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  • Iowa PGA Junior Golf Season Starts Saturday

    Junior Spring Series TIP  |  Pee Spring Series TIP         

    Riverside, Iowa –
    The 2019 Iowa PGA Junior and Pee Wee Golf season kicksoff Saturday, April 13 with the Spring Series #1 at Terrace Hills Golf Course.

    2019 marks the second time the Spring Series #1 will be played at Terrace Hills Golf Course in as many years. For juniors, the Spring Series #1 serves as an ACE Point event. This event, and all other Spring Series events, are open to non-members.

    The 2019 Iowa PGA Junior Spring Series #1 will feature five 2018 Iowa PGA Junior Players of the Year, as well as six Champions from last year’s event.

    Paige Hoffman, Rylee Heryford, Evan Smith, Saleah Vivanh-Vong and Vaughn Roseman all won Player of the Year honors for their respective age divisions in 2018.

    In addition to claiming Player of the Honors, Hoffman, Smith, Vivanh-Vong and Roseman all took home first place in their age divisions at the 2018 Iowa PGA Junior Spring Series #1.

    This weekend will also feature Lauren Briggs and Greenlee Smock who tied for first along with Vivanh-Vong at last year’s event in the Girls 13 & under Division. Smock will be participating in the Girls 14-15 age division in 2019.

    Some other previous winner at this event include Isaiah Zeske and Miachael Solberg who tied for first place in the Boys 11 & Under Division along with Roseman. All three boys will be participating in the Boys 11 & Under Division again this year.

    For more information on pairings and tee times for the Iowa PGA Junior/Pee Wee Spring Series #1 please visit the tournament information pages. The Iowa PGA will provide updates of these tournaments on iowapgajuniorgolf.com and on its social media pages.
  • Fun, Nerves and Everything in Between

    In the golf world the month of April belongs to one tournament. A tournament that for the last 84 years has featured some of the best players, story lines and performances. The Masters has come to be known as, “a tradition unlike any other,” to all golf fans. But, before we get to one of golf’s biggest spectacles, Augusta National will host 80 junior golfers for the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals. Among those 80 participates are Taya Belloma and Isaac Rumler, both of which qualified through the Iowa PGA’s Drive, Chip and Putt events in 2018.

    Taya Belloma, of Centerville, IA, like many young kids, is involved with a handful of sports at the age of nine. She plays golf, softball, basketball and is also involved in bowling, but golf was her first passion as she picked up the game at the age of one.

    “She started when she was about one and half. That’s when I started taking her with me,” said Taya’s father, Alex Belloma. “She had plastic clubs at first. She would go out and hit those around a little bit. She would play in the bunkers and sort of mess around here and there. When she was around two, I cut down a 7-iron and let her use that. She just enjoyed going with me all the time.”

    “I’ve always enjoyed golf,” said Taya. “It’s fun to play and I like playing with dad.”
    Taya’s love for golf at such a young age lead her father to search for ways to get her more involved in golf and gain experience in what is like to compete in golf. In the end, he landed on Drive, Chip and Putt as the starting point for Taya.

    “I thought Drive Chip and Putt would be a great experience for Taya,” said Alex, “I thought it would be good to give her more of a tournament feel and compete a little bit more. I was trying to get her more exposure to the game and the competitiveness.”

    Taya has participated in Drive, Chip and Putt the last three years since discovering the program. At the age of seven, Taya won the her first ever local qualifier for age division and advanced to the Sub-Regional qualifier at Des Moines Golf and Country Club, but did not advance to the Regional Final.

    Last year, Taya won the local qualifier at Waterloo and placed second at the Sub-Regional qualifier at Warrior Run Golf Course to advance to the Regional qualifier in Minnesota. Taya didn’t fair to well in her first Regional Final, but she took it in stride and used it as a learning experience to prevail this year.

    “The Regional qualifier in Minnesota was scary,” said Taya. “We had to walk down the stairs while everyone else stayed at the top and watched, but I think it probably got me ready for this year.”
    “I think that experience was a little overwhelming for her,” said Alex. “But I also think it was a good experience for her and taught her a few things.”

    The experience proved to help Taya as she finished second at the Warrior Run local qualifier on August 5 with a total score of 52. Her 15 in the driving competition was the highest in her age group. She carded 11 points at the chip station and 26 points in the putt competition.

    At the Sub-Regional at Glen Oaks Country Club, Taya recorded 89 points, prevailing over the second-place finisher by 37 points. Taya recorded the highest point totals in each station, finishing with 27 points in the drive station, 21 points at the chip station and 41 points in the putt competition.    

