By: Tyler Johnsen

Bellingham/Skagit All-Stars ready for PGA Jr. League Championship

Bellingham/Skagit All-Star Team

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Sept. 26, 2019) – Twelve All-Star Teams, each comprised of 10 junior golfers ages 14 and under, have won their respective Regional competitions to advance to the 8th PGA Jr. League Championship presented by National Car Rental, Oct. 11-14. The Championship is being held for the fourth consecutive year at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Representing the state of Washington will be the Bellingham/Skagit All-Stars.

“The PGA Jr. League Championship presented by National Car Rental is the pinnacle of a fun and exciting postseason for these 12 talented All-Star teams,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley, PGA/LPGA. “Grayhawk Golf Club has helped us create a remarkable experience for the PGA Jr. League All-Stars and their families, and we look forward to welcoming them to Scottsdale in October.”

The Championship begins Friday, Oct. 11, with a welcome reception and skills challenge. Each team will compete against the five other teams in its division throughout the day Saturday and Sunday, with the final round taking place Monday morning (Oct. 12-14). The two teams with the best division records will compete for the national title Monday afternoon. The runner-up teams from each division will compete for 3rd place overall.

This year, a two-hour highlight show will debut on ESPN2 on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT. ESPN will be the new broadcast network of the PGA Jr. League Championship presented by National Car Rental.

PGA Jr. League brings boys and girls together to learn and play golf on co-ed teams, with expert coaching from PGA and LPGA Professionals. Kids wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with friends, competing in a two-person scramble format that builds confidence and encourages sportsmanship. This year, a record 60,000 boys and girls participated in PGA Jr. League, and that number continues to grow as the new Fall Recreational Season is underway at facilities nationwide.

Following the Summer Season, 10-player All-Star teams were formed from a combination of players in each league. These teams moved through Section Championships in August to earn a spot at one of 12 Regionals held across the country in September. The 12 Regional Champions advance to the PGA Jr. League Championship presented by National Car Rental, which will stay at Grayhawk Golf Club through 2022.

While the focus of PGA Jr. League is primarily on the developmental nature of its Summer and Fall Recreational Seasons, the PGA Jr. League Postseason presented by National Car Rental presents competitive golfers a fun and aspirational finish to Summer Season play. As a premium, internationally recognized brand serving the daily rental needs of frequent airport travelers worldwide and the Official Partner of PGA Jr. League, National Car Rental is committed to growing future business leaders by growing junior golf. Throughout the season and postseason, National provides fun, engaging experiences for PGA Jr. League players and their families to celebrate both the accomplishments of the young golfers, as well as important life lessons they learn through the game of golf.

2019 Hogan Cup

The 2019 Hogan Cup will tee off this weekend at Riverside Golf & Country Club in Portland, OR August 10-11.

The Hogan Cup 36-hole team matches pit the best junior golfers from the Western United States and Canada against each other in a team format with the three lowest scores each day determining the team total. Awards are presented to the top three teams as well as the top three individuals in the field.

The event began in 1969 as a partnership between Riverside Golf & Country Club and the Oregon Golf Association in commemoration of the vast achievements and contributions to the sport by Eddie Hogan, Riverside’s long-time head golf professional. Hogan served the club from 1939 until his tragic drowning death in 1968. At its inception, the competition was between the Portland Metro All-stars and junior golfers representing the rest of the region.

Hogan, an Oregon Amateur champion and PNGA Amateur Champion, was credited for transforming the role of the golf professional, developing what is now considered the standard for the green grass pro shop. Hogan was also dedicated in helping the Oregon Golf Association develop its widely-recognized junior golf program.

Being selected to compete in Hogan Cup matches is an honor that has been bestowed to few individuals, and the excellence of past participants is indicative of the quality of the small, select field.

Hogan Cup alumni include tour players such as Bobby Clampett, Fred Couples, Joe Rassett, Jack Renner, Lennie Clements, Scott Simpson, Rick Fehr, Robert Gamez, Bill Sanders, Kirk Triplett, Jim Nelford, John Fought, Peter Jacobsen, Jeff Quinney, Casey Martin, Jason Gore, Tiger Woods, Ricky Barnes, and Bryson DeChambeau.

This year the Washington team will be represented by Akshay Anand, Patrick Azevedo, Daniel Tiscareno, Blake Kukula, and captained by WJGA Director Brady McMullin.

Live scoring can be followed all weekend ath the official Hogan Cup website HERE.

