The Iowa PGA Section is excited to announce and recognize some pretty fantastic junior golfers on a great summer and wonderful achievements. For 15 years, the Iowa Junior Tour has been providing quality junior golf programs across Iowa and western Illinois. The 2015 Iowa PGA Junior Tour Player of the Year Award Recipients are listed below with highlights from their great season.
The Iowa PGA Junior Tour is extremely fortunate to have great support and sponsorship from The Principal Charity Classic. This is the 6th year in a row of their generous support. Since 2010, their contributions have allowed our program to grow significantly, offering the most tournament opportunities ever for area juniors. A very special thank you to the The Principal Charity Classic and their staff for their continued support and sponsorship of the Iowa Junior Tour.
It is extremely great news that Principal Financial Group has announced that it has extended its deal with the PGA Tour to remain as title sponsor for three more years. That takes the event through 2018, with the Wakonda Club remaining the host site. Not only is this the sixth year for title sponsorship for The Principal Charity Classic, it is the sixth consecutive year the record for charity dollars has been broken. More than $7.7 million has been raised since Principal became title sponsor. Donations from the tournament will be distributed to the tournament’s five “FORE Our Kids” charities.
The Player of the Year point totals continued for 2015 in a “best of” approach; points are earned by a player in the top 16 tournaments that he or she participated. Anyone who competed for Player of the Year was required to be an Iowa Junior Tour member. At the conclusion of the season, the player with the most points acquired in their division is awarded this title. The age divisions included are: Boys 11 & Under, Boys 12-13, Boys 14-15, Boys 16-18, Girls 13 & Under, Girls 14-15, Girls 16-18.
Events continued to be categorized in three groups: Ace, Eagle, and Birdie. Ace Point events were worth the most points, then Eagle, then Birdie. There were 17 Ace Point events, 9 Eagle Point events, 21 Birdie Point events, and 13 local qualifiers for 2 of the Ace Point events (qualifiers are non-point events). The 2015 Iowa PGA Junior Tour Player of the Year award recipients will be honored at the All Star Pro Golf Awards Luncheon that will be held on Tuesday, October 20 at Riverside Casino & Golf Resort.
The Iowa PGA would also like to thank returning presenting sponsor Shattucks-St. Mary’s School and new presenting sponsor Bushnell Range Finders for their support as well. Shattuck-St. Mary’s is a college preparatory program designed specifically to meet the needs of dedicated students looking to pursue their passion in GOLF. Bushnell Golf and sales representative Jon Novosel provided NeoGhost Range Finders to be given away at ACE Point Events administered by The Iowa PGA.
2015 Iowa Junior Tour Schedule
Listed below is a partial listing, please CLICK HERE for complete schedule and results. You may also contact Tess Goudy (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Brett Shaeffer (email@example.com) at the Iowa PGA Section Office for more details and photos, 319-648-0026.
Ace Point Events – administered by The Iowa PGA
June 4, Junior Tour Metro Classic, AH Blank GC, Des Moines, IA
June 12, Junior Tour Kick Off, Pheasant Ridge GC, Cedar Falls, IA
June 18, Iowa PGA Cedar Rapids Junior, Gardner GC, Cedar Rapids, IA
June 22, Western Iowa Junior, Atlantic G & CC, Atlantic, IA
June 29, Junior Tour Classic, Edmundson GC, Oskaloosa, IA
July 1, Junior Tour Corridor Classic, Jones Park GC, Cedar Rapids, IA
July 6-7, 40th PGA Junior Iowa Championship, Ames G & CC, Ames, IA
July 10, Junior Tour Classic, Indian Creek CC, Nevada, IA
July 13-14, Junior Tour Mid-Summer Classic, Otter Creek GC and Briarwood Club of Ankeny
July 13-14, Lexus Lujack Jr Championship, Fyre Lake Golf Club, Sherrard, IL and Palmer Hills, GC, Bettendorf, IA
July 16, Iowa PGA Junior Championship, Lake Panorama National GC, Panora, IA
July 20, Team Junior & Stroke Play Event, Indianola G & CC, Indianola, IA
July 22, Junior Tour Classic at Oakland Acres, Oakland Acres, IA
July 23, Eastern Iowa Junior, The Meadows GC, Asbury, IA (Dubuque area)
July 27, Southeast Iowa Junior at The Preserve, The Preserve on Rathbun Lake, Moravia, IA
July 30, Junior Tour Classic, Mason City CC, Mason City, IA
August 5-6, Junior Tour Championship, Copper Creek Golf Course, Pleasant Hill, IA
Eagle Point Events – not administered by The Iowa PGA
June 10, Jester Park Junior Amateur, Jester Park GC, Granger, IA
June 11, Optimist Junior Championship, Elmwood CC/American Legion GC, Marshalltown, IA
June 25-26, IGA Boy’s Amateur Junior, Mason City CC, Mason City, IA
June 25-26, Iowa Junior Girls’ Amateur, Mason City CC, Mason City, IA
June 28, 7th Annual Lake Panorama Junior Open, Lake Panorama National Resort, Panora, IA
July 6, Eagle Junior at Carroll CC, Carroll, IA
July 7-8, Des Moines Junior, Willow Creek GC, W. Des Moines, IA
Eagle Junior at Carroll, Carroll CC, Carroll, Iowa
July 28, Iowa City Junior at Finkbine, Finkbine GC, Iowa City, IA
August 4, Quad Cities Junior at Glynns Creek, Long Grove, IA
2015 Iowa PGA Junior Tour Player of the Year Award Winners
Jacob Sevcik of Robins, Iowa played in 11 events this summer, earning his Player of the Year title with 4,757.50 points. He had 2 first place victories and only placed out of the top 5 in one event. He had a really great season with a scoring average of 74.9. His victories were captured at the Junior Tour Corridor Classic held at Jones Park GC and the Junior Tour Classic held at Oakland Acres GC where he shot a 67! Congratulations to Jacob Sevcik and best of luck in your senior year and in future golfing endeavors.
