Arizona, California Golfers Win Las Vegas Founders Junior Golf Championship

Ryan Sheffer

June 15, 2007–At the 18th annual Las Vegas Founders Junior Golf Championship presented by Meadow Gold Dairy, consecutive birdies gave Ryan Sheffer of Tucson, Ariz., the lead he needed to finish the tournament with a 10-under-par 203 and take the championship title. Sarah Salvo of Glendale, Calif., won the girls division by one stroke by firing a 10-over-par 223 to claim her first victory at an American Junior Golf Association open tournament. The Las Vegas golfer contingent was lead by Kevin Colignon who fired three rounds of 71-69-67–207, to finish in fifth place. His final round 67 equaled Sheffer's total, and was good for best of the day. The best finish for a girl from Las Vegas was In-ah Park, who fired rounds of 73-81-74–228, good for 9th place.

Conducted by the AJGA, The Las Vegas Founders Junior Golf Championship presented by Meadow Gold Dairy was a 54-hole stroke play event held at Angel Park Golf Club – Mountain Course. The 84-player event featured 63 boys and 21 girls, 48 of them from California, 14 from Arizona and 11 from Southern Nevada.

The event has been played at other Las Vegas golf courses including Legacy Golf Club and Boulder Creek Golf Club, and has been operated by the Las Vegas Founders, who operated the Las Vegas PGA Tour event from 1983-2006.

 

Ryan Sheffer

Ryan Sheffer

Sheffer's shot out of the bunker to three feet on No. 17 earned him his third birdie and first lead of the day. The two-shot cushion allowed him to relax and concentrate on his tee shot off No. 18, where he carded his fourth birdie for the round.

"I aimed at the bunker and hit a decent second shot," Sheffer said of the par-5 on No. 17. "After I finished No. 17 I felt pretty good about my chances of winning."

Tied for second place in the tournament was Michael Gideon of Lancaster , Calif., Tyler Weworski of Carlsbad, Calif., and Nicholas Losole III of Scottsdale, Ariz. with 7-under-par 206. Kevin Collignon of Las Vegas, Nev. rounded out the Boys Division with 6-under-par 207.

 

Sarah Salvo

Sarah Salvo

It was a head-to-head competition in the Girls Division between Salvo and Lindy LaBauve of Scottsdale, Ariz., but it was Salvo who claimed the championship by one stroke after saving par on Nos. 17 and 18.

"I knew that I needed the putt on No. 17 to stay alive," Salvo said. "It was going to come down to the last hole, so I kept telling myself that I've done this before."

Tied for second place in the Girls Division were LaBauve and Robyn Kim of Cypress, Calif. , at 11-over-par 224.

The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.

The largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 foreign countries.

Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.

