San Diego-Bound

More than 20 Coloradans have qualified for prestigious IMG Academy Junior Worlds, with more to come

By Gary Baines – 6/7/2022

Twenty-two Coloradans qualified last week for arguably the country’s most prestigious junior tournaments this side of the USGA championships — the IMG Academy Junior World Championships, which will be held July 12-15 in the San Diego area.

Those advancing to the Junior Worlds include the national champion in the chip portion of the Drive, Chip & Putt Finals (Sophia Capua of Aurora); two other past participants in the DCP National Finals (Judd Nikkel of Fort Collins and Grady Ortiz of Colorado Springs); and a recent girls state high school champion (Maddy Bante of Englewood). 

Another 2022 girls state champ, Hadley Ashton of Erie, also will compete at the Junior Worlds but didn’t have to go through qualifying. She earned a spot based on her overall record. Ashton, now 14, finished 15th in her age group at the international event last year. 

Meanwhile, Tyler Long of Evergreen qualified for the boys 15-18 competition a year after placing 12th in the 13-14 event in San Diego. 

(Updated June 15) Another Colorado-based qualifying event was held June 14 for kids age 7-10 at South Suburban’s Family Sports Center. The qualifiers from that are also noted below.

Here are the Colorado qualifiers from this month:

BOYS 15-18

May 31-June 1 at Colorado National GC

Tyler Long, Evergreen 73-66–139

Traejan Andrews, Greeley 71-70–141

Charlie Tucker, Castle Pines 74-69–143

Reese Knox, Peyton 74-69–143

GIRLS 15-18

June 2-3 at CommonGround GC

Kaitlin Zingler, Lakewood 73-71–144

Logan Hale, Eagle 77-71–148

Emily Cheng, Colorado Springs 78-71–149

Maddy Bante, Englewood 76-73–149

BOYS 13-14

June 2 at CommonGround GC

Andre Dumonteil, Centennial 66

Clint Summers III, Fort Collins 69

Austin Hunt, Highlands Ranch 70

Elijah Johnson, Denver 71

GIRLS 13-14

June 3 at CommonGround GC

Addison Hines, Arvada 80

Sophia Capua, Aurora 81

CheyAnne Schrick, Timnath 83

Brynn Balliet, Thornton 83

BOYS 11-12

June 2 at CommonGround GC

Grady Ortiz, Colorado Springs 76

Braylon Ball, Windsor 81

Judd Nikkel, Fort Collins 82

Jeffrey Chen, Aurora 82

GIRLS 11-12

June 3 at CommonGround GC

Maddie Makino, Parker 76

Landry Frost, Colorado Springs 79

BOYS 9-10

June 14 at Family Sports

Eli Dawson, Windsor 31

Doro Wilcox, Denver 31

Crew Ortiz, Colorado Springs 31

GIRLS 9-10

June 14 at Family Sports

Brynn Host, Columbine Valley 46

Grace Assell, Centennial 54

BOYS 7-8

June 14 at Family Sports

Jacob Eagan, Castle Rock 30

Jordan Rhodes 38


June 14 at Family Sports

Madelyn Dickerson, Aurora 38

Ellie Casas, Aurora 38

About the Writer: Gary Baines has covered golf in Colorado continuously since 1983. He was a sports writer at the Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder, then the sports editor there, and has written regularly for since 2009. He was voted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2021. Email: