2017 Junior Newsletter Recap
Check out the 2017 Recap Junior Newsletter. The 2018 season is just around the corner. Our 2018 Junior Membership will go live on January 24. Look for the 2018 tentative schedule to be up on January 19.
2017 Players of the Year
Girls Player of the Year: Abby Cavaiani
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The WPGA Junior Foundation is pleased to announce Abby Cavaiani as the Junior Girls Player of the Year for 2017. Abby won the Wisconsin PGA Junior Championship and the Morgan Stanley Tour Championship. She only played in six WPGA Junior events this summer but also competed in bigger events like the National Junior Championship where she made the cut and finished T40 in a great girls field. In her girls high school season this fall she fired a 12-under par 60 at a Classic 8 Conference meet! She collected 1,589 points in events she played in. Abby is 17 years old from Wales and committed to playing golf at Missouri State next fall.
Boys Player of the Year: Hunter Eichhorn
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The WPGA Junior Foundation is pleased to announce Hunter Eichhorn as the Junior Boys Player of the Year for 2017. This is back to back years for Hunter as our Player of the Year. Of the five WPGA Junior events he participated in he won four times. His wins include Players Tour events at Lawsonia, Meadowbrook, Blackwolf Run, Junior Best Ball and his second place finish was at the Lake Arrowhead Invitational. He played great with a T10 at the WSGA Amateur and then capped off his season by winning the WSGA State Junior Boys Championship. Hunter is 18 years old and from Carney, Michigan in the Upper Pennisula of Michigan. Hunter is currently attending Marquette University on golf scholarship. He recently played in his fifth collegiate event for the Golden Eagles and won by shooting 9-under-par 204 (67-72-65).
Girls Future Tour Player of the Year : Madison Haugen
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The WPGA Junior Foundation is pleased to announce Madison Haugen as the Future Tour Girls Player of Year for 2017. This is back to back years for Madison winning this award. Madison played in 12 Future Tour events. She won the Future Tour at Missing Links and had five other top 3 finishes. Madison is 12 years old and from Brookfield. She totaled 467 points to hold off Treva Dodd by 7 points.
Boys Future Tour Player of the Year : Maxwell Reis
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The WPGA Junior Foundation is pleased to announce Maxwell Reis as the Future Tour Boys Player of the Year for 2017. Max played in 12 Future Tour events. He won four times and finished runner-up five times. Max also competed on the Junior Tour and had three wins in the 12-13 year old division. Maxwell is 13 years old and from De Pere. He finished runner-up for this award last year.
Rockin' on to Interlachen
Drive, Chip and Putt Sub-Regl. Results
Nearly 1000 kids throughout the Wisconsin PGA registered for Drive, Chip and Putt local qualifying this season. After a stretch of six local qualifiers, 144 earned a trip to the Sub-Regional stage at University Ridge Golf Course in Verona, WI. The competition heated up right from the beginning—knowing that two contenders in each age division, boys and girls, move on to the final qualifying stage at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, MN. From Interlachen, one boy and girl in each age division get the ultimate prize—competing agaist the best on the Sunday before the start of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National on April 1, 2018.
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WI Juniors at National PGA Junior Championship
(photos curtesy of Piercen Hunt)
The WPGA Junior Foundation had three junior boys and three girls play at the 42nd National Junior PGA Championship this past month. Abby Cavaiani, Mia Seeman and Taylor McCorkle competed on July 18-21 at The Country Club of St. Albans, Lewis and Clark Course. Abby Cavaiani make the cut in the 144 player field and finished T40. Cavaiani the Missouri State commit had rounds of 74-73-76-70. Abby continued her great play after the National Junior Championship as she just won the Morgan Stanley Tour Championship and the SentryWorld Classic events this past week.
Piercen Hunt, Bennett Knapek and Lucas Heckmann just finished up at the boys championship on July 31- August 3 at The Country Club of St. Albans, Lewis and Clark Course. Arrowhead High School teammates Hunt and Knapek were both able to make the cut. Bennett finished T65. Piercen Hunt had a great event as he finished T14. He fired rounds of 72-70-72-69 to finish 5-under par.
Great playing juniors! Way to represent Wisconisin golf!
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Morgan Stanley Tour Championship Results
(Alexis Thomas, Abby Cavaiani, Sarah Busey) (Brock Hlinak, Jack Blair, Jed Baranczyk)
Write-Up Provided By: Rick Pledl
The best players on this year’s Wisconsin PGA Junior gathered at The Bog Sunday and Monday for the Morgan Stanley Tour Championship, an invitation-only championship. Neither Abby Cavaiani nor Brock Hlinak were able to repeat their stellar performances from Sunday’s first round, which left them leading the girls and boys divisions overnight, respectively, but both of them walked away with the victory.
For the 17-year-old Cavaiani, who lives in Wales, this tournament went according to her recent form. Cavaiani, who has taken a commanding lead in the junior girls player-of-the-year points race this summer, also won the girls title at the WPGA Junior Championship in June. This time, Cavaiani shot a strong opening round of 73 Sunday at The Bog and followed it up with a 76 on Monday to win the girls competition with a 149 total. Alexis Thomas of Middleton (75-78–153 finished second, and Sarah Busey of Racine made up ground with second-round 74 to finish third at 154. Cavaiani made six bogeys on the front nine and seven overall Monday, but she offset them nicely with three birdies. She closed the book on her pursuers with her final birdie of the day, jarring a 35-foot putt from off the green on the par-4 16th hole. In fact, Cavaiani’s pace on her long putts was exceptional down the stretch, allowing her to save par several times with timely lags to tap-in range. “My speed was pretty good all day,” said Cavaiani, who has one year of school left at Kettle Moraine high school but has already committed to Missouri State. “I think that took some of the stress off me on some of the shorter putts.” Cavaiani said she had a Bible verse going through her head Monday: “You will reap if you do not give up.” And that’s exactly how things ended up. “Today I just told myself not to give up, not to give in,” she said afterward. “Stay in the moment.”
Meantime, Hlinak won the boys division thanks largely to his opening 68 on Sunday, which he called “the best round I ever played in my life.” He held a two-stroke lead over Mason Gardner of Waupaca overnight, but that lead disappeared in a blur of bogeys early Monday.
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