Caddie U's 2019 Tim Herron Prep Tour's second season teed off Tuesday at Olympic Hills Golf Club, one of Minnesota's finest venues. Eleven girls and forty three boys from Minnesota and Wisconsin competed for the Olympic Hills Championship, one of three stroke play events leading up to the Tim Herron Match Play Championship. All players receive membership into Tim Herron Club, with benefits from sponsor 2nd Swing, including fitting seminars and awards.
Despite high wind conditions, Courtney Wedin, Chanhassen, led the girls division with a 78, including an even-par front nine. Courtney was followed by Shelby Busker, Detroit Lakes with an 80, and Madi Hicks, Chanhassen with an 82.
Chaska's Jack Johnson won the boys division with a 2-over par 74, closely followed by Tony Asta, Eagan and Nate Stevens, Northfield, each with a 75.
Scores count towards the Tour's 2nd Swing Players Points, used to set the field for the Tim Herron Match Play Championship at Windsong Farm September 28 & 29.
The Prep Tour's next event will be 36 holes at Northland Country Club in Duluth on September 7 & 8, with the final medal play tournament at Somerby Golf Club in Byron on September 21 & 22.
Tim Herron Prep Tour, powered by 2nd Swing, held its second 2019 event at one of Minnesota's most prized golf experiences, Northland Country Club, Duluth, Sept 7 & 8. Fifty players in the girls and boys divisions competed, and all enjoyed having Tim Herron there.
With some of the toughest greens anywhere and high winds coming off of Lake Superior on Sunday, scoring was a challenge. Paige Hillman, Houlton, WI, won the girls championship with 85-80, 165; Maddie Simon, Mahtomedi, finished second with 85-86, 171; and Emily Renner, Victoria, finished third with 86-89, 175.
In the boy's division, Ben Warian, Stillwater, won the boys championship with an impressive 70-72 for an even par 142. Sam Baker, Cloquet, used his local knowledge to finish second with 76-72, six over par 148. Gordon Skaar, Bovey, fired 75-76 for a 151 total.
One amazing statistic was speed of play. In the 2018 event, rounds took over 4.5 hours to play. In 2019, all rounds were completed in under 4 hours, and a twosome of girls led the way Sunday in 3 hours! Bravo!
The Prep Tour's next event will be 36 holes stroke play tournament at Somerby Golf Club in Byron on September 21 & 22. 2nd Swing Players Points will be calculated to determine the 12 finalists in the Tim Herron Match Play Championship at Windsong Farm Sept 28 & 29.
Tim Herron Prep Tour held its final 2019 stroke play event at Somerby Golf Club, a former Korn Ferry Tour site. Not only were players vying for the championship, the season-long 2nd Swing Player Points Championship was at stake.
Finishing with the year's best score, Shelby Busker, Detroit Lakes, fired rounds of 76-69 to win the Girls Division at Somerby. Shelby will be playing golf next year for IUPUI. Finishing 2nd was Taya Kwiatkowski from Gilbert, and 3rd was Rose Baynes from Eden Prairie.
Shelby also won the 2nd Swing Player Points Championship followed by Taya Kwiatkowski, and Paige Hillman from Hudson, WI.
In the Boys Division, Leo Gellert won the Somerby event with rounds of 76-66 for a 2-under par 142, followed by Braeden Sladek from Alexandria 73-70, 143, and Logan Hamak from Sartell shooting rounds of 69-75, 144.
Gellert's win also vaulted him to the 2nd Swing Player Points Championship by a slim 1.67 points over Jack Johnson from Chaska. Finishing third was Ben Warian from Stillwater.
Seeded through 2nd Swing Player Points standings, the season's final event, Tim Herron Match Play Championship, is being held September 28 & 29 at Windsong Farm.
The first Tim Herron Match Play Championship was held at Windsong Farm September 28-29, and the results in the boys division was incredible - all 7 matches finishing 1-up! Boys and girls earned their seeds into match play in 2019 Tim Herron Prep Tour Powered by 2nd Swing stroke play events at Olympic Hills Golf Club, Northland Country Club, and Somerby Golf Club.
"These players all played great this season, and it was awesome to see our tour add the girls division and have such a terrific statewide representation", said Tim Herron. "On behalf of all of us at Caddie U, thank you to 2nd Swing and the staff and members at each club, you've given terrific opportunities to grateful students and their families!"
#1 Leo Gellert, Mankato, def. #8 Gordon Skaar, Bovy, 1-up
#2 Jack Johnson, Chaska def. #7 Cooper Markham, Maple Grove, 1-up
#6 Nate Stevens, Northfield, def. Braeden Sladek , Alexandria 1-up 21 holes
#5 Ian Simonich, Moorhead, def. Sam Baker, Cloquet, 1-up 19 holes
Gellert def. Simonich, 1-up
Stevens def. Johnson, 1-up
Stevens def. Gellert, 1-up 19 holes
#1 Shelby Busker, Detroit Lakes def. Savannah Dickey, Osseo, 8 & 6
#3 Emily Renner, Victoria, def. Taya Kwiatkowski, 1-up
Busker def. Renner, 4&3