2020 Idaho Junior Am - Round 1

2020 Idaho Junior Am - Round 1

A day after the next big youth movement reared its head in the professional golf world, Idaho’s best juniors took to Pinecrest Golf Course in Idaho Falls for the first round of the Idaho Junior State Am, and you could say that players were feeling inspired.  The 15-18 year old boys and girls started the day, and the numbers were low early. Dawson Moon (2021) jumped out to a two-stroke lead with a 66 (-4). With only one bogey on each side, Moon kept the card nice and tidy. He’s followed closely by Zach Carter (2023) who posted a 68 (-2), and Hunter Eberhardt (2020) with a 69 (-1). On the girls side, Kelli Ann Strand (2022) leads the way after posting a 72 (+2). Strand put up three birdies on the outward-nine, and then hung on to keep her lead on the inward half. She leads Gabrielle McCord (2020) at +3, and Carly Carter (2021) at +4. The afternoon wave featured both the 13-14 year old boys and girls, and also the the 12-U boys and girls, with the 12-U crew playing the back nine only.  Mallory Higham (2026) leads the 12-U girls by one stroke after shooting a 5-over 39. After a shaky start, Higham righted the ship and made two birdies in her last 5 holes. Higham is trailed by Jada Nguyen (2025) at +6, and Ella Wilson (2028) and Eliana Cho (2026) at +7. Aiden Meyer (2027) thought it would be a good day to have a good day, going low and posting a smooth 32. He leads three others, Justin Krasselt (2027), Ben Focke (2028), and Jacob McFarland (2026), who are all knotted up at -1. The 13-14 year old crew wrapped up day one at Pinecrest, and they did it in style. Braylyn Bayer (2024) threw four birdies on her scorecard, and incidentally leads by four as well after shooting 75 (+5). She is chased by her sister Avery Bayer (2024) at +9, and Chloe Singpaseuth (2025) at +10. The 13-14 year old boys proved exciting as well, with Wheaton Ennis (2024) posting the low round of the day, a five under 65, to lead by five strokes. With a lone bogey on the card, Ennis played the cleanest round of the day, with an eagle 3 on 11 to help the cause. Ennis is pursued by Reid Piron (2025) at even par, and Teigen Brill (2026) who sits at +2 for the championship. Make sure to follow along tomorrow for scores and updates on all the action! View full leaderboards HERE.

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