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Author: Charlie Hanger
Shiv Parmar held off defending champ KJ Ofahengaue to win the third annual Mack Champ Invitational on Sunday.
Parmar, a member of the class of 2025 from Selma, TX, was incredibly consistent over the weekend, making five birdies and just one bogey over his last 36 holes. His three day total of 4-under 212 was good enough to beat Ofahengaue by a shot in the 13-18 division.
In the 12-and-under division, Houston native Isaiah Diaz won with a final round 65, the low round of the tournament.
Ofanhengaue was trying to become the second family member to win at Memorial Park Golf Course this season. His cousin Tony Finau won the PGA Tour’s Cadence Bank Houston Open on the same course in November.
Trey Rusthoven of St. Peters, MO, shot 70 on Sunday to finish third at 2 under. Roman Solomon, who won the inaugural Mack Champ Invitational in 2021, was fourth at 1 over, and Awesome Burnett rounded out the top five at 2 over after shooting 69, the lowest final round score in the 13-18 division.
Both of the seniors in the top 5 will be playing college golf next year, Ofahengaue at Utah Tech and Rusthoven at Central Michigan.
This was the third year in a row the Mack Champ Invitational was held at Memorial Park in Houston, but it was the first time that it was an all-boys event. The Mack Champ Invitational for Girls will be played April 13-15 in The Woodlands, TX, at The Club at Carlton Woods, site of The Chevron Championship, the first major of the LPGA Tour season.
Isaiah Diaz of Del Rio, TX, shot a blistering 7-under 65 on Sunday to run away with the 12-and-under division at the third annual Mack Champ Invitational.
Diaz was steady in the first two rounds, shooting 77-78 in tough conditions, but he caught fire in the final round. After teeing off on No. 10 and shooting even-par 36 for his first nine, Diaz had six birdies, an eagle and a bogey to shoot 7-under 29 on his last nine holes of the tournament.
Houston native Luka An finished second, and Raiden Orille of Elk Grove, CA, came in third.
The Junior PGA WORKS, held on the Saturday and Sunday of the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship, is a great opportunity to showcase your skills and network with more than 50 college coaches.
This year’s event will feature some of the top diverse junior golfers in the country, with 12 boys and 12 girls competing in a 36-hole stroke play championship at Shoal Creek Club in Shoal Creek, AL, on May 6 and 7.
KJ Ofahengaue and Shiv Parmar are tied heading into the final round of the Mack Champ Invitational at Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston.
Ofahengaue (2023), from Lehi, UT, finished with consecutive bogeys on Saturday but still managed a 2-under 70 to get to 3 under for the tournament. Parmar (2025), from Selma, TX, fired a 3-under 69 to go with Friday’s 72.
Morgan Riley (2025) of Raleigh, NC, is just a shot back at 2 under. Trey Rusthoven (2023) of St. Peters, MO, is even. Roman Solomon (2025), who won the inaugural Mack Champ Invitational in 2021, is 1 over. (Full leaderboard.)
After a cut on Saturday afternoon, the low 50% of the field plus ties in the 13-18 division will advance to Sunday’s final round.
In the 12-and-under division, Isaiah Diaz of Del Rio, TX, shot 77 on Friday and 78 on Saturday to lead Houston native Luke An by 7 shots heading into the final round.
First Round Photos
Photos from the first round. Thanks to Mike Major for the images!
KJ Ofahengaue is proving once again that he can handle tough conditions.
On a day that featured rain, high winds, clouds and temperatures in the mid-50s, Ofahengaue was consistent, making four birdies and three bogeys to finish the day at one-under 71. He won last year’s tournament with a gutsy performance on another gusty day at Memorial Park Golf Course.
He has a one-shot lead over Shiv Parmar of Selma, TX. Morgan Riley of Raleigh, NC, and Trey Rusthoven of St. Peters, MO, are two back at one over. (See the full leaderboard here.)
Ofahengaue has come from Lehi, UT, to play in all three Mack Champ Invitationals, and he hasn’t come alone. This year’s field also features his younger brothers Toa (class of 2025) and Jordan (class of 2029). His older brother Helaman played in 2021 and is now on the football team at the University of Utah. But the most famous athlete in the family is their cousin, PGA Tour star Tony Finau.
KJ will graduate this year and has committed to play college golf at Utah Tech.
In the 12-and-under division, Isaiah Diaz of Del Rio, TX, shot 77 to take the early lead. Houston native Luke An is six shots back after shooting 83.
The second round gets underway at 8am Saturday, and the final round will be played on Sunday after a Saturday night cut.
Review Tournament Hole Locations
The hole locations for all three rounds of the MCI for Boys
MCI for Boys Tee Times Released
Tee times for the first two rounds are below. You can also download this sheet as a PDF.
Thanks to the AJGA, players at this year’s Mack Champ Invitational will be playing for more than a trophy.
The winners of the MCI for Boys and MCI for Girls will become fully exempt AJGA members, and players who finish near the top will earn Performance Stars as part of the AJGA’s Performance Based Entry program.
Players will earn :
- 12 stars for finishing second to fourth
- 8 stars for finishing fifth to eighth
- 4 stars for finishing ninth to 15th
The AJGA is the premier junior golf circuit in the United States and hosts more than 120 events every year. The AJGA is dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.