Smart Play leads to Victory at Gigantic Jr

DAJT golf returned to Bunker Hill for the Gigantic Jr after weather postponed the event at Eagle Ridge’s North Course. Conditions could have been sweltering but were saved by a steady wind throughout the day. Bunker’s layout demands target precision rather than pure distance, but some players combined both facets of the game to post some low scores.

Davis Stelzer continued his great play in the Boys 16-18 division. His round of 70 edged Noah Nabb’s 73 and Nick Splinter and Timmy Casey’s 79s. Stelzer’s round was highlighted by a virtual tap in for Eagle on the 288-yard 14th hole. “I drove the ball great today but there were a lot of missed opportunities around the green so there’s plenty of room to improve,” said the always competitive Stelzer.

Maddy Streicher won the Girls 16-18 division with another 77. This ties her career best for the second tournament in a row. Morgan Hawkins and Hannah Fangmann each shot 84 to round out the top three. “My wedges weren’t great but luckily I was able to lock in on all other facets of my game. I feel great off the tee right now too,” said Streicher.

Will Sigwarth won the Boys 14-15 division with a solid round of 75. He bested Roan Martineau’s 77 and Brock Wilson’s 81 to secure his first win of the summer. “I drove it really nicely today but I also placed it in the right areas to score well. I just wish I would’ve dropped a few more putts,” said Sigwarth.

Katelyn Vaassen Girls 14-15 division with a scorching round of 79, her first sub-80 round ever. Close behind were McKenna Stackis and Brianna Kirsch with 82 and 89 respectively.

“It’s my first time in the 70s ever so I’m really happy right now. I didn’t necessarily hit it better, but I played smarter and took 5-irons off the tee instead of pulling out my driver,” said Vaassen.

 The Boys 12-13 division featured the first playoff of the season between Ben Dolter and Connor Walsh. After shooting 40, the pair settled first place on the par-3 4th hole. Dolter prevailed after making a bogey to beat Walsh. Bock Mueller rounded out the top 3 with a score of 41.

Dolter has steadily posted solid rounds all summer, and his game has seemed to turn a corner.

“I didn’t hit it great today but I really worked on staying steady and not getting too high or too low between shots,” said Dolter.

Cecelia Ball pulled away in the Girls 12-13 division with a stellar round of 42. She was followed by Natalie Fangmann’s 56. Ball’s accurate tee shots propelled her to the strong finish.

“I love being out here with my friends, and winning makes me want to keep getting better,” said Ball.

Callan Martineau continued his dominance in the Boys 10-11 with his 37. He was followed by Bryce Carroll’s 47 and Levi Johns’ 48. Carroll and Martineau have consistently placed all summer, and spoke of their dynamic on the course: “We’re definitely friends, but we’re also rivals when we’re out there,” the pair agreed. “It’s always good to have someone out there to push you and compete with,” added Carroll.

The Girls 10-11 was also decided by a playoff. Amber Wilson and Kayleigh Smith each shot 51 to force the extra hole. Elin Mueller was close behind I third with a 54. Amber Wilson emerged as the victor after 2 playoff holes. “I get a little nervous for the playoff but it’s also fun and I just try and keep it the same as I did all day,” said Wilson after the win. 

The DAJT makes its next stop on July 20th at Thunder Hills Country Club for the long-running Happy Joe’s Classic. A great tradition and a must-play for area juniors. Follow our website for updates!