Idaho Report

Coloradans eighth with one round left in Girls Junior Americas Cup

By Gary Baines – 7/21/2021

The team representing the state and the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado dropped three spots in the standings and sits in eighth place out of 16 teams after Wednesday’s second round of the Girls Junior Americas Cup in Eagle, Idaho.

The Coloradans posted a 7-over-par 220 total — based on the scores of the day’s top three players out of four — leaving them at 9-over 412 overall. They trail leader Mexico by 23 strokes, but are six strokes out of fifth place. The GJAC this year features teams from the western U.S. and Mexico.

If the Colorado contingent stays where it is — or moves up — in Thursday’s final round, it will finish in the top half of the field for the fifth consecutive GJAC. The competition wasn’t held last year due to Covid-19 safety concerns.

Leading the Coloradans individually is Kaylee Chen of Parker, the 2019 Colorado Junior Amateur champion who carded an even-par 71 on Wednesday. She holds 16th place at 1-over-par 143, which puts her 11 behind individual leader Kylie Chong of Southern California. Chen played her final 12 holes in 3 under par on Wednesday.

Other scores for Colorado on day 2 were a 74 for Katelyn Lehigh of Loveland and 75s by Sofia Choi of Littleton and Jessica Mason of Westminster.

Ashley Barnhart, managing director of golf operations for the CGA, is serving as captain for the Colorado team.

Girls Junior Americas Cup

In Eagle, Idaho

8. (out of 16 teams) Colorado 215-220—435

16. Kaylee Chen, Parker 72-71–143

26. Sofia Choi, Littleton 71-75–146

32. Jessica Mason, Westminster 72-75–147

43. Katelyn Lehigh, Loveland 78-74–152

For complete results from the GJAC, CLICK HERE.