Newman Takes The 2016 Nevada State Junior Championship
Weather doesn’t commonly affect golf in Las Vegas often, but the 2016 Nevada State Junior proved to be the exception. After Round 1 was suspended on Tuesday due to lighting in the area, juniors came back at 5:30am to complete their rounds.
After a bunch of close calls over the past year with the Las Vegas Junior Golf Association, Hazen Newman finally broke through in the biggest tournament of the year.
The Nevada State Junior Championship was played at Siena Golf Club over June 28-29, where Newman shot 76-71=147 to clip Grant McKay by one shot for the State Championship. Rounding out the Top 4 was Cameron Gambini and Mitchell, who tied at 149, just two shots back.
In the Boys 12-14 Division, Aarjav Patel took advantage of a miscue by Aiden Goldstein at the Scoring Table. After accidentally signing for a 73 instead of a 74, Goldstein was disqualified, which lead to Patel winning the Championship. Had he signed for the correct score, the two players would have gone into a sudden death playoff.
Colton Cherry and Kameron Kelsey finished second and third, respectively.
In the Girls Championship Division, Victoria Estrada showed she was the class of the field with rounds of 68-73=141 for a 12 shot victory over Gabby DeNunzio. Estrada was one shot off of the competitive course record in round one.
Finishing in third place was 13 year old McKenzi Hall with a score of 155.
In the Girls 12-14 Division, four young ladies battled for the State Championship, but Riana Mission ended up cruising! Mission has been playing unmatched golf as of late and she proved again this week why she is considered one of the best junior golfers in Southern Nevada.
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The LVJGA would like to thank Siena Golf Club for hosting the Nevada State Junior and their continued support of Junior Golf in Southern Nevada!