The Thunderbirds Arizona High School Senior Classic

Boys left to right Colton West, Devon Montoya, and Tyler Apps

The annual Thunderbirds Arizona High School Senior Classic, sponsored by the Phoenix Thunderbirds, was held at Gainey Ranch Golf Club on May 20, 2012, a traditional golf tournament that honors the graduating seniors that played on high school golf teams throughout the state of Arizona in 2012. 59 seniors participated, 47 boys and 12 girls.  

“The Thunderbirds host the High School Senior Classic as a way to thank all of the departing seniors, many of whom have played in JGAA events for many years.  For these players, it is a way for us to wish them well on their future paths, whether amateur, collegiate, or professional,” said Danny Calihan, Thunderbirds Junior Golf Chairman.

“Many of these golfers have competed in numerous JGAA events over the years and watching them mature on and off the golf course is one of the most satisfying parts of being with the JGAA,” said Tom Cunningham, Executive Director of the Junior Golf Association of Arizona. “We are so proud of each and every one of our participants and know that the foundation that was laid through our JGAA events will carry them through as they compete in college and in some cases, on the professional level.”

Thank you once again to The Thunderbirds for sponsoring this wonderful tournament.  It was a great day that all the seniors will remember fondly.

In the girls division first place went to Jacquie LeMarr from Chaparral High School with a score of 73,  second place with a score of 85 went to Julia Thompson from Shadow Mountain High School and third place with a score of 86 went to Ellen Springs of Ironwood Ridge High School.

In the boys division first place went to Tyler Apps of Payson High School with a four under par total of 68, second place went to Devon Montoya of Mesquite High School with a three under par score of 69 and third place went to Colton West with a scorecard playoff of one under par 71 from Hamilton High School.

Results for the Thunderbird High School Senior Classic:


Name High School Score
Tyler Apps Payson High School 68
Devon Montoya Mesquite High School 69
Colton West Hamilton High School 71*
Will Twitty Chaparral High School 71*
Ryan Witte Desert Vista High School 71*
Kale Davidson Cactus High School 72
Nick Hool Williams Field High School 72
Tommy Marino Sunrise Mountain High School 72
Ajay Wilson Queen Creek High School 72
Cody McManus Desert Vista High School 73

*Scorecard Playoff


Name High School Score
Jacquie LeMarr Chaparral High School 73
Julia Thompson Shadow Mountain High School 85
Ellen Springs Ironwood Ridge High School 86
Cady Espinoza Desert Vista High School 87
Alexandra Laughter Betty Fairfax High School 89