Congratulations to Ariel Elftman-Hanson of (Wailuku, Maui) and Rose Huang of (Honolulu, Hawaii) won the 2014 Aloha Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks at Kaanapali Golf Courses – Kai Course in Lahaina, Hawaii.
By winning the boys’ and girls’ divisions respectively, Elftman-Hanson and Huang qualified for the 39th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, which will be held on July 29-Aug. 1, 2014, at Miramont Country Club in Bryan/College Station, Texas. Elftman-Hanson, posted a final-round (67) for a two-day total of (134) and a 2-stroke victory over Andrew Chin and Kyle Suppa who finished the second round tied at (139). Because both Chin and Suppa were tied for 2nd Place, a sudden death play-off was used to determine the Runner-Up. It was Chin who would end up victorious winning the playoff on the 6th hole.
Rose Huang, had a final-round 72 for a two-day total of (143) and a 6-stroke victory over Kristen Le who tied with Allysha Mae Mateo at (149). Because they were tied for 2nd Place a sudden death play-off was used to determine the Runner-Up. On the third playoff hole Le hit her tee shot within inches of the hole win with a birdie.
The Junior PGA Championship, Presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, is open to one boy and one girl champion from each of the 41 PGA Sections, champions of the eight PGA Junior Series events, select national junior tournaments conducted throughout the year and special invitees who have yet not reached their 19th birthdays as of the final round of the championship.
The Junior PGA Championship has traditionally been a stepping-stone for many of today’s PGA and LPGA Tour professionals as well as current collegiate stars. Past Junior PGA Championship competitors who have gone on to successful professional careers include: In-Bee Park, Jim Furyk, Luke Guthrie, Trevor Immelman, Cristie Kerr, Justin Leonard, Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson, Grace Park, Dottie Pepper, Jordan Spieth, David Toms, Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie and Tiger Woods.
In addition to the accomplishments by Elftman-Hanson and Huang, we would also like to recognize the other winners of their respective age divisions. In the Boys (7-10) Division, Dillion Jonke finished first with at 2-day total of (174) and Minny Byun won the Girls (7-10) age division with a 2-day total of (136). In the Boys/Girls (11-12) division, Kolbe Irei shot (153) to win the Boy’s Championship and Milburn Ho posted a (147) to claim the Girl’s Championship.
On behalf of the Aloha Section PGA Board of Directors we would like to thank all of the players for participating in this year’s event. We would also like to thank Kaanapali Golf Courses and Ed Kageyama, PGA for hosting the Aloha Junior PGA Championship; our premium PGA junior event for the Aloha Section. Without their support this event would not be possible.