Chicago Junior Shootout
April 23-24, 2016
On Thurs., April 21, the HJGT traveled to Chicago, Ill., to host the Chicago Junior Shootout. With a high of 59 for round one and 79 for round two, Illinois was given two sunny, warm days. Our players were challenged with Cantingy’s Lakeside front nine, but were able to improve on their second nine of Hillside. The HJGT thanks Cantigny’s staff for aiding us in hosting a fantastic event at one of the Midwest’s finest courses. Winners from each age division received an invitation to the 2016 National Championship on Dec. 3-4, and top three finishers also received invitations to the 2016 Druh Belts Mid Season Invitational on June 11-13. Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking was awarded to the Girls 13 and under, Girls 14-18, Boys 11-13, Boys 14-15, Boys 16-18 divisions. American Junior Golf Association performance stars were awarded for Boys 14-18 and Girls 14-18.
Boys 16-18 Division
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Devin Johnson[/caption] Heading into round two with a one-stroke lead over Ben Epperly, Devin Johnson was ready to bring it home on Sunday. Johnson of Geneva, Ill., and Epperly of West Des Moines, Iowa, were neck-and-neck all of round two going into the 17th hole, tied. On 18, Johnson described the winning moment: “I knew once I hit my bunker shot within a few feet to Ben’s several feet, I knew I had it.” Johnson was able to make par versus Epperly’s bogey to secure victory. Johnson (72-74) recorded six total birdies during the weekend for a two-day total of 146. Epperly recorded four birdies to take home second with a 149 (73-76). Taking third place out of 27 in the division was another Geneva native, Spencer Monroe. Monroe stayed consistent throughout both days, recording three total birdies and having a five-hole par streak in round two. Monroe finished at 153 (76-77).
Boys 14-15 Division
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Alex Eickhoff[/caption] Alex Eickhoff and Tyler Isenhart rose to the top of the leaderboard for a tight competition. Eickhoff had a one-stroke lead over Isenhart going into round two after recording an impressive five birdies. Isenhart recorded two birdies and two five-hole par streaks in round one. In round two, Eickhoff was able to pull away and had a three-stroke cushion before Isenhart of Geneva, Ill., reduced it to two with a birdie on No. 18. Eickhoff of Hillsboro, Ill., finished posted 73 and 75 to Isenhart’s 74 and 76. Max Golding caught some bad breaks during round one, but was able to sink a chip-in for eagle on the par-5 No. 15. The Highland Park, Ill., native improved by five strokes in round two to post scores of 80 and 75 and grab third place out of 18 in the division.
Boys 11-13 Division
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Prince Grieve[/caption] Pierce Grieve led wire-to-wire to claim the 11-13 division champion trophy. Grieve started strong after birding his first hole on Saturday. The Lake Forest, Ill., native then made a statement after he eagled the par-5 No. 15. Grieve finished round one with a two-stroke lead over another Lake Forest native, Luke Tedford. Tedford had a rocky front nine on Saturday, but was able to turn his back nine round after making par on the tough No. 10, making an eagle on the par-5 11th, and then recorded six straight pars. Grieve improved his first round by one to hold onto the lead and finish with scores of 78 and 77. Tedford also improved on his first round, but by three to finish two off Grieve’s pace with scores of 80 and 77. Kody Reynolds also took a share of second was able to lock down a top three finish and tie Tedford for second thanks to posting the low score of the division on Sunday.
Boys 10U Division
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Jack Mulligan was the leader all the way in this division and led by eight after round one. The Burr Ridge, Ill., native recorded ten pars during his first round to post 83, eight and 10 shots clear of his two other competitors. Mulligan recorded a birdie in round to and posted 88. Second-place finisher and local golfer Callan Fahey from Wheaton recorded an impressive thirteen total pars for the weekend and finished with scores of 91 and 94. Seven behind Fahey was Henry Reiland of Chicago, who tallied 11 pars en route to scores of 93 and 99.
Girls 14-18 Division
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Darby Lillibridge[/caption] Darby Lillibridge was a force to be reckoned with. Lillibridge (83-80) started her first round with a little trepidation, but was able to right the ship and then improved by three in round two. The Geneva, Ill., native finished with the title after she recorded two total birdies to finish four ahead of Sophie Lau of Glenview, Ill. Lau, the first-round leader after an 82, recorded one birdie and 14 pars to take home second with scores of 82 and 85. Finishing tied for third out of 14 in the division were Indianans Mira Nicpon of Cedar Lake and Wynne Aldrich of Valparaiso, Ind. Both girls had to climb up the leaderboard after rounds of 85 and 88, respectively. Round two proved to be friendlier to the two, as Nicpon rebounded with an 80 (tied for low round of the division) and Aldrich with an 83.
Girls 13U Division
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The Girls 13 and under division featured a two-horse race between Illinoisans Kylee Vaughan of McLeansboro and Ella Greenberg of Rockford. Vaughan owned a three-stroke lead over Greenberg after round one thanks to five pars that led to a 91. Both players broke 90 in round two, but Vaughan’s 88 trumped Greenberg’s 89 for a four-stroke victory. Greenberg recorded 12 total pars and one birdie on the weekend compared to 12 pars and zero birdies for Vaughan. Evie Greenberg joined sister Ella in the trophy ceremony, taking third place out of six with rounds of 106 and 105.
Weather for April 23-24, 2016
Round 1: Low 43, High 59, Sunny Skies, Wind 7-10 mph Round 2: Low 46, High 79. Sunny Skies, Wind 2-12 mph
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,740 Yards Boys 14-15: 6,740 Yards Boys 11-13: 5,722 Yards Boys 10U: 5,095 Yards Girls 14-18: 5,722 Yards Girls 13U: 5,184 Yards