Local Junior Roundup

Coloradan Hillary opens with 68 in national Girls Junior PGA Championship; local players also begin action in IMG Junior Worlds

By Gary Baines – 07/09/2019

In a big week for junior players on the national and international level, Charlotte Hillary of Cherry Hills Village shot a 2-under-par 68 and shares 10th place out of 144 players after Tuesday’s first round of the Girls Junior PGA Championship in Hartford, Conn.

Hillary, twice a winner of the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado’s Tour Championship, made five birdies and three bogeys in round 1. The 17-year-old (pictured), who will play golf at Northwestern beginning in the fall of 2020, is three shots behind co-leaders Sara Im of Duluth, Ga., Yuka Saso of the Philippines and Phoebe Brinker of Wilmington, Del.

Play will continue through Friday. See results below for all the Colorado contestants.

Meanwhile, numerous Coloradans began competing on Tuesday in the IMG Academy Junior World Championships in the San Diego area. The top local performer from day 1 was Jack Hughes of Snowmass Village, who won the AJGA Hale Irwin Colorado Junior last month and will play golf at the University of Colorado. He opened with an even-par 72, which leaves him in 26th place in the 207-player field.

Below are scores of the local golfers from round 1 of the Junior Worlds. Play will continue through Thursday in most divisions, with the oldest juniors who make the cut completing action on Friday.


10. Charlotte Hillary of Cherry Hills Village 68

76. Hailey Schalk of Erie 73

76. Marie Jordaan of Cherry Hills Village 73

87. Lauren Lehigh of Loveland 74


Boys 15-18

26. (out of 207) Jack Hughes of Snowmass Village 72

41. Walker Franklin of Broomfield 73

199. Finn Sapp of Edwards 84

Girls 15-18

95. (out of 147) Sofia Choi of Littleton 79

138. Brittlynn O’Dell of Grand Junction 86

Boys 13-14

70. (out of 179) Wes Erling of Colorado Springs 76

Girls 13-14

40. (out of 127) Abigail Aeschleman of Highlands Ranch 76

58. Kaitlin Zingler of Lakewood 79

Boys 11-12

159. (out of 159) Elijah Johnson of Denver 113

Girls 11-12

47. (out of 96) Hadley Ashton of Erie 80

92. Alena Kasanicky, Longmont 101

Boys 9-10

36. (out of 114) Brayden DeStefano of Colorado Springs 78

Girls 9-10

77. (out of 82) Jadie Wilson of Denver 97

Boys 7-8

42. (out of 84) Brady Shaw of Pueblo 82

51. Ace Espinoza of Denver 85

Boys 6 and Under

23. (out of 39) Jacob Eagan of Castle Rock 17-over-par 71