HOFMANN TAKES MEDALIST HONORS IN JOHN DEERE CLASSIC JUNIOR OPEN QUALIFIER
Bauman fires 2-under-par 70 to win Girls Division by Nine Strokes
LONG GROVE, Iowa Alex Hofmann, 17, of Overland Park, Kan., earned Boys Division medalist honors in the John Deere Classic Junior Open Qualifier at Glynns Creek Golf Course Sunday when he shot a 1-under-par 71. In the Girls Division, Victoria Bauman, 17, of Milwaukee, Wis., took top honors when she carded a 2-under-par 70.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the John Deere Classic Junior Open Qualifier was an 18-hole stroke play event held at the Glynns Creek Golf Course. The 95-player field featured players from 17 states and China. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 6,955 while the Girls Division played at 6,181.
Having viewed the course only once, Hofmann didn't let the unfamiliar territory intimidate him. His 36-35 71 round included three birdies and was highlighted by a strong tee shot on No. 11 that held to put him at 1-under-par.
On this course, it's imperative to drive the ball well and that's why I played well today, Hofmann said. I weathered the bugs, putted well, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the week.
The 10 qualifiers that filled the Boys Division field were Alex Boyd, of Overland Park, Kan., Paul McConnell, of Garland, Texas, Connor Steele, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jes Sanders, of Rogers, Ark., Adam Saban, of Lockport, Ill., Curtis Yonke, of Overland Park, Kan., Zach Steffen, of Des Moines, Iowa, and Trace Pomplun, of Bartlett, Ill., and David Best, of Leawood, Kan., who qualified via sudden-death play off.
Also qualifying, but opting to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event were Brett Tomfohrde, of Hinsdale, Ill., Devlin Keenoy, of Glen Carbon, Ill., Stephen Powers, of Naperville, Ill., Walter Kaneshiro, of Castro Valley, Calif., Brian Bullington, of Frankfort, Ill., and Daniel Schaller, of St. Louis, Mo.
In the Girls Division, Bauman, who is playing in her first AJGA event, carded an impressive 35-35 70. Bauman's round included three birdies and an eagle on the par-5 No. 9.
On my second shot, I hit the ball about 20 feet short of the green and was able to chip it in from there, Bauman said. The greens were rolling really nice and I think the course is set up well for my game.
Rounding out the field in the Girls Division were Celeste Gassman, of Kansas City, Mo., and Samantha Postillion, of Scottsdale, Ariz. Also qualifying, but opting to take a Tournament Exemption were Ashley Armstrong, of Flossmoor, Ill., and Jaclyn Shepherd, of Delafield, Wis.
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First-round tee times for the John Deere Classic Junior Open will run from 7 a.m. 11:48 a.m. on Tuesday, June 3, off the No. 1 tee at Glynns Creek Golf Course. For more information, please contact Tournament Director Stephanie Schwartz at (678) 315-3446.