Culver's Midwest Junior Championship
June 30 - July 1, 2014
University of Iowa Finkbine Golf Course
Iowa City, Iowa
GOLFWEEK ranked - AJGA PBE Stars - Junior Golf Scoreboard ranked
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Culver's Midwest Junior Championship to be played June 30 - July 1 at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City, Iowa. For more information on the application process, go to "Midwest Junior Championship" on the menu bar and select "Application Process."
The 2013 Midwest Junior Championship presented by Iowa Network Services was a huge success! Seventy boys and twenty girls from a total of 10 states came to Des Moines to play the legendary Wakonda Club. And they were not disappointed. As usual, Superintendent John Temme and his staff had the course in absolute perfect condition for the inaugural event. We all now understand why some of the Champions Tour players claimed that Wakonda Club featured the best greens on Tour!
On the boys side, the tournament got off to a great start on day 1. Great weather conditions helped some of the field get off to a quick start. After 18 holes, class of 2015 members Parker Howe (Des Moines,IA) and Matthew Walker (Ottumwa,IA) led the field with scores of 2-under par 70. The top-ranked player inMinnesota, Jack Holmgren, followed close by with a 71. All in all, 11 players were within 5 shots of the lead, setting up for a great finish.
The 2nd round lived up to the hype. The final 2 groups got off to solid starts before the top 3 players started to give themselves a little breathing room. Stanford commit Jeff Swegle (West Des Moines,IA),Iowa commit Jack Holmgren (Wayzata,MN) and Matthew Walker all came to the final hole within 2 shots of each other. Holmgren and Walker both found the fairway as leader Swegle hit his drive up the right side. His ball bounced 4 times on the cart path before ending up pin high on the 311-yard, uphill par 4 but was about 50 yards to the right. Walker found the green with his approach. Holmgren hit his 53 yard approach to approximately 2 inches, putting some heavy pressure on Swegle. Having to hit his shot from about 20 feet below the green, under a tree, and over a bunker, Swegle almost hit the pin with his approach. He ended up just over the green and in the rough, but only about 20 feet from the pin. He calmly got that up and down to preserve the 1-shot victory!
The girls division was just as exciting. Once again, Wakonda Club stood it’s ground and proved to be a worthy course. The 76.0 rating for the girls makes this one of the harder courses they will see in tournament play. Emma Whitaker (Wichita, KS) paced the field with a 77 in the 1st round. Sydney Bormann (Parkston,SD) and Kenzie Wright (Frisco,TX) followed close by with scores of 79.
Starting the final round on the back nine, the girls got off to a little bit of a slow start before settling down. At the turn, there were four girls all within 2 shots of the lead. After #4, Sydney Bormann and Kenzie Wright had a 1 shot lead over Sydney Youngblood (Durant, OK). Bormann and Wright, an SMU commit, came to the par-3 9th hole tied for the lead and both hit good shots, but finished just over the green. Bormann played first from just in the rough, about 18 feet from the hole, and had about 3 feet left for par. Wright’s putt from the fringe caught a ridge and ended up about 7 feet below the hole. Her par putt sat on the right lip while Bormann drained her par putt for the victory!
We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of the players and their families for making the inaugural Midwest Junior Championship presented by Iowa Network Services such a great event.
The event would not have been possible without the cooperation and hard work of General Manager David Schneider, Head PGA Professional Aaron Krueger and the rest of the Wakonda Club staff. We like to thank all of them for their dedication and extend a big thank you to the members of Wakonda Club for being so welcoming to some of the best junior golfers in theMidwest.
Last but not least, thank you to our partners for helping make this all possible. Our presenting sponsor, Iowa Network Services, and fellow partners Grant Sports Management, Karl Chevrolet, and the players of the Culver’s Midwest Cup all stepped up to make this dream become a reality.
For any questions, please contact Tournament Director Kevin Johnson by email at email@example.com or by phone at 972-814-6078.