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Jensen Comes Through Late for Mid-Am Title, Gooding Holds on in Women’s Mid-Am

August 12, 2018

McCALL, Idaho – The winner of the 2018 Idaho Mid-Am came from a rather unlikely place. Matt Jensen of Winnemucca, NV shot 73-71-71 (215) to win by 3 strokes over Jason Huff and Gavin Parsons at Jug Mountain Ranch.

Jensen recently moved to his wife’s hometown of Winnemucca from New Hampshire, making the roughly 6-hour drive to play in the Idaho championship for ages 25 and up.

Jensen started the final round at even par, one shot behind Huff (Moscow) and Dan Stewart (Elko, NV). On the front nine two early birdies helped him make the turn at 1-under. Huff and Stewart both played the front 1-over and Jensen took the lead.

The early stages of the back nine belonged to Huff. Two early birdies of his own gave him a 2 shot lead going into the 13th hole. Disaster struck for Huff as he took a double-bogey on 13, at the same time Jensen making birdie. Meanwhile, Stewart has rattled off his 9th consecutive par.

Things were not over for Huff quite yet. Bogeys on 14 and 15 from Jensen opened the door. Huff birdies 16, and suddenly has a two shot lead over Jensen. The two difficult closing holes at Jug Mountain Ranch can often lead to heartache and Sunday’s final round had plenty of that.

Stewart played the course very well all day, but wasn’t able to find the bottom of the cup on any birdie putts. Still, he was very much alive down only one shot going into 17. Jensen owned 17, making birdie while his competitors made bogey.

The final hole provided a ton of drama in McCall. First up, Jensen found the fairway of the tight 435 yard 18th hole. Huff’s tee shot flared left, and he was forced to take hacks out of extremely thick grass to get it back in play. Stewart goes opposite into the wetlands on the right side, now forced to punch out short of the green.

Jensen now had the upper hand. Sticking his approach to around 7 feet, he essentially had the trophy in hand. He proceeded to drop the birdie putt followed by a Tiger-like fist pump, putting the exclamation point on the tournament.

In the Women’s event, Michelle Gooding of Parma, ID held on to her first round lead to best last year’s winner Karen Darrington by one stroke. Gooding went 73-80 (153) to capture the Women’s Mid-Am title.

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Matt Jensen

Michelle Gooding

Idaho Junior State Am: Carter and Reinke Outlast Competition

August 9, 2018

KUNA, Idaho - The Boys and Girls Idaho Junior Amateur Championships became a tale of two stories at Falcon Crest Golf Club. The Girls division featured a dominating performance leaving the rest of the field in the dust. The Boys division was an all-out battle royale with players entering the fray and folding as the minutes ticked past.

Two competitors emerged victorious. Carly Carter led from start to finish, shooting +1 overall to win the Idaho Girls’ Junior Amateur by six strokes.

Drew Reinke was able to bounce back from a difficult final round in brutal heat to win in a playoff over Jake O’Neil. Reinke was +8 overall, making birdie on the first playoff hole to secure the Idaho Junior Amateur title.

Carter started the day five shots clear of Christine Cho. A rough start to the final round allowed Cho to get within two shots. A birdie on the eighth hole gave Carter a jumpstart to get the round back together; she finished the back nine 1-under for a 74. Cho would finish second.

Reinke also had a rough front nine start, but was able to control the damage from two double-bogeys with three birdies. The birdies didn’t show up on the back nine, though, and he went out with a 77.

Tensions were high in the scoring area as players awaited scores from the final pairing. Of of those players, Jake O’Neil, was in the clubhouse tied with Reinke at 224. His final round 75 was one of the better final rounds out of the leading groups.

All three of the players in the final pairing arrived with 79’s, and all three missed out on a playoff by one stroke. A playoff was set between Drew Reinke and Jake O’Neil.

Both players were within 15 yards of the green off the tee. O’Neil’s chip from the rough landed short and he got up and down for par. Reinke’s played a low chip shot that wrapped around the edge of the cup, leaving him a short putt to close it out.

Makena Rauch was the winner of the Girls 16-18 division and finished 3rd overall. Lindsey Lloyd came in second.

In the Boys 13-15 division, Taylor Mortensen was able to hold off Joe Gustavel for the win. Mortensen finished at -8 overall, three strokes ahead of Gustavel.

