING Jr Masters Series win of the season, the UNLV commit sat two strokes ahead of Grace Summerhays of Scottsdale, who in late January finished second place to Miss Todd in her PING Jr Masters series win.
In a final round duel, Misses Todd and Summerhays made the turn tied at 1-over par. Miss Todd picked up a birdie at 12 for the lead, which Miss Summerhays leveled with a birdie at No. 16 then pulled ahead by one stroke with another birdie at No. 17, before matching Miss Todd’s birdie on the final hole to win the championship by one stroke at 2-under-par 140 (73-67).
Miss Todd finished solo-second place at 1-under-par 141 with rounds of 71-70, the release said. Abby Schutte of Goodyear finished T3 at 4-over par after shooting 76-70—146, and ASU-bound Calynne Rosholt, likewise, finished T3 with rounds of 76-70.
On the boy’s side, Cameron Kaiser of Scottsdale set a high bar in the first round with a bogey-free, 5-under-par 66 to lead the Boys Championship division by three strokes over Joseph Lloyd of Scottsdale at 1-under 69, noted the release.
In the second round, Nicholas Watts of Springfield, Oregon caught up with Mr. Kaiser with a 3-under 68, including four birdies in the final six holes, to force a playoff at 4-under-par 138.
Mr. Kaiser sought his second PING Jr Masters Series tournament win and Mr. Watts his first. They pushed the first playoff hole, the par-5 18th, with birdies before Mr. Watt accomplished another birdie, on 18 for the win, the release added.
Rylan Johnson of Gilbert shot 70-71—141 to finish third place at 1-under par; seventh-place finisher, Brayden Bozak, of Gilbert tied the low round of the tournament with final round 5-under 66 including an eagle-2 on the par-4 4th hole, according to the release.
“Tight finishes in both divisions certainly make for an exciting tournament,” said Scott McNevin, executive director of the JGAA, in a prepared statement. “Thank you to the Jeff Fisher and Stacie Bryan, of the Fisher-Bryan Golf Academy, for all they do for junior golf. And thank you to Longbow for hosting our second PING Junior Masters tournament.”
The PING Junior Masters Series consists of five tournaments held at some of the most prestigious courses in Arizona. Debuting in 2015, the PING Junior Masters Series is a series of invitation-only tournaments tailored to Arizona junior golfers with the desire and ability to compete locally against their top-ranked peers, noted the release.
The field for the events is limited to junior golfers invited to compete by their national ranking by Junior Golf Scoreboard – boys must be in the top 3,500 and girls in the top 1,500.
“Our goal is to provide a competitive place for aspiring players to play,” said JGAA Chairman of the Board Alex Clark, in a prepared statement. “This tournament series will allow kids to earn national-level points and will serve as a launching pad for nationally chartered events.”
Openings for junior players from neighboring states depend on availability at each event. Qualified junior players can sign up for the PING Junior Major Series by visiting www.jgaa.org.
Learn more about the JGAA and the PING Junior Masters Series. Contact Scott McNevin, JGAA executive director, email@example.com; or call 602-944-6168.