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  • Shepherd Named Career Advancement Scholarship Recipient

    Shepherd Named Career Advancement Scholarship Recipient -
    Riverside, Iowa – Shayne Shepherd of Pinnacle Country Club has been named the 2022 Iowa PGA Career Advancement Scholarship winner by the Iowa PGA Scholarship Committee.
     
    The Iowa PGA Section Foundation annually awards a career advancement scholarship to assist individuals in furthering their education toward career development.  Applicants who are interested in pursuing a career in the golf industry or other career requiring educational training are welcome to apply for a one year $1,000 scholarship.
     
    This is Shepherd’s first Iowa PGA Section Award.
     
    Shepherd was quoted saying, “This solidifies my hard work that I’ve been putting in through the years knowing I’m in the right track. I will be donating the money I won to the golf team that I coach. Thank you to Erin Strieck and Mike Armes for assisting me while doing the PGM Program and for being great mentors to me.”
     
    The Iowa PGA Congratulates Shayne Shepherd as our 2022 Iowa PGA Career Advancement Scholarship.
     
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  • 2022 Junior Tour Player of the Year Winners

    2022 Junior Tour Player of the Year Winners-
    Riverside, Iowa - The Iowa PGA Junior Tour Player of the Year point totals continued for 2022 in a “best of” approach; points are earned by a player in the top 15 tournaments that he or she participated in. At the conclusion of the season, the player with the most points acquired in their division is awarded this title. The age divisions included are: Boys 11 & Under, Boys 12-13, Boys 14-15, Boys 16-18, Girls 13 & Under, Girls 14-15, Girls 16-18.
     
    Events are categorized in four groups: Major, Ace, Eagle, and Birdie. Major Point events are worth the most amount of points, then Ace, Eagle, then Birdie. New in 2022, bonus points were added to the junior’s total if they won a Major for the boys 14-18 and girls 14-18.  The 2022 Iowa PGA Junior Tour Player of the Year award recipients will be honored at the All-Star Pro Golf Awards Luncheon that will be held on Tuesday, November 15 at Riverside Casino & Golf Resort.
     
    The Iowa PGA would like to continue to thank our PGA Professionals and course hosts for supporting our programs.  We have over 80 facilities host annually, and we cannot do what we do without their support!
     
    The Iowa PGA would also like to continue to thank our Tour sponsors, Junior Golf Hub, Shattuck St. Mary’s, Camelbak, Bushnell, ECO Lips and Bug Soother. 

    Boys 16-18
    Owen Sawyer of Cedar Falls, Iowa won the 2022 Iowa Junior Boys 16-18 Player of the Year Award accumulating 2,830 Player of the Year points. Sawyer competed in 3 events this season. All the events he competed in he finished in first place and were Majors so he also accrued bonus points. Sawyer was victorious in Iowa PGA Spring Junior Open hosted by Coldwater Golf Links and Ames Golf & Country Club, the 46th Iowa Boys Junior PGA Championship & Qualifier hosted by Gates Park Golf Course and the John Deere Classic Junior hosted by TPC Deere Run.

    Boys 14-15   
    Braeden Nelson of West Des Moines, Iowa is this year’s 2022 Iowa Junior Boys 14-15 Player of the Year Award with 4,670 Player of the Year points. Nelson competed in 13 events this season. He had 13 top 3 finishes on the Iowa PGA Junior Tour this season, including five first place finishes. Nelson was victorious in 46th Iowa Boys Junior PGA Championship & Qualifier hosted by Gates Park Golf Course, the 2022 Iowa Junior Boys/Girls Amateur Championship hosted by Finkbine Golf Course, the Cedar Valley Junior Tour Championship hosted by Pheasant Ridge Golf Course, the Junior Tour Mid-Summer Classic hosted by Briarwood Golf Club and Otter Creek Golf Course and the Iowa Junior Open hosted by Blue Top Ridge. He was also the Boys 12-13 Player of the Year in 2021.

    Boys 12-13
    Lucas Laffoon of Johnston, Iowa is this year’s 2022 Iowa PGA Junior Boys 12-13 Player of the Year. He finished the 2022 season with a total of 4,926.67 Player of the Year points. Laffoon played in 15 events this season, finishing inside the top 4 at each event. Laffoon won 7 events in 2022. He was victorious at the Iowa PGA Spring Junior Open hosted by Coldwater Golf Links and Ames Golf & Country Club, the Iowa PGA Junior Spring Series hosted by Westwood Golf Course, the Optimist Junior Qualifier hosted by Elmwood Country Club, the John Deere Classic Junior Open hosted by TPC Deere Run, the Cedar Valley Junior Tour Championship hosted by Pheasant Ridge Golf Course, the Western Iowa Junior hosted by Lakeside Municipal Golf Course and the Iowa PGA Cedar Rapids Junior hosted by Gardner Golf Course. He was also the Boys 11 & Under Player of the Year in 2020.
     
