July 18, 2019

Three Crowned Champions at Junior Match Play

Jordan Sarhaddi, Ainsley Mann and Jiakai Chen were victorious at the Junior Match Play

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – Jordan Sarhaddi, Ainsley Mann and Jiakai Chen all picked up wins at the Juior match Play Championship on Thursday at Mission Inn Resort. Sarhaddi captured the win in the Boys 16-18 Division, defeating Eoin Buckelew, 3 and 2.

Mann was victorious in the Girls 13-18 Division with a 5 and 4 win over Amelie Alcantara in the championship match. Chen used a 3 and 2 win over Andrew McLauchlan to win the Boys 13-15 Division.

Stroke Play

Boys 16-18
The 2018 Junior Match Play Champion, John DuBois captured medalist honors on Tuesday, carding a 4-under 140. He fired a second-round 67 to earn the No. 1 seed heading into match play. Cooper Smith picked up the No. 2 seed spot with a 2-under 142, while Zikang Zhan finished third at 1-under 143. Sarhaddi finished in a tie for fourth with Ethan Werblo at 3-over 147. Carson Parker and Yoshi Petersson finished the stroke play round in a tie for 32nd at 12-over 156, with Parker grabbing the final spot in match play. 

Girls 13-18

Mi Li took home medalist honors, finishing the two rounds of stroke play with a 6-over 150. Madison Tenore finished one stroke back of Li at 7-over 151, while Jordyn Hodgson posted a 10-over 154 to finish in third place. Mann picked up the No. 6 seed, finishing in a tie for sixth with Annie Zhang at 13-over 157. Sixteen players advanced to the match play portion of the championship.

Boys 13-15


Carson Brewer earned the No. 1 seed with an even-par 144. He fired a first-round 69 to open up stroke play seeding. Andrew McLauchlan and Bryce Werblo finished tied for second at 5-over 149. Chen secured the No. 9 seed with a 10-over 154. Andrew Wexler and Neil Heinlein finished the first two rounds in a tie for 16th at 15-over 159. Heinlein grabbed the final spot in match play on the first playoff hole.

Round of 32

Boys 16-18
Parker upset the No. 1 seed and medalist, DuBois, in the first round of match play, winning 1 up. Sarhaddi advanced to the Round of 16 with a decisive win over Alex Whitehead, 6 and 4. No. 28 seed, Louis John Giovacchini picked up a win against No. 5 seed Werblo in 19 holes. Smith played his way into the Round of 16 with a commanding 5 and 4 win over Jacob Ezell.

Round of 16

Boys 16-18
Sarhaddi kept it rolling in the Round of 16, overcoming Thomas McClellan, 3 and 1. Giovacchini used another upset victory to advance, defeating Campbell Kennedy 4 and 3. Buckelew defeated Ian Ball, 1 up to advance to the next round.

Girls 13-18

No. 16 seed Madyson Gold upset the No. 1 seed, Li, in the first round with a 1 up victory. Mann used a 1 up win over Kavya Ajjarapu to advance to the quarterfinals. Tenore, the No. 2 seed, picked up a commanding 8 and 6 victory over Ashleigh Angelo.

Boys 13-15
Medalist, Brewer advanced after a 5 and 4 win over Heinlein, while Chen won his match against Sebastian Sacristan, 1 up. Gabriel Zhang upset Maxmilian Jelinek in the Round of 16 with a 1 up win. 


Boys 16-18
The Quarterfinals saw Sarhaddi defeat McClellan, 3 and 1, while Giovacchini kept it going with a 4 and 3 win over Kennedy. Smith was victorious in 20 holes over Derek Sanderson. Buckelew defeated Ball 1 up. 

Girls 13-18
Mann took down the No. 3 seed Hodgson in the quarterfinals with a 3 and 2 victory. No. 16 seed, Gold, advanced to the semifinals with a 2 up win over Kiley Malmberg. Alcantara defeated Laura Lou, 4 and 3.

Boys 13-15
Chen upset the No. 1 seed Brewer in the Quarterfinals, with a 1 up win, while Zhang also completed an upset, defeating Sebastiano Mascia, 2 and 1. McLauchlan used a 2 and 1 win over Andres Atrio to move on to the semifinals. 


Boys 16-18
After being knocked out in the quarterfinals at the last two Match Play Championships, Sarhaddi punched his ticket to the finals with a 3 and 2 win over Ballato. He took a three up lead on the front nine and secured the victory by winning the 14th hole. Buckelew secured his spot in the finals with a 4 and 2 win over Smith. He won three holes on the back nine to earn the victory. 

Girls 13-18
Winning the first three holes of the match, Mann defeated Tenore, 4 and 2, to advance to the finals. Alcantara earned her spot in the finals after a commanding 5 and 4 win over Gold. Heading to the back nine 3 up, Alcantara won three holes on the back nine to secure the victory. 

Boys 13-15
It may have taken a few extra holes, but Chen defeated Zhang in 21 holes to earn a spot in the finals. McLauchlan used a 3 and 2 win over Werblo to secure a spot in the finals against Chen. 


Boys 16-18
Sarhaddi got off to a strong start in the finals, winning three holes to head to the back nine 2 up on Buckelew. The incoming University of Central Florida freshman won three straight matches to start the back nine at 5 up and eventually capture the championship. 

Girls 13-18
Mann won five holes on the front nine to take a quick 5 up lead over Alcantara at the turn. After Alcantara took the 12th hole, Mann came back to take the 13th hole with a par and secured the victory by halving the 14th. 

Boys 13-15
Chen took a quick lead over McLauchlan, winning two of the three first holes. McLauchlan won the eighth hole and headed to the back nine 1 down. Chen won the 15th and 16th holes to secure the win. 

Boys 16-18 Results | Girls 13-18 Results | Boys 13-15 Results

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