Southern California Shoots 13-under Par to Take Round 1 Lead

The first round of the 49th Annual Junior America’s Cup, hosted by the Wyoming State Golf Association, is in the books with the team from Southern California represented by Conlan Luciano, Lincoln Melcher, Eric Lee and Dalin Paio, shooting 13-under par. Southern California has a large 13 stroke lead at Powder Horn Golf Club over team Mexico 1.

Leading Southern Cal was Conlani who is in 1st place individually, shooting a 6-under par 65 which included 7 birdies during his round. Melcher fired a 4-under par 67 as he sits in t-2nd place individually and Lee fired a 3-under par 68 (t-4th individually) to complete the three counting scores for Southern California.

Mexico 1 is in solo 2nd place in the team competition, at even par 213. Leading Mexico was Alejandro Fierro, who fired a 2-und par 69. Individually Rylan Johnson from team Arizona is in t-2nd after shooting a 4-under par 67. Rounding out the top 5 individually is Jackson Parrish (t-4th) from team Nevada, who fired a 3-under par 68

Like a collegiate event, the Junior America’s Cup features 18 teams of four boys representing their state, province or country. The competition takes place over 3 days with 18-holes played each day for a total of 54-holes played to determine the winning team. Each team counts its best three scores each round with the low scoring team after 54-holes being crowned the 2021 champions and presented with the champions medals & trophy.

The 2021 competition marks the 49th anniversary of the Junior America’s Cup championship and the second time it will be held in Wyoming. The previous time the event was hosted in Wyoming was 2005 which also at Powder Horn Golf Club. The teams from Oregon and Washington were co-champions that year. Team Washington featured PGA Tour Player Joel Dahmen, who was also the low individual at the event with scores of 70-67-67= 223. Another PGA Tour player who participated that year was Tony Finau who was on team Utah.

In a glorious valley facing the Big Horn Mountains near Sheridan, Wyoming, the Powder Horn is a fun, family-friendly, social golf club and community on over 900 acres in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The Powder Horn Golf Club is proudly managed by Troon Privé, the world’s leader in private upscale club management. With a 27-hole golf course, swimming pools, tennis courts, walking trails, fishing ponds, and a beautiful clubhouse, it’s easy to see why so many choose to call The Powder Horn home.

Past Junior America’s Cup participants who have gone on to successful professional careers include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, Corey Pavin, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay, Rickie Fowler, Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley and Tony Finau.

Andrew Columbro
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