This young man out of Thunderbird High School in Phoenix, Arizona is certainly on the rise. Jake Chanen has played in five JGAA events this season and finished in the top-11 in every tournament. He began his season with an impressive solo-2nd place at the highly competitive Thunderbird Invitational at Papago Golf Course. In June, Chanen went on to win the USGA Junior Amateur Qualifier at Alta Mesa Golf Club, firing a 9-under par 63 to open the tournament.
Jake is graduating in the spring of 2016 from Thunderbird and has committed to Grand Canyon University to play golf. “I’m beyond excited to start this new chapter of my life next year at GCU, and it’s a dream come true, I’ve always wanted to play college golf,” Chanen stated. After nearly ten years of JGAA events, his junior golf days are soon behind him but he left me with this, “…the JGAA has not only provided me with being able to play golf in tournaments but to go out and do what I love with close friends and I will forever cherish every moment of it.” Come fall 2016, the JGAA will not be the same without this young man playing in tournaments, he certainly has left a lasting impression.
By Zac Strohfus, Communications Manager, Junior Golf Association of Arizona