Flying High in Big Sky

Coloradan Hillary notches first AJGA victory by claiming title in Montana

By Gary Baines – 09/02/2019

Charlotte Hillary of Cherry Hills Village recorded her first AJGA victory on Monday, and she left no doubt about the outcome this time around.

The two-time winner of the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado Tour Championship prevailed by six strokes in a 24-player girls field at the AJGA Junior at Big Sky in Big Sky, Mont.

Hillary shot rounds of 69-66-68 for a 13-under-par 203 total, which left her six in front of runner-up Lauryn Nguyen of Seattle. 

Hillary, who has verbally committed to join the Northwestern University golf program in 2020, went bogey-free on Monday and finished the three-day tournament with 17 birdies. She led wire-to-wire.

Hillary notched the victory a year after losing in a playoff in the same event. Had she won last September, Coloradans would have swept the boys and girls titles at Big Sky as Dillon Stewart of Fort Collins earned the boys trophy.

Hillary has now finished in the top five six times in AJGA events.

“After being in a playoff here last year in this tournament and falling short, it was great to come back and win it this year,” Hillary said on

Also finishing in the top 10 at Big Sky was Kaylee Chen of Denver, who checked in ninth at 5-over-par 221 (74-74-73).

Hillary is pictured below in an AJGA photo with boys champion Ben Lorenz of Peoria, Ariz.