Great KCJT Turnout Leads to 8 Division Champs

91 of our juniors golfers competed at our second KCJT event of the summer at Hillcrest Golf and CC.

With such a great turnout, each division saw competitive scoring and some multiple champions. In the 16+ Girls division, Caroline Setter beat out last week’s division champion Jaclyn Koziol with an impressive 79 (+7) round. Caroline’s round included a few bogeys, but battled back with a birdie on the front nine and a birdie on the back.

Jaclyn Koziol missed first place by one stroke with an 80 round, and Maggie King came in third with a round of 82.

In the 16+ Boys division, we had three co-champions all bringing in a round of 75. Hillcrest seemed to be a tougher course than that of Fred Arbanas last week as scores were a little higher. Brett Blau, Michael Garcia and Tanner Collins all had a great round of 75 (+3). Each player had at least two birdies on their round and all finished tied for the lead. In a four way tie for fourth, Griffin Brassell, Michael Bessenbacher, Trey Stone and Brooks Baldwin all carded a 78 (+6).

In our 13-15 Girls division, good friends Tess Roman and Savannah Gentry claimed co-division champions with a 89 round. After coming off her first ever eagle last week at Fred Arbanas, Gentry followed it up with a chip-in birdie this week. Roman had two birdies on her round, one on a Par-3 and the other on a Par-4.

In the 13-15 Boys, our last competitor in stole the show with a carded round of 83. Patrick Neal beat out Nathan Thompson by 3 strokes to take the division champion title. Despite some mistakes, Neal birdied Holes 11, 12 and 13 to take home the champion towel.

In our 9-hole Prep division, Chance Rinkol beat out Jacob Fratzel by one stroke with a 38 (+2) 9-hole round. Rinkol played a consistent 9 with 7 pars and two bogeys. Fratzel made a birdie on the Par-5, 14th to battle back from a few bogeys to narrowly miss first place with a 39.

KCJT events are a great chance to play friends and be competitive. We love seeing our juniors golfers get out to play no matter their talent level. Our next KCJT event will be at Minor Park GC June 21. Don’t miss out!

To see pictures of our champions, check out the KCGA instagram page.

For Player of the Year Standings click here.

By Taylor Albritton, KCGA Intern