Bishops Gate Golf Academy’s Manhua (Wendy) Chen wins 51st Annual John Dropping Invitational Junior Championship

Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGGA) student Manhua (Wendy) Chen is the Champion of The Dropping Junior Championship held at Banbury Golf course in Eagle, Idaho.

Chen fires a final round 69 to win by an impressive 8 shots.

“This win signifies her growth as a golfer this year. Wendy has managed her expectations better and directed more energy into areas of need during training.” Said BGGA Director of Instruction Kevin Smeltz.

“Wendy always has a smile on her face but don’t let that fool you, she is a fierce competitor. She is a great golfer but an even better person.” Stated Wendy’s coach Keegan Fennessy, Senior Coach at BGGA.

John Dropping was a phenomenal junior golfer whose life ended too soon. This tournament is dedicated to his life and a celebration of junior golf. John began playing golf at the age of 12. A late start by today’s standards but his accomplishments were nothing short of spectacular. In 1964, he was Idaho’s first qualifier and the lowest qualifier in the nation for the U.S Junior Golfers Association according to Golf World Magazine. John Dropping was a graduate of Borah High School and attended the University of Idaho. He won the Idaho State High School Championship two years in a row and played in many men’s tournaments including the McCall and Southwest Idaho Amateur.

BGGA students are enjoying great success in junior golf. Chen’s win marks the 101 win in the past four years, more than any other junior golf academy.

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