The Diamond Line Players of the Year (season long points race for the Idaho Junior Tour):
Girls 13-15- Carly Carter (Eagle)
Girls 16-18- Makena Rauch (Moscow)
Boys 13-15- Joe Gustavel (Boise)
Boys 16-18- Charles Taylor (Rexburg)

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(left to right) Christine Cho, Carly Carter

(left to right) Charles Taylor, Drew Reinke, Jake O'Neil

(left to right) Makena Rauch, Lindsey Lloyd

(left to right) Taylor Mortensen, Joe Gustavel

Idaho Junior Am Day 2: Carter in Control

August 8, 2018

KUNA, Idaho - If Wednesday’s second round was any indication of what’s to come, then the final round of the 2018 Idaho Junior Amateur is sure to come down to the wire.

Meridian’s Jack Curran remained atop the Boys 16-18 division leaderboard, but a few new faces joined him there. Brayden Ogle (Hayden) and Nick Roberts (Meridian) had solid rounds of 70 and 72 respectively to join Curran at +2 for the tournament. Four others are within 5 shots.

The Girls division didn’t quite have the same parody as the boys. Eagle’s Carly Carter posted an even par 72 to remain the sole leader at -1 overall. Carter continued to drive the ball with accuracy, setting herself up for great birdie opportunities. Girls Jr. America’s Cup teammates Christine Cho and Makena Rauch will join Carter in the final pairing. Cho is +4 overall while Rauch is +9 overall.

The round of the day belonged to Taylor Mortensen of Meridian. He piled up nine birdies on the day en route to a 6-under 66. He leads the Boys 13-15 division by 7 strokes at -8 overall.

The shot of the day went to Cole Jaworski. On the 8th hole at Falcon Crest, Cole struck a shot with 9-iron from 156 yards out that took a couple short hops before spinning right into the cup for a hole-in-one!

The 9-hole players wrapped up their Junior Amateur experience on Wednesday.

The four division winners:

Girls 9-10 - Amanda Nguyen (Spokane, WA)
Girls 11-12 - Chloe Singpraseuth (Meridian)
Boys 9-10 - Justin Anderson (Idaho Falls)
Boys 11-12 - Tyce Helmick (Ontario, OR)

The Diamond Line Player of the Year Awards were announced as well. Points accrued from Idaho Junior Tour events throughout the course of the season decided who would take home the trophies.

Diamond Line Player of the Year:

Girls 9-10 - Eliana Cho (Eagle)
Girls 11-12 - Chloe Singpraseuth (Meridian)
Boys 9-10 - Justin Anderson (Idaho Falls)
Boys 11-12 - Tyce Helmick (Ontario, OR)

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Ages 9-12 

Ages 13-18

Tyce Helmick & Justin McGee

Justin Anderson & Teigen Brill

Eliana Cho & Amanda Nguyen

Chloe Singpraseuth

Idaho Junior Am Day 1: Packebush Packs a Punch

August 7, 2018

by Jackson Lauer, IGA Media

KUNA, Idaho - Usually as August rolls around the focus of kids around the country turns to the impending school year, but on Tuesday at Falcon Crest Golf Course the focus was narrowed on the first round of the 2018 Idaho Junior Amateur sponsored by Diamond Line Delivery.

The round of the day belonged to Garrett Packebush of Liberty Lake, Wa. His 6-under 66 including 6 birdies and an eagle placed him 4 shots clear of second place in the Boys 13-15 division.

The Boys 16-18 division featured a tie for first between two Treasure Valley players. Meridian’s Tristan Belue and Jack Curran both shot an even par 72 on a long, difficult setup.

Carly Carter, fresh off an appearance at the Girls’ Jr. America’s Cup, topped the leaderboard of the Girls 13-15 division with a 1-under 71. The Girls 16-18 division is led by another Girls Jr. America’s Cup Team Idaho member - Makena Rauch with a 74 (+2).

The 9-hole players (ages 9-12) made a statement, too. Tyce Helmick and Reid Piron have been stalwarts in Boise area Junior Tour competition and continued playing well in the pressure packed season finale. Both boys shot 34 (-2) to lead the Boys 11-12 division.

Tuesday night was capped with games hosted by Joe Malay and a dinner for all players and their families.

Players age 9-18 qualified through Idaho Junior Tour District Tournaments, Top 1000 AJGA or Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings, or District Player of the Year Exemptions. Winners of the Boys & Girls 16-18 divisions claim the Joe Marmo Cup (Boys) or Jackie Gasser Cup (Girls).

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Garrett Packebush


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