Jul 092017
 

Isabella Diaz and Madison Braman are headed to Missouri for the Girls Jr. PGA Championship. Photo: NENY PGA.

RAIN HAMPERS ROUND 2

For the second year in a row, Mother Nature proved she’s not a big fan of the game as storms rolled over Town of Colonie Golf Course. But this year, it just made for a LOOOOONNNNGGG afternoon on Saturday rather than a total washout.

After tackling the White & Blue nines at TOC (par-72) on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8 – Boys & Girls ages 13-18 played 36 holes over two days while the Boys & Girls ages 8-12 played nine on Friday only – the results were in.

The top two Capital Area boys and girls will join 144 of the nation’s top male and female junior golfers later this month for now separate Championships rather than combined, as has been the case in the past. The 42nd Girls Junior PGA Championship is July 18-21 and the 42nd Boys Junior PGA Championship is July 31-August 3. Both will be played at The Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, Missouri.

Here in the Capital Area, when it was tallied, plaques were handed out to the following:

Evan Sitts and Austin Fox are headed to Missouri later this month for the 42nd Boys Jr. PGA Championship after finishing 2nd and 1st, respectively, in the Overall Boys Division. Photo: NENY PGA.

OVERALL GIRLS

Madison Braman & Isabella Diaz each qualified for the 42nd Girls Junior PGA Championship held July 18-21 at the Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, Missouri.
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OVERALL BOYS

Austin Fox & Evan Sitts each qualified for the 42nd Boys Junior PGA Championship held July 31-August 3 at the Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, Missouri.
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16-18

BOYS: With birdies at 16 & 17, Austin Fox of Bethlehem capped his round of 70 (-2) to win the Boys 16-18 division by eight strokes over Evan Sitts of Oneonta. Sitts shot 73-77 while Fox shot 72-70.
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GIRLS: Madison Braman of Loudonville shot 80-75 to win her division by six over Isabella Diaz (81-80) of Clifton Park. There was a five player field.
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l-r: Evan Sitts, Austin Fox and Paul Goetz III. Photo: NENY PGA.

13-15

BOYS: Paul Goetz III of Clifton Park shot 77-76 to win the division by seven strokes over AJ Cavotta of Saratoga Springs, who shot 82-78. Click here for the full leaderboard.

GIRLS: Nicole Criscone, 11, of Clifton Park shot 81-91 over two days to win the division easily. She birdied the same hole, par-3 4th, both days. Click here for the full leaderboard.

8-12

BOYS: Kellen Dean, 11, of Saratoga Springs shot 42 (44 points) to win the division by two points over a trio of players: Brayden Dock, 10, of Queensbury, Dixon Boggs, 12, of Wilton, and Kieran Cummins, 10, of Loudonville. Click here for the full leaderboard.

GIRLS: Kennedy Swedick, 10, of Voorheesville shot 46 (38 points) to take the division over Shea Hildenbrandt, 12, of Niskayuna. Click here for the full leaderboard.

l-r: Nicole Criscone, Isabella Diaz, Emma VanDeCar, Laura Rentz and Madison Braman of the Overall Girls Division. Photo: NENY PGA.

Kennedy Swedick of Voorheesville wins the 2017 Girls 8-12 Division of the NENY PGA Jr. Championship at Town of Colonie GC on July 7. Photo provided.

MORE ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP

This year’s championship has twice the field size of previous years so each of the 41 PGA of America Sections receives two invitations. Eligibility is earned by the Overall Boys & Girls NENY PGA Junior Champion and runner-up in each respective division. Juniors must be no older than 18 years of age on August 3, 2017.

They will join 144 of the nation’s top male and female junior golfers in the PGA of America’s premier junior event now each conducted as separate Championships rather than combined. The 42nd Girls Junior PGA Championship is July 18-21 and the 42nd Boys Junior PGA Championship is July 31-August 3. Both will be played at The Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, Missouri.

The Country Club of St. Albans has consistently been ranked in the Top 10 courses in the state of Missouri by Golf Digest and looks to be a fantastic venue for the event.

A GOOD START

The Boys Junior PGA Championship is where some of the best in the world got their start. Notable past participants include: Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Stewart Cink and Phil Mickelson.

About the PGA of America & Northeastern New York PGA Section

The PGA of America represents the very best in golf. For more information about the PGA of America or Northeastern New York PGA visit www.PGA.org and www.neny.pga.com. For more information about the 42nd Boys Junior PGA Championship, visit www.juniorpgachampionship.com.