TPC Deere Run Junior Classic
On Thurs., April 14, the HJGT traveled to Silvis, Ill., to host the TPC Deere Run Junior Classic, site of the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic. After last weekend’s cold snap, our players could not have asked for a better weekend weather-wise. With highs in the 80’s for rounds one and two, Illinois was given two beautiful, sunny days. Our players were challenged with Deere Run’s professional style course, but were able to produce some great scores in all divisions. The HJGT thanks TPC Deere Run and its staff for allowing us to host our event at such a prestigious venue. Winners in each age division received an invitation to the 2016 Tour Championship on Dec. 3-4. Top three in each division also received invitations to the 2016 Druh Belts Mid Season Invitational at Chateau Elan on June 11-13.
Boys 16-18 Division
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Parker Reddig[/caption] Our Boys 16-18 division produced a tight leaderboard during the entirety of the two day tournament at Deere Run. Parker Reddig of Minneapolis, Minn., had an impressive first round when he finished at one-over 72. Reddig had four straight pars and a birdie on his front nine. After making the turn, Reddig poured in an eagle on the par-5 No. 10. Reddig recorded three additional birdies in Sunday’s second round, finishing at even-par 71, to take home the three-stroke victory at 143 over Jack Litzelfelner III of Jackson, Mo. Litzelfelner shot six-over 77 in round one. Litzelfelner flipped the switch in round two, where he recorded three birdies to card a two-under 69. He was bogey-free with one birdie in his last six holes to secure second place out of 63. The division had a three-way tie for third place at 147 between Shelem Vickers of San Ysidoro, Calif., Andrew O’Brien of Clive, Iowa, and Lucas Scherf of Grinnell, Iowa. Vickers recorded an impressive six total birdies, and improved his score by five strokes (76-71) between round one and round two. O’Brien recorded six birdies for the weekend, and an impressive eagle on the par-5 No. 10 during round two (73-74). Scherf had a strong seven-hole par streak during both round one and round two, and recorded three total birdies to shoot 74 and 73.
Boys 14-15 Division
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Ian Johnston[/caption] Ian Johnston took an early lead over the rest of the pack during Saturday’s first round. The Swisher, Iowa, native recorded two birdies on his front nine to make the turn at only three-over (38). He hung on to his lead after making six straight pars and an additional birdie to finish his first round with a two-stroke lead over Hayden Blair, Brock Barnhart, Tyler Isenhart, and Dominic Scaletta who were all tied for second place at seven-over 78. Johnston came into round two making birdie on two of the first four holes. Johnston made the turn at one-under 34 for the day after recording an additional birdie on No. 9. He recorded four total on the day and six for the weekend, improving his first round score by five to 71. Johnston took a six-stroke lead at 147 to secure his victory. After carding an 80 in round one, putting him four strokes behind Johnston, Michael Hauer Jr. of Woodbury, Minn., made a comeback to put him in the running for the top three. Hauer Jr. recorded three birdies in round two, posting one-under 35 on the back nine. Hauer improved his first round by seven to post 73, allowing him to clinch second place. Tyler Isenhart of Geneva, Ill., followed Hauer Jr. by one. He recorded four total birdies and improved by two strokes from round one to two (78-76).
Boys 11-13 Division
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Miles Patterson[/caption] Jackson Hulsey and Miles Patterson remained close in score during their first round. Even with both boys recording a triple to start their rounds, they were able to keep their mental games strong. Patterson of Chicago, Ill., recorded one birdie and had a four-hole par stretch during round one to give him a one-stroke advantage over Hulsey, a Saint Charles, Ill., native. Patterson stayed consistent during both rounds, recording an additional birdie and improving his front nine score by four strokes. Patterson (160) was able to finish with a three-stroke lead to take home the win over his five competitors. Hulsey remained the closest to Patterson, recording an additional birdie and improved his back nine by one stroke. Hulsey finished with scores of 81 and 82. Braden Hoisington of Dardenne Prairie, Mo., made a four-stroke comeback between rounds (84-80). Hoisington recorded three birdies during round two to secure his top-three finish.
Boys 10U Division
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Quinn Thomas[/caption] Quinn Thomas led wire-to-wire for the weekend after taking a two-stroke lead over Jack Mulligan and a three-stroke lead over Callan Fahey after round one. Thomas, of Hannibal, Mo., recorded one birdie during his first round to post 90. Thomas had a more successful second round after improving his score by three, giving him a solid three stroke lead over Mulligan, the Burr Ridge, Ill., native. Mulligan improved his first round total by six strokes (93-87) to take second place Fahey of Wheaton, Ill., took third out of three with scores of 92 and 101.
Girls 14-18 Division
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Lauren Beaudreau[/caption] Lauren Beaudreau of Lemont, Ill., was a force to be reckoned with. Beaudreau started her first round at one-over on her front nine after having an impressive eight straight pars. Beaudreau finished on top in the end after she recorded three total birdies to take the lead after both days With scores of 75 and 78, Beaudreau finished six ahead of Waukee, Iowa, native Brooke Boardman. Boardman recorded three birdies on the weekend to take home second out of 13 with scores of 78 and 81. Rounding out the top three was Emilia Lappalainen of Turku, Finland. Lappalainen had a tough first round after shooting an 87 with only two birdies. Round two proved to be a much better day when she improved her score by nine strokes to jump up to third place.
Weather for April 16-17
Round 1: Low 48, High 82, Sunny Skies, Wind 9-17 mph Round 2: Low 52, High 82. Sunny Skies, Wind 6-12 mph
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,638 Yards Boys 14-15: 6,638 Yards Boys 11-13: 5,619 Yards Boys 10U: 5,158 Yards Girls 14-18: 5,619 Yards