By: Caleb Barron and Colvin Hedgepeth, AJGA Communications
The Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot Out is a 54-hole stroke play competition played on the par-72, Golf Club of Cape Cod. The event features 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 18 states and three countries. The Boys Division plays the course at 7,013 yards while the Girls Division plays the course at 6,159 yards.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
It’s not often that you see an entire family play a round of golf in competitive play. The Schmidt family stole the show during the Junior-Amateur Fundraising tournament held at The Golf Club of Cape Cod. Colette Schmidt, a 17-year-old from Grantham, N.H., anchored a team comprised of her two sisters, Lizanne and Alexandra, and her father Chris.
Colette’s older sisters both play golf for Eastern Kentucky University; they admitted it was interesting to adjust their game from the courses they play in college to The Golf Club of Cape Cod. Alexandra didn’t make it look too difficult, as she walked away winning both the closest to the hole and longest drive proximities for the women.
“The course is really challenging, I can’t wait to see how the juniors play on it this week,” Lizanne said. “Today was a fun day and a great way to support our sister.”
GET A GRIP
Marty Burke of Golf Pride stopped by the tournament this week, helping out more than a few hands. Each player had the chance to get fitted for one free swing grip after their round on Tuesday, with a variety of colors and patterned grips. Burke made an encore appearance on Wednesday, tagging his 4-year-old twins along to lend a helping hand and enjoy the round. Owen and Benjamin were eager to get involved anywhere and everywhere, as they ran scorecards, filled divots and provided entertainment for spectators on the back patio.
ALL ABOARD THE BIRDIE EXPRESS
Scott Jaster of Bryn Mawr, Pa., didn’t record a birdie until the next-to-last hole of the second round. But once the train started rolling, Jaster took the Golf Club of Cape Cod for a wild ride. During the final round, the rising senior recorded six birdies, against just one bogey, to finish the tournament with a course record of 5-under-par 67.
“It is the most fun I’ve ever had playing golf,” Jaster said. “The whole round is one big happy memory.”
A memory his playing partners, and those who watched his dynamic round, won’t soon forget.