Caden Christopherson and Ashley Menne post wins at the Arizona State Junior Golf Championship at Talking Rock Golf Club

Christopherson wins by one; Menne cruises to three-peat victory

L-R: Reyna Hernandez, Madeleine Laux, Ashley Menne

Christopherson of Chandler fired a final-round, 6-under-par 66 – including a clutch birdie on the last hole – to capture first place at 7-under-par 137 (71-66), one stroke ahead of Chandler’s Mahanth Chirravuri who finished in second place at 6-under-par 138 (71-67). And Blake Lorenz of Peoria came in third place at 5-under-par 139 (70-69) at the statewide championship conducted by the Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA). 

In the Girls Division, Ashley Menne of Surprise made JGAA history as the only player to win three-consecutive state championships. Along the way, she turned in twin bogeyless 6-under-par 66s to finish at 12-under-par 132, 11 strokes clear of second-place finisher, Madeleine Laux of Goodyear (71-72—143). Two players – Reyna Hernandez (75-72) of Gilbert and Abbey Schutte (74-73) of Goodyear – finished tied for third place at 3-over-par 147.