The Tour Championship marked the culmination of a year-long grind by our junior golfers to earn the title of: Tour Champion. Year three is officially in the books, and we are proud of all of the participants in what they have accomplished. We’ve seen some ups and downs throughout the year, but the one constant we always see from our golfers…good sportsmanship and having fun. The competition at each event is intense and this year’s Tour Championship was no different.
For the third consecutive year our 2018 Tour Championship was held at Reflection Bay. We’ll continue to use Reflection Bay Golf Club as a final destination as they always have the course in pristine condition. Our many thanks to Reflection Bay’s General Manager, Eric Dutt, for all of his support of RecruitLook Junior Golf Tour and all the junior golfers throughout Las Vegas.
We are proud to announce the following Tour Champions and their age group.
Boys Age Group Girls
Jackson Parrish 15-18 Carolyn Lemon
Andrew Hawk 13-14 Natalie Cheong
Bradley Bourn 11-12 Cienna Cabrera
Lee Howland 9-10 Emmerson Hinds
Highlights for the boys this year:
- Jackson Parrish had three tour victories and three 2nd place finishes in a competitive age division.
- Andrew Hawk had 4 victories and one 2nd-place finish.
- Bradley Bourn had 7 victories in nine events, and no worse than 2nd place all year.
- Lee Howland had three 1st place victories, and four 2nd places to fend off Eli Marshall.
Highlights for the girls this year:
- Carolyn Lemon led all golfers with 7 top-5 finishes, with her lone victory coming at arguably our toughest event – the College Prep Junior Championship. Carolyn is also a back-to-back Tour Champion now!
- Natalie Cheong played in both the 13-14 and 15-18 divisions this year, winning once and 5 top-5 finishes.
- Cienna Cabrera had five victories and three 2nd place finishes.
- Emmerson Hinds who had a great second half of the season as she closed with four consecutive victories.
With all the tour champions crowned, we cannot forget we had a season ending event also. Victoria Estrada, recent signee with Utah Valley State University, played consistent all year and won for the 4th time with rounds of 75-74/149 to finish two ahead of Kirstin Angosta, 79-72/151. Kirstin’s 72 was the low round for the two days. Third went to Hailey Stevenson with rounds of 79-78/157.
The girls 11-12 division only got in 16-holes on day 1 as darkness prevented them from finishing. They got out early on day two in order to complete round 1 and 2. Cienna Cabrera (80-75/155) played one of her best rounds for the year with an impressive 75 on day two. Her day two score was better for eighteen holes than the previous day’s sixteen holes, with three birdies on the back 9! Second was Zoe Parker with rounds of 78-84-162. Zoe played only 2 events on the RLJGT this year, but her game is looking good and has the makeup to be a Tour Champion. We look forward to more competition between Cienna and Zoe next year.
Emmerson Hinds won her fourth straight with a 79, she played well and consistent all year. Only once was Emmerson out of the top three finishers. Emmerson started the season shooting in the high 80s to low 90s, and by the end of the year, she was shooting 60s and 70s! We love seeing golfers working on their craft and getting results.
Round one in the boy’s 15-18 was led by Jared Smith with a 74, and two tied for second with 77’s, Tyler Smerz, and Michael Salerno. Jared’s lead could have been even better were it not for a double bogey on the eighteenth hole. Jared’s finish carried over to his front nine on day two, as he carded a 42 to allow Tyler Smerz to pass him. Tyler finished with 7 pars, 1 birdie, and 1 double bogey to shoot 77-74/151 to Jared’s 74-80/154. Michael Salerno gave it a good shot by carding 4 birdies in the first ten holes on day two. From there he cooled down though and finished third with rounds of 77-78/155.
Diachi Molde won the boys 13-14 with 79-75/154. Daichi played vey consistent over the last twenty-seven holes, playing them in only five over par. Diachi’s 154 was the low 2-day total on the year for the boys 13-14 age division. Andrew Hawk was a distant second with rounds of 83-81/164.
Bradley Bourn had his string of 5 straight broken by Skylor Taylor who ran away from the field with an impressive 76-76/153. Attila Sharipbek shot 85-87/172 and beat Bradley in a scorecard playoff to finish second. Bradley struggled for the two days and finished third with rounds of 86-86/172.
Eli Marshall, boy’s 9-10 played amazing for the two days, with rounds of 75-76/151. Second went to Lee Howland with 90-83-173. Eli and Lee have formed a friendly-rivalry that we look forward to watching more of in 2019.
With our third year ended, we are so grateful to all the parents and players who joined us throughout the year. So, on behalf of all of us at with the tour, we would like to say THANK YOU!
Our 2019 schedule is going to blow you away! We’re putting the finishing touches on it, but you won’t want to miss any of these events!
The first event for 2019 will be January 26-27 in Boulder City.
We are moving to BlueGolf for registration in 2019. This is exciting news as they are the leader in junior golf registration. I’m sure many of you are familiar with their system and how to sign up. Call us if you need any assistance during the registration process.
Everyone at RecruitLook Junior Golf Tour wishes you and yours a Happy & Safe Holiday Season!