The 2014 Boys and Girls State Junior Golf Championship will be held at The Gallery Golf Club, on July 8 and 9, 2014.  For the sixth year in a row, the 2014 Arizona Boys & Girls State Junior Championships will be administered by the four state golf associations, the Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA), Southwest Section PGA, Arizona Golf Association and the Arizona Women’s Golf Association.

The Boys field includes Oro Valley standout, Chris Meyers, winner of four JGAA events this year and Arizona representative for the upcoming Junior America’s Cup. Also, competing is Gavin Cohen, sophomore to be at Catalina Foothills has two top-3 finishes this year and recently qualified for the PGA Junior Championship.  Brock Goyen of Mesa, will also represent Arizona on the Junior America’s Cup and has seven top-3 finishes, including 2nd place finishes at four tournaments.  Eric Ghim is the winner of the Tucson City Junior Championship and the Mesa City Junior Championship and recently qualified for the USGA Public Links Championship.  The Boys Division is stacked with talent and will be an exciting match to witness.

The Girls field is highlighted by Haylin Harris, an incoming freshman at Salpointe, recently won the Thompson Invitational last week and has an additional six top-5 finishes.  Harris will also be competing in the Callaway World Championship.  Another Tucsonan to watch is Sydney Colwill, finished 3rd at the Thompson Invitational and won the Tucson City Junior Championship last month.  Also, Mikayla Fitzpatrick, a Xavier College Prep player has seven top-3 finishes and will be competing in the Callaway Junior Championship and representing Arizona in the Girl’s Junior America’s Cup. 

“The combined effort by all of the supporting organizations has elevated the Boys and Girls State Junior Golf Championships to a level that has made it one of the more popular junior golf events in the state. We are excited to have the championship at The Gallery Golf Club – North Course. Troon Golf is huge supporter of junior golf and we appreciate them hosting the Junior State Championship at The Gallery Golf Club. With the continued support and direct involvement by everyone the tournament will continue to grow in popularity,” said Scott McNevin, Executive Director of the Junior Golf Association of Arizona.

“It is my great pleasure, on behalf of the members and associates, to welcome the 2014 Boys & Girls Junior State Golf Championships. The Gallery Golf Club is proud to host this prestigious event on our North Course, designed by John Fought and Tom Lehman.  The North Course has sweeping High Sonoran views in every direction and meanders through two rugged canyons will make the round both fun and challenging,” said Paul Nolen, Head Golf Professional at The Gallery Golf Club.

About The Gallery Golf Club

The Gallery Golf Club, proudly managed by Troon Golf, is set in the beautiful and unique Tortolita Mountains, The Gallery Golf Club is characterized by breathtaking vistas and the rich history of cattle ranching. The Gallery provides comfort and amenities in a relaxed southwestern atmosphere, perfect for quality time spent with family and friends. Two highly acclaimed courses offer the finest in desert golf. The picturesque North Course, designed by Tom Lehman and John Fought and co-host of the 2001 Touchstone Energy Tucson Open, features sweeping views of the high Sonoran desert landscape while the South Course, which hosted the World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play Championship in 2007 and 2008, features subtle elevation changes with views in every direction. One course each day offers a select number of non-member tee times. The exceptionally maintained courses are set in a lush and natural desert environment, making the experience highly enjoyable for all skill levels.

About Junior Golf Association of Arizona

Founded in 1983, the Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA) is a non-profit organization that introduces Arizona’s youth to the game of golf and helps junior golfers develop golf and life skills through educational programs and tournaments. In addition to developmental programs and assisting Arizona golf courses with their junior programs, the JGAA conducts more than 100 programs and activities, including etiquette clinics, tournaments, and college prep seminars throughout Arizona each year. The JGAA awards two scholarship funds annually to high school senior members of the JGAA for their college education – the Tres Arnold and the John Wolfinger Memorial College Scholarships. The JGAA’s strong belief in teamwork and cooperation continues to guide the organization and is instilled in all of its members.

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