Rolling right into round 2 of the Junior Am up at Canyon Springs GC, you could tell that these youngsters were eager to play. The 12-U boys and girls kicked off the morning with an eventful day of playing, showing just how skilled these junior golfers are!
The Girls 10-12 Division came down to the very last hole where a clutch par made the difference between first and second. Day 1 Leader Tanli Lemoyne (2028) gave it her all, but the deciding par from Ella Wilson (2028) on the 18th green gave her the 1 stroke lead to secure the win! Not only did she just par the last hole, but also the last four holes which gave her that edge in the final moments of the round. This isn’t Wilson’s first rodeo either. Wilson gave the very same late-round fight in last year's Junior Amateur Championship up at Pinecrest with some crucial pars to go on and earn first place. Your back-to-back champion shot a 37 on the back nine to bring her two day total to 80. Lemoyne brought her two day total to an 81 putting her in second place. Anna Li finished in third with a 45 on the back nine, totaling her two day score to an 88.
Your 2021 Junior Amatuer Champion in the Boys 12-U gave the spectators a show by being the only player to shoot under par in his division. With some impeccable performances across the top three finishers, Justin Krasselt (2027) was able to stay steady and come out on top with a 36 on the back nine bringing his two day score total to a 71. Jack Bureau (2027) ended with a well-deserved fight after parring four of his last five holes to lower his deficit by 2 strokes, putting him in second place with a two-day total score of 73. Sawyer Driscoll (2029) finished in third with a total score of 75.
As we transitioned to the 18 hole crew's turn, the boys and girls 13-14 started to turn up the heat as conditions got a little scarce. A little wind picked up throughout the canyon making tee shots that much more necessary for precision.
Your day one leader for the girls 13-14 is still your current leader after the second round at Canyon Springs. Chloe Singpraseuth (2025) is leading by eight after posting a 75(+3) bringing her two day total score to 152. Singpraseuth had a total of four birdies for the day on holes 9, 11, 14, and 18. Melia Cerenzia (2026) is still sitting in second after round 2 with a two day total score of 162 (+18). In a two way tie for third, Ella Arnzen (2025) and Claire Hall (2025) jumped up the leaderboard with total scores of 168 (+24).
After an intense round, Benjamin Barrett (2026) caught up with Cameron Kuchar (2026) with Barrett finishing 1-under for the day bringing both of their two day total scores to 143 (-1). After shooting even for the day, Kuchar stated that in looking forward to the final round, he’s going “play like Phil - hit bombs and attack the pin.” Currently in third with a total score of 144 (E), Justin Anderson (2026) is in close contention with two youngsters who are tied for first.
As the second round of Junior Am came to a close, the boys 15-18 wrapped up the day with your day 1 leader maintaining his momentum going into the final round. Wheaton Ennis (2024) stayed in the red going three deep for the day with a score of 69. Ennis’ is sitting at 137 (-7) after the first two rounds. Derek Lekkerkerk (2023) climbed his way up to second with a 69 totalling his two day score to 141(-3). In a two-way tie for third, Brayden Miles (2021) and Trevor Garus (2024) are sitting at 142 (-2).
The girls 15-18 stayed consistent for the day with yesterday’s leader being your day 2 leader as well. The steady Carly Carter (2021), had a phenomenal round with a score of 68 (-4) with 5 total birdies bringing her two-day total score to 143 (-1). Carter has a four stroke leader over second place, Maddie Montoya (2022) who went negative today as well. Montoya’s total score is sitting at 147 (+3). With a fantastic climb into third, Brooke Patterson dominated her back nine shooting a 76 (+4) for the day giving her a total two-day score of 155 (+11).
The final round tomorrow should be one for the books… stay tuned!!!!