Lauryn Nguyen and Ethan Evans Capture Girls and Boys Titles at 44th WJGA State Championship

Lauryn Nguyen of Seattle fired a final round 4-under par 68 to cap off a tremendous week to win the 44th Annual Washington Junior Golf Association (WJGA) State Girls’ Championship, while Ethan Evans of Mercer Island shot a final round even-par 71 to capture the State Boys’ Championship.

Lauryn Nguyen and Ethan Evans
Lauryn Nguyen (left) and Ethan Evans

The final round of the three-day stroke-play championships was held concurrently at Manito Golf and Country Club in Spokane, Wash.

Nguyen’s three-day total of 14-under par 202 gave her an impressive eight-shot victory over second-place finisher Montgomery Ferreira of Tacoma. This is Nguyen’s second WJGA Girls’ overall state title, also winning the championship in 2017 at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland.

On the boys’ side, Evans’ shot a three-day total of 8-under par 206. In today’s final round he eagled the par-5 14th hole to take control of the championship, building a three-shot lead and cruised to the clubhouse to win by three shots. There was a four-way tie for second place at 5-under par with Mukilteo’s Daniel Kim, Stanwood’s Conrad Chisman, DuPont’s Jahan Bains, and Spokane’s Tommy Kimmel.

In all, 258 boys and girls competed over three days at three host courses to determine boys and girls state champions in age divisions of 8-11, 12-13, 14-15 and 16-18. The field was cut to roughly 85 total players after two rounds.

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For more information, contact WJGA Executive Director Tyler Johnsen at 206-890-0197 or tyler.johnsen@wjga.net.

The Washington Junior Golf Association is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by Joan Teats in 1977. The WJGA operates a quality competitive program for junior golfers in Washington, Northern Idaho and Umatilla County in Oregon. The WJGA has developed into one of the most highly regarded junior programs in the country, with a membership that continues to top 1,000 junior golfers each year. Junior boys and girls compete in one of six districts by age division, which are 8-11, 12-13, 14-15, and 16-18. For more information, visit wjga.net.