Local Junior Roundup

65 gives Broomfield’s Walker Franklin lead in IMG Junior Worlds; Charlotte Hillary 14th going into final round of Girls Junior PGA

By Gary Baines – 07/11/2019

Thursday was certainly a happy day in the Broomfield-based Franklin household.

Mother Kristine Franklin won her second straight CGA women’s senior major championship, capturing the over-50 title in the Match Play at The Club at Ravenna in Littleton.

And son Walker Franklin took the lead — out of a whopping 209-player field — in the boys 15-18 division at the extremely prestigious IMG Academy Junior World Championships in the San Diego area.

Walker Franklin (pictured) backed up a second-round 68 with a stellar 7-under-par 65 at Torrey Pines North to take a one-stroke lead into Friday’s final round. 

Franklin made eight birdies and one bogey in round 3, leaving him at 10-under 206 for 54 holes.

Jimmy Zheng of New Zealand holds second place at 207, while Aidric Jose Chan of the Philippines and Connor McKinney of Australia share third at 208.

Meanwhile, at the national Girls Junior PGA Championship, another Coloradan is having a very good showing.

Charlotte Hillary of Cherry Hills Village remained in the top 20 after three rounds in Hartford, Conn. The two-time Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado Tour Championship winner fired a 1-under-par 69 on Thursday, leaving her in a share of 14th place at 3-under 207. 

Hillary, who will play her college golf at Northwestern starting in the fall of 2020, made four birdies and three bogeys on Thursday. She trails leader Rose Zhang of Irvine, Calif., by nine.

Below are scores for Coloradans at the Junior Worlds and the Girls Junior PGA Championship.


14. Charlotte Hillary of Cherry Hills Village 68-70-69–207

57. Lauren Lehigh of Loveland 74-70-72–216

66. Marie Jordaan of Cherry Hills Village 73-71-74–218

70. Hailey Schalk of Erie 73-72-75–220


Boys 15-18

1. (out of 209) Walker Franklin of Broomfield 73-68-65–206

Missed 54-Hole Cut

124. Jack Hughes of Snowmass Village 72-79-77–208

189. Finn Sapp of Edwards 84-80-79–243

Girls 15-18 (Final for Coloradans)

Missed 54-Hole Cut

82. (out of 147) Sofia Choi of Littleton 79-78-75–232

136. Brittlynn O’Dell of Grand Junction 86-81-83–250

Boys 13-14 (Final)

86. (out of 179) Wes Erling of Colorado Springs 76-77-79–232

Girls 13-14 (Final)

91. (out of 127) Abigail Aeschleman of Highlands Ranch 76-81-85–242

109. Kaitlin Zingler of Lakewood 79-86-86–251

Boys 11-12 (Final)

158. (out of 159) Elijah Johnson of Denver 113-84-93–290

Girls 11-12 (Final)

50. (out of 96) Hadley Ashton of Erie 80-78-79–237

87. Alena Kasanicky, Longmont 101-87-76–264

Boys 9-10 (Final)

22. (out of 114) Brayden DeStefano of Colorado Springs 78-77-71–226

Girls 9-10 (Final)

75. (out of 82) Jadie Wilson of Denver 97-88-89–274

Boys 7-8 (Final)

47. (out of 84) Brady Shaw of Pueblo 82-85-83–250

61. Ace Espinoza of Denver 85-86-89–260

Boys 6 and Under (Final)

25. (out of 39) Jacob Eagan of Castle Rock 71-68-72–211 (49 over par)