Anawin Pikulthong of Chandler shot 5-under-par 66 to sit on top of the round-one leaderboard at the DLB Custom Homes Scottsdale City Junior Championship, Aug. 15-16 at TPC Scottsdale.
With three wins this season and a couple recent second-place finishes, Pikulthong put up another 66 on the Stadium Course the next day to earn second place at 10-under-par 132.
Thanks to a spectacular final-round 64, Max Lyons of Peoria – who started the day one stroke behind Pikulthong – pulled off the two-shot swing to win by one stroke at 11-under-par 131.
In the first round, he made an eagle-two after knocking it on the green at the drivable par-4 15th of the Champions Course. Then, Lyons fired a 6-under-par 30 on the famed back nine of the Stadium Course with birdies at 10 and 11 – the hardest hole on the golf course – before picking up four more birdies on 13, 15, 16 and 18.
Earlier this summer, Lyons won the PING Invitational contested July 16-17 at Grand Canyon University Golf Course.
In the Boys Championship division, Ben Lorenz of Peoria jumped out to the first-round lead with a 6-under-par 65.
Bound for the University of Oklahoma, Sunrise Mountain graduate Lorenz picked up where he left off in the first round with three birdies within the first six holes of the second round until Lyons, who attends O’Connor High School, outpaced Lorenz down the stretch with birdies on holes 16 and 18.
Lyons fired a bogeyless 67-65—132 to win at 10-under par, one stroke ahead of a hard-charging Alan Quezada of Phoenix who fired a final-round 64 to finish in second place at 9-under-par 133. Damon Vilkauskas (68-67) of Mesa and Lorenz (65-70) tied for third place at 7-under-par 135.
The Junior Golf Association of Arizona is a 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to educate, motivate and inspire Arizona’s youth through golf and all of the valuable lessons and life skills inherent to the game. In addition to hosting competitive events, the JGAA develops programs for local schools, assists golf courses with their junior programs, conducts college prep seminars and etiquette clinics.
The JGAA also awards two scholarship funds annually to high school senior members of the JGAA for their college education — the Tres Arnold and the John Wolfinger Memorial College Scholarships. For information, visit www.jgaa.org or call 602-944-6168.