Encinitas student Jonas Appel, a fifth grader from Park Dale Lane Elementary School, has won the U.S. Kids Gold Regional Championship in Monterey, CA and officially qualified for the World Championships held in Pinehurst, NC in early August. Jonas will also compete in a national competition where he is one of 10 boys ages 10 to 11. This particular tournament consists of Drive, Chip, and Putt (DCP) competitions and will be held in Augusta, GA and broadcasted live on the Golf Channel. Jonas is also a regular participant of the San Diego Junior Golf Association tournament and Future Champions tournament. Jonas has been playing golf since he was three years old.