2003 Albia Country Club Championship
The Albia Country Club Junior Championship was held Monday, July 13 with a total of 47 golfers participating in nine age divisions.
The low 9-hole scores for the day were posted by Colton Cason with a 43 from the blue tees in the 14-15 year-old age division and by Aaron Flahive with a 40 from the red tees in the 12-13 year-old age division. There was considerable excitement added to the day as there were four different playoffs involving nine junior golfers.
Cason won the 14-15 year-old division by seven shots with Austin McCoy finishing second with a 50 and Flahive won the 12-13 year-old division by 12 shots over Christopher Fuller and William Wynn. Fuller prevailed over Wynn in a two-hole sudden death playoff.
The 10-11 year-old champion was Kevin Wynn, claiming his title by six shots over Brandon DeBruin with 55 strokes and 61 strokes respectively.
The largest division was the 6-9 year-old boys division as Erik Schofield impressed the field with a 22 over four holes to win by two shots over Matthew Raduechel and Zach Sulentich. Raduechel won an exciting playoff over Sulentich to capture the second place trophy.
In the five year old boys group, Cameron Stocker won a playoff over Tyler Maddison after both golfers completed four holes in 44 strokes.
The 12-13 year-old girls division was won by Kelsey Rockwell with 39 shots over five holes with Amanda Ambrose taking second place with 54 shots.
The three girls in the 10-11 year-old group all completed five holes tied with 47 strokes. In a very close playoff, Mackenzie Wynn won first place after hitting the flagstick from thirty yards out as Kaitlyn Vitko claimed second. Brooke Scieszinski finished in third place.
In the 6-9 year-old girls group, Ariel Lawrence improved dramatically during the year to claim the first place trophy with a 30 over four holes, eight shots ahead of Hannah DeBruin and nine shots ahead of Lexie Van Polen. The five-year old contest was won by Ariel's sister, Macy Lawrence with a 37 over four holes.
A total of 65 golfers from five to 17 years of age competed in Junior League over the past two months compared to 18 junior golfers when the League began in 1998. The Albia Junior Open which will host some the state's best junior golfers will be played Monday, August 4, at the Albia Country Club to conclude the season.