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Coloradans Hunter Swanson and Tyler Long among leaders in their age divisions at IMG Junior World Championships

By Gary Baines – 7/13/2021

A couple of Coloradans are in the top six in their age divisions after Tuesday’s opening round of the prestigious IMG Academy Junior World Championships in the San Diego area.

Hunter Swanson of Denver sits in fourthplace out of 207 players in the boys 15-18 competition. And Tyler Long of Evergreen shares sixth place out of 170 golfers among boys 13-14.

Swanson, the 2020 Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado Boys Player of the Year, fired a 1-under-par 70 at Torrey Pines South, which last month hosted the U.S. Open. After a day which included five birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey, the future University of Colorado golfer sits three strokes out of the lead. 

Meanwhile, Long shot a 1-under 71 at the La Costa Resort Legends Course. He made five birdies and four bogeys and sits four behind leader Supapon Amornchaichan of Thailand.

Most of the tournaments — aside from the boys and girls 15-18 — will conclude on Thursday. The oldest age division wraps up on Friday.

Here are the scores for all the Coloradans competing at the Junior Worlds:

IMG Academy Junior World Championships

(In San Diego Area)

Boys 15-18

Hunter Swanson, Denver 70

Wes Erling, Colorado Springs 73

Jake Chesler, Firestone 75

Matthew Wilkinson, Centennial 79

Boys 13-14

6. Tyler Long, Evergreen 71

121. Roland Thornton, Aurora 81

131. Jake Dost, Parker 82

138. Kaden Devenport, Fort Collins 83

Boys 11-12

49. Ash Edwards, Boulder 79

Boys 9-10 

33. Brady Shaw, Pueblo 79

50. Braylon Ball, Windsor 83

56. Max Music, Broomfield 84

73. Doro Wilcox, Denver 92

Boys 7-8

32. Eli Dawson, Loveland 83

46. Jameson Ross, Castle Rock 89

Girls 15-18

78. Sofia Choi, Littleton 79

131. Abigail Aeschleman, Highlands Ranch 84

139. Emily Cheng, Colorado Springs 85

Girls 13-14

16. Hadley Ashton, Erie 74

61. Caitlyn Chin, Greenwood Village 79

66. Alena Kasanicky, Longmont 80

97. Hope Torres, Broomfield 94

Girls 9-10

34. Scout Fitzgerald, Parker 82

63. Claire Atzbach, Lone Tree 98

Girls 6 & Under (field of 10)

9. Madelyn Dickerson, Aurora +16 81

For all the scores from the Junior Worlds, CLICK HERE.

Meanwhile, in other major national/international junior events:

— At the U.S. Girls’ Junior in Chevy Chase, Md., Katelyn Lehigh of Loveland failed to advance to the 64-player match-play portion of the event.

Lehigh, the 5A girls state high school individual champion who made it into the Girls’ Junior field after originally being the first alternate, shot a 20-over-par 90 on Tuesday. That left her at 28 over par overall for the two days of stroke play.

Rose Zhang earned medalist honors at 9-under-par 131 (69-62).

For all the scores from the U.S. Girls’ Junior, CLICK HERE.

— At the Boys Junior PGA Championship in Lexington, Ky., Luke Cushman of Castle Rock missed the 36-hole cut to the low 70 players and ties. Cushman went 77-78 for a 13-over-par 155 total.

For all the scores from the Boys Junior PGA, CLICK HERE.