    On September 29, Taya conquered the Regional qualifier that stood in her way last year as she accumulated 86 points and the highest point total in the drive competition (23). She also recorded 36 points at the chip station and 27 points in the putt competition to secure her spot in the National Final at Augusta National.

    “I usually practice 2-4 times a week during the summer,” said Taya. “I usually practice all three skills, but the driving competition is definitely my favorite. I like hitting my driver and I also like meeting all the people.”

    Like Taya, Isaac is involved in many sports, including basketball, soccer, hockey and golf. He also got introduced to golf at a young age by his father.

    “I started playing golf when I was three,” said Isaac. “I just went out to the course with my dad and started playing. I really liked it and it was fun playing with my dad.”

    Golf originally started as a father-son activity for Isaac and his dad, Matt who live in Silvis, IL. Matt and Isaac enjoy playing their favorite sport while spending time together. It wasn’t until a Drive, Chip and Putt commercial aired on the Masters broadcast that the idea of Drive, Chip and Putt crossed their minds.

    “Golf started as a way to spend time with Isaac,” said Isaac’s dad, Matt Rumler. “Golf is something I enjoy doing and if I could get him out there, it was just bonus. I first saw Drive, Chip and Putt on a commercial during the Masters. I looked into it and saw there was one at TPC Deere Run, which is close to our house and it’s free. I thought it was a really awesome opportunity to go out and see what a real golf course looks like.”

    Isaac has since participated in Drive, Chip and Putt for three times. He qualified for the Regional Final last year, but didn’t advance onto the National Finals. Isaac first competed in Drive, Chip and Putt when he was seven, but didn’t qualify out of the local qualifier.
    Nonetheless, Isaac has stuck with golf, progressing each year and most importantly having fun.

    “This is my third year doing Drive, Chip and Putt,” said Isaac.  “Last year I made it to the Regional Final but didn’t advance. The first time I was the youngest in my age division and didn’t qualify out of the local qualifier. I think playing those years helped me this year. I think I learned a little bit from both of them. I’ll probably keep playing Drive Chip and Putt until I’m 15. I love it. I like the pressure and meeting new people. It’s super fun.”

    Isaac handled the pressure quite well this year as he finished first with a total score of 98 at the local qualifier at TPC Deere Run. He finished with the highest amount of points in the drive competition with 21 points and in the chip competition with 30 points. He also recorded 47 points at the putt station to advance to the Sub-Regional qualifier.

    It was more of the same at the Sub-Regional qualifier where Isaac finished second with 108 points. He accumulated 32 points in the drive station, 26 points at the chip station and 50 points in the putt competition. His 32 points in the drive competition was the highest score in his age division.

    At the Regional qualifier he totaled 126 points to win his age division. Rumler finished with 31 points at the drive station, 50 points at the chip station and 45 points in the putt competition. Rumler’s 126 points won his age division by two points and punched his ticket to the National Final.
     
    Isaac and his family are aware of the pressure and stress that Drive, Chip and Putt can pose. They like to keep things light and not add on the pressure that is already present.

    “The one thing we’ve always done is not practice that much,” said Matt. “We never actually practice the exact distances from the competition because playing in the competition in all about handling the stress. So, the less stress we have before the event we’ve always thought is best.”

    Both Taya and Isaac are preparing for Augusta in the best ways they can with the cold weather in Iowa and Illinois.  However, they are both aware that April is right around the corner.

    “I’m going to try and practice as much as I can,” said Taya. “I’m going to practice at the gym where my dad works, and try get outside as much as possible.”

    “We have a practice area downstairs setup,” said Isaac. “We have some turf down there and comforter set up. I just hit balls into that occasionally.”

    Nerves and excitement alike have begun to set in for Taya and Isaac as they prepare to embark on the same coveted grounds that the PGA TOUR’s finest will take too a week later.

    “I’m really excited for the Finals,” said Taya. “I can’t really explain it. I’m a little nervous.”

    “I’m definitely excited,” said Isaac. “I’m excited to meet the Pros and get the free stuff and the free snacks.”

    Although this a competition and each age division will crown winners at the end, the focus of Drive Chip and Putt and the National
    Finals is centered around the enjoyment of playing golf, meeting new people and having fun. Regardless of the outcome, Taya and Isaac have both accomplished a great feat in advancing to the National Finals. The Iowa PGA wishes them the best of luck and hopes they enjoy their experiences.

    The Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals take place Sunday, April 7 at Augusta National Golf Club. The Finals will be broadcasted on the Golf Channel. 
     
