Alumni

Alumni

Congratulations to our Graduates Who Will Continue Playing Golf in College

Riley Bartlett - Luther College
Gabriel Beardsley - Black Hawk College
Eddie Bening - Western Illinois University
Ben Bermel - University of Northern Iowa
Keegan Bianchi - Central College
Brooke Boardman - Kansas University
Jacob Brainerd - Central College
Eddie Burke - Western Illinois University
Hannah Butler - Western Illinois University
Kaleb Cochran - Southeastern Community College
Cooper Craiger - Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Cierra DeHoet - University of Northern Iowa
Ashley DeLong - Wartburg College
Ethan Earl - Black Hawk College
Mary Edwards - University of Dubuque
Aman Egge - Missouri Valley College
Brayden Fahrni - Hawkeye Community College
Carlee Frayne - William Penn University
Matthew Gearhart - Grandview University
Emma Griffin - Grandview University
Austin Hafner - William Penn University
Dustin Haines - Central College
Brock Hartley - William Penn University
Kaden Howard - Buena Vista University
Kara Hunt - Truman State University
Jon Jarvis - Southeastern Community College
Ian Johnston - University of South Dakota
Jenna Krogulski - Wartburg College
Olivia Leinart - Spring Hill College
Jacob Mahloch - Upper Iowa University
Abigail Marting - Drake University
Derek Maxfield - Simpson College
Ezra Meyer - Northwestern College
Connor Neighbors - Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Courtney Olson - University of Dubuque
Grant Otting - Carl Sandburg College
Griffin Parker - University of Northern Iowa
Annika Patton - University of Northern Iowa
Bennett Pedersen - Wartburg College
Nathan Petrak - Upper Iowa University
Nick Pittman - Drake University
Burke Pitz - Purdue University Fort Wayne
JD Pollard - Kirkwood Community College
Cole Ramsay - Black Hawk College 
Austin Reynolds - Hawkeye Community College
Ryan Rochholz - Western Illinois University
Kenneth Rockhold - Simpson College
Anthony Ruthey Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Jackson Sitzmann - Morningside College
Kyle Spence - Olivet Nazarene University
Lane Stanley - Iowa Central Community College
Lydia Steier - Des Moines Area Community College
Delaney Underwood - Central College
Tyler Vaskey - Grandview University
Lucas Wendel - Central College
Matthew Wynne - Northwestern College


What is your current residence?Payton Minear

I currently live in Florida.

Approximately how many seasons did you participate in the Iowa Junior Tour?

Unsure, but I wish I could relive my childhood experience with the Iowa Junior Tour tournaments.

Please list some accomplishments you achieved while on the Iowa Junior Tour.

- Waukee High School 5A State champion (individual and team). Broke 90% of school records in golf career.

- Medaled in several Iowa Junior Tour tournaments

– Iowa High School Golf Coaches Player of the Year 2012

– Iowa Optimist Junior Champion 2011 and 2012 (selected to play at PGA National Golf Course West Palm Beach)

– Callaway World Junior Champion for Iowa/Missouri selected to play at Torrey Pines for Callaway World Championship 2012

– Recruited by several colleges to play golf

What are you doing at this point in time? (In college, graduated college, working full-time, etc.)

I am finishing up my last semester with Florida Gulf Coast University’s PGA Golf Management program. After my graduation in July, I will have completed all necessary steps to obtain my PGA card and become a full-time golf instructor.

How has golf continued to stayed a part of your life, influenced you now?

Golf is playing a major role in my life, as I am teaching golf to juniors, adults, seniors and people of all abilities on a day-to-day basis.

Did you or are you playing collegiate golf? If yes, where?

Unfortunately I am not. The program I am in is very time consuming and I have dedicated all of my time towards my education in the teaching industry so I can give back to the game.

Did the Iowa Junior Tour have a positive impact on your life? Whether in golf or general? How so?

The Iowa Junior Tour had a positive impact on my life in golf and also in building my skills such as patience, dedication, honesty, and integrity. I truly believe that golf shapes a lot of individuals lives and we learn valuable lessons through golf. The experiences I gained from the Iowa Junior Tour were memories I will never forget.


Kelsey Faiferlick

How many seasons did you participate in the Iowa Junior Tour?

I was on the Iowa Junior Tour for over 5 seasons from 2008-2014.

Please list some accomplishments you achieved while on the Iowa Junior Tour.

In 2012 I was the Iowa Junior Tour Player of the Year.

What are you doing at this point in time?

I graduated from Park University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and am now working full-time as a Financial Services Representative at First American Bank in Fort Dodge.

After competing on the Iowa Junior Tour, please explain how golf has stayed a part of your life.

Apart from continuing my education at Park University to play golf, I have continued playing golf in the Fort Dodge City Tour every year. I am also the Saint Edmond High School Girls’ Golf Coach.

Tripp Kinney

How many seasons did you participate in the Iowa Junior Tour?

I competed on the Iowa Junior Tour for over 5 years during my childhood.

Please list some accomplishments you achieved while on the Iowa Junior Tour.

I was Junior Tour Player of the Year when I was 13 years old. I won 10+ tournaments playing on the Junior Tour.

What are you doing at this point in time?

I began my first semester at Iowa State University in the Fall of 2016 and am majoring in Business.

After competing on the Iowa Junior Tour, please explain how golf has stayed a part of your life.

I still practice and play golf every single day and love every minute of it. I still play competitive tournaments all over the country and I love trying to get better everyday.

After Graduation, did you or are you playing collegiate golf? If yes, where?

I began playing collegiate golf at Iowa State University this last summer (2016).

Did the Iowa Junior Tour have a positive impact on your life? Whether in golf or general? How so?

It had a great impact on my life, being able to compete against very good competition and making many friends along the way. I learned how to compete on this tour and I met a lot of great people and great friends along the way.

Other comments, questions, concerns about the Iowa Junior Tour.

This is a great tour with many well run golf tournaments that teaches kids the rules of golf and how to compete against others.

Karli Kerrigan

How many seasons did you participate in the Iowa Junior Tour?

I was on the Junior Tour for 6 summers from 2010-2015.

Please list some accomplishments you achieved while on the Iowa Junior Tour.

3x Junior Tour Player of the Year 2011-2013
Played in the Optimist Junior Golf Championship

What are you doing at this point in time?

I am currently attending the University of South Dakota where I am majoring in Criminal Justice.

After competing on the Iowa Junior Tour, please explain how golf has stayed a part of your life.

I continue to play golf in college and in summer tournaments while also keeping in contact with people I met on the tour.

After Graduation, did you or are you playing collegiate golf? If yes, where?

Yes, University of South Dakota.

Did the Iowa Junior Tour have a positive impact on your life? Whether in golf or general? How so?

Yes very much. I was able to get competitive golf experience, meet new friends, and overall grow as a player in order to play golf at the next level successfully.

Other comments, questions, concerns about the Iowa Junior Tour?

The junior tour is a great springboard for future golfers and a good way to get involved in the sport starting at a young age.