By: Allison Cottrell, AJGA Communications
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Junior All-Star at Cypress Ridge is a 36-hole stroke play competition played on the par-72 Cypress Ridge Golf Course. The event features 60 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-15, from 11 states, and three countries. The Boys Division is playing the course at 6,541 yards while the Girls Division is playing the course at 5,790 yards.
Make it two in a row
Fresh off their first AJGA wins at the AJGA Junior at Diablo Grande, Joshua McCarthy of Danville, Calif., and Elizabeth Wang of San Marino, Calif., will look to make it two in a row this weekend at Cypress Ridge. Wang held onto a first-round lead to become the girls champion with a score of 2-under-par 140. McCarthy won in dramatic fashion in a sudden-death playoff with a seven-foot putt for par. McCarthy carded a 4-over-par 148 for the tournament.
Come one, come all
This week’s field of 84 is made up of 60 juniors who are from California, including Jack Avrit whose hometown is Arroyo Grande, Calif. Traveling the furthest is Daulet Tuleubayev of Almaty, Kazakhstan, making the 7,178 mile journey to Arroyo Grande. There are 11 states represented this week, as well as three countries Canada, Mexico, and Kazakhstan.
Cypress Ridge is proud to be awarded the distinguished Silver Signature Sanctuary by the Audubon International. Cypress Ridge is the only golf course in the state of California to be given this award, which is presented to the most elite golf courses in the country. Cypress Ridge is dedicated to habitat enhancement, wildlife conservation, integrated pest management, and efficiency of water, waste and energy use. Their dedication is evident throughout the course as it is surrounded by natural ponds and wildlife that set up a beautiful background to the par-72 course.
Arroyo Grande, Calif., is not only home to Cypress Ridge Golf Course but also to some famous faces as well. Actor Zac Efron and “Hulk” star Lou Ferrigno both call the small town home. Efron graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 2006 and quickly rose to fame the same year in the Disney three-part High School Musical series and has since been in movies such as The Lucky One, 17 Again, and Hairspray. Lou Ferrigno bought a house in the hills of Arroyo Grande in 1988 and has since been a famous citizen of the beach town.