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2017 Idaho Junior State Championships

MCCALL- 222 young golfers took to the fairways of McCall Golf Club over the past two days competing for the 2017 Idaho Junior State Championship. The twenty seven hole facility was an excellent host for the event with nine hole players, ages nine through twelve, playing the Aspen course and eighteen hole players, ages thirteen through eighteen, playing the combo of Birch and Cedar courses.

In the Girls 9-10 division Amanda Nguyen came into the final round with a five shot lead after her first round 42. Chloe Singpraseuth trailed Nguyen closest of all the competitors with 9 holes to play. Singpraseuth put the pressure on in the final round shooting a three-over par 39 in the final round leaving her at fourteen-over on the championship. But, Nguyen remained unfazed, staying steady and bettering her first round by one-shot. Nguyen’s 42-41 championship was enough to lock down the title. Singpraseuth settled into second and trailing her Jessica Moodie.

For the Boys 9-10 division Grant Potter was the story of the championship. Potter fired a first round 39 and did not look back. Potter followed his stellar first round with a two over par 37 to finish at six-over on the championship. Following Potter Tiegen Brill began the last round one shot back but was unable to put on pressure on the second day. Brill’s 40-40 was enough to secure a second place finish.

Girls 11-12 was secured by two great rounds from Mia Pierce. Pierce’s first round 45 gave her a two shot lead with nine to play and clinched the title with a 42 in the last round. Pierce’s championship came over Tea Antonia Uranga and Evie Bretz who were unable to chase her down in the final round. Uranga and Bretz tied with 92 on the championship which led to a playoff for second and third.

After the first round Landen Gerrish Held a one shot lead in the Boys 11-12 division. Gerrish shot one over in the first round but slid down the leaderboard on the second day with a 39. Ashton McArthur was able to take advantage of the moment and by firing an even par second round claimed the championship. McArthur’s 72 beat out Gerrish’s and Wheaton Ennis’s 75s which pushed them to a playoff for second and third.

Kelli Ann Strand began the second round with an eight shot lead over competitor Kate Stacey in the Girls 13 division. Stacey was able to improve her score on the second day pairing her 89 with a 78. The pressure was on strand but her 81-84 was enough to hold of Stacey’s push. The victory margin for Strand ended at two. Following Strand and Stacey, Grace Singpraseuth was able to recover from her first round 91 by shooting a 79 in the final round, only ending five back of Strand.

Matthew Durkin put himself in great position following the first round in the Boys 13 division. Durkin shot two over giving him a three shot lead over Braden Anderson, Zach Carter, and Cole Jaworski. Both Anderson and Carter were able to beat Durkin’s second day score, but not by a large enough margin to overcome the gap. Anderson and Carter shot 77 while Durkin was able to fire 78 to secure the victory. Carter and Anderson’s identical two round led them to a playoff for the second and third place.

At the Girls 14-15 division, Kami Twining began the final round with a one shot lead over Emily Cadwell. Both Cadwell and Twining shot slightly worse on the second day, not enough for any other competitors to get into contention. In the final round Twining shot an 81, Cadwell was able to jump to the top of the leaderboard with a 79. Cadwell claimed the title over Twining, following them Makenna Rauch’s 77 in the final round allowed her to take third.

In the girls 16-18 division Bailey Henley grabbed the lead after the first round with a two under 70. Henley held that lead over Payton Fehringer who shot an even par 72, and Hannah Holloway who shot 78. In the final round Henley stayed on the gas pedal, with a one under 71 her lead advanced to 3-shots over Fehringer for the Championship. Henley only tallied three bogeys over the entirety of the championship. Fehringer again on the second day shot even par, leaving her at 144 for the championship. In the race for third place Holloway fell down the leaderboard with a second round 79 and Tyler Erickson was able to fire a one over par 73 to capture the third place trophy.

Closing out the final groups of the 2017 State Championship, in the boys 14-15 division. Hayden Gamache posted a two day total score of 149 to grab the division championship with a 3 stroke victory.  His first day score of 72 was matched by Zach Martin, with Joe Gustaval only one shot back. But Hayden held on for the victory playing some consistent golf down the stretch.  Martin and Gustaval went to a sudden death playoff for 2nd and 3rd place, with Martin coming out on top after one hole with a clutch drive down the middle of a very tight fairway and a 2nd shot within 10 feet of the cup.  His par on the first playoff hole captured his 2nd place finish.

In the 16-18 boys division, parents and spectators were treated to some exciting closing holes and tightly contested finishes down the stretch of McCall’s Cedar back nine, a very challenging 9 holes of golf and great test of nerves. Bo Knittel held of a handful of juniors to capture his first junior state championship.  His two day total of 1 over par 143 was strong enough to hold off competitors Jack Curran and Cameron Johnson.  Bo managed the back nine like a pro, finishing the day even par. Coming in 2nd place with a 2 day total of 144, just one shot off the lead, Curran put a lot of pressure on the lead group.  Cameron Johnson after carding a 78 day 1, came back with the low round of the day, a 1 under par 70 to pass several day 1 competitors out ahead of him to capture a 3rd place finish.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the juniors, parents and families that came out to support the junior golfers of Idaho.  I can’t imagine a better venue, weather, and fun for all that was had in McCall.   Thank you McCall Golf Club for hosting this event, thank you juniors for playing, I hope it was a memorable experience for you as it was me. Congratulations to all who qualified and participated, and a huge congratulations to all winners.

Find 9-hole leaderboards (9-12 ages) HERE.
And 18-hole leaderboards (13-18 ages) HERE.


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