Ian Siebers takes Medalist honors at Junior America’s Cup

Ian Siebers (Bellevue, WA) has won Medalist honors at the 2019 Junior America’s Cup being held at Blackhawk Golf Club in Edmonton, Alberta. Siebers was presented the Sally Pini trophy for low individual at 6-under-par (207) following rounds of 65-67-75. Entering the final round at 10-under-par his final round of 4-over-par was enough to maintain a 3-shot margin of victory of Utah’s Brandon Robison who finished at 3-under-par (210). Oregon’s Mateo Fuenmayor finished in third place, four shots back at 2-under-par (211) after entering the final round in 2nd place.

In all just five players in a field of 72 managed to best par at Blackhawk over the 54-hole competition, in what proved to be a challenging course for the players especially given the changing conditions over the course of three days.

Team Washington finished in 5th place as a team and complete results can be viewed HERE.

Junior America’s Cup

EDMONTON, ALBERTA – JULY 23, 2019 – The 47th annual Junior America’s Cup is set to take flight this week at Blackhawk Golf Club in Edmonton, Alberta. A field of 72 players from 18 teams representing 12 U.S. States, two Canadian Provinces and Mexico will take to the course at 7:30 am MT on Tuesday in what will be the third time the international competition has been hosted in the province of Alberta.

The Blackhawk Golf Club in southwest Edmonton has set itself up to be a challenging yet fair championship venue for this years championship and is in phenomenal condition despite an abnormally wet spring in northern Alberta.

Each team of four junior age players will compete over 54 holes to determine who will hoist the championship trophy. Amongst the field are last weeks U.S. Junior Boy’s Championship runner-up Bo Jin who will be part of the Southern California team. Also returning for the Junior America’s Cup this year is last years Sally Pini award winner Dillon Stewart from Colorado who is hoping to become the first back to back winner of the individual medalist trophy.

Representing Washington this year is a team comprised of Daniel Kim (Mukilteo), Preston Bebich (Gig Harbor), Ian Siebers (Bellevue) and Drew Warford (Snoqualmie). All players earned their spot on the WJGA team by finishing in the top-4 of the WJGA Performance Points List at the conclusion of the Junior World Qualifier in June.

Play will begin Tuesday July 23rd at 7:30 am off of the 1st & 10th Tee.

For team and individual live scoring & Tee Times – Click Here

Lauryn Nguyen Earns USGA-AJGA Presidents’ Leadership Award

Lauryn Nguyen of Seattle, Wash., and William Mirams of Stroudsburg, Pa., were named the recipients of the 2019 USGA-AJGA Presidents’ Leadership Award, the USGA and American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) announced June 6.

The USGA-AJGA Presidents’ Leadership Award honors one male and one female junior golfer annually who demonstrate leadership, character and community service through their involvement with the Leadership Links program: a joint initiative founded by the USGA and AJGA in 2005 to further develop junior golfers through volunteerism.

“It’s really humbling for me to receive this award,” Nguyen said. “When I started Leadership Links, I had no idea the impact that I would make.”

About Lauryn Nguyen

Nguyen is a first-generation American citizen. Her parents immigrated to the United States in the 1980s to escape war-torn Vietnam. She knows she is fortunate to receive the opportunities she has and is focused on giving the same opportunities to kids. She is particularly interested in helping other girls experience the game of golf and the opportunities it can afford.

“Growing up, I realized golf opens so many doors for me in terms of traveling experiences, meeting new friends, potential future scholarships, and future business opportunities,” Nguyen said. “Having experienced this, I want other juniors to have the same opportunity and expand their potential.”

Using Leadership Links as a resource, she has focused her fundraising efforts on The First Tee of Greater Seattle. Through her projects, she has raised more than $15,000 for the charity. In 2018 alone, she raised enough money to help more than 40 kids have the opportunity to play golf with the chapter where she started with golf as well. Money she raises also benefits the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and AJGA’s Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) program which helps junior golfers who have the talent to play national-level junior golf, but not the financial means.

“I’ve learned that when you put others first, good things always come back,” Nguyen said. “When I first started volunteering with The First Tee, I just thought that I would be giving some kids some tips on their swing and teach them aspects of the game, I had no idea that along with the impact that I had on them, they had an equally powerful impact on me.”

Getting more girls involved in the game of golf is very important to Nguyen. At her high school, she realized there were not many girls coming out for the golf team and those who did, only played golf during the season. She started a girls’ golf club to spread the word about golf and to encourage girls at her high school to play golf year-round.

Nguyen is a longtime WJGA member and won the overall Girls’ WJGA State Championship in 2017 at Meadow Springs Country Club as a 14-year old.