Player Spotlight: Dylan Kringen

Dylan Kringen – from Long Lake, Minnesota – was the first-place finisher of the 54 Hole Phoenix Junior Open that took place the weekend of February 17th. Kringen scored 67, 73, and 69, giving him a combined score of 209 strokes – good for 7-under par. Kringen, 16, is one of the top class of 2026 players.

Dylan Kringen
Dylan Kringen won the 54-Hole Phoenix Junior Open.

Dylan Kringen By The Numbers

Last year, 2023, Kringen ended the boys 16-18 age division ranked 57th. This year, he is already up to being the 20th-ranked golfer in the division. In ’23, he had a scoring average of 73.83, and this year in ’24, his scoring average is down to 69.67. That is a lot of progress so far, getting his score down by about 4 strokes. Last year, Kringen placed T-1 at the national championship, T-4 at the Midwest/West Regional Invitational, and T-5 at the Shattuck St. Mary’s Greater Minneapolis Junior Open. We caught up with Dylan after his victory in Phoenix.

What do you enjoy the most about the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour?

–  “The thing I enjoy the most about the HJGT is that they have tournaments to play in year-round.”

What’s your favorite memory on the tour so far?

– “My favorite memory on the tour so far is making the 30-footer in a playoff the win the national championship in Orlando this winter.”

What did it mean for you to win the 54 Hole Phoenix Junior Open on our tour?

– “To win the Phoenix Jr. Open meant a lot, to be able to go win in another state against players from all over the country.”

How do you prepare for a tournament?

– “To prepare for a tournament, I spend a lot of time with wedges and getting the putter dialed in.”

What are your career aspirations?

– “My goals for golf are to go on and play at a very high level in college and move on to play professionally.”

What is your dream school/why?

– “My dream school would be the University of South Carolina because they have great golf year-round and a really good practice facility.”

What course would you play if you had the chance? Why?

– “If I could play one course, I would have to say Augusta National because there is no other place like it.”

What advice do you have for other junior golfers out there?

– “My advice for other junior golfers is to not let one round define who you are as a player, because everybody has their good and bad rounds.”

We look forward to seeing what success Dylan has the rest of this season on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour.


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