Local golfers to compete at PGA Junior Championships


A team of all-star junior golfers from North San Diego County area is one of eight headed to Walt Disney World Nov. 5-8 to compete in the PGA Junior League Golf Championship.

The California All-Stars team captured the West Regional in September to earn a spot at the championship at Disney’s Palm Course in Lake Buena Vista and will be competing against teams from Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Carolina.

The California All-Stars includes local players Shane Ffrench and Krando Nishiba of Rancho Santa Fe and Ryan Smith of Encinitas.

“The PGA Junior League Golf Championship is the culmination of another record-breaking year for this program,” said PGA President Derek Sprague. “We look forward to a great event at Walt Disney World Resort, which is a wonderful setting for our juniors to enjoy a fun weekend of tournament play. We congratulate the California All-Stars on their achievement.”

PGA Junior League Golf is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls ages 13 and under to learn and enjoy the game of golf. Kids learn the game in a recreational environment with professional instruction and direction from PGA/LPGA Professionals who serve as team captains, while parents also play an active role. Participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with their friends in a popular two-person scramble format.

Pictured above: Team Captain/Coach John Mason and Assistant Coach Jackie DeWald-Mason with Nicholas Chang (Carlsbad), Shane Ffrench (Rancho Santa Fe), Jay Leng (La Jolla), Jackson Moss (San Diego), Krando Nishiba (Rancho Santa Fe), Dylan Oyama (Carlsbad), Ryan Smith (Encinitas), Jared Tran (Carlsbad), Daina Tsuru (Carlsbad) and Jaycie Stewart (San Diego).