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MAPGA Spring Fling: Sload scores low, Gubenko battles for win

After braving through the tough conditions during the 2018 MAPGA Spring Fling, at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Virginia, Nikita Gubenko, from Great Falls, Virginia, capturing first place in the Boys Overall competition, finishing with a two day total of 2-over-par 144 (69-75), and a one-stroke victory over day one leader Mitchell Hummel (68-77), with Benjamin Kruper not far behind finishing with a final round 5-over-par (147). Due to wet conditions the first day, and the blustery conditions down the stretch on day two, players were forced to not only outsmart their opponents but the course as well.

MAPGA Spring Fling Recap: Gubenko fights for win

Nikita Gubenko, from Great Falls, Virginia, captured first place in the Boys Overall category, during the MAPGA Spring Fling at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Virginia. He not only braved through two days of tough weather conditions but also tight competition. Gubenko shot a two day total of 2-over-par, 144 (69-75), and had a one-stroke victory over day one leader Mitchell Hummel (68-77), with Benjamin Kruper not far behind finishing with a final round 5-over par (147). He attributed his success to playing safe, shooting for par and trying to keep his mistakes minimal. Results: https://bit.ly/2GCEDC9

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Where some succumbed to the harsh conditions at Laurel Hill, Skylar Sload from Ashburn, Virginia was the only competitor to finish under par, scoring a total two day round of 4-under-par (138) and capturing the Girls’ Overall championship.

Coming into the day, Sload trailed by two after day one leader Jinny Park carded a 3-under-par 68 during the first day of competition. Sload said she had to battle every hole to maintain her position in the tournament. Sload overcame a double -bogey on the second day with five birdies—nine in total for the tournament. She attributed her success this weekend to her approach shots, which she was sticking close, allowing her the ability to make putts.

MAPGA Spring Fling: Skylar Sload scores 4-under-par

Competiton was stiff during the 2018 MAPGA Spring Fling at Laurel Hill Golf Club, in Lorton, Virginia. Between wet course conditions and heavy winds, the juniors golfers battled for their first wins of the season.Where some succumbed to the harsh conditions at Laurel Hill, Skylar Sload from Ashburn, Virginia was the only competitor to finish under par, scoring a total two day round 4-under-par (138) and capturing the Girls’ Overall championship.Sload trailed by two to coming into the day, after day one leader Jinny Park carded a 3-under-par 68 during the first day of competition. She overcame a double -bogey on the second day with five birdies—nine in total for the tournament. She attributed her success this weekend to her approach shots, which she was sticking close, allowing her the ability to make putts. Results: https://bit.ly/2GCEDC9

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In the Boys 14 to 15-year-old category, Tristan Schommer of Leesburg, Virginia, finished first with a two day total of (75-77). Trailing behind Schommer were David Luo and Trey Elder (154). In the boys 13 -and-under division, Alexander Maloy distanced himself from the rest of the field with a final round one under par 70 to finish at 147.

MAPGA Spring Fling Recap: Day 2, Alexander Maloy shoots one-under

During the MAPGA Spring Fling at Laurel Hill Golf Club, Alexander Maloy distanced himself from the rest of the Boys 13-and-under Division after scoring a final round one-under-par 70 to finish at 147. Maloy attributed his success to a solid short game and solid putting. On Hole No. 7, Maloy nearly holed out for eagle from 110 yards out and made the putt for birdie. Results: https://bit.ly/2GCEDC9

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Julie Shin from Brambleton, Virginia, won the Girls 12-14 division. Shin put on a dominant performance, finishing at 151 (72-79), 9 shots clear of second place finishers Sydney Hackett and Katie Park (160).

Special thanks to Laurel Hill Head PGA Professional Gene Orrico and his staff for their hospitality, and congratulations to our winners. See you at the next event.

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Seumanutafa & Baker Win Denny McCarthy Invitational

The Inaugural Denny McCarthy Invitational at Argyle Country Club finished with Aneka Seumanutafa and Lou Baker atop the leaderboard after the second round of play Sunday.

Leading after the first round by five strokes, Seumanutafa extended her lead by shooting 71 on Sunday. She finished the tournament with a two-day total 143 and defeated second place finisher Amanda Levy by 14 strokes.

Seumanutafa had nine birdies during the tournament and led the field with 28 holes of par or better.

In the Boys Overall Division, Baker finished the first round two strokes behind the leader, Michael Brennan. On Sunday, Baker shot a tournament-low 69 to move to first place and defeat second place finisher Will Mullally by two strokes.

Baker tied Brennan with eight birdies and finished atop the leaderboard with 30 holes of par or better.

The round one leader, Brennan, finished T2 with Mullally at 3-over-par.

Denny McCarthy was on-hand to award the tournament’s winners Sunday. A Takoma Park, Md. native, this was McCarthy’s first namesake tournament for junior golfers.

