Toni St John and Tony Hendricks place first at the Wigwam Invitational sponsored by Warren Schutte Players Academy and Sky Zone

First Junior Masters Series tournament features competitive one-shot margins of victory

(left to right) Ashley Menne, Toni St. John, Aleksia Mikalacki

The Wigwam Invitational, sponsored by Warren Schutte Players Academy and Sky Zone, teed off January 27-28 at Wigwam Golf Club. After 36 holes, round one on the Red Course and round two on the Gold Course, Toni St John of Gilbert edged out Ashley Menne (71-74—145, +1) of Surprise by one stroke to earn the win in the Girls Championship Division at even-par 144 (70-74). St John held on to post a wire-to-wire victory after firing the low round of the tournament in round one. Aleksia Mikalacki of Scottsdale placed third at 2-over-par 146 (73-73), two strokes off the pace.

In the Boys Championship Division, Tony Hendricks of Phoenix also notched a wire-to-wire win in dramatic fashion by draining a 40-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole of the Gold Course to take the boys title. Along the way, he posted the boy’s low round of the tournament in the first round, 66, before finishing at 8-under par 136 (66-70), one stroke ahead of Preston Summerhays (70-67—137) of Scottsdale. Hayden Sayre of Phoenix came in third place, three strokes off the pace, at 5-under par (68-71—139).  

“Our Junior Masters Series events feature very strong fields made up of Arizona’s best junior golfers,” said Scott McNevin, Executive Director of the JGAA. “Toni and Tony really had to stay sharp to come away with wins. Congratulations to them as well as everybody who made this tournament a success.”