By Caitlin Davis, AJGA Communications
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Junior at Diablo Grande is a 36-hole stroke play competition played on the Ranch Course at Diablo Grande Golf and Country Club. The event featured 57 boys and 27 girls, ages 12-18, from 12 states and Canada. The Boys Division is playing the 6,847-yard course as a par 72 while par is 71 for the Girls Division, playing the course at 5,912 yards.
AJGA returns to Diablo Grande
This is the ninth year Diablo Grande Golf and Country Club has played host to an AJGA event. Past winners include KK Limbhasut of Loma Linda, Calif. (2012), Pailin Ruttanasupagid of San Diego (2012), and Kendall Prince of Lake Oswego, Ore. (2011).
The competitive field features many 2013 AJGA champions. Krystal Quihuis of Tucson, Ariz., won the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club last month. Joe LaHorgue of Kentfield, Calif., was a medalist at the Preseason Junior at Marshallia Ranch just two weeks ago.
The winners of this weekend’s event will qualify for two invitational tournaments. The Boys Division Champion will qualify for the 2013 FJ Invitational and the Rolex Tournament of Champions. The Girls Division Champion will also qualify for the Rolex Tournament of Champions as well as the Rolex Girls Junior Championship.
Near and far
Of the 84 juniors playing in this weekend’s event, 58 call California home. The furthest distance will be traveled by Dan Woodbury of Upton, Mass., who will make the more than 3,000-mile trek to Patterson, Calif.
Diablo Grande – A tale of two courses
Diablo Grande features two 18-hole courses – the Ranch Course and the Legends Course. This week, juniors will be playing from the Ranch Course, which was completed in 1996 and has regularly been rated as a top course in Northern California. The toughest part of the Ranch Course is No. 12, which is designed as a 650-yard par 5 and is nicknamed “The Mustang” due to its difficulty.
The Legends Course was co-designed by golfing greats Jack Nicklaus and Gene Sarazen. The course opened in 1998 and has received numerous accolades for its unique design and difficulty level.
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