(Tucson,AZ) When the regular spring season of the junior team competition concluded, it culminated at the Divisional tournament hosted by El Rio golf course. The top two teams from the two different Tucson Regions along with six other individuals qualified for Divisionals. The top two teams and two individuals from the Divisional tournament advanced to the State Championship.
The Randolph team headed by Laura Jabczenski’s low tournament round of 72 moved Randolph into first place with team mate Gentry Hicks, Nick Leitner, Trent Terry and Erin McClure. Quarry Pines team finished second lead by Tyler Cooper’s 73 qualifying him and the team of Kevin Goldstein, Anthony Moncada, Tony Miller and Chris Cotsones. Dylan Kornberg of Skyline CC and DJ Niichel from Oro Valley CC qualified as individuals.
The 2011 PING Junior Interclub State Championship presented by Under Armour and hosted by the Grayhawk Golf Club’s Raptor course was quite a test for the top teams and individuals in the state.
“It’s been very gratifying to watch PING Junior Interclub’s growth,” PING Chairman and CEO John Solheim said. “Every year the talent level rises and the competition gets better and better. PING is pleased to play a role in providing kids more opportunities to test their skills in tournament settings on some of Arizona’s finest golf courses.”
Tucson’s teams, however, did not fair so well. Quarry Pines finished in 6th place and Randolph’s team 8th place. The one bright spot for Southern Arizona was the play of the individual qualifier Dylan Kornberg. After a dismal front nine score in the opening round of 42, Kornberg bounced back with a 32 on the back for a 74 on the difficult par 72 Raptor golf course. He closed with a final round of 75 to move into a 5th place individual finish.