Doe Dominates Round 1 at Girls' Junior Amateur Powered By KOHR Golf - MASSGOLF

Kaitlyn Doe Makes A Strong Charge In Round 1 At Massachusetts Girls’ Junior Amateur Powered By KOHR Golf

For Immediate Release: July 31, 2023

BRAINTREE, Massachusetts – After the first round, Newton’s Kaitlyn Doe (Student Member/MIAA) came away with a strong lead Monday at the 90th Massachusetts Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship Powered by KOHR Golf at Braintree Municipal Golf Course.

North Andover’s Callie Dias (Renaissance) took the lead in the Silver Division with an 80, while Billerica’s Reva MacHanavajhula (Youth on Course/Mass Golf) leads in the Junior-Mite Division at 1-under 35.

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Drone view of Braintree Municipal Golf Course. (The Patriot Ledger)

Doe quickly shook off her first-hole jitters after a bogey, as she then proceeded to birdie holes 4, 6, 7, and 8 en route to a 6-under 66. Close behind were Madison Smith (Student Member/MIAA) and Isabel Brozena (Indian Ridge Country Club) with scores of 4-under 68 and 3-under 69, respectively. Both rose to the top of the leaderboard after posting strong back nines.

Following in 4th place with a three-way tie are Francesca Choquette (Boston Golf Club), Mya Murphy (Student Member/MIAA), and Julia Imai (KOHR Golf Center) with scores of 1-under 71.

Kaitlyn Doe on the tee at the 2022 Girls’ Junior at Indian Pond Country Club. (David Colt, file)

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION (Handicap Index of 10.1 or less)

To start off the day, Brozena was at the top of the leaderboard for the first half of the round, reaching 4-under-par by the end of her 10th hole. Doe quickly caught up to her, though, shooting a total of five birdies on the front nine.

It all added up to the best round of her life.

“My round was really good. It’s actually the first time I’ve ever shot under par in a tournament,” Doe said. “I’m just surprised I did so well, and I’ll definitely use this momentum for tomorrow.”

Doe was asked about some of the more challenging parts of the course and her favorite aspects of it.

“Some of the tee shots were really challenging,” she said. “My favorite part was how nicely the greens were rolling.”

She was then lastly asked about the best part of her game for the day.

“On the front nine, my irons were really on, and I got a lot of birdies due to how close I got,” Doe said.

Smith trails only two strokes behind her. She recorded two birdies on the front nine and four birdies on the back nine.

For the first time, the Girls’ Junior Amateur will be 54-holes of stroke play, with two more rounds being played Tuesday & Wednesday.

Madison Smith on the tee at the 2023 Ouimet Memorial Tournament. (David Colt, file)

SILVER DIVISION (Handicap Index of 10.2 or more)

The player at the top of the leaderboard changed frequently throughout the round for the Silver Division. Dias secured the position towards the end of the round amongst her competitors.

“I’m looking forward to making more putts, I missed a couple of easy ones today and need to get them tomorrow,” Dias said.

Callie Dias putting on 18 green at Braintree Municipal Golf Course. (Mass Golf)

Dias then gave a heartfelt statement on what her favorite part of the day was.

“I would say the people I played with today, that was my favorite part,” Dias said. “There’s a great staff as well, and I’m glad I made some new friends today.”

Following closely behind her are Isabella Arone (Brae Burn Country Club) and Denise Pan (Student Member/ MIAA) with scores of 12-over 84 and 13-over 85.

The Silver Division will wrap up play after another 18-hole round Tuesday.

JUNIOR-MITE DIVISION (Ages 13 & under)

In the 9-hole Junior-Mite competition, defending champion Reva MacHanavajhula shot a 1-under 35 to finish as the Round 1 leader. Coming in second in the round was Nathalie Redmond (Student Member/MIAA), shooting a score of 2-over 38.

A winner will be crowned after the final nine holes of competition on Tuesday.

Reva MacHanavajhula at the 2022 Girls’ Junior Amateur. (David Colt, file)


  • Braintree was originally a privately-owned 9-hole course in 1932. The owners wanted to sell it but no one could finance the property at the time. A vote was passed at a town council meeting for the town of Braintree to purchase the property.
  • The original course was designed by Wayne Stiles, a Boston native and well-known course architect. Some of his other designs include Thorny Lea Golf Club, Haverhill Country Club, and South Shore Country Club.
  • It was in 1967 that the course was expanded to 18 holes and finished construction in 1971.
  • Some previous events held here by Mass Golf include the 2021 Amateur Public Links Qualifier and the 2012 Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship.


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