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Brennan & Seumanutafa Lead at McCarthy Invitational

The Inaugural Denny McCarthy Invitational at Argyle Country Club ended its first day with Michael Brennan holding a two-stroke lead in the Boys Overall and Aneka Seumanutafa leading the Girls Overall Division by five strokes.

Seumanutafa shot an even-72 during the first round, recording five total birdies on the day. She currently leads Amanda Levy and Emma Chen by five with 18 holes left to play tomorrow.

Brennan had three birdies on the day and leads four players by two strokes. Lou Baker, Brad Whitaker, Will Mullally and James Taylor will look to catch him tomorrow at Argyle.

Denny McCarthy started the tournament with an opening tee-shot before welcoming the juniors to his Inaugural Invitational at Argyle Country Club. McCarthy’s two brothers competing in the event, Michael and Patrick, are currently T6 and T24.

The second round will begin tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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2017 Junior Tour Players of the Year

The 2017 Junior Tour Players of the Year were finalized Friday at Laurel Hill following the Junior Tour Championship.

Junior Tour Players of the Year are determined by the total points acquired from the highest five finishing positions throughout the season.

Boys 16-18: Brandon Wilson with 515 points.

Girls 15-18: Vynie Chen with 590 points.

Boys 14-15: Luke McNabb with 560 points.

Girls 12-14: Alyssa Wang with 630 points.

Boys 12-13: Chase Nevins with 570 points.

Girls 10-11: Irene Kim with 204 points.

Boys 10-11: Benjamin Siriboury with 650 points.

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2017 Junior Tour Championship Results

Mehrbaan Singh had the lowest round of the year in the Boys 12-13 Division today when he finished with a 64 to claim the Junior Tour Championship for his age group.

“I hit everything where I wanted it,” said Singh, of Ashburn, Va. after shooting a two-day total 135. “It’s great winning this especially after coming back from a two-stroke deficit and then winning by five.”

Chase Nevins finished second in the Boys 12-13 Division with a 140 and Aryan Vuradi finished third with a 147.

Matthew Kinsey, of Berlin, Md., claimed the top spot in the Boys 16-18 Division following his score of 74 in the second round. He finished with a two-day total 150 and had 27 holes of par or better during the tournament.

“This course definitely fit me well as a long hitter,” Kinsey said. “I took the bunkers out of play and had wedges into the green where my short game was really strong. I didn’t make any big numbers and stayed close throughout the tournament.”

Kinsey was in a three-way tie for first after the first day with Brandon Wilson and Eddie Coffren. Wilson finished second and Coffren third in the Boys 16-18 Division.

Branden Nguyen, of Columbia, Md. won the Boys 14-15 Division with a two day total of 147. Nguyen had 28 holes of par or better, best in the tournament.

“I hit a lot of fairways and it made it easier on me both days,” Nguyen said. “Winning the Tour Championship is a great feeling. I only won once during the season, but winning this big of an event feels good heading into high school season.”

Luke McNabb finished in second with a 8-over-150 and Christopher Lee took third with a 12-over-154.

The Girls 10-11 nine-hole Division finished with Josephine Nguyen atop the leaderboard after a two-day total 84. Nguyen shot 42 both days.

“I had a few problems finishing, but overall it was a great round,” Nguyen said. “I started the year shooting in the 100’s and now I’m into the 40’s for my nine hole scores and I’m really happy with my improvement this season.”

In the Boys 10-11 Division, Benjamin Siriboury, of Clarksville, Md., finished with a two-day total of 72. Siriboury shot 36 on both of his nine hole rounds and claimed the Boys 10-11 Junior Championship.

“It was tough on some holes, but depending on where you put the ball you could make it a lot easier on yourself and I think I did that,” Siriboury said. “I’m so proud and happy to win the Junior Tour Championship.”

Finishing in second place was Matt Moloney, of Vienna, Va. with a 76 and in third, Argyle Downes of Charles Town, W. Va. had a 79.

In the Girls 15-18 Championship, Niva Sainju, of Burke, Va. won with a two-day total 148.

“I did really well on the front nine and had some memorable putts over 15 feet,” Sainju said. “I’ve been playing with the MAPGA for three years and it’s really great to win the Tour Championship today.”

Vynie Chen finished in second with a 149 and Jordan Kohler finished third with a 158.

The Girls 12-14 Division ended with Alyssa Wang finishing first with a 146. Sue Lee finished second with a 152 and Emma Chen in third with a 154.

The next MAPGA Junior Golf event is the 2017 Capital Cup at Old South Country Club in Lothian, Md.

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Junior Tour Championship Day 1 Recap

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The MAPGA Junior Tour Championship featured 55 of the MAPGA’s best juniors at the Laurel Hill Golf Club.

