Lake Ozark's Zach Krantz, Eldon's Kassidy Hull and Camdenton's Amber Wilson earn division titles

Young golfers across Missouri including the lake area took their swings in the 2017 Missouri Golf Association (MGA) Junior Tour Championship on Sunday and Monday at Osage National Golf Club.

A total of 67 golfers were on the links ranging from ages 8 to 18 and were separated between boys and girls and according to age. To qualify for the championship, golfers competed in the MGA’s Junior Tour events across mid-Missouri and those with the highest points in each individual division were asked to compete in the two-day event.

After a season where young golfers had the opportunity to consistently improve their game, it seems the hard work paid off considering the level of competition at the championship.

In the female 9-hole division, Audrey Rischer (Columbia) claimed her eighth first place medal this summer. She carded a 75 on the week, scoring a 39 the first round and a 36 today. She completed the championship with a total of three birdies, nine pars and six bogeys. Sophia Sindlinger (Sunrise Beach) came in second with an 81 (40-41), and Kate Ryan (Columbia) came in third with a 106 (54-52).

After a championship chip- off, Sam Closser (Jefferson City) claimed the first place title in the male 8-9 division with an 80 (40-40). He finished with one birdie, nine pars, seven bogeys and one double bogey this week. Eli Herbert (Grain Valley) came close in second followed by Dawson Schnieders (Jefferson City) in third.

Jonathan Jordan (Rolla) shot a 76 overall (35-41) to take first in the male 10-11 division. He tallied four birdies, eight pars and five bogeys. Archer Schnieders (Jefferson City) came right behind in second with a 78 (37-41) and William Boyd (California) in third with an 85 (44-41).

The male 12-13 division was extremely close. Zachary Krantz (Lake Ozark) shot an 80 (39-41) to win the division, and after a second place chip- off, Logan Cox (Hallsville) took second with an 81 (38-43) followed by Gunner Vlasis (Stoutland) in third. Vlasis shot a 42 on day one and a 39 today.

Kassidy Hull (Eldon) won the female 14-15 division after carding an overall score of 180 (96-84). She had one eagle, one birdie, 14 pars, eight bogeys and six double bogeys this week. After a chip-off for second, Hannah Hilker (Excello) came in second and Greta Hinds (Jefferson City) in third.

Going into the final round, Alex Gentry (Jefferson City) lead the male 14-15 division with a 74. After the final round, Joesph Fallis (Columbia) had an impressive day and tied with Gentry at 151. Fallis took the first place title after a chip-off between the two players. Christian Rischer (Columbia) came close in third with a 153 (76-77).

In the female 16-18 division, Amber Wilson (Camdenton) won first with an overall 151 (73-78). She had one eagle, four birdies, 21 pars, eight bogeys and one double bogey. Sam Cornelius (Hamilton) shot a 153 (79-74) to place second and Paige Hawkins (Macon) shot a 165 (85-80) for third.

The final division of the championship was the male 16-18 where Jack Rundle (Jefferson City) took first for the second year in a row. He shot an overall score of 149 (75-74) with one eagle, six birdies, 19 pars, eight bogeys and one double bogey. Jacob Krantz (Lake Ozark) took second with a 151 (77-74) and Evan Weaver (Marshall) in third with a 155 (77-78).

LAKE AREA FINISHES:

Female 9-Hole Division:

Sophia Sindlinger, Sunrise Beach (2nd)

Male 8-9 Division:

Talon Hull, Eldon (4th); Michael Maschino, Linn Creek (5th) and Eli Cummings, Eldon (10th)

Male 10-11 Division:

Teagen Hull, Eldon (5th);

Male 12-13 Division:

Zachary Krantz, Lake Ozark (1st) and Lucas Randall, Versailles (7th)

Female 14-15 Division:

Kassidy Hull, Eldon (1st)

Male 14-15 Division:

Ethan Kline, Osage Beach (4th) and Spencer Melville, Camdenton (12th)

Female 16-18 Division:

Amber Wilson, Camdenton (1st) and Jennah Schell, Osage Beach (4th)

Male 16-18 Division:

Jacob Krantz, Lake Ozark (2nd) and Spencer Rogers, Eldon (7th)

Additional Season Point Champion awards were presented to the players who received the most points throughout the summer tour. Those who received the award were Talon Hull (male 8-9), Archer Schnieders (male 10-11), Audrey Rischer (female 9-hole), Logan Cox (male 12-13), Kassidy Hull (female 14-15), Alex Gentry (male 14-15), Kyle Backes (male 16-18) and Amber Wilson (female 16-18).

The Missouri Golf Association would like to thank all of the 190 junior players who participated in the tour this summer. We have had such a wonderful time and have enjoyed getting to know each and every one of you.

The Missouri Golf Association is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the best interests and true spirit of the game of golf throughout the state of Missouri. The MGA conducts several statewide championships each year, including the Missouri Junior Tour Championship. The MGA distributes an annual schedule of tournament events and entry forms for each event, provides advice and information for golf, handicap and rules chairpersons, and provides educational seminars.