Strong Showings

Coloradans Tyler Long and Hadley Ashton place in top 15 at IMG Junior Worlds; Hunter Swanson 22nd with 1 day left in boys 15-18 tourney

By Gary Baines – 7/15/2021

Tyler Long of Evergreen and Hadley Ashton of Erie posted top-15 finishes on Thursday at the prestigious IMG Academy Junior World Championships in San Diego, while Hunter Swanson of Denver remained in the top 25 in the boys 15-18 division, which will conclude on Friday.

Long tied for 12th place out of a field of 170 in the boys 13-14 competition. He closed with a 1-over-par 73, leaving him at 4-over 220 and 11 strokes behind winner Javier Santolaya of Chile. 

Ashton shared 15th place out of 100 competitors in the girls 13-14 tournament. A 4-over-par 76 on Thursday — with a double bogey on her final hole — gave her an 8-over 224 total. She ended up nine strokes behind the top three performers.

And Swanson easily made the 54-hole to the low 50 players and ties — out of the original field of 207 — in the oldest boys age division. The 2020 Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado Boys Player of the Year posted a 6-over-par 77 Thursday at Torrey Pines South, host site for last month’s U.S. Open. That put the future University of Colorado golfer in 22nd place at 8-over 221, 12 strokes behind leader Gavin Aurilia of Phoenix.

The boys and girls 15-18 divisions will wrap up the Junior Worlds on Friday.

Here are the scores for all the Coloradans competing at the Junior Worlds:

IMG Academy Junior World Championships

(In San Diego Area)

Boys 15-18 (Tuesday-Friday)

22. Hunter Swanson, Denver 70-74-77—221

(Missed 54-Hole Cut)

53. Matthew Wilkinson, Centennial 79-75-72–226

61. Wes Erling, Colorado Springs 73-79-75—227

68. Jake Chesler, Firestone 75-78-75–228

Boys 13-14 (Tuesday-Thursday)

12. Tyler Long, Evergreen 71-76-73–220

106. Roland Thornton, Aurora 81-78-78–237

132. Kaden Devenport, Fort Collins 83-83-80—246

145. Jake Dost, Parker 82-85-83–250

Boys 11-12 (Tuesday-Thursday)

86. Ash Edwards, Boulder 79-86-83–248

Boys 9-10 (Tuesday-Thursday)

29. Brady Shaw, Pueblo 79-78-75–232

44. Braylon Ball, Windsor 83-83-73–239

59. Max Music, Broomfield 84-80-87–251

70. Doro Wilcox, Denver 92-87-83–262

Boys 7-8 (Tuesday-Thursday)

27. Eli Dawson, Loveland 83-75-85–243

50. Jameson Ross, Castle Rock 89-86-86—261

Girls 15-18 (Tuesday-Friday)

(Missed 54-Hole Cut)

Sofia Choi, Littleton 79-76-79–234

Emily Cheng, Colorado Springs 85-79-77–241

Abigail Aeschleman, Highlands Ranch 84-83-83–250

Girls 13-14 (Tuesday-Thursday)

15. Hadley Ashton, Erie 74-74-76–224

71. Caitlyn Chin, Greenwood Village 79-78-85–242

71. Alena Kasanicky, Longmont 80-85-77–242

92. Hope Torres, Broomfield 94-82-83—259

Girls 9-10 (Tuesday-Thursday)

44. Scout Fitzgerald, Parker 82-84-83–249

62. Claire Atzbach, Lone Tree 98-91-98–287

Girls 6 & Under (field of 10) (Tuesday-Thursday)

9. Madelyn Dickerson, Aurora 81-76-72–229 (34 over par)

For all the scores from the Junior Worlds, CLICK HERE.