Stillwater graduate Paige Bromen joined Kristen Wagner took top honors at last week’s Minnesota Women’s State Amateur Four Ball Championship at Midland Hills Country Club. The duo posted a 67 to open a three-shot lead on Day 1 and closed out the victory with a 70 on June 26 for a 137 total to edge runner-ups Anna Loerr and Jaclyn Shepard, who finished at 142.
This marks the second year in a row a former Ponies player has won this event as Cassie Deeg and Celia Kuenster of Cretin-Derham Hall claimed the title a year ago. Deeg, who is entering her sophomore season at the University of Nebraska, and Kuenster finished third in this year’s tournament with a 145 total.
State Amateur field set
Several Stillwater-area players have qualified for this year’s Minnesota Golf Association State Amateur Championship, which will be contested at Medina Golf & Country Club on July 15-17.
Jordan Hawkinson, a teacher in the Stillwater school district who plays out of Chisago Lakes Golf Course, was co-medalist at the State Am qualifier at Wapicada Golf Club in Sauk Rapids on June 19. Hawkinson, who finished 50th in last year’s State Am, shot a 34-38—72 to share top honors with Chase Hahne of The Links at Northfork in the qualifier.
Former Ponies and University of South Dakota standout Kyle Scanlon earned a return trip to the State Am after tying for sixth in the qualifier at Owatonna Country Club on June 17. Scanlon, who also served as an assistant coach for the Stillwater boys’ golf team this spring, shot 37-38—75 to earn his spot.
Topher Baron of Sawmill Golf Club tied for second place after shooting a 75 in a qualifier at Red Wing Golf Club on June 27 and Will Hickey of StoneRidge Golf Club shot a 74 to finish eighth and advance from a qualifier held at Tartan Park Golf Course on June 25.
Joe Kroening of Stillwater Country Club is the first alternate for the State Am after finishing in a seven-way tie for 11th place at Tartan Park. Five of the other players who tied for 11th place guaranteed themselves a spot in the championship.
Current South Dakota State University player Hudson Carpenter, who plays out of Stillwater Country Club, was the top area finisher in last year’s State Amateur in 25th place but failed to qualify for this year’s tournament after carding a 77 at New Prague Golf Club on June 28.
Hawkinson qualifies for Minnesota State Open
The Minnesota State Open draws an even stronger field than the State Amateur and some area players have qualified for that prestigious tournament, led by Hawkinson who shared medalist honors with Kevin Krigbaum after both shot a 70 in the State Open qualifier at Highland National Golf Course in St. Paul on June 27. This year’s State Open is being hosted by Edinburgh USA on July 19-21.
Scanlon and recent Stillwater grad Anthony Johnson also qualified after shooting a 74 to tie for ninth place at Highland National. Carpenter is the first alternate after finishing one shot back with a 75. Another former Ponies standout Drew Lynch, who enjoyed a strong spring for the St. John’s University golf team, failed to qualify after placing 22nd with a 4-over 76.
n It has been a busy stretch on the links for Scanlon and Carpenter, who each advanced to the Round of 16 at last week’s 35th MGA Players’ Championship at Interlachen Country Club.
Scanlon defeated Greg Werner of The Wilds 7 and 6 in the first round and followed with a 2 and 1 victory over John Butler of The Links at Northfork in the second round. Scanlon was stopped 2 and 1 by Jesse Polk of Hastings Country Club in the Round of 16.
On the other side of the bracket, Carpenter advanced with victories over Leif Carlson of Valleywood Golf Club (5 and 4) and Trenton Olson of Village Green (4 and 3) before falling to Sammy Schmitz of Valleywood (4 and 3) in the Round of 16.
Peterson misses the cut
StoneRidge Golf Club professional Chris Peterson finished outside the coveted top 20 at the PGA Professional National Championship last week at Sunriver Resort in Oregon. Peterson, who also advanced to sectional qualifying last month for the U.S. Open, missed the cut by five shots after shooting 76-74 for a 150 total.
Peterson was among a large group of Minnesota club professionals attempting to qualify for the PGA Championship, which will be held at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., on Aug. 8-11. Jeff Sorenson, the teaching pro at Columbia Golf Club in Minneapolis, finished third with a four-round total of 282 to earn a spot in the PGA Championship field. Sorenson also competed at the 2011 PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Rod Perry captured the PGA Professional National Championship with a score of 277.
Minnesota teaching professionals Eric Chiles of Chaska Town Course and Don Berry of Edinburgh USA each made the cut, but failed to qualify for the PGA Championship after tying for 59th place. Joining Peterson in a group of state players who missed the cut were Mike Barge of Hazeltine National and Brent Snyder of Troy Burne.
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