Junior PGA Championship Begins at Shaker Hills
It’s been a wonderful day for the first round of the New England Junior PGA Championship at Shaker Hills Golf Club in Harvard, MA. A total of 72 players teed off on Wednesday to compete for the top two spots within their overall division. Those two finishers in each the boys or girls divisions will move on to play in the 42nd Boys or Girls Junior PGA Championship, hosted at The Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, Missouri in late July.
Cole Anderson led the charge for the boys overall division finishing with a 71 (-1). Cole was able to birdie three holes, with one bogey and one double bogey. Alexis Florio led the charge for the Girl’s overall division, completing the round with a 73 (+1). Alexis birdied three holes throughout the day. She had two bogeys but finished strong with a great chip-in for eagle on the 18th to put an exclamation point on her day, and finish at the top of the girls division.
There were many amazing shots Wednesday from across the field. From chip-ins for birdie and eagle, to some great saves from tough situations, the boys and girls in the tournament brought their “A” game. Many players finished strong, but the best two down the stretch were Alexis Florio, who was three-under-par in the last three holes, and Daniel Kurson, who was two-under-par in his last three holes.
We are looking forward to the Championship Round 2 and seeing how the competition will unfold!
Jumping Through June
Junior Tour June News Update
After a cold and dreary start to the month of June, the weather picked up and so did the play on the New England PGA’s Junior Tour. With 28 total events and qualifiers on the schedule for June, the month has been packed with excitement and low scores for the young golfers.
As school was winding down for the summer, the Jr. tour schedule had stops all across New England and even had a run-in with former President George W. Bush at Cape Arundel Golf Club in Maine. The tour also had a two-day stop on Cape Cod for the first two-day tournament of the season at Cranberry Valley Golf Course and Falmouth Country Club to highlight a great start to the summer.
The month began with the third qualifier for the section’s Junior PGA Championship. On a cold and nasty day at Toddy Brook Golf Course, William Huang carded the low round on the boys’ side with a four-over 75, while Kaitlynn Washburn took the medalist honors after prevailing in a playoff.
The next Junior PGA Championship qualifier at Bretwood Golf Course saw red numbers for the two low rounds of the event with John Witt and Isabelle Premkumar both carding one-under par 71s to lead the pack.
Additionally, four Big “I” qualifiers took place in the month of June leading up to the Massachusetts Big “I” championship on July 10-11th. At the first Big “I” qualifier, held at Cape Cod CC, Tyden Wilson shot a 74 to lead the boys’ side and Heddia Djusberg shot an 82 to lead the girls.