O'Leary and Nash are Kentucky Bound
Results are in at the 2018 New England Jr. PGA Championship
It was an eventful few days here at Shaker Hills Golf Club for the New England Jr. PGA Championship. For these Jr. Golfers a trip to the 43rd Boys and Girls Jr. PGA Championship was on the line. The field of 22 Girls and 54 Boys took to this par-72 course in Harvard, MA for 36 holes of play. After seeing some great scores posted in both fields day one, it made for an interesting final round.
Fred Curtis, Owner of Shaker Hills said, “The quality of competition is very good for the top players and the challenge of the course stood up”. Curtis was anxious to see what the final round entailed.
On day one Andrew O’Leary (Norfolk, MA) and Dillon Brown (Halifax, MA) both fired even-par 72s to pace the boys field, they stood one shot clear of Nathan Ingram (Pembroke, MA) and a pack of 12 other boys lurking within four shots of the lead. On the girl’s side, Lauren Thibodeau (Hampstead, NH) carded an even-par 72 of her own to grab a five shot lead.
At the final round O’Leary made a statement in the boy’s field. He followed his day one 72 with a one under par 71 and came out victorious at the 2018 New England Boys Jr. PGA Championship. This win will send O’Leary to Valhalla Golf Club July 31st-August 3rd, 2018 for the Jr. PGA Championship.
Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, KY is well known for hosting multiple PGA Championships as well as the 2008 Ryder Cup. We look forward to watching Andrew on the big stage in just a few short months.
In the Girls field Emily Nash (Lunenberg, MA) went trophy chasing for the 2018 New England Girls Jr. PGA Championship. Going into the final round five strokes behind the current leader Lauren Thibodeau, Nash had some ground to catch. Nash fired an even par 72 on the final round and caught up to Thibodeau who carded a 77 (+5) on the day.
A Summer of Competition Continues with Jr. PGA Championships
Boys and Girls PGA Jr Championships takes to Kentucky
As the summer heats up, junior golfers hope their golf game does too as they prepare for the 2018 New England Section Girls and Boys Junior PGA Championship. The Championship is taking place at Shaker Hills Country Club today Tuesday, June 26th and Wednesday, June 27th.
The champion will have the opportunity to join 144 of the nation’s top junior golfers at the PGA of America’s premiere junior event, the 43rd Girls & Boys Junior PGA Championship.
The Girls Championship will be hosted at Kearney Hill Golf Links in Lexington, Kentucky. Kearney Hill Golf Links played host to the 2007 Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship and has been ranked in the Top 10 courses in the state of Kentucky by Golf Digest. The 43rd Girls Junior PGA Championship will be held from July 9-12, 2018.
The Boys Championship will be hosted at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Valhalla Golf Club played host to the 1996, 2000 and 2014 PGA Championships, as well as the 2008 Ryder Cup. The 106th PGA Championship will also be contested at Valhalla Golf Club in 2024. The 43rd Boys Junior PGA Championship will be held from July 31-August 3, 2018.
Juniors must be no older than 18 years of age on July 12, 2018.
The Junior PGA Championship is where some of the best in the world get their start. Many of today’s LPGA and PGA Tour professionals made their debut at the Championship. Notable past participants include: Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr, Grace Park, Michelle Wie, Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Stewart Cink and Phil Mickelson.
(Photo: PGA of America)