Wilson makes it 3 wins in a row, Dumonteil 2 straight in JGAC 10 & under Junior Series Championship
by Gary Baines
Repeat and three-peat.
That was the story of the day for the winners of the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado’s 10 & under Junior Series Championship at the Pfluger Course at Pinehurst Country Club in south Denver.
Andre Dumonteil of Centennial handled the repeat part on Wednesday, winning the 10 & under boys title for the second straight year, this time with a career-best round of 7-under-par 67. And, at age 9, Dumonteil could have a shot at three straight championships in this age division.
But 10-year-old Ashleigh Wilson of Highlands Ranch managed that feat this year with her third girls title in a row. After firing an even-par 74 on Wednesday, she’s the first to accomplish that at the 10 & under level and just the second regardless of age/gender division as Somin Lee of Aurora won three straight 14-18 Junior Series Championships on the girls side from 2008-10.
The only others to have won three Junior Series Championships — in their case not consecutively — are Jennifer Kupcho of Westminster and Coby Welch of Highlands Ranch.
“To me, it means a lot — a lot, a lot — because what I want to be when I grow up is a golf pro, so this really matters,” said Wilson (left), winner of nine JGAC events in 2017.
As for Dumonteil, he becomes just the second two-time winner in the boys 10 & under Junior Series Championship, joining Brayden Bozak (2012 and ’13).
“This year I was really proud of myself because last year I didn’t do very good but I still won,” said Dumonteil, who likewise notched his ninth win of the season in JGAC tournaments. “This year I actually played my butt off and I won, so I’m happy about that.”
Indeed, the 7-under-par total for the round that Dumonteil (below) shot was two better than his previous personal best. On Wednesday, he made an eagle on No. 15 — missing a double eagle by an inch after hitting a hybrid from 132 yards — to go with seven birdies and two bogeys. He’s won this tournament each of the two years he’s competed in it.
“It feels really good” to post his best round relative to par, he said. “I shot shot 5 under two weeks ago and eagled in the playoff so it gave me a little confidence that I could do it.
“I’m happy I shot 7 under and I’m proud of myself that I shot that with two bogeys.”
Tyler Long of Evergreen carded a 73 to finish runner-up, six strokes behind Dumonteil. Ty Andrews of Windsor checked in at 74 for third place.
In the girls tournament, Wilson prevailed by nine strokes after a four-birdie, four-bogey day. She matched her career best with the even-par round. On No. 9, she rolled in a 25-foot birdie, then backed it up with another bird on No. 10.
“Winning this three years in a row” is the thing I’m most proud of in golf, she said, “considering (the streak started) when I was 8. That’s the thing that sticks out the most.
“This year, I put in the time to make sure I had everything down.”
The Junior Series Championships for 11-13 year olds was held earlier this week, with Gage Messingham of Arvada and Sofia Choi of Littleton earning the titles. The 14-18 tournament will be conducted Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 12-13) at Pelican Lakes in Windsor.
JGAC 10 & Under Junior Series Championship
At Par-74 Pinehurst CC Pfluger Course in Denver
1. Andre Dumonteil, Centennial, CO 35-32–67 -7
2 Tyler Long, Evergreen, CO 36-37–73 -1
3 Ty Andrews, Windsor, CO 36-38–74 E
4 Kaden Devenport, Windsor, CO 34-41–75 +1
5 Landon Houska, Fort Collins 40-36–76 +2
T6 Charlie Doyle, Colorado Springs, CO 38-40–78 +4
T6 Charles Budacz-Kauflin, Niwot, CO 40-38–78 +4
T6 Frank Lockwood, Meridian, CO 41-37–78 +4
T9 Campbell McFadden, Denver, CO 41-39–80 +6
T9 Jake Dost, Parker, CO 42-38–80 +6
11 Brayden Destefano, Colorado Springs, CO 46-38–84 +10
T12 Ashton Edwards, Boulder, CO 41-44–85 +11
T12 Christopher ODonnell, Centennial, CO 42-43–85 +11
14 Donovan O’Brien, Erie, CO 46-40–86 +12
15 Alex Doyle, Colorado Springs, CO 47-44–91 +17
16 James Flaxbeard, Greenwood Village, CO 45-47–92 +18
17 Napat Tubtim, Denver, CO 45-49–94 +20
18 Booth Hayes, Frederick, CO 52-50–102 +28
19 Marcel “MT” Barnhill, Pueblo, CO 57-57–114 +40
1 Ashleigh Wilson, Highlands Ranch, CO 38-36–74 E
2 Caitlyn Chin, Greenwood, CO 44-39–83 +9
3 Livia Pett, Denver, CO 44-43–87 +13
4 Alena Kasanicky, Longmont, CO 43-50–93 +19
5 Addison Hines, Arvada CO 44-51–95 +21
T6 Kady Ulrich, Fruita, CO 50-50–100 +26
T6 Maddie Makino, Parker, CO 50-50–100 +26
8 Zoey Gomez, Westmister, CO 53-51–104 +30
9 Taylor Wilsonm Highlands Ranch, CO 52-54–106 +32
10 Jessy Merrell, Vernal, UT 58-51–109 +35