In the boys 16-18 division, round one of competition ended with a three way tie at 5-over-par from Eddie Coffren, Matthew Kinsey, and Brandon Wilson. In the boys 14-15 division, Branden Nguyen lead the pack with 1-over-par. In the boys 12-13 division, Chase Nevins led the day with a two-under-par. Nevins had 16 holes of par or better and he was bogey free! Finally closing out the boys, Benjamin Siriboury led the 10-11 division with 36.

In the girls 15-18 division, round one of competition ended with a 3-over-par from Vynie Chen. Alyssa Wang pulled away in the girls 12-14 division with an even par. Wang had 11 holes of par or better. Closing out the girls division, Josephine Nguyen led the way with a 42.

Round two will begin tomorrow with tee times starting at 9:00 a.m.

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Root & Shaw Win Billy Hurley III Jr. Championship

After the second day of competition at the U.S. Naval Academy, Amelia Root and West Shaw have won the Inaugural Billy Hurley III Junior Championship.

Shaw, of Alexandria, Va, shot 72 the second day for a two-day total of 143 to win the Overall Boys Division by one stroke over Round 1 leader Ben Kruper, of Woodbridge, Va. Shaw made a 15ft. par putt on the last hole to finally pull ahead of Kruper.

The low round of the day came from 14-year old Kelly Chinn, of Great Falls, Va., who shot a 1-under-70. Chinnbirdied holes 3 and 4 to shoot a front-nine 34.

Amelia Root, of Jacksonville, Fla., cruised to a nine shot victory in the Overall Girls Division. Root used a first round 76 to open up a commanding lead and never looked back, firing a second round 78. Coming in second place was Elizabeth Coffren, of Owings, Md., who shot a second day 78 and a two-day total of 163.

 

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to US Navy Golf Club for hosting the inaugural Billy Hurley III Junior Championship. Also a

huge thank you for Billy Hurley III for hosting the event and attending both days of the competition. The juniors were provided with a shirt, hat, sunglasses, and also a 2016 signed Quicken Loans flag from BHIII.

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Billy Hurley III Jr. Championship Round 1

The Inaugural Billy Hurley III Junior Championship featured 57 of the MAPGA’s best juniors at the U.S. Naval Academy Golf Club.

Round one of competition ended with Benjamin Kruper leading the Overall Boys Division with a 3-under-68. Amelia Root leads the Overall Girls Division with a 3-over 74.

Kruper had seven birdies on the day and 14 holes of par or better. Noah Reeder led the tournament with 15 holes of par or better. He is currently T-8 with a score of +2.

Following the first round, Billy Hurley III, a Maryland native and former MAPGA Junior Tour member, gave a clinic for the juniors and shared his extensive PGA Tour experience.

Hurley shared his short game expertise and answered many questions about life on tour.

Round two will begin tomorrow with tee times starting at 7:50 a.m.

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Photos from today’s events are available on the MAPGA Jr. Golf Facebook Page.

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MAPGA Awards Bill Deck – Fred Funk Scholarships

The Middle Atlantic PGA (MAPGA) Scholarship Committee announced it is awarding $2,500 scholarships to two college students with familial ties to local PGA Professionals through its Bill Deck-Fred Funk MAPGA Family Scholarship initiative.

Sophie Pusateri and Olivia Zachman are the 2017 recipients of the Bill Deck-Fred Funk MAPGA Family Scholarship for their strong academic success and extracurricular endeavors.

The scholarship is awarded annually to graduating high school and current college students who are also children, grandchildren, stepchildren or adopted children of living or deceased MAPGA members.

Sophie Pusateri is currently pursuing a degree in Nursing from James Madison University, which she hopes will lead to a career as a pediatric nurse practitioner. She has maintained a high GPA throughout high school, dual-enrollment classes and her freshman year at JMU. Pusateri was twice named to the Dean’s List at Carroll Community College and entered JMU with 13 college credits.

Pusateri is the granddaughter of MAPGA Professional and Life Member Hank Majewski.

Currently a student at St. Lawrence University in northern New York, Olivia Zachman is majoring in History with a focus on Middle-East relations and is pursuing a minor in Arabic linguistics. As a high school golfer, Zachman maintained a high GPA and was the team’s captain her junior and senior season. Zachman was named the winner of the 2015 National PGA Scholarship following high school and then continued to play golf for St. Lawrence. She is currently a member of an all-girls singing group on campus that spends its time performing at local charitable events.

Zachman is the daughter of Jeffrey Zachman, the Head PGA Professional at Piney Branch CC in Upperco, MD.

The Middle Atlantic PGA Foundation would like to congratulate both Pusateri and Zachman on their academic achievements. The MAPGA is dedicated to improving lives in the golf industry through youth, military and community engagement and the Bill Deck-Fred Funk MAPGA Family Scholarship is just one of many annual MAPGA Foundation initiatives.

To apply for these scholarships and learn more about the MAPGA Foundation’s mission, visit MAPGA.com/MAPGA-Foundation.