Krantz wins Boys 15-19 Division by five strokes
Ordona wins Boys 14 & Under Division
The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled west to Litchfield Park to host the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club on April 3-4, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.
Brett Krantz (left) of Windsor, Colo., jumped out to an early lead by firing a 1-under 71 in round one. He made par or better on holes No. 4 through 17 in the first round. Krantz matched his three birdies in the first round with three more in the second on the way to a 3-over 75 second round score. His 146 tournament total was good for first place in the Boys 15-19 Division.
“I was able to build a comfortable lead in round one to give myself some room for error in round two, although Drew [Karren] had me on the ropes there at the end and made it a little closer than I liked,” said Krantz after his win.
Eric Hagen of Averdeen, Wash., and Drew Karren of Orinda, Calif., carded 151 tournament totals to tie for second. Hagen’s second round 2-over 74 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.
Mikee Ordona (left) of Upland, Calif., recorded a 157 tournament total to cruise to an uncontested first-place finish in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Ordona shaved seven strokes off his round one 82 to card a 3-over 75 in round two. “The course was in great shape and the greens were very firm and tough to putt on during the first round, but I rolled the ball a lot better in round two, which allowed me to shoot 75,” Ordona said after the final round.
Ordona birdied three holes during the tournament and made par or better on holes No. 7 through 15 in the second round.
Litchfield Park, AZ – Final Results of the Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club on April 3-4, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,875 yards Par 72 (72.4/131). Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,108 yards, Par 72 (68.9/122).
International Junior Golf Tour
Arizona Open at Wigwam Golf Club
Litchfield Park, AZ
April 3 – April 4, 2015
Boys 15-19 Division — 6,875 yards (Blue Tees), Par 72
1. Brett Krantz, Windsor, CO *71-75–146
2. Eric Hagen, Averdeen, WA *77-74–151
2. Drew Karren, Orinda, CA *76-75–151
4. Ryan Rybicki, Maricopa, AZ *77-78–155
5. Ryan Vaughan, San Jose, CA *77-79–156
6. Connor Downey, Franklin, TN *83-79–162
6. Michael Reed-Price, Dresher, PA *78-84–162
8. Michael Kessler, Getzville, NY *82-81–163
9. Kobe Rhodes, Glenwood, IA *86-85–171
10. Christopher Horton, Calgary, AB *82-90–172
11. Jacob Smith, Yorba Linda, CA, *88-85–173
12. Jerzee Houston, Tooele, UT, *85-89—174
Boys 14 & Under Division — 6,108 yards (Gold Tees), Par 72
1. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA, *82-75–157