    Boys 11 & Under
    Harrison Hartke of Cedar Rapids, Iowa played in 15 events, resulting in 4,370 Player of the Year points, to win the 2022 Iowa PGA Junior Boys 11 & under Player of the Year award. Hartke won 8 events in this division. Some of his victories included the Iowa PGA Spring Junior Open hosted by Coldwater Golf Links and Ames Golf & Country Club, the Iowa PGA Junior Spring Series hosted by Westwood Golf Course, the Iowa PGA Junior Spring Series hosted by Muscatine Municipal Golf Course, the Iowa PGA Prairie Links Junior hosted by Prairie Links Golf Course, the Greater Cedar Rapids Junior hosted by Hunters Ridge Golf Club, the Southeast Iowa Junior hosted by The Preserve on Rathbun Lake, the Iowa PGA Cedar Rapids Junior hosted by Gardner Golf Course and the Iowa City Junior hosted by Finkbine Golf Course.
     
    Girls 16-18                             
    Lauren Briggs of Burlington, Iowa won the 2022 Iowa PGA Junior Girls 16-18 Player of the Year with 2,870 Player of the Year points. Briggs appeared in 8 events on the Iowa PGA Junior Tour this season. She won 3 of those events. She was victorious at the Principal Charity Classic Junior Open hosted by Wakonda Club, the Galesburg Junior Open hosted by Lake Bracken Country Club and Bunker Links Golf Course and the Iowa PGA Junior at Deer Run in Indianola. She was also the Girls 13 & Under Player of the Year in 2019.
     
    Girls 14-15                 
    Ainsley Wilson of Iowa City, Iowa accumulated 5,045 Player of the Year points to win the 2022 Iowa PGA Junior Girls 14-15 Player of the Year award. Wilson played in 15 Iowa PGA Junior Tour events this season. She won 7 events in 2022. She was victorious at the Iowa PGA Junior Spring Series hosted by Westwood Golf Course, the John Deere Classic Junior hosted by TPC Deere Run, the Iowa PGA Prairie Links Junior hosted by Prairie Links Golf Course, the Iowa City Junior hosted by Brown Deer Golf Club, the Iowa PGA Junior at Deer Run in Indianola, the Iowa PGA Junior Fall Series hosted by Terrace Hills Golf Course and the Iowa PGA Junior Tour Fall Classic hosted by Thunder Hills Country Club.
     
    Girls 13 & Under
    Jaylee Shaffer of Ellston, Iowa won the 2022 Iowa PGA Junior Girls 13 & Under Player of the Year with 4,420 Player of the Year points. Shaffer appeared in 12 events on the Iowa PGA Junior Tour this season. She won 10 events in 2022. A few of her victories included the Iowa PGA Spring Junior Open hosted by Coldwater Golf Links and Ames Golf & Country Club, the John Deere Classic Junior Open hosted by TPC Deere Run, the Jerry Smith Junior Tour Summer Kickoff hosted by Edmundson Golf Course, the 46th Iowa Girls Junior PGA Championship & Qualifier hosted by Ellis Park Golf Course, the Iowa PGA Junior Championship hosted by A.H. Blank Golf Course, the Western Iowa Junior hosted by Lakeside Municipal Golf Course and the Iowa Junior Open hosted by Blue Top Ridge.
     
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  • Tournament Preview (09/24/2022 – 09/30/2022)

    ​Tournament Preview (09/24/2022 – 09/30/2022)
     
    Upcoming Tournaments
    • The Pro-Senior will take place on September 26 at Ames Golf & Country Club in Ames, Iowa. Click here for more information.
    • The Iowa Cup Matches will take place on September 29-30 at Geneva Golf & Country Club in Muscatine, Iowa. Click here for more information.
     
    Special Announcements
    • Des Moines, Iowa – Morgan McMillan of Oneota Golf & Country Club won the Iowa PGA Women’s Professional Championship on Friday, September 16 at Des Moines Golf & Country Club. Format for today’s event is an 18-hole stroke play. McMillan turned in a winning total of 77, 5-over-par to capture the Iowa PGA Women’s Professional Championship. Click here for results.
    • East Dubuque, Illinois – The Junior Team won Junior vs Senior Team Event on Monday, September 19 at Lacoma Golf. Teams will be formed based on equal split of section members based on age. Team format will consist of 10 best balls gross, on each hole. Teams will be split evenly following deadline. The Junior Team was led by Davis Sutton as they shot 23-under-par score of 403 to defeat the Senior Team. Click here for results.
     
    Programs Offered by the Iowa PGA
    • Did you know the Iowa PGA offers these wonderful programs?
    1. Junior Golf Academy, Click here for more information.
    2. Swings With Kids, Click here for more information.
    3. Drive, Chip & Putt, Click here for more information.
    4. PGA Jr. League, Click here for more information.
    5. PGA.Coach, Click here for more information and to reach out to a PGA Professional for help on your golf game. (You also view the list of coaches in our Spring Magazine, click here for the Spring Issue).
    6. Junior Tour & Pee Wee Tour Schedules, click here.
    7. Charlie Burkart Scholarship, Click here for the more information.
     
