The second leg of the DAJT took place at Timberline for the Managed Solutions Junior Classic. The skies were cloudy and threatening to rain all day, but conditions stayed dry and proved scorable.
“The greens were soft and checked pretty well on chips. The fairways did not roll out very much either,” said Brock Wilson, who finished in 3rd place in the boys 12-13 division.
Kyle Arthofer stayed hot with a round of 74 and the win in the boys 16-17 division. The incoming Hempstead Senior was -1 at one point on the back before ending up at +2.
“My strategy today was just to keep the ball in play,” said Arthofer. “I didn’t pull driver much at all and tried to hit my spots around the course. I was playing really well until a few bogeys on Demon’s Run.”
Ben Cummer shot an 88 to secure 2ndplace, and Max Naumann shot 90 for 3rdplace.
In the girls 16-17 division, Ed-Co standout Maddy Streicher took home 1stplace with a solid round of 86. It was good enough to best Hannah Fangmann’s 88 and Breanna Felderman’s 92.
“Overall, everything clicked today for me. My drives were going straight and I was hitting my irons far,” said Streicher. “My goal for the rest of the summer is to have a 9-hole round in 30s, and to break 80 would be awesome.” Streicher is well on her way achieving that goal, and this entire division of the DAJT is sure to showcase some great competition this summer.
Will Coohey got his revenge this week against friend and competitor Davis Stelzer, who defeated Coohey in a playoff at last week’s HODGE Jr Classic. Coohey’s 78 cleared Stelzer’s 79 and an 82 from Nick Splinter.
“I got off to a slow start, but carried some good energy with me into the back 9,” said Coohey, who birdied two of the first three holes of the back. Coohey always enjoys the competition with Stelzer, saying “Davis is a great friend of mine on and off the course, so it’s all respect. When we get out there in tournaments, it’s great to have somebody to push me and compete with,” said Coohey.
Tess Breslin grabbed the win in the 14-15 division with her round of 50. She bounced back after being +5 through the first 2 holes and salvaged a solid round. Hanna Kluesner’s 53 and Ella Fangmann’s 56 rounded out the top three scores.
“I stopped hitting my driver after those first two holes because that wasn’t the right move,” said Breslin with a grin. “Eliminating the out of bounds allowed me to finish better than I started. From there my approaches were solid, I just didn’t drop as many putts.”
In the boys 12-13, Charlie Becker picked up his first career win on the local tour with a +2 38. He has shown his ability to go low by making eagles in consecutive tournaments.
“I knew I had a chance to win after my eagle on hole 2,” said Becker. “My irons have been strong and my driver and wedge game has allowed me to play well.”
Nipping at Becker’s heels were Jackson Webber and Brock Wilson with a pair of 39s. Webber took home 2ndplace by way of scorecard playoff. Both Webber and Wilson are poised to capture their first wins of the season in the coming weeks after coming close in the first two events.
Brianna Kirsch picked up her second straight win of the season with a round of 48. She attributed her success to goal-setting and a few tweaks to her fundamentals.
“My goal is to shoot 50 and below every time I play. It didn’t work out that way last week, but it did today,” said Kirsch. “I also changed up my grip and swing. I used to tomahawk at the ball but I’ve fixed that.” Kirsch was followed by Claire Kruse’s 52 and Addison Jones’ 72.
Callan Martineau shot a phenomenal round of 38 en route to his victory in the boys 10-11 division. “My putting was the best part. I made a birdie putt on 4 and that got me going,” said Martineau. Bryce Carroll and Easton Felderman took home 2ndand 3rd, shooting scores of 53 and 54 respectively.
Elin Mueller took home first place in the girls 10-11 with a round of 61. Close behind here Natalie Fangmann with a 66 and Kayleigh Smith with a 71. “I had fun playing with two of my friends today,” said Mueller, reflecting upon her round.
The DAJT continues on Monday, June 24that Dyersville CC for the Dyersville Classic. Be sure to follow our Instagram and Facebook for updates on the tour!