The Premier Bank Classic at The Meadows marked the final and possibly most difficult event of the DAJT schedule. The long fairways and elevated greens are a challenge for any player, but the tournament field took the challenge head-on.
The boys 16-17 had to be decided by way of playoff after Kyle Arthofer and Jax Stelzer both posted scores of 78. Eventually, Jax Stelzercame out on top after making par on the par 4 1sthole. He stuffed one close to the pin despite a tough lie in a fairway bunker, and proceeded to 2-putt.
Stezler, who does not have enough points to qualify for the Ryder Cup, still views this as a successful DAJT season. “I was really proud of myself for how I finished in the playoff. It was two hours after I played the last hole of my round, so to stay composed and play a great hole of golf was huge for me,” said Stelzer.
In the girls 16-17, Breanna Felderman fired a 77 to win both the tournament and the overall points title. Western Dubuque’s Hannah Fangmann shot an 82 and Ed-Co’s Maddy Streicher shot 82 to round out the placewinners.
Felderman is making her case to be one of the state’s best for her senior campaign at Dubuque Senior. “This fall I’m just going to play my game and do the best I can to help my team win,” said Felderman.
In the boys 14-15 division, Davis Stelzer shot the low round of the day with a 73. He was followed by solid rounds of 78 and 82 shot by Nick Splinter and Noah Kirsch respectively.
With his win, Stelzer locked up the overall championship in his division.
Nick Splinter also locked up a spot in the Ryder Cup with his improved play as of late. “I think I’d credit my lower scores lately to the support from my parents, grandparents, and friends, but also to the people I compete against. It allows me to be the best player I can be,” said Splinter.
Kate Vaassen shot her best score of the season to win the girls 14-15 division. Her 91 was good enough to beat Tess Breslin’s 93 and Ella Kluesner’s 101.
Vaassen was happy to end the season on a good note. “I only played in four DAJT’s but to win the last one is great,” said Vaassen. “My putting was solid all day and that is what let me score well.”
Jackson Webber officially clinched his title in the boys 12-13 division with a winning score of 41. Roan Martineau followed up with a round of 42 and Brock Wilson added a 44.
“I’m really proud of my performance this year. I think my game is the best it’s been in my life and I hope I can continue that,” said Webber.
In the girls 12-13 division, McKenna Stackis took home first with a 52. She was followed by Anna Kalb’s 54 and Addison Jones’ 56.
Brianna Kirsch, along with Jones, Stackis, and Kalb, will advance to the Ryder Cup.
Cal Martineau completed his season long dominance of the boys 10-11 division with his 39 and eighth consecutive victory. Connor Walsh and Bryce Carroll added solid rounds of 42 and 53 respectively.
Martineau played well beyond his years all season. “I feel good about how I’ve done. I played pretty consistent,” said Martineau. “This is also my record on the front 9 for the Meadows, which is pretty cool.”
In the girls 10-11, Natalie Fangmann showed her ability to go low with a great round of 49, her best of the season. She was followed by Elin Mueller’s 59 and Amber Wilson’s 70.
“It feels really good to win and shoot 49 because I wasn’t playing very well in the last tournaments. It also helped that I made a lot of long putts today,” said Fangmann.
With the last tournament of the inaugural season in the books, the field for the Ryder Cup is set. Winners and finalists from each age division will be honored at tonight’s banquet at the Meadows.