    • Did you know about our Iowa PGA Digital Magazine? Click here to look back on some awesome Iowa PGA stories, Iowa PGA Results and Iowa PGA Junior and Pee Wee Tour results, ads from our Sponsors and many more other stories.
     
    Follow the Iowa PGA
    For more information and schedule updates, fans can follow the Iowa PGA on Facebook (facebook.com/Iowapga), Twitter (@iowapga) and YouTube (youtube.com/iowapga).  Fans can also get a behind the scenes look on Instagram (@iowapga).
  • Tournament Preview (09/17/2022 – 09/23/2022)

    Tournament Preview (09/17/2022 – 09/23/2022)
     
    Upcoming Tournaments
    • The Junior vs Senior Team Championship will take place on September 19 at Lacoma Golf Club in East Dubuque, Illinois. Click here for more information.
     
    Future Deadlines
    • Tuesday, September 20 is the last day to register for the Pro-Senior at Ames Golf & Country Club in Ames, Iowa. Click here to register.
     
    Special Announcements
    • Sherrard, Illinois – Teams of Ryan McClintock of Short Hills Country Club and Matt Schlueter; Judd Gibb of Hanson’s Custom Golf and Cole Jaeschke tie in Pro-Scratch; McClintock and Dave Waugh; David Lawrence of Davenport Country Club and Ritchie Painter tied in Pro-Senior Scratch on Monday, September 12, 2022 at Fyre Lake Golf Club. Click here for results.
    • Peosta, Iowa – Final round of the Iowa PGA Junior Tour Fall Classic was a Major Point Event on the 2022 Iowa PGA Junior and Pee Wee Tour held at Thunder Hills Country Club. Special thanks to PGA General Manager/Director of Golf Andy DeSollar, PGA Head Professional Brian Wilson and the entire staff at Thunder Hills Country Club for their support in hosting this 2-day event. Special thanks to Bob McQuillen and Cottingham & Butler for their support of this local event. Thanks to Gary Dolphin, Voice of the Hawkeyes, for starting our Juniors on the tee today. Click here for results.
    • Janesville, Wisconsin – The Iowa PGA Section had one team advance to the PGA Jr. League Regionals held at the Glen Erin Golf Course in Janesville, Wisconsin on September 9-11, 2022. The team of Iowa City/Cedar Rapids East League 13U age division. The captain for the team was Brian Johnson, PGA Director of Instruction at Elmcrest Country Club. Click here, for results.
     
    Programs Offered by the Iowa PGA
    • Did you know the Iowa PGA offers these wonderful programs?
    1. Junior Golf Academy, Click here for more information.
    2. Swings With Kids, Click here for more information.
    3. Drive, Chip & Putt, Click here for more information.
    4. PGA Jr. League, Click here for more information.
    5. PGA.Coach, Click here for more information and to reach out to a PGA Professional for help on your golf game. (You also view the list of coaches in our Spring Magazine, click here for the Spring Issue).
    6. Junior Tour & Pee Wee Tour Schedules, click here.
    7. Charlie Burkart Scholarship, Click here for the more information.
     
    • Did you know about our Iowa PGA Digital Magazine? Click here to look back on some awesome Iowa PGA stories, Iowa PGA Results and Iowa PGA Junior and Pee Wee Tour results, ads from our Sponsors and many more other stories.
     
    Follow the Iowa PGA
    For more information and schedule updates, fans can follow the Iowa PGA on Facebook (facebook.com/Iowapga), Twitter (@iowapga) and YouTube (youtube.com/iowapga).  Fans can also get a behind the scenes look on Instagram (@iowapga).
  • PGA Jr League Results From The Glen Erin Golf Course Regional

    PGA Jr League Results From The Glen Erin Golf Course Regional-
    Janesville, Wisconsin – The Iowa PGA Section had one team advance to the PGA Jr. League Regionals held at the Glen Erin Golf Course in Janesville, Wisconsin on September 9-11, 2022. The team of Iowa City/Cedar Rapids East League 13U age division. The captain for the team was Brian Johnson, PGA Director of Instruction at Elmcrest Country Club. Click here, for results.
     
    13U Results – Lost to South Central All Stars
    Iowa City/Cedar Rapids East - -3
     
    Henry Ault/Harrison Hartke
    Henry Birt/William Feagler
    Brooklyn Lee/Nile Stoakes
    Mehar Julka/Ellie Nurre
     
    Follow the Iowa PGA
    For more information and schedule updates, fans can follow the Iowa PGA on Facebook (facebook.com/Iowapga), Twitter (@iowapga) and YouTube (youtube.com/iowapga).  Fans can also get a behind the scenes look on Instagram (@iowapga)

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