The day started off at 90 degrees, but ended with two rain delays. Is there a better way to start off Iowa summer junior golf than that? But, The Hodge Jr. Classic still kicks off our DAJT season in the right direction. Lots of low scores and good looking shots all throughout the field gives a promising outlook for the rest of the season.
In the boys 16-17 division Noah Nabb took first shooting a 77, Noah’s game made a switch after the first nine holes, but he stayed consistent for the win. “My putting was good on the front, but not that good on the back.” Nabb said. “I ended up hitting my four iron off the tee a lot which went pretty well.” Nate Obbink placed second with a 78 and Nick Splinter shot an 83 to finish third.
Katelyn Vaassen dominated the girls 16-17 shooting an 89 to start the summer off right. Kylie Felderman got second place shooting a 98, and Kayleigh Folks shot an 107 to place third. Vaassen is feeling extra confident after the win for the rest of the season. “I can’t wait to get more wins, play my best, and just have fun!”
In the boys 14-15 division, Brock Wilson shoots an impressive two over (72) to walk away with the win. Bennett Dolter wasn’t too far behind shooting a 76 for second place, and Jackson Webber took third shooting an 80. Brock was not affected by the rain delay in the slightest. “ I hit my drive on 17, then the sirens went off, and when I got to 18 tee the sirens went off again.” But with no hesitation Brock said that those breaks did not phase him.
The girls 14-15 fired some low scores to battle for the podium. Brianna Kirsch shot a 77 to take the win, second place finish was Ava Kalb’s 82, and to round out the division with an 83 was McKenna Stackis. Kirsch’s stellar shot on 17 helped her round out her great score. “I almost chipped in. Hit it to two feet and made it for birdie.” She expects to keep seeing the 70’s throughout the summer.
Callan Martineau ended his round in the boys 12-13 division as every golfer wants to finish, with a chip-in. Cal shot a solid 36 to receive the large plaque. “ I was just hoping to save par on 9 because I didn’t have that great of a tee shot, so when it went in, it was pretty exciting.” With the second place finish Connor Walsh shot a 43, and to wrap up the boys 12-13 was Barrett Reed shooting a 45.
The girls 12-13 was a very tight race, but Elin Mueller came out on top shooting a 44. Amber Wilson shot a 46 to snag second place and Natalie Fangmann shot 47 to take third. Mueller cannot wait to watch her growth throughout her DAJT career. “I am excited to see how many more I win and to see the progress I made from last year to this year.” This age division will have an exciting back and forth final standing if the tournament results stay this tight.
The boys 10-11 division field was on its toes. The double rain delay cut into the final two groups playing time. But after the wait Henry Thier stepped to the top with a clutch birdie on 8. Thier shot a 41 to take the title, closely followed by a 42 by Cooper Smith and for the third place plaque Reid Herrig shot a 47. Thier is counting down the days until he can play in a DAJT event again. “I am excited to play golf all summer long and get better.”
Addie Splinter is our final champion of the Hodge Jr. Classic in the girls 14-15 age division. Addie shot an 58 to take the crown, followed by Rylie Stackis taking second shooting an 63 and the last spot on the podium with a 64 goes to Lauren Leibold. Splinter’s round motto was bounce back. “Whenever I had a bad hole, I just fought through it and played better on the next one.”
The DAJT continues next week June 16th, 2021 at Timberline for the Managed Solutions Jr. Classic. The sign up deadline is tomorrow June 13th, 2021. Don’t forget to follow the DAJT Facebook page and look at our website for tee times and overall standings!