A top the Boys 13-19 division, Garrett deFisser and Luke Kelly tied for first place, shooting tournament scores of one under for both rounds. Close behind was Brittain Walton, who shot three under par during round two to finish the tournament at even par and taking third place.
Hosted by the prestigious Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa, with the boys field at capacity, one hundred juniors from all across America came to play in the second annual NAJA tournament starting New Years Eve and concluding January 4th, 2016. The tournament consisted of a stroke play championship and a match play competition.
In the Girls 13-19 division, Ashley Meene shot two impressive rounds; round 1 included an eagle on the back nine, finishing at even par. Round two she was very consistent, making a birdie on hole 18 to bring her round to one under par, ending up being tied for first place. Also shooting one under for the tournament was Karen Miyamoto, with an impressive first round of two under finished the tournament tied for first. Following closely behind the leaders was Monet Flores. Making several birdies in both rounds one and two to keep herself in contention finishes the tournament at one over par to take third place. During round two, Alyssa Burritt made a hole in one on the par 3 number 15 to shoot one under on the back nine.
Boys match play was set up for three exciting days of play when number 32 seed Ben Graham beat number 1 seed Luke Kelly one up in round one. Other notable upsets during round one were number 24 seed Jackson Vickers beat number 7 seed Jared Edeen 3-2 to move on to round two, and number 29 seed Daniel Pearson beat number 4 seed Hayden Sayre 2-1 to also move onto the next round. In the middle of the pack and regular tour player Ethan Casto played through 17 holes to clinch the round one win against seed number 18 Gabe Velarde and proceeded to play another 11 holes in round 2 to also win that round, defeating number two seed and moving on to the quarter finals. Finally making it to the final round for the boys match play championship, number 5 seed Scott Redelsperger was matched with number 8 seed Matthew Schwab. The boys played a full regulation round to find out the winner, Scott Redelsperger, who took the title 1 up winning hole 18.
The girls match play competition prove to be just as exciting as the boys. Competition was high between number 16 seed Jessica Williams and number 1 seed Karen Miyamoto, pushing back and forth until Miyamoto took the round at 1 up to move on to round 2. Upset match between number 2 seed Ashley Meene and number 7 seed Erin Sargent was during round 2 when Sargent took the round at 4- 3. Sargent moved on to make it to the final round. The final round was seed number 7 Erin Sargent against seed number 1 Karen Miyamoto. Their final round was pushed for 15 holes between the girls, where Miyamoto finally came out victorious finishing the round at 4-3.