Max Engel and Aleksia Mikalacki post wins at the Thunderbird High School Senior Classic

L-R: Omar Alvarez, Aleksia Mikalacki, Ken Vegors, Katelyn Allen, Kris Kober, Cayla Clark

Each year The Thunderbirds and the JGAA host a special one-round tournament at Gainey Ranch Golf Club to honor Arizona’s senior class of high school golfers who played during the 2017-2018 season.

Desert Mountain’s Max Engel, who is bound for Colorado School of Mines, finished in first place in the Boys Division with a 4-under-par 68, two strokes ahead of second-place finisher Logan Eatherton of Williams Field High School. Soon to be Sun Devil, Davis Evans of Desert Vista High School came in third place with a 71.  

In the Girls Division, Katelyn Allen of Pinnacle High School, on her way to Creighton University, finished tied for first place with Chaparral’s Aleksia Mikalacki at 1-over-par 73. Mikalacki prevailed in a scorecard playoff tiebreaker. Cayla Clark of Hamilton High School came in third place with a 77. She will play golf for Dixie State University in the fall. 

“This event is just a fun way to say farewell and best of luck to our members who, in many cases, have been playing in JGAA events with us since they were in grade school,” said Scott McNevin, Executive Director of the JGAA. “It’s more of a casual atmosphere that allows the players to have a little fun as their high school golf careers end and their college careers begin.”