The Dyersville Classic was held at Dyersville Golf and Country Club, a solid nine hole course with many challenges. The older divisions had the pleasure of playing the course twice to get in 18 holes and the tricky nine hole loop led to new people coming out on top.
In the boys 16-17 age division Alex Link took his first tour win with a 76. “ I feel like I played pretty well, struggled on the front a little bit with some bogeys but was able to get them back on the back nine with a few birdies.” Link said he was at a loss for words to describe how he felt after his first win. Will Coohey and Nate Obbink both shot 79, but Coohey won the card back to take second place and Obbink finished third.
In the girls 16-17 Hannah Kluesner shot an 86 to take first place. “ I played a lot better on the second nine. I think going around and playing it the first time helped me in the end.” Ella Kluesner took second with a 92 and Isabella Milam rounded out the podium with a 169.
Brock Wilson is familiar with a podium finish, he fired a 74 to take the top place in the boys 14-15 age division. “ I think I played pretty decently. I shot one under on the front, but didn’t play very well on the back.” Jaydon Nabb finished close behind with a 77 to take second and Roan Martineau shot an 81 for third place.
In the girls 14-15 age division McKenna Stackis’ solid front nine led her to a first place finish shooting an 87. “I liked playing the course twice because you could get a feel for the course, like where the pin placements were and what the greens were doing.” Cece Ball took second place with a 90 and Ava Kalb was close behind with a 91.
The boys 12-13 race was a tight one, but Callan Martineau took the crown with a 40. Barrett Reed took second with a 43 and Jacob Wegmann shot a 45 to take the last spot on the podium. During the 11 days between events Martineau took the opportunity to work on his game. “ I practiced my short game a bunch over the break.”
In the girls 12-13 age division, Amber Wilson led the competition with a 48. To stay in rhythm Amber put in a lot of time at Thunder Hills. “ I went to the range and also was over practicing at the short game area a lot.” Elin Mueller shot a 53 for the second place finish and Kayleigh Smith shot a 59 to finish third.
The boys 10-11 is a very competitive division. Cooper Smith came out on top shooting a 43. Not too far behind were Henry Thier and Reid Herrig who both shot 45 to split the overall standing points. For the sake of the plaques, Thier won the cardback playoff for second place. Smith had an awesome mindset throughout his round. “I just kept in my head, it doesn’t matter what you shoot as long as you're having fun.”
In the girls 10-11 division, Rylie Stackis fired a 56 to take the large plaque home. “My attitude was positive even when things were hard and I had a lot of fun.” Stackis smiled. MaKenna Ball shot a 61 to finish second in front of Lauren Leibold’s 62.
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