The prestigious 2016 North American Junior Amateur Championship was held at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, AZ from December 30th, 2016 to January 3rd , 2017. The first two days consisted of individual stroke play in both divisions. A cut was mad after round two and match play began on day three. There was some incredible competition on the course this year, as both divisions had to go into extra holes to decide the winner.
In the Boys 13-19 division, several players were neck and neck after their first two days of individual play. Matt Schwab (Chandler, AZ), Sam Pyon (Happy Valley, OR), and Liam Powderly (Cockeysville, MD) all shot two day totals of 142. Matt and Liam both shot wonderful rounds of 69 and 73, while Sam showed consistency with a 72 and 70. Matt won the playoff to have the top spot in match play going in to day three. Other notable stroke play scores were from Matthew Werner (West Linn, OR) and Luke Trujillo (Colorado Springs, CO) both shooting two day totals of 143.
The Girls 13-19 division was just as competitive during their stroke play rounds. All players at the top of the leaderboard after day two were within one or two strokes of each other, making match play interesting. Shooting rounds of 75 and 74 was Camille Boyd (Yorba Linda, CA) which placed her in the top spot for the third day. Just behind by one stroke was May Wang (Portland, OR). May shot rounds of 77 and an improved 73. Rounding out the top 5 was Caroline Jordaan (Denver, CO), Kristen Lee (Pleasanton, CA) and Madeleine Lax (Goodyear, AZ) all shooting consistently with two day totals of 152, 153, and 154.
Match play started on the third day with 16 boys matches and 8 girls matches. Matt Schwab was paired with Ethan Klose from Phoenix, AZ. This match ended with Matt up 3 with two holes to go and sent him into the next round. Sam Pyon won his match 5 and 3 against Salt Lake City player Jack Nilsen. Liam Powderly also won his match 3 and 2 against Sumok Yun. The second day of match play would bring some new leaders in the boys division. Matt Schwab was beat by Chase McIntosh (Newcastle, WA) who was 1 up. Daehyun Jun rose from the 8th spot in stroke play to beat out two opponents and continue to the quarterfinals. Jun also went on to win his next match against McIntosh to move into the semifinals. Sam Pyon won his next match to put him in the semifinals against Liam Powderly. Jun defeated Josh Fambro (Taos, NM) while Pyon defeated Powderly to move into the finals against each other. The last match proved to be a competitive one! These two played 18 holes plus 1 extra to determine the winner. Daehyun Jun would prevail as the Boys 13-19 2017 North American Junior Amateur Champion.
Camille Boyd started her first match playing Savannah Weyrauch (Bloominton, IL) and moved into the quarterfinals winning 3 and 2. May Wang won her match against Alexa Moormeir from Normandy Park, WA 2 and 1. Caroline also won her match against Jessica Zapf 1 up. Madeleine Laux came from behind and won her next two matches to go into the semi finals. Kristen Lee was defeated by May Wany in the quarterfinals 3 and 2. Karissa Kilby from Hawaii fought a great fight, coming from behind and winning against Camille to go into the semi finals with Laux. May wang and Caroline Jordaan also battled for the final spot. Defeating their opponents, Laux and Jordaan moved into the finals and competed hard against each other. These two players recently played in the RMJGT Tournament of Champions, meaning they played 148 holes of golf over just a week. This final match went 18 holes plus an extra four to determine Caroline as the Girls North American Junior Amateur Champion.
Thank you all for participating in this wonderful event and we look forward to seeing you all next year!