The second leg of the DAJT picked up at Timberline Golf Course for the Managed Solutions Jr Classic. Once again, conditions were ripe for low scores with clear skies throughout the round. 18-hole players and 9-hole players alike had to navigate Timberline’s sloping design, most prevalent at Demon’s Run: the tough finishing stretch on the back 9.
Maquoketa’s Noah Nabb showed his prowess with the driver in his victory in the boys 16-18 division. His round of 83 bested Nolan Martineau’s 86 and Ben Cummer’s 89. Nabb has been steadily improving, working his handicap all the way down to a 5. Nabb spoke of the work he put in to improve over the offseason: “I went to the range a lot in the offseason and I’ve been spending some time recently on my driver. I think just playing more has helped me improve,” said Nabb.
In the girls 16-18 division, Maddy Streicher bounced back with an 85 en route to her win. She was followed by Gabi Fagerlind’s 94 and Anna Kalb’s 95. Streicher was pleased with her round overall, saying “I’m really happy with how I played. My driver wasn’t perfect but luckily I could make up for it with my putting.”
Will Coohey pulled away again in the boys 14-15 division with a round of 77. Brock Wilson was right on his heels with a 79, and Will Sigwarth placed third with an 81. Wilson and Coohey went back and forth all day until Coohey eventually pulled away. “Brock and I obviously play with each other a lot at Thunder Hills and we’re really good friends but in competition we’re opponents. It’s fun to compete with your friends but we always get down to business,” said Coohey.
McKenna Stackis pulled away to win the girls 14-15 division. Her round of 98 edged out Ava Kalb’s 108. Stackis and Kalb will both be key contributors in the near future for the Western Dubuque and Wahlert women’s golf programs.
Bennet Dolter improved from last week to secure the victory in the boys 12-13 division. Dolter fired a 37 to beat out Connor Walsh and Brayden Webber’s rounds of 42. Walsh won the scorecard playoff to secure 2ndplace over Webber. Dolter’s game (and stature) has seen rapid growth since last season. “I spent a lot of time on working on my short game and I had a lot of inspiration to get better,” said Dolter. The division is currently wide open with talent all over the board. Between Webber, Walsh, Bock Mueller, Dolter, and other deep talent, the division crown is up for grabs.
Cecelia Ball emerged victorious in the girls 12-13 division. Her round of 48 was good enough to stave off Natalie Fangmann’s 59. Ball’s round was highlighted by birdies on holes 4 and 6. “My driving was the best part of my game today,” said Ball, “but playing and laughing with Natalie was the most fun for me.” Ball and Fangmann play and practice frequently together, so they enjoyed the competition today.
Callan Martineau secured his second victory in the boys 10-11 division with a 41. He was followed by newcomers to the podium in Brooks Reed and Reid Herrig, placing second and third respectively with rounds of 47. Martineau admitted he struggled a bit today: “I didn’t hit my driver well at all, but my putting was good and my chipping was okay to help me get the win,” said Martineau.
Elin Mueller captured her first victory of the season in the girls 10-11 division. Mueller's 48 was followed by Amber Wilson’s 52 and Kayleigh Smith’s 58. Mueller, the defending champ in the division, worked hard in the offseason to get ready: “I practiced and played 9 holes with my family all the time,” said Mueller. After today, Mueller and Wilson are tied for the lead in the division.
Timberline also hosted an Anderson-Weber Mini Tour Event. There were six players in the boys’ division and four players in the girls’ division. Michael Hamilton won the boys division with a 39 and Estelle Ball shot 53 to win the girls division.
DAJT play continues on June 22nd for the Dyersville Classic at Dyersville Country Club. Follow our website for points standings and updates!