Nick Pittman of Urbandale, Iowa has earned another Iowa Junior Tour Player of the Year title. This is his 5th consecutive year to earn this achievement and his first in this age division. He was also the 2013 and 2014 Player of the year in the boys 12-13 age category as well as the 2011 and 2012 Player of the Year in the Boys 11 & under division. In 2015, he competed in 17 Iowa PGA Junior Tour tournaments, and acquired 6,975 points. Nick had 4 first place finishes and only placed out of the top 5 twice. A few of his major wins were achieved at the Jester Park Junior, Veenker Junior Amateur, the Iowa PGA Junior Tour Team Event and Stroke Play and the Iowa City Junior at Finkbine. Congratulations to Nick Pittman on his continued outstanding performance and on earning the Boys 14-15 Player of the Year title.
Kolby Shackelford of Panora, Iowa is the boys 12-13 Player of the Year. He is no stranger to the Player of the Year winner’s circle as he also achieved this honor in the boys 11 & under division in 2013. Kolby played in 25 events and accumulated 9,968.33 points. Not only did he play a lot, he also played very well! He earned 12 first place victories and only finished outside of the top 5 one time during all 25 events. His scoring average was 77.7. A few of his 1st place victories were at the Jester Park Junior Amateur, Lake Panorama Junior, Junior Tour Classic at Edmundson, Des Moines Junior, Junior Tour Mid-Summer Classic in Ankeny and the Quad Cities Junior at Glynns Creek. Consistent and constant play all summer long proved a great combination. Congratulations to Kolby on his well-deserved Boys 12-13 Player of the Year honor.
Boys 11 & Under
Jake Weissenburger of Clive, Iowa earned 8,925 points playing in 22 tournaments this season (of which his top 16 counted towards the Player of the Year). A truly great competitor, Jake never finished outside of the top four, and earned fifteen 1st place finishes. A few of his first place tournament wins include the Jester Park Junior Amateur, the Iowa PGA Cedar Rapids Junior held at Gardner GC, the Lake Panorama Junior, the 40th PGA Junior Iowa Championship held at Ames G & CC and the Iowa PGA Junior Championship. Congratulations to a junior golf rising star and the Boys 11 & Under Player of the Year, Jake Weissenburger.
Shannyn Vogler of Moline, IL is the Girls 16-18 Player of the year and accumulated 5,875 points playing in 16 tournaments. Shannyn played hard all season long and committed to a heavy schedule to secure her title at the young age of 11. She had six first place finishes and only placed out of the top 5 one time. Some of her bigger wins came at the Lake Panorama Junior, Southeast Iowa Junior at The Preserve on Rathbun Lake, the Iowa City Junior at Finkbine and the Quad Cities Junior at Glynns Creek. There is no doubt Shannyn has a very bright golfing future. Congratulations Shannyn on your Girls 16-18 Player of the Year honor.
Casey Noble of Morning Sun, Iowa earned the Girls 14-15 Player of the Year title with 7,320 points in 15 events! She had four 1st place victories and never placed higher than 4th. Casey won the Shaeffer Memorial Junior, the Iowa City Junior at Pleasant Valley, the State Qualifier for the Big I Trusted Choice, and the Southeast Iowa Junior held at The Preserve on Rathbun Lake. Casey is another up and coming junior player with some great skills and will be one to watch. Congratulations to the Girls 14-15 Player of the Year, Casey Noble.
Girls 13 & Under
Paige Hoffman of West Des Moines, Iowa successfully defended her Player of the Year title accruing 8,955 points in the 18 tournaments she participated in. Paige accumulated 16 first place wins in 2015 and placed 2nd in the other 2 events she played in! Outstanding! Some of her major wins were in the Junior Tour Metro Classic at AH Blank GC, the Western Iowa Junior in Atlantic G & CC, the 40th PGA Junior Iowa Championship held at Ames G & CC and the season ending Junior Tour Championship held at Copper Creek GC. Paige was also a member of the inaugural Junior Cup Match event held with the Gateway PGA this past summer and we are excited to be able to invite her back to help lead the team in 2016. Congratulations Paige on another great season and on your Girls 13 & Under Player of the Year honor.