Golfers headed to Chicago

posted Sep 25, 2014, 3:38 PM by Adam Gress

Junior All-Stars heading to Chicago

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
By Nate Shaughnessy, @SDR_Sports
The Northwest iowa Junior League All-Stars, comprised of front: (from left) Jackson Laven, Mason Weeks, Connor Moret, Colin Slattery and Caleb Dokter. Back: Brennan Kooi, Ezra Meyer, Ian Brandt, Hannah Butler and Chase Hough, were celebrated with a send-off party at SGCC Wednesday night for their upcoming regional tournament in Chicago.
(Photo by Nate Shaughnessy)
Spencer Golf and Country Club hosted a send-off party on Wednesday night for the 10 Northwest Iowa Junior League All-Stars headed to regional competition in Chicago, which will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28.

The All-Stars, playing in PGA Junior League Golf, are comprised from four players from Spencer (Colin Slattery, Chase Hough, Ezra Meyer and Connor Moret), two from The Ridge Golf Club in Sioux Center, two from Brooks Golf Club in Okoboji and two from Emerald Hills Golf Club in Arnolds Park. They're coached by SGCC Golf Pro Adam Coates.

"This is going to be something they'll never forget," Coates said. "Aside from winning or losing, this is going to be a great experience for them."

The PGA of America and League Golf of Norcross, Georgia, partnered to create PGA Junior League Golf in 2011. PGA Junior League Golf gives boys and girls 13-and-under the opportunity to learn and play golf in a fun, social and team environment. The program has skyrocketed in popularity, growing from nearly 9,000 participants representing 700 teams in 2013, to 18,000 participants and 1,500 teams in 2014.

Much like other recreational league sports, participants play in team uniforms with jersey numbers. Teams play four, 9-hole matches in a two-person scramble format, reinforcing the team concept and limiting the pressure on any one player; coaches can substitute players every three holes, so that all of the golfers on each team can participate.

Spencer earned the right to put two additional golfers on the All-Star team by winning the area league against the other three clubs mentioned above this summer.

The Northwest Iowa All-Star team beat out all-star teams from Des Moines, Davenport and Ottumwa to earn a trip to sub-regional competition in Minnesota which pitted them against a team from Minneapolis, who they beat by just one point.

The win in Minnesota advanced the local team to one of eight nation-wide regionals at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club, located in Lemont, Illinois, just outside of Chicago.

The players from northwest Iowa will compete against Cog Hill's All-Star team, the Randall Oakes All-Star team, of West Dundee, Illinois and the Lake Geneva All-Star team, comprised of players from five clubs near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

The winner of this weekend's tournament will advance to the PGA Junior League Golf Championship TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia Oct. 23-26. Team Georgia is the reigning Junior League champion.

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