West Valley golfers place in junior tournament

Kelly Su, left, Ashley Menne, center, and Alexandra Quihuis placed in the top three in the Girls Championship Division at the IMG Academy Junior World Qualifier contested June 21-22 at Raven Golf Club in Phoenix. Menne, a Surprise resident, won and finished tied for 10th at the IMG Academy Junior World Championship earlier this month. [Submitted photo]

Jeff Locke
Special to Independent Newsmedia

The IMG Academy Junior World Championship recently teed off in San Diego, and Ashley Menne of Surprise posted a 2-over-par 290 (70-75-73-72) in the girls 15-18 division at Torrey Pines, North Course.

The junior-to-be attending Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix finished 10 strokes behind the medalist, tied for tenth.

In the boys event Ben Lorenz of Peoria ended up five strokes back at 1-over-par 289 to earn a Top 10 finish.

Preston Summerhays of Scottsdale posted the best score in the boys 15-18 division among Arizona participants on Torrey Pines South Course with a third-place finish at 2-under-par 286 (74-72-70-70), a mere two strokes off the pace.

Final standing for all JGAA members in the field:

15-18 Boys: T10: Ben Lorenz, Peoria +1 (68-73-75-73—289)
15-18 Girls: T10: Ashley Menne, Surprise +2 (70-75-73-72—290)
13-14 Girls: T65: Mattison Frick, Peoria +19 (78-79-78—235) T69: Ivy Song, Surprise +21 (81-74-82—237)
11-12 Boys: T115: Jack Layman, Surprise +31 (84-81-82—247)
11-12 Girls: T70: Kyla Layman, Surprise +46 (88-89-85—262)

To qualify for the event, Menne shot 72-68 to finish in first place at 4-under-par 140 at the IMG Academy Junior World Qualifier contested June 21-22 at Raven Golf Club in Phoenix.

From its beginnings in 1952 with a group of 50 young players at the then Mission Valley Country Club, today the IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championships has grown to host 1,200 participants representing 56 countries and 42 states. The tournament is the largest international event in the world and is uniquely recognized for its cultural diversity.

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. For more information visit jgaa.org or call 602-944-6168.


What: Arizona Junior Match Play Championship
When: Aug. 2-3
Where: Mirabel Golf Club, Scottsdale

Preston Summerhays and Ben Lorenz were among the Top 10 players in the 15-18 Boys Division at the recent IMG Academy Junior World Championship in San Diego. Lorenz is from Peoria. [Submitted photo]

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