Major Turnout

More than 300 players compete at 2021 Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado openers in Pueblo

By Gary Baines – 4/18/2021

For the first time in two years, Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado tournaments were held in April or May, with a total of more than 300 players teeing it up at three courses in Pueblo on Sunday.

Kids anywhere from 10 and under to 18 competed, with Walking Stick Golf Course, Pueblo Country Club and Elmwood Golf Course hosting events.

JGAC Boys Tour event winner Kyle Leydon of Commerce City.

Winning the JGAC Tour events were Kyle Leydon of Commerce City (at Walking Stick), and Hadley Ashton of Erie, who won a back-nine scorecard playoff over Emma Bryant of Aurora (at Pueblo CC). 

Leydon shot a 3-under-par 69 to win by two, picking up his first victory in a JGAC Tour tournament. On the JGAC Tour girls side, the University of Denver-bound Bryant, winner of two JGAC majors and a state high school title, and Ashton, a high-achieving 13-year-old, matched even-par 72s, with Ashton edging Bryant on the back nine, 37-38. Last year, Ashton finished third in her age group at the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship in Pinehurst, N.C. 

13-year-old Hadley Ashton prevailed in a scorecard playoff in the Girls Tour event.

Here are some of the winners from Sunday in Pueblo:

Boys Tour at Walking Stick Golf Course — Kyle Leydon of Commerce City, 3-under-par 69.

Girls Tour at Pueblo Country Club — (tie) Emma Bryant of Aurora and Hadley Ashton of Erie, even-par 72. Ashton wins back-nine scorecard playoff.

Boys 14-18 Series at Elmwood Golf Course — (tie) Peter Stinar of Colorado Springs, Emmett Loomis of Centennial and Alex Lund of Colorado Springs, 4-over-par 74.

Girls 14-18 Series at Pueblo Country Club — Sydney McCord of Sedalia, 11-over-par 83.

Boys 11-13 Series at Elmwood Golf Course — Andre Dumonteil of Centennial, even-par 70.

Girls 11-13 Series at Pueblo Country Club — Addison Hines of Arvada, 8-over-par 80.

Boys 6-10 Series at Elmwood Golf Course — Jeffrey Chen of Aurora, 1-over-par 35.

Girls 6-10 Series at Elmwood Golf Course — Claire Atzbach of Lone Tree, 4-over-par 38.