An event of the Junior Golf Association of Arizona’s Junior Masters Series, the Charlie Beljan Invitational, kicks off this weekend, May 2-3, at Alta Mesa Golf Club, 1460 N. Alta Mesa Drive in Mesa. The 36-hole, invitation-only event is tailored to Arizona junior golfers with the desire and ability to compete locally against their top-ranked peers. Mr. Beljan joins another local professional golfer, Bryce Molder – host of the inaugural event in March – as high-profile tournament ambassadors for the newly created Junior Master Series.
“I’m excited to partner with the JGAA to host an event at my home course at Alta Mesa Golf Club,” said Mr. Beljan. “Our goal is to have the best Arizona junior golfers compete locally and on a championship course.”
The field for the event is limited to 72 players (68 currently registered – 51 boys and 17 girls, full roster below) who were invited to compete by virtue of their national ranking by Junior Golf Scoreboard. Boys must be in the top 3,000 and girls in the top 1,500. Tee times for both rounds are scheduled for 12-1:30 p.m., with an awards ceremony and dinner following play on Sunday. Live scoring can be found here.
“The Charlie Beljan Invitational is designed to give our junior golfers more opportunities to compete against highly ranked players without traveling far from home,” said Scott McNevin, executive director of the JGAA. “It’ll also help them prepare for college golf, and engage with local professionals like Charlie Beljan and Bryce Molder.”
“Our goal is to provide a competitive place for aspiring players to play,” said George Getz, chairman of the board of the JGAA. “This tournament series will allow kids to earn national-level points and will serve as a launching pad into nationally chartered events.”
Openings for junior players from neighboring states will be dependent on availability at each event. Qualified junior players can sign up for the Junior Major Series by visiting www.jgaa.org.
Registered players this weekend include:
Mason Andersen, Gilbert; Thomas Avant, Chandler; Nic Beno, Chandler; Zach Burkholder, Gilbert; Jake Chanen, Phoenix; Tucker Clark, Paradise Valley; Gavin Cohen, Tucson; Alejandro De Zavala Phoenix; Garrett DeFisser, Gilbert; Michael Drolet, Scottsdale; Briggs Duce, Sierra Vista; Davis Evans, Phoenix; Michael Feagles, Scottsdale; Colton Gage, Vail; Chip Getz, Paradise Valley; Jack Geurtz, Phoenix; Ty Goode, Tucson; Ali Hameed, Gilbert; Humza Hameed, Gilbert; Brady Hatten, Chandler; Tony Hendricks, Phoenix; Timothy Heslin, Mesa; Steven Jordan, Litchfield Park; Kenyon Kautz, Oro Valley; Trevor Lampson, Gilbert; Cooper Langston, Carefree; Matthew McCarty, Scottsdale; Spencer McGrath, Anthem; Sam McKay, Scottsdale; Ryan Metzler, Paradise Valley; Branden Meyer, Gilbert; Chris Meyers, Oro Valley; Jeffrey Miller, Phoenix; Trueman Park, Chandler; Kyle Peterson, Peoria; Bradley Pottle, Chandler; Aaron Ramos, Goodyear; Scott Redelsperger, Phoenix; David Ricciardelli, Scottsdale; Noah Robinson, Glendale; Ryan Rybicki, Maricopa; Cam Sandland, Phoenix; Keenan Spillum, Phoenix; Daniel Starzinski, Phoenix; Andrew Stineman, Scottsdale; Tyler Svendson, Phoenix; Justin Terry, Scottsdale; Daniel Thompson, Phoenix; Gabriel Velarde, Mesa; Cooper Wayment, Mesa; Chase Wicklund, Scottsdale, AZ Jenny Bae, Chandler; Elizabeth Caldarelli, Scottsdale; Riley Corona, Cave Creek; Jordyn Deardorff, Glendale; Haley Kapanicas, Scottsdale; Madison Kerley, Scottsdale; Kaylee Knadler, Phoenix; Megan Knadler, Phoenix; Ashley Lonergan, Scottsdale; Emily Mahar, Scottsdale; Natassja Meredith, Tucson; Sara Padilla, Scottsdale; Christina Ressa, Phoenix; Samantha Sandland Phoenix; Toni St John, Gilbert; Eve Worden, Scottsdale; Lily Worden,
Jenny Bae, Chandler; Elizabeth Caldarelli, Scottsdale; Riley Corona,Cave Creek; Jordyn Deardorff, Glendale; Haley Kapanicas, Scottsdale; Madison Kerley, Scottsdale; Kaylee Knadler, Phoenix; Megan Knadler Phoenix; Ashley Lonergan Scottsdale; Emily Mahar, Scottsdale; Natassja Meredith Tucson; Sara Padilla, Scottsdale; Christina Ressa Phoenix; Samantha Sandland Phoenix; Toni St John, Gilbert; Eve Worden, Scottsdale; and Lily Worden, Scottsdale.
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