Area Players Return at HODGE Jr Classic

After an offseason prolonged by the presence of COVID-19, the DAJT resumed play with the HODGE Jr Classic at Dubuque Golf & Country Club. Junior golfers from all over showed that they stayed ready during uncertain times. Clear skies and a smooth breeze made for optimal scoring conditions, and players across each division capitalized.

In the boys 16-18 division, Max Naumann carded a 78 to secure his first DAJT victory. He bested West Dubuque teammate Davis Stelzer’s 79 and Wahlert’s Alex Link’s 84. The Bobcat golfer was happy with his consistent play, “I was excited to put together two nines. I was hitting my driver well and I got up and down when I needed to,” said Naumann.

In the girls 16-18, West Dubuque’s Hannah Fangmann won with a round of 86. She was followed by Hempstead’s Morgan Hawkins with an 89 and Edgewood’s Maddy Streicher with a 92. Fangmann found success on the greens during the round: “My putting is what saved me today for sure. As soon as I got to the green I saved some strokes,” said Fangmann.

In the boys 14-15, Will Coohey’s hot start earned him the win with a round of 79. Will Sigwarth placed second with an 83, and Roan Martineau placed third with an 85. Coohey shot a 36 on the frontside before cooling off a bit on the back, but it was enough to secure the victory. “After I made a few birdies on the front nine I knew it would be a good round. I just struggled to make my 8 footers on the back and that’s what I’ll need to work on to improve my score,” said Coohey. 

In the girls 14-15 Kate Vaassen shot an 85 for the win. She was followed by McKenna Stackis’ 87 and Brianna Kirsch’s 94. Vaassen has seen great improvement in her game, and she had a strong finish to grab the win today. “The front nine was pretty bad but I tied it up with a 39 on the back. I think I hit my driver well today and that helped me a lot,” said Vaassen.

In the boys 12-13 division, Bock Mueller edged out Ben Dolter by a stroke to win, shooting a 38. Dolter made a strong early impression, turning in his first top-3 finish ever in the DAJT. Tyler Skritich finished in 3rd place shooting a solid round of 41, highlighted by an eagle on the Par 5 8th hole.

Mueller had a stellar finish after a rocky start to the round. “I bogeyed my first four holes of the day but I finished the round with a pars and a birdie,” said Mueller.

In the girls 12-13 division was a battle of the Cecelias. Cecelia Murray won with a round of 46, followed by Cecelia Ball’s 49. Natalie Fangmann rounded out the top three with a round of 52.

Murray drove the ball well all day and was excited to get back into playing tournament golf, “It’s always nice to play with girls my age and meet new people,” said Murray.

In the boys 10-11 division, Callan Martineau picked up right where he left off with a 39 en route to victory. Bryce Carroll placed 2nd with a 46, an excellent round and his best on the DAJT. Cooper Smith rounded out the group with a 42. Martineau looked to improve around the green over the offseason: “I worked on my short game a lot because even if my driver and irons aren’t great, I can save strokes with my putter,” said Martineau.

In the girls 10-11 division, Amber Wilson won with a 50 after holing a difficult downhill putt on the 9th green. Elin Mueller and Addie Splinter rounded out the top three shooting 51 and 57 respectively. “It was nice to play well today. My irons were the best part of my game,” said Wilson after her round.

The DAJT makes its next stop on June 17th at Timberline Golf Course for the Managed Solutions Jr Classic. Follow our website for tee times and points standings!