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Local Players Travel to Houston for Mack Champ Invitational

Jayden Lizama from Elk Grove

Every year, the Cameron Champ Foundation hosts the premier tournament for junior golfers from diverse backgrounds in Houston, and every year, Sacramento-area junior golfers make the 1,600-mile trip to compete in the event.

This year, two girls and seven boys were in the field for the fourth annual Mack Champ Invitational. Alaythia Hinds, a senior from Rancho Murieta, and Sakura Watanabe, a ninth-grader from Roseville, played in the girls event, which was held April 11-13 at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, TX. Hinds won the event in 2023.

The boys event was May 2-5 at Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston. Sacramento-area players in the field were high school juniors Jayden Lizama from Elk Grove, Aidan Sweeney from Granite Bay, and Cruz Medrano from Citrus Heights; sophomore Micah Lenton from Hercules; fifth-grader Raiden Orille from Elk Grove; and brothers Obasi (seventh grade) and Zafir Winn (fifth grade) from Sacramento.

Learn more about the tournament and see how they did at