The American Junior Golf Association hosted three premier tournaments over the long weekend with the AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods in the Woodlands, Texas, the UNIQLO/Adam Scott Junior Championship at River Ridge Golf Club in Oxnard , California and the Mariah Stackhouse Girls Invitational at Stanford Golf Course.
Here are brief recaps of each of these events.
AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods; The Woods, Texas
Mahanth Chirravuri of Chandler, Arizona won the 2022 AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods with a final score of 12 under par 204. This is the first AJGA victory for the University of California signee from South.
After holding the 36-hole lead, Chirravuri started his final round with a birdie on the No. 1. He had a round-trip before nine, making the turn with three birdies and four bogeys. He then had four straight pars before starting to warm up, finishing his final five holes with four birdies to score a 3-under 69.
The No. 57 player in the Rolex AJGA rankings, Chirravuri hit key shots down the stretch to outlast Nicholas Gross of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, with one shot.
Gross fought back on the stretch, setting the tone for the leading group with four birdies on the back nine to challenge Chirravuri from the penultimate group. The difference narrowed at No. 18 where Gross finished with par at 11 under par 205. Chirravuri made his second shot three feet from the hole and finished with a birdie to seal the victory.
Rounding out the top ten, Jeremy Chen of Taipei City, Taiwan, finished tied for third in his AJGA Invitational debut with a 7-under 209 score. Eric Lee of Fullerton, Calif., notched his fourth top 10 of the AJGA Invitational to end up sharing third place with Chen.
The AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods is one of the oldest events on the AJGA calendar. Originally played in 1987, the tournament moved to the Carlton Woods Club in 2009. The event has a storied past with champions such as Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth.
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Mariah Stackhouse Invitational; Stanford Golf Course (California)
Leigh Chien of Irvine, Calif., wins the 2022 Mariah Stackhouse Girls Invitational with an even score of 213.
It would take a hole in the playoffs to decide this year’s champion. Defending champion Michelle Liu, senior Sophie Zhang-Murphy and eventual champion Leigh Chien faced off in a tight round to the finish.
Chien started his day with a birdie on the No. 1 hole and added two more on holes seven and eight. The 2024 graduate continued to have a stable new back where a few clutch hits kept her alive. With a par on the No. 18, Chien forced a playoff with the other two juniors Zhang-Murphy and Liu. With both juniors yet to complete the playoff hole, Chien would birdie and take the win.
The 16-year-old picked up her third invitational victory after finishing second in last year’s event. This is her first invitational win since competing in the 2019 and 2020 KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational back-to-back. In addition to her invitational wins, she also won the Lockton Kansas City Junior presented by UHY. Chien’s AJGA resume also includes eight top-10 finishes.
This two-time Rolex Junior All-American is currently ranked No. 17 in the Rolex AJGA rankings.
Michelle Liu of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and Sophie Zhang-Murphy of Saratoga, California, would finish T2 at par 213. Liu backed up her win last year with another strong performance. The No. 9 Rolex AJGA ranked junior would add to her career top 5, which now stands at five. Zhang-Murphy earned her career-best result at an invite. Princeton’s commitment now has 12 AJGA career top-10 finishes.
Anna Davis of Spring Valley, Calif., was fourth at 3 on the par 216. Five juniors finished T5. Jaclyn LaHa of Pleasanton, CA, Jasmine Koo of Cerritos, CA, Asterisk Talley of Chowchilla, CA, Olivia Duan of Cupertino, CA and Ashley Yun of West Covina, CA all finished 4 on the par 217.
Three juniors complete the top 10. Kiara Romero of San Jose, Calif., Avery Zweig of McKinney, Texas, and Angela Zhang of Bellevue, Washington, would all finish the tournament at 5-over-par 218.
UNIQLO / Adam Scott Junior Championships; River Ridge Golf Club; Oxnard, California.
It’s only fitting that Jeffrey Guan of Bexley, Australia chose the UNIQLO/Adam Scott Junior Championships for his first AJGA event. The fact that he won the tournament hosted by one of Australia’s favorite sons is nothing short of remarkable.
Bexley, ranked 198th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, shot a final round 68 to finish at 12-under 204, good for an eight-stroke win over Collin Hodgkinson of Beaverton, Oregon. Bexley shot rounds of 69-67-68 to claim his first AJGA victory.
Frances Kim of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., a 2020 Rolex All-American who is ranked 106th in the Rolex AJGA rankings, won the girls’ division with a score of 1 over 217 over rounds of (1 over par 217). Elise Lee of Irvine, Calif., was second at 3 of 219.