Evan Pena Tournament News

With Record Round, Pena Takes the Title

2024 Mack Champ Invitational for Boys trophy winners
The 2024 Mack Champ Invitational for Boys trophy winners, from left: Joseph Gutierrez, Chris Nana Tanke, Aadi Parmar, Evan Pena, Andrew Ayuso, Ajay Morris, Connor Herrera, Jayden Lizama and Andrew Rodriguez.

Evan Pena shot a tournament record 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a three-shot lead into the final round of the fourth annual Mack Champ Invitational at Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston. But the final round never happened.

After several rain delays on Sunday morning, the decision was made to cancel the final round due to the weather. The 36-hole standings were used to determine the tournament results. (Leaderboard)

Pena, a member of the class of 2026 from Puerto Rico, teed off on No. 10 on Saturday morning and shot a bogey-free 33-33 with 6 birdies and 12 pars. In March, he became the youngest Puerto Rican player to participate in a PGA Tour event when he played in the Puerto Rico Open.

Joseph Gutierrez (2026) from Whittier, CA, and Aadi Parmar (2027) from Selma, TX, tied for second at 3-under. Connor Herrera (2026) from Encinitas, CA, was alone in fourth at 1-under. Jayden Lizama (2025) from Elk Grove, CA, Andrew Rodriguez (2026) from Whittier, CA, and Ajay Morris (2025) from Avondale, AZ, tied for fifth at even par.

Jaxon Brown, who led after shooting 68 on Friday, fell back to the pack with an 81 on Saturday and finished 5-over for the tournament.

In the 12-and-under division, Andrew Ayuso from Cypress, TX, finished at 9-over, good enough for a one-shot victory over Chris Nana Tanke from Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

The 10-and-under division was a two-round competition from the start. Blake Ayuso (Andrew’s brother) shot 74 on Saturday to finish 12-over for the tournament and take the title. He was four shots clear of Zafir Winn (Sacramento) and eight shots ahead of Stephen Sanders (Grand Prairie, TX).

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