BOYS DIVISION RESULTS

Ryan Sheffer, Tucson, Ariz. 67-69-67—203

Michael Gideon, Lancaster, Calif. 70-68-68—206

Tyler Weworski, Carlsbad, Calif. 67-66-73—206

Nicholas Losole III, Scottsdale, Ariz. 72-63-71—206

Kevin Collignon, Las Vegas, Nev. 71-69-67—207

E.J. Kahn, Los Angeles, Calif. 71-69-69—209

Derek Ernst, Clovis, Calif. 70-70-69—209

Rak Cho, Torrance, Calif. 68-70-72—210

Zachary Blair, Ogden, Utah 71-69-70—210

Ji Park , Fullerton, Calif. 68-71-71—210

Max Homa, Valencia, Calif. 72-68-71—211

Coy Breen, San Antonio, Texas 69-68-74—211

Daniel Miernicki, Santee, Calif. 72-68-71—211

John Huh, Montrose, Calif. 69-71-71—211

Justin Spray, Colorado Springs, Colo. 71-68-72—211

Beau Schoolcraft, Englewood, Colo. 70-69-72—211

Benjamin Lein, Diamond Bar, Calif. 70-71-71—212

Ramsey Sahyoun, Reseda, Calif. 72-70-70—212

Troy Anderson, Paradise Valley, Ariz. 72-70-70—212

Matt Carroll, Heathrow, Fla. 74-73-68—215

Sam Smith, Turlock, Calif. 68-74-73—215

C.J. Kim, Chandler, Ariz. 72-71-72—215

Bobby Lee Robinson, Fountain Hills, Ariz. 71-75-71—217

Eric Kim, San Jose, Calif. 73-71-73—217

Mark Pollak, San Antonio, Texas 74-69-74—217

Johnny Mac Arthur, Santa Clarita, Calif. 74-66-77—217

Dustin Rhone, Culver City, Calif. 73-73-72—218

Marco Fortades, Glendale, Calif. 71-74-73—218

Dillon Hakes, Coronado, Calif. 74-78-67—219

Andrew Haggen, Walnut Creek, Calif. 76-75-68—219

Sean Madera, Houston, Texas 72-72-75—219

Christopher Plappert, Las Vegas, Nev. 72-76-71—219

Dennis Carson, Burlingame, Calif. 76-71-72—219

Henry Park, Waikoloa, Hawaii 70-77-73—220

Justin Lee, Tarzana, Calif. 76-73-71—220

Kevin Stratton, Las Vegas, Nev. 73-72-75—220

Chris Ortiz, Rio Rancho, N.M. 70-75-75—220

Jason Peters, Atascadero, Calif. 73-73-74—220

Ryan Dagerman, Dallas, Texas 76-72-73—221

Dusty Craddock, Boulder City, Nev. 75-74-73—222

Glen Scher, Agoura Hills, Calif. 74-74-74—222

Jeffrey Stevens, Del Mar, Calif. 81-71-70—222

Jin Song, Scottsdale, Ariz. 76-71-76—223

Kaleb Mahanes, Erie, Colo. 74-77-72—223

Matthew Siporin, Tarzana, Calif. 76-76-72—224

Robert Perrott III, Rio Rico , Ariz. 76-71-77—224

Brian O'Regan, Walnut Creek, Calif. 77-72-75—224

Hunter Hullett, Scottsdale, Ariz. 79-74-71—224

Niall Platt, Santa Barbara, Calif. 75-72-77—224

Tom Callahan, Sierra Vista, Ariz. 76-74-74—224

Gordon Webb, Malta, Mont. 74-75-77—226

Zak Carroll, Las Vegas, Nev. 74-75-77—226

Skyler Hong, San Diego, Calif. 78-72-77—227

Kevin Lim, Las Vegas, Nev. 75-73-79—227

Daniel Lee, Valencia, Calif. 75-77-75—227

Seungrok Cheon, Indio, Calif. 77-76-75—228

Ty Spinella, Aledo, Texas 73-80-76—229

Kory Harrell, Colorado Springs, Colo. 75-74-80—229

Zachary Baker, Scottsdale, Ariz. 78-73-81—232

Michael Mueller, Mesa, Ariz. 77-78-80—235

Raymond Gillip II, Las Vegas, Nev. 75-82-79—236

Taylor Meadows, Boerne, Texas 78-82-76—236

Robert Nicanor, San Diego, Calif. 82-80-78—240

GIRLS DIVISION

Sarah Salvo, Glendale, Calif. 72-76-75—223

Lindy LaBauve, Scottsdale, Ariz. 79-70-75—224

Robyn Kim, Cypress, Calif. 76-75-73—224

Grace Chung, Fullerton, Calif. 79-71-75—225

Kelsey Vines, St. George, Utah 76-74-75—225

Alice Kim, Diamond Bar, Calif. 74-76-75—225

Beverly Vatananugulkit, Cerritos, Calif. 84-71-72—227

Michelle Piyapattra, Corona, Calif. 80-74-73—227

In-Ah Park, Las Vegas, Nev. 73-81-74—228

Sehee Kim, Maricopa, Ariz. 75-74-82—231

Katie Allare, Scottsdale, Ariz. 76-81-74—231

Kelsey Conway, Ventura, Calif. 79-80-77—236

Lauren Oh, Pleasanton, Calif. 83-78-77—238

Rachel Kim, Diamond Bar , Calif. 84-75-79—238

Bethany Glassford, Henderson, Nev. 79-79-81—239

Sydnee Mack, Las Vegas, Nev. 80-81-80—241

Jennel Alexander, Gardena, Calif. 82-76-84—242

Kristen Hagan, Charlotte, N.C. 82-81-81—244

Janelle Song, Oxnard, Calif. 82-82-80—244

Alexandra Borcherts, Las Vegas, Nev. 85-81-85—251

Cristina De Tomasi, Lafayette, Calif. 97-93-96—286

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