Four DLGA students were invited to compete in the 2009 AJGA Thunderbird International Junior in Scotsdale, Arizona over the Memorial Day Weekend. Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Thunderbird featured 78 players from 13 states and 14 foreign countries. The field consisted of 48 boys and 30 girls, ages 12-18, and included 44 Rolex Junior All-Americans. Played on Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course, home of the PGA TOUR's Fry's.com Open, the par-72 course measured 7,112 yards for the boys and 6,275 yards for the girls.
In the girls division, finishing in third was DLGA's Kristina Wong at 1-under-par 215 and two shots back of the champion, Cindy Feng. Kristina wrapped up her junior golf career with two good back to back tournaments. Last week she competed at the Scott Robertson Memorial in Roanoke, VA where she finished in 2nd place. Kristina, a four year DLGA student, will be graduating from the IMG Academy School on Friday June, 5th and will head to Stanford in the fall. She is also a four time AJGA All-American!
Also in the girls division, Victoria Tanco, garnered another top 10 after finishing in 7th place and shooting rounds of 71-73-73 for a three day 218 total and 5 shots off the winning score. Victoria was the 2008 AJGA Player of the Year and won the individual title at the 2009 South American Team Championships held in April.
Laetitia Beck, currently ranked 14th by Golfweek in the US and the top female athlete in Israel, finished in 21st place with rounds of 73-78-77. Laetitia is a 2010grad and has verbally committed to play for Duke.
In the boys division, Daniel Lee, 16, of Valencia, CA, had a record-setting weekend by finishing the tournament at 18-under-par 198. He set the 18-, 36-, and 54-hole records while clinching his first AJGA victory. DLGA student, Cheng Tsung Pan finished in 15th place with rounds of 72-72-69 for a 212 total. Cheng was awarded the 2009 DLGA Most Valuable Player and is one of the top players in the U.S. in the class of 2011.
For complete tournament results check out www.ajga.org