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Young Chandler golfers make strong tourney showing

March 25th, 2021 SanTan Sun News
Young Chandler golfers make strong tourney showing


Several young Chandler duffers have finished strong in area Desert Mashie golf tournament.

After finishing in second place in 2020, Anawin Pikulthong of Chandler won the 2021 Desert Mashie Championship by a healthy seven-stroke margin over second-place finisher Aiden Krafft of Albuquerque.

Anawin’s first round 10-under 60 at Encanto Golf Course included a 9-under-par streak for 11 holes (2-12), ending with an eagle at the par-5 12th.

Anawin then put up a 2-under-par 68 in the second round to finish the tournament at 12-under-par 128.

The win marked his first of the season and eighth overall since entering the Junior Golf Association of Arizona Boys Championship Division in 2019.

Nikolas Kittilson of Chandler (68-69) finished tied for third place at 3-under-par 137.

Nicholas Lippe of Chandler won the boys 15-18 division at 3-over par (72-71—143).

On the Encanto 9 Golf Course, Arjun Somani of Chandler took top honors in the Boys 11-12 Division at even par (62-58—120).

“The Desert Mashie has been giving our juniors a place to compete and have fun for 41 years,” said Scott McNevin, executive director of the JGAA.  “It’s an honor for us to carry on the tradition of this tournament started by a group of people with a common passion for golf and the desire to see more kids grow up with the game.”

The Desert Mashie Golf Club was formed by a group of Phoenix-area golf enthusiasts in 1946 and held the first Desert Mashie Spring Championship in 1981 at Encanto Golf Course, becoming a JGAA-sanctioned event in 1992.

Today the Desert Mashie is the oldest public golf club in Arizona.

The Junior Golf Association of Arizona is a nonprofit that aims “to educate, motivate and inspire Arizona’s youth through golf and all of the valuable lessons and life skills inherent to the game.

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