Written by JBeal30314

Juniors Fight for Position at MAPGA Junior Championship


You couldn’t ask for a more dynamic showing of skill than the opening round of the MAPGA Junior Championship as the Junior Boys Overall Division carded impressively low scores at Mount Vernon Country Club (MVCC).

Thirteen boys finished the first day under par, with three boys carding 5-under-par (65) on the Par 70 course – Carlo Pizzano, William Creery and Marshall Meisel.

To say the field was talented would be an understatement. The top two boys from this event will advance to the 44th Junior PGA Championship in Connecticut.

Pizzano carded a total of six birdies against one bogey.

"You just have to get around the greens and up and down[...]really just around the greens within 10-feet it was automatic."

It appeared the front nine of MVCC was just a warm up for Creery. He had a bogey free round and a hot back nine as he made four birdies through the last nine holes, thus earning a spot at the top of the leaderboard.

"I hit all fairways [...] I only went 1-under on the front and I really wanted to go lower so that is what I did."

If you look in the dictionary for the word birdie, you might find the name Meisel as he made eight birdies against three bogies during his opening round. Meisel made the most birdies on the day at MVCC.

"The fairways were a little tight for me, but when I found one I was able to hit it close and make a bunch of birdies."

Although, these three lead the field there is still a full field ready to chase the gentlemen on into the winners circle.


Mount Vernon proved to be a difficult track for the Girls Overall field as many struggled to find their footing. However, with a very full, very talented field it is anybodies game as they seek to qualify for the 44th PGA Junior Championship.

Isabel Bae was able to come out on top during the first day of competition carding a 2-under-par (68). Like many in her field she struggled to keep the bogies away, but ultimately was able to make enough birdies to go under. Bae made six birdies against four bogies – two bogies on each side of the course.

"I had a few bogies to start and that motivated me to slow down and calm down and that led to more birdies."

Bae was not the only junior girl to have to reevaluate their round after the front nine. Through nine holes Emma Chen was 3-over-par, with one birdie against four bogies.

However, during her back nine, Chen was able to turn her bogies into birdies, carding four birdies against one bogey.

"On Hole 10 I told myself it was a new nine so I can reset my entire mindset and slowly began making birdies."

While many of the girls made their fair share of bogies throughout the round many of the girls were able to convert birdies and pars.

The second round will surely be filled with excitement as these girls continue to fight for one of two spots to go to the Junior PGA Championship.