     
  • Iowa PGA Junior and Spring Series Registration Now Open

    Riverside, IA – Registration for the 2019 Iowa PGA Spring Series events is open. The Spring Series features four Junior and Pee Wee events. Three of the spring tournaments are ACE point events on the Iowa PGA Junior Tour, and one is a MAJOR point event. 2019 marks the second year of the Iowa PGA Spring Series. Spring Series events are open to non-members and members. Members will receive a discount on their entry fees for the Spring events.  

    The Spring Series kickoffs with the Iowa PGA Junior/Pee Wee Spring Series #1 at Terrace Hill Golf Course in Altoona, Iowa on April 13. This is the first event on the 2019 Iowa PGA Junior and Pee Wee schedule and is an ACE point event on the Iowa PGA Junior Tour. Click here to register.

    Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, marks the Iowa PGA Spring Junior Open presented by Principal Charity Classic. This two-day tournament is a MAJOR point event on the Iowa PGA Junior Tour. The first round will be played at The Legacy Golf Course in Norwalk, Iowa and the final round will be played at Copper Creek Golf Course in Pleasant Hill, Iowa. The Iowa PGA Spring Pee Wee Open will be held on Sunday, April 28 at Woodland Hills Executive 9. Click here to register.

    The Iowa PGA Junior/Pee Spring Series #2 marks the third Spring Series event of 2019. This tournament will take place on Saturday, May 11 at Westwood Golf Course in Newton, Iowa. This tournament will also be an ACE event on the Iowa PGA Junior Tour. Click here to register.

    The final event of the Iowa PGA Spring Series is the all new Iowa PGA Junior/Pee Spring Series #3. This ACE Point event will be held at Muscatine Municipal Golf Course on Tuesday, May 19. Click here to register.

    Registration for the Iowa Optimist International Junior Golf Qualifier is also open. This tournament will be held at Elmwood Country Club on Thursday, June 6. Boys and girls ages 12-18 will compete in an 18-hole stroke play event in hopes to qualify for the Optimist National at the Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida. Click here for more information and to register.

    Tournament Registration for all Iowa PGA Junior and Pee Wee Tour events will open on March 1. Check out all Junior and Pee Wee Tournaments at iowapgajuniorgolf.com. If you would like to become a member of the Iowa PGA Junior or Pee Wee Tour click here and use the code newjr2019 to receive a $10 discount on your membership. (This code is only valid for new 2019 members).
  • Principal Charity Classic to mark 10 years as title sponsor of Iowa PGA Junior Tour

     

     
    Riverside, Iowa – The Iowa PGA is happy to announce the Principal Charity Classic®, presented by Wells Fargo, the annual and award-winning PGA TOUR Champions event in Des Moines, will celebrate its 10th anniversary as title sponsor of the Iowa PGA Junior Tour in 2019.

    The Iowa PGA and Principal Charity Classic have been partners since 2010. In addition to financial support, the Principal Charity Classic provides tee gifts and other competition prizes for Iowa PGA Junior Tour competitors throughout the season.

    The Principal Charity Classic is dedicated to helping Iowa kids succeed. The tournament has raised nearly $18 million for charities and schools throughout Iowa since 2007, including a record $4,356,321 last year.

    The 2019 Principal Charity Classic will take place May 28-June 2 at historic Wakonda Club in Des Moines, with Tom Lehman as defending champion. Tickets are available now at principalcharityclassic.com.

    The Iowa PGA is honored and grateful for the Principal Charity Classic’s decade-long partnership, and we look forward to another great Junior Tour season together.
     
     
  • Iowa PGA Continues Partnership with the American Cancer Society ®

    Riverside, Iowa – The Iowa PGA and the American Cancer Society ® will continue their partnership in 2019. The Iowa PGA donates 15% of every sale of its Iowa PGA Golf Pass to the American Cancer Society®.

    The Iowa PGA announced that it donated over $18,000 to the American Cancer Society® this year as a result of the 2018 Iowa PGA Golf Pass sales. A check was presented by the Iowa PGA Foundation Board of Directors to the American Cancer Society ® at the 2018 Iowa PGA Awards Luncheon on October 30.

    The partnership between the Iowa PGA and the American Cancer Society ® has proven to be successful in donations as this partnership has resulted in the donation of over $90,000 to the American Cancer Society ® by the Iowa PGA.

    The Iowa PGA has also been a presenting sponsor at the Coaches vs. Cancer Charity Golf Classic for the past three years. The 2019 Iowa PGA Golf Pass will go on sale in December. 15% of every sale will be donated to the American Cancer Society® again in 2019. 

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