KCGA Juniors Grind It Out Through the Rain at Minor Park

Despite less than optimal conditions, battling through a day of on and off again rain, over 90 juniors competed at Minor Park in our Kansas City Junior Tour summer series.

Players battled through the wind chill and rain to fight for their division championship title. In our Boys 16+ division, Michael Bessenbacher claimed his first victory this summer with a round of 73 (+3). With a few bogeys and two birdies, Bessenbacher was able to grind it out through the rain to beat out Michael Garcia by one stroke for first place. Rees Conder, Luke Elbrader, and Daniel Duffin all tied for third place with rounds of 76 (+6).

In our Boys 13-15 age division, Patrick Neal claimed the division title for the second week in a row with an incredible 72 (+2). Neal had a consistent round despite conditions and his lone birdie on the day helped propel him to the top of the leaderboard. Nate Saporito came in second place with a round of 75 and Ian McCrary rounded out the top three with a 78 (+8).

For the 16+ Girls division, Victoria Klausner ran away with her division with an amazing 73 (+2). Klausner excitement was evident after shooting such a great round. She also earned her first win of the summer series with four birdies on the day. Hope and Hanna Robinett tied for second place with rounds of 81.

In the Girls 13-15 division, Caroline Giocondo beat out Lia Johnson by two strokes to card an 82 for her division title. Her best hole of the day came with a birdie on the Par-5, 6th. Libby Green rounded out the top three with an 88.

In our Prep division, Chance Rinkol won his division for the second week in a row with a nine hole score of 38 (+3). His consistency showed with his seven pars on the day fighting through the rain. Jacob Fratzel came in second with a nine hole score of 40.

Once again, thank you to everyone who participated and we enjoyed having everyone out at Minor Park today for another great KC Junior event. We hope to see everyone again June 28 at Drumm Farm.

For full field results click here.

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For Player of the Year standings, click here.

By Taylor Albritton, KCGA Intern