The DAJT resumed play Monday morning at Dyersville Country Club for the Dyersville Junior Classic. The 9 hole track is relatively short, but requires plenty of creative shots with its tricky slopes and greens.
Kyle Arthofer continued his dominant play with another victory in the boys 16-17 division. Arthofer’s 75 beat out Ben Cummer’s 81 and Max Naumann’s 83. Arthofer has been all business so far, posting three consecutive rounds in the 70s.
“I’m just trying to be consistent and keep the ball in play. Everything else goes from there,” said Arthofer.
Ben Cummer’s 2nd place finish is a testament to his improvement over the past few weeks. The rising junior at Wahlert has improved his scores each week, from 99 at Dubuque Golf, to 88 at Timberline, to 81 today at Dyersville.
“I’ve been hitting more quality iron shots and my driver has been much better. I’m just trying to be at the course at least five times a week to work on my mechanics and keep improving,” said Cummer.
In the girls 16-17 division, Dubuque Senior’s Breanna Felderman captured her second win of the season with a blistering round of 80. According to Felderman, it was her putting that got her the victory.
“I want to go out every time and play the best that I can and hope that my game is where I know it can be,” said Felderman. Edgewood’s Maddy Streicher came in 2nd with an 84 and Western Dubuque’s Hannah Fangmann captured 3rd with an 86.
Davis Stelzer’s 75 grabbed him another victory in the boys 14-15 division. Will Sigwarth and Noah Nabb finished 2nd and 3rd respectively after both posting scores of 85.
Stelzer’s calm demeanor on the course comes from his “mamba mentality.” It helped keep in line after some early birdies and some late bogies.
“I’ve had that attitude for every round I’ve ever played,” said Stelzer. “I know that there’s always room for improvement, but I’m going to go into every round trying to shoot the best I can.”
Tess Breslin won the girls 14-15 division with a round of 94. Breslin, a member of Wahlert’s state championship golf team, is looking to improve this summer in order to step into a bigger role on next year’s team.
“I want to keep shooting low 90s and high 80s. We lost some really good seniors this year so I want to come in and make it less stressful for us next year and shoot some low scores,” said Breslin.
Gabrielle Fagerlind shot 100 and Ella Fangmann shot 111 to take 2ndand 3rdplace.
Jackson Webber finally found his place in the winner’s circle in the boys 12-13 division. The talented Webber has played solid golf over the past two weeks, but has been just shy of grabbing victory, once losing in a playoff. He attributed today's 37 to solid putting and hitting long, accurate drives.
“I’ve been really close the past few times so it feels great to finally get there and win,” said Webber after the round.
Brock Wilson and Roan Martineau rounded out the top three by shooting scores of 38.
McKenna Stackis grabbed a victory in the girls 12-13 division with a round of 49. She beat out Brianna Kirsch’s 50 and Addison Jones’ 59.
“My goal is to shoot in the 40s every round. My putting was better today, and that’s what helped me win,” said Stackis. While she captured the victory, Stackis said that her favorite part of the day was just being with Addi (Addison Jones) and Ava (Kalb).
Callan Martineau continued his strong play with a 42 and a win in the boys 10-11 division. Coming in 2nd and 3rd were Bryce Carroll with 55 and Easton Felderman with 58.
Natalie Fangmann was victorious in the girls 10-11 division with her score of 60. She was followed by Amber Wilson’s 65. Both excellent scores considering the girls played from the regulation red tees, much longer than most junior course setups.
Fangmann and Wilson, all smiles after the round, cited “playing together” as the best part of the day. Fangmann said that her driver was the strongest part of her game, while Wilson cited her hybrid.
DAJT play resumes on July 2nd for the Galena Country Classic at Lacoma Golf Club.