The Gigantic Jr at Bunker Hill marked the start of the home stretch for the DAJT. The course was in pure shape, with emerald fairways and surprisingly quick greens dominating the landscape of the tournament.
In the boys 16-17, Kyle Arthofer shot a scorching 71 to win, but he wasn’t completely satisfied.
“I didn’t make a ton of birdies today but I came in thinking I’d break the course record. That definitely didn’t happen but I kept it in play and I’m happy I got the win,” said Arthofer.
Rounding out the top 3 were Ben Vaassen and Ryan Kamentz, both shooting 77.
The girls 16-17 division saw some excellent golf, with Maddy Streicher firing a 72, Breanna Felderman shooting a 76, and Morgan Hawkins shooting an 81.
This was Streicher’s career low round, and earlier in the year, her goal was just to shoot in the 70’s. Certainly now, her expectations have changed.
“I feel great about my round today. I feel like that’s the best golf I’ve ever played, so now my goal going forward is just to replicate that,” said Streicher.
The boys 14-15 division saw a first time winner in Will Sigwarth, who shot 76. Will Coohey shot 78 to place 2ndand Davis Stelzer shot 79 to place 3rd.
Sigwarth was pleased with his play after the round, citing practice that lead to his success. “I’ve been working hard in the days leading up and trying to groove the same swing. I knew what I needed to do to win, and it always helps to hit it far and straight off the tee,” said Sigwarth.
Hanna Kluesner’s 99 was good enough for a win in the girls 14-15 division. She bested Kylie Felderman’s 102 and Gabrielle Fagerlind’s 105.
Kluesner saw great improvement this week compared to recent rounds. “I hit my driver really well today and dropped a few more putts than usual. The group of girls I had playing with me today also just made it enjoyable,” said Kluesner.
Jackson Webber and Brock Wilson tied with a 37 in the boys 12-13 division, with Brock Wilson eventually winning in a playoff hole. Roan Martineau placed 3rdshooting a 39.
Wilson and Webber practice against one another nearly every day at Thunder Hills, their home course, and the competitive spirit carried over to the course today.
“It’s always fun to play with your friends because there’s some comfort compared to playing with people you don’t know,” said Webber.
“I love playing with Jackson, but it’s still very competitive between the two of us because we are always pushing each other to be better. I was happy to get the win today” said Wilson.
McKenna Stackis won the girls 12-13 division with a 46, edging Brianna Kirsch by a stroke. Ava Kalb shot 56 to round out the top 3.
Stackis puts herself in great position to make a late season push up the Ryder Cup standings, with Kirsch still leading.
In the boys 10-11, Cal Martineau continued his excellent play with a round of 38. Connor Walsh and Graham Ahlers placed 2ndand 3rdrespectively, shooting rounds of 47 and 48.
“I feel confident right now. I’m putting really well and I just need to straighten out my driver,” said Martineau after his round.
In the girls 10-11 division, Amber Wilson won a playoff against Elin Mueller to capture her first win of the year. Wilson and Mueller shot 59, with Natalie Fangmann placing third with a 66.
Wilson’s favorite parts of the day? “Winning, being with friends, and putting well.”
The sixth stop of the DAJT takes place on July 22ndat Thunder Hills for the Happy Joe’s Jr. Be sure to follow the DAJT website for points standings updates!