Macdonald Repeats as CGA Junior Stroke Play Champ

Defeats Fellow Valor Christian High School Teammate in Playoff

Ross Macdonald won the CGA Junior Stroke Play Championship on Saturday, defeating fellow Valor Christian High School teammate Coby Welch in a playoff to win the prestigious title for a second consecutive year.

Macdonald shot a three-under-par 67 at Arvada’s Indian Tree Golf Club on the third and final day, giving him the momentum needed to secure a playoff. Two holes later in sudden death, he drained a five-foot putt for par and the trophy was his again.

Macdonald joins an elite group of players—three-time Junior Stroke Play champion Scott Petersen (1987, ’88 and ’89) and two-time winner Luke Maten (’80 and ’81)—who have won the event in consecutive years. A soon-to-be senior at Valor Christian and a member of the Hale Irwin Elite Player Program at CommonGround Golf Course, Macdonald will have an opportunity to match Petersen’s historic three-peat next summer before enrolling at the University of Colorado in 2015.

“I’ve worked hard this whole year to give myself a chance to win this tournament again,” said Macdonald, whose Saturday scorecard included a gutsy second-nine 32 to force the playoff. “It’s probably one of the biggest days of my life. Last year winning the tournament was definitely my biggest win, but defending it was even tougher with all the pressure. Doing it two years in a row means a whole lot to me.”

Defeating friend and fellow Valor Christian classmate Welch was no easy task for Macdonald, either. “Beating one of your best friends is always hard, but I knew it was all positive,” said Macdonald. “I wanted to beat him, but I also wanted him to win because he’s a teammate.”

Last fall, Macdonald and Welch helped Valor Christian win the 4A state high school team title.

CGA Junior Stroke Play Championship
June 19-21, 2014
Indian Tree Golf Club

x-Ross Macdonald, CC at Castle Pines              73-70-67—210

Coby Welch, The Links GC                                 70-68-72—210

Grant Rogers, Omni Interlocken GC                   67-74-71—212

Glenn Workman, Desert Hawk GC                     70-70-73—213

Isaac Petersilie, Colorado Springs CC                68-69-76—213

Todd Millard, Twin Peaks GC                              71-72-71—214

Spencer Painton, Green Valley Ranch GC         67-73-75—215

Jake Kelley, Pinehurst CC                                  77-69-69—215

Trevor Olkowski, Bookcliff CC                            72-72-72—216

Evan Buchalski, Olde Course at Loveland          71-71-75—217

Alex Gorman, Broadlands GC                           69-73-75—217

Alan Berry, Meadows GC                                  73-73-71—217

Garrett Jones, West Woods GC                        75-71-71—217

Aj Ott, Ptarmigan CC                                         73-73-72—218

Gregory Shelton, Raccoon Creek GC                71-70-77—218

Kyler Dunkle, Club at Pradera                            80-72-67—219

Tristan Rohrbaugh, Ironbridge GC                      77-71-71—219

Erik Young, CommonGround GC                        71-74-74—219

Andrew Cooper, Glenmoor CC                            75-75-69—219

Troy Dangler, Tiara Rado GC                               72-73-74—219

Tyler Zhang, Lone Tree GC                                  71-73-75—219

Bretton Krantz, Ptarmigan CC                              71-73-76—220

Jackson Solem, Fox Hill CC                                75-74-71—220

Keegan Sheard, Applewood GC                         75-76-70—221

Li Chen, Legacy Ridge GC                                  75-76-70—221

Behrod Keshtavar, Indian Peaks GC                  71-74-76—221

Neil Tillman, Heritage at Westmoor                    73-74-75—222

Roy Carlsen, Heritage at Westmoor                   72-76-75—223

Andrew Howe, Fox Hill CC                                  78-72-74—224

Cole Folwell, Boulder CC                                    70-75-79—224

Justin Allenback, Elmwood GC                          73-76-75—224

Jackson Vacek, Harmony Club                          78-69-78—225

Andrew McCormick, Denver CC                        73-77-75—225

Reese Leiker, South Suburban GC                    76-74-75—225

Donny Kinnaman, Lincoln Park GC                     72-77-77—226

Bridger Ryan, Broadlands GC                              75-73-78—226

Clayton Crawford, Maroon CC                              72-78-78—228

Grant Dinkel, Flatirons GC                                    81-71-76—228

Zach Gomez, Indian Tree GC                               74-75-80—229

Samuel Taylor, Indian Peaks GC                          73-79-77—229

Kyle Pearson, Meridian GC                                   77-74-78—229

Taylor Rodriguez, Walking Stick GC                    76-75-79—230

Ryan James Zetwick, CC at Castle Pines            74-78-81—233

Charlie Schneider, The Links GC                        77-75-82—234


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