Check out these previous Iowa PGA Junior Tour Members and what they are up to now!

Payton Minear
Resides: Florida
Hometown:
Clive, Iowa
Junior Tour Member: 2009-2013

 

What is your current residence?

I currently live in Florida.

Approximately how many seasons did you participate in the Iowa Junior Tour?

Unsure, but I wish I could relive my childhood experience with the Iowa Junior Tour tournaments.

Please list some accomplishments you achieved while on the Iowa Junior Tour.

-Waukee High School 5A State champion (individual and team). Broke 90% of school records in golf career.

-Medaled in several Iowa Junior Tour tournaments

– Iowa High School Golf Coaches Player of the Year 2012

– Iowa Optimist Junior Champion 2011 and 2012 (selected to play at PGA National Golf Course West Palm Beach)

– Callaway World Junior Champion for Iowa/Missouri selected to play at Torrey Pines for Callaway World Championship 2012

– Recruited by several colleges to play golf

What are you doing at this point in time? (In college, graduated college, working full time, etc.)

I am finishing up my last semester with Florida Gulf Coast University’s PGA Golf Management program. After my graduation in July, I will have completed all necessary steps to obtain my PGA card and become a full-time golf instructor.

How has golf continued to stayed a part of your life, influenced you now?

Golf is playing a major role in my life, as I am teaching golf to juniors, adults, seniors, and people of all abilities on a day-to-day basis.

Did you or are you playing collegiate golf? If yes, where?

Unfortunately I am not. The program I am in is very time consuming and I have dedicated all of my time towards my education in the teaching industry so I can give back to the game.

Did the Iowa Junior Tour have a positive impact on your life? Whether in golf or general? How so?

The Iowa Junior Tour had a positive impact on my life in golf and also in building my skills such as patience, dedication, honesty, and integrity. I truly believe that golf shapes a lot of individuals lives and we learn valuable lessons through golf. The experiences I gained from the Iowa Junior Tour were memories I will never forget.

 

Kelsey Faiferlick
Resides: Fort Dodge, Iowa
Hometown:
Fort Dodge, Iowa
Junior Tour Member:
2010-2015

How many seasons did you participate in the Iowa Junior Tour?

I was on the Iowa Junior Tour for over 5 seasons from 2008-2014.


Please list some accomplishments you achieved while on the Iowa Junior Tour.
In 2012 I was the Iowa Junior Tour Player of the Year.

What are you doing at this point in time?
I graduated from Park University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and am now working full time as a Financial Services Representative at First American Bank in Fort Dodge.
After competing on the Iowa Junior Tour, please explain how golf has stayed a part of your life.
Apart from continuing my education at Park University to play golf, I have continued playing golf in the Fort Dodge City Tour every year. I am also the Saint Edmond High School Girls’ Golf Coach.
 
 

 
 

Tripp Kinney
Resides: Ames, Iowa
Hometown:
West Des Moines, Iowa
Junior Tour Member: 2004-2015

 

How many seasons did you participate in the Iowa Junior Tour?

I competed on the Iowa Junior Tour for over 5 years during my childhood.

Please list some accomplishments you achieved while on the Iowa Junior Tour.

I was Junior Tour Player of the Year when I was 13 years old. I won 10+ tournaments playing on the Junior Tour.

What are you doing at this point in time?

I began my first semester at Iowa State University in the fall of 2016 and majoring in Business.

After competing on the Iowa Junior Tour, please explain how golf has stayed a part of your life.

I still practice and play golf every single day and love every minute of it. I still play competitive tournaments all over the country and I love trying to get better everyday.

After Graduation, did you or are you playing collegiate golf? If yes, where?

I began playing collegiate golf at Iowa State University this last summer (2016).

Did the Iowa Junior Tour have a positive impact on your life? Whether in golf or general? How so?

It had a great impact on my life, being able to compete against very good competition and making many friends along the way. I learned how to compete on this tour and I met a lot of great people and great friends along the way.

Other comments, questions, concerns about the Iowa Junior Tour.

This is a great tour with many well run golf tournaments that teaches kids the rules of golf and how to compete against others.

 

Karli Kerrigan
Resides: Vermillion, South Dakota
Hometown: Ankeny, Iowa
Junior Tour Member: 2010-2015

 

How many seasons did you participate in the Iowa Junior Tour?

I was on the Junior Tour for 6 summers from 2010-2015.

Please list some accomplishments you achieved while on the Iowa Junior Tour.

3x Junior Tour Player of the Year 2011-2013
Played in the Optimist Junior Golf Championship

What are you doing at this point in time?

I am currently attending the University of South Dakota where I am majoring in Criminal Justice.

After competing on the Iowa Junior Tour, please explain how golf has stayed a part of your life.

I continue to play golf in college and in summer tournaments while also keeping in contact with people I met on the tour.

After Graduation, did you or are you playing collegiate golf? If yes, where?

Yes, University of South Dakota.

Did the Iowa Junior Tour have a positive impact on your life? Whether in golf or general? How so?

Yes very much. I was able to get competitive golf experience, meet new friends, and overall grow as a player in order to play golf at the next level successfully.

Other comments, questions, concerns about the Iowa Junior Tour?

The junior tour is a great springboard for future golfers and a good way to get involved in the sport starting at a young age.