The morning of the final round of the Junior Amatuer Championship transcended into a glorious day of golf full of unexpected endings and well-deserved wins! One could say that the conditions were perfect as the 13-14 year old girls kicked off the final round. As we relay the results for the day, you’re going to want to stand up because things got a little intense.
Chloe Singpraseuth (2025) who led throughout the first and second round came out on top posting scores of 77-75-80 = 232 (+16). Singpraseuth had an unbelievable three days playing at Canyon Springs winning by 11 strokes against runner up, Melia Cerenzia (2026). Cerenzia fired a three day total tournament score of 243 (+27). Finishing in third, Cara Carter (2026) had an extremely clutch back nine with two birdies on 14 and 18 to secure her spot on the podium. Carter posted scores of 86-84-77 = 247 (+31) over the course of these three days.
The boys 13-14 ended in a miraculous array of tight-knit golf that came down to a five hole playoff in determining second and third. However, before we get into the playoff, we must note that Ryan Shepherd put on a show in his final round to secure his first place victory in this year’s Junior Amateur. Going into day three, Shepherd was trailing by 2 strokes. He ended up going 4 deep today posting a score of 68 with 5 birdies on holes 1, 2, 7, 9, and 14. Shepherd had a three day total tournament score of 213 (-3). Entering the sudden death playoff, Benjamin Barrett (2026), Cameron Kuchar (2026), and Justin Anderson (2026) posted scores of 214 (-2) over these past three days. On the first hole, Anderson (2026) fell short and parred while Kuchar and Barrett made birdie to go on and advance to the next hole. Entering the second hole, each green got more intense as par was made between the two for three consecutive holes. On the fifth hole of the playoff, Barrett attacked the pin by sinking a 40 foot putt for birdie to obtain second place in the 2021 Boys 13-14 Junior Amateur Championship.
For our Girls 15-18 division, 2018 and 2020 Junior Amatuer Champion, Carly Carter (2021), finished on a strong note in wrapping up her final year on the Junior Tour. In entering her freshman year of college at Wisconsin, Carter stated that “it was nice to end my last year on the junior tour on such a good note. That birdie on the last hole was just the cherry on top.” Carter had an impeccable three days posting scores of 75-68-74 = 217 (+1). Carter ended up winning by 7 strokes against runner up, Maddie Montoya (2022), who won this year’s player of the year for her division. Montoya fired a three day tournament score of 225 (+9). In third, Brooke Patterson came out with a consistent three days shooting scores of 79-76-78 = 225 (+17).
In the boys 15-18 division, your leader from round 1 and 2 stayed on top finishing with a phenomenal three day score of 206 (-10).Wheaton Ennis (2024) put together a spectacular final round firing a 69 with 4 birdies for the day, finishing 5 strokes ahead of second place finisher, Derek Lekkerkerk (2023). Lekkerkerk earned his position on the podium after facing off in a 4 hole playoff against Trevor Garus (2024). Lekkerkerk and Garus both posted a three day tournament score of 211 (-5). After a par, bogey, and birdie, Lekkerkerk threw out a birdie on the 4th hole to defeat Garus’ par.
Boys 13-14: Ryan Shepherd
Girls 13-14: Chloe Singpraseuth
Boys 15-18: Wheaton Ennis
Girls 15-18: Carly Carter
On behalf of the Junior Tour and the Idaho Golf Association, we would like to express our gratitude and thanks to all parents and players for making this year one for the books! Can’t wait for next year!