Julia Randall fifth-grader Blake Cannon is rapidly building a reputation as a promising young athlete on the Arizona Junior Golf Association playing circuit.
Competing in the 10-years-and-under division, Cannon took third place March 24 and 25 at the Tucson Spring Classic played on the El Rio Golf Course.
His first-round tally of 51 was nine strokes off the pace set by Gilbert's Kyan Palmer. On the second round, Cannon fell to 56 but managed to cling to third place with a 107. Palmer claimed the title with an 81 (42 and 39).
A week prior to the Tucson showdown, Cannon bested Palmer by three strokes at the AJGA Desert Mashie championships at the Phoenix Encanto Golf Course. On the par 30 9-hole course, Cannon shot a 32 on the first round and a 31 on the second.
Cannon first burst on the state golf scene as an 8 year old when he won first place at the 2003 Lone Tree Golf Classic in Chandler. That tournament drew competitions from Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Mexico and one from Denmark.
Next on the JGAA trail is the Spring Stableford April 10 at the Las Colinas Golf Course in Queen Creek.