DAJT Play Back on Track at Dyersville Jr Classic

Last Monday’s torrential downpour lead to the rescheduling of the Dyersville Jr Classic to today’s muggy Monday morning. The course at Dyersville Golf & Country Club held up remarkably well and boasted firm but fair greens to attack. The eighteen hole players traversed Dyersville’s nine hole layout twice, offering a unique opportunity to atone for mistakes made on the same holes on the front nine. 

Davis Stelzer showed guts in his win in the boys 16-18 division. He tripled, doubled, and bogeyed his first three holes but battled back to shoot three under on his last fifteen holes for a 73 on the day. Noah Nabb continued his great play with a 74, and Max Naumann shot a solid 78 to round out the top three. Stelzer spoke of his motivation going into the round: “My brother (Jax) told me to shoot under par today so I was disappointed with my start. I basically tried to battle back and make a good score out of it,” said Stelzer.

Maddy Streicher shot a scorching 77 to win the girls 16-18 division. Coming right behind were Morgan Hawkins with an 83 and Hannah Fangmann with an 84. Today marked Streicher’s career-best tournament round. “I started out rough, but I was able to dial every aspect of my game together and ended up playing really well,” said Streicher.

Will Coohey ran away with the boys 14-15 division with an even-par 70. Following Coohey were Jackson Webber’s 77 and Roan Martineau’s 82. Coohey was pleased, but not completely satisfied after the round: “I just told myself to go out there and swing easy and I struck it well. I definitely left a few out there, especially on the back, but overall the putter was rolling and I had a good day,” said Coohey, who now takes a comfortable lead in the points standings.

McKenna Stackis won the girls 14-15 division with a strong round of 87. Ava Kalb shot 106 grab second place.This gives Stackis a comfortable hold of first place in the points standings. She is followed by Ava Kalb and Katelyn Vaassen.

Ben Dolter secured his second win in the boys 12-13 division, moving him well into first place in the points standings. His round of 40 bested Brayden Webber’s 42 and Easton Felderman’s 43. Dolter didn’t play perfectly, but course management was his strength on the day: “I looked at every hole today and knew where to be and where not to be, so my misses hurt me a lot less and saved some strokes,” said Dolter.

Natalie Fangmann was the lone competitor in the girls 12-13 division. Nonetheless, the fired a solid round of 56. “It always feels good to win, right?” said Fangmann after her round. This win also moves Fangmann into first place for the overall points lead.

In the boys 10-11 division, Cal Martineau continued his streak of victories with a 39. Rounding out the top three were Cooper Smith with a 47 and Kieran Breslin with a 48. Martineau spoke of his motivation to continue improving: “I see my brothers (Roan & Nolan) practicing all the time and it makes me want to be better. All of us are pretty competitive,” said Martineau with a laugh.

Addie Splinter had a terrific day, winning the girls 10-11 with a round of 50. She was followed by Amber Wilson and Elin Mueller, each shooting 54. This marked Splinter’s first win of the season and put her right in the mix for player of the year honors. “My drives and my putting were the best parts of my game today,” said Splinter after the round.

The DAJT makes its next stop at the Eagle Ridge North Course on July 9th. Follow the DAJT website and Facebook page for points updates and tee times for upcoming events!