PORTLAND, Ore. – The team representing the Junior Golf Association of Arizona won the 50th Hogan Cup on Sunday, its first title in 32 years after the event concluded at Riverside Golf & Country Club in Portland, Ore. The championship was held August 11-12, 2018.
Nate Stember (Portland, Ore.), representing Team Oregon #1, earned the individual title by one shot.
Arizona entered play on Sunday in second place, one shot behind first-round leaders San Diego. Riverside G&CC was playing noticeably tougher on Sunday, with many teams shooting higher scores than on Saturday.
The squad from Arizona weathered the difficult conditions during the second round of play, finishing with a two-day total of 214-224 – 438 (+6). Mahanth Chirravuri and Gavin Aurilia tied for sixth place individually, finishing at 3-over par for the event. Jake Carlson and Tucker Clark finished T10 at 4-over par, 148 over the two days.
Arizona’s win marked its second-ever Hogan Cup title, winning its only other title in 1986.
The team from Southern California, winners in 2017, finished runner-up after firing 217-224 – 441 (+9). First-round leaders San Diego earned third place, shooting 213-229 – 442 (+10).
Stember completed an unbelievable comeback on Sunday in the individual competition. After starting 4-over through his first three holes, he played the final 33 holes at 4-under par. After a 74 (+2) on Saturday, the rising senior at Lincoln High School in Portland shot a 70 (-2) on Sunday, one of just three players to finish under par during the final round. Entering play on Sunday, Stember was eight shots back. His 144 total (E) bested the field by one shot.
The win completes an outstanding summer season for Stember. After winning the Oregon 6A State Individual Title in the spring, Stember won both the 2018 Oregon Junior Amateur and the Oregon Junior Stroke Play. He also advanced to the round of 32 at the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur.
Three players tied for second place individually: Caden Fioroni (San Diego), Aidan Goodfellow (British Columbia) and Harrison Kingsley (Southern California). All players finished at 145 (+1) individually.