Junior golfer Shania Berger of Socorro, NM shoots a hole in one and scores a record low of 6 under par at nationally ranked junior golf tournament at Sandia Golf Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Online PR News – 02-April-2013 – Albuquerque, NM – The Rocky Mountain Junior Golf Tour held its annual OPEN at Sandia Golf Resort over the past weekend in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The turn-out was phenomenal, with a field of over 80 junior golfers, the New Mexico junior golf competition was excellent and the course proved to be a challenge. The results of this tournament have been posted to the Junior Golf Scoreboard.
Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, sits an award winning golf course, Sandia Golf Club. The strategic Scott Miller designed course offers visually stunning views, a complete practice facility and a 16,000 square foot “Pueblo” style clubhouse featuring a restaurant, golf shop and expansive patio. Sandia Golf Club has received several prestigious awards including a 4.5 star ranking out of 5 by Golf Digest’s “Best Places You Can Play,” has earned a spot on Golfweek’s "Top 10 Best Courses You Can Play" in New Mexico, and is recognized for having one of the top golf shops in the country.
Not only was it a perfect 72 degrees in Albuquerque over the weekend, providing ideal golf conditions for the 73 junior golfers, but the awe-inspiring views of the Albuquerque skyline and Sandia Mountains set the scene for a competitive rivalry.
Shania Berger, 16, of Socorro, NM, had a tournament that will be remembered for years to come. Berger had the lowest single-day score of the tournament, shooting a 66 the first day, and also had the enjoyment of getting a hole-in-one on the third hole, a 152-yard par-3 from the white tees. On top of her highlight of the tournament, Berger had a total of 13 birdies and 15 pars combined. Returning player, Dominique Galloway played hard and consistently throughout the tournament. Galloway persevered on back nine both days, determined to make up shots from the front. She nearly went bogey free on holes 10-18 the second day, after having a rough fifth hole. Dominique Galloway from Rio Rancho NM settles for second and Scottsdale’s 13 year old Emily Mahar who is quite a talent places third
Rocky Mountain Junior Golf Tour has seen the scores of 12-year-old Jacquelyn Galloway from Rio Rancho NM drop significantly from the time she joined the tour in August 2012. Last season, she claimed four out of six first place victories shooting low to mid 80s. This weekend was the perfect start to her 2013 season. Galloway opened with two rounds in the 70s (74, 78), adding yet another win to her list. Galloway had three birdies throughout the Shoot Out at Sandia, finishing with a combined score of 152. She is joined by Aleksia Mikalacki from Scottsdale AZ in second place and newcomer Katelyn Allen who is an Albuquerque local.
The Boys 15-19 year-old division proved that Miller’s course does indeed present a challenge. Carlos Sisneros of Trinidad, CO, finished on top shooting a combined score of 148, or four over par. Sisneros had a total of 9 birdies, 16 pars to counter the 9 bogeys. Second-place finisher Cameron Zuni had a shaky second day, but recovered by attaining two eagles five holes apart from one another. Bridger Ryan was the only player in the top three to get a birdie on Sandia’s signature 18th hole—the par-4, dogleg-right hole comes into the clubhouse with an encompassing lake on the backside of the green.
Ryggs Johnston, 12, of Libby, MT, had the lowest combined score of the tournament; shooting seven under par. Johnston found ways to avoid the obstacles and sink the putts. He finished the two-day shoot out with 15 birdies, almost completing the back nine on the first day with all consecutive birdies. Los Lunas New Mexico was well represented in this event with the second and third place finishers both coming from there. Chesten Browning wins the scorecard playoff and Dylan Gonzales is the third place winner.
The results of the Boys 13-14 division are as follows. The top three finishers were consistent with pars and bogeys with a few birdies dispersed throughout the scorecards. Alejandro Armijo from Rio Rancho favored the front nine (shooting a 37,38), over the back nine, in which he shot two rounds of 41. Jackson Crist, 13, of Highlands Ranch, CO, took first place by a one shot to competitor Griffin Barela, 14, of Lakewood, CO. The difference in scores ultimately came down to the par-3s, where Crist parred all of them and Barela had three bogeys. The winners circle finds Jackson at the top followed by Griffin and Alejandro.
The 2013 tournament schedule will resume in two weeks with the Silverado Classic in Scottsdale, AZ.
The Rocky Mountain Junior Golf Tour strives to provide junior golfers with competitive tournaments conducted in a professional manner at high quality venues across the western United States. Their goal is to conduct junior events which garner high visibility and national exposure through the various media outlets provided by RMJGT. Rocky Mountain Junior Golf Tour strives to bring tournaments to players of different regions so as to allow them to participate in many events which are of close proximity yet still part of the national tour. RMJGT also aims to provide players with events that are ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard, Golfweek and AJGA.