Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Midwest Junior Players Championship is a 54-hole stroke play competition played on the par-72 course at Mistwood Golf Club. The event featured 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 19 states, and three countries. The Boys Division played the course at 6,794 yards while the Girls Division played the course at 6,023 yards.
There were several ‘firsts’ at this year’s Midwest Junior Players Championship. Mistwood Golf Club hosted its first AJGA event! The 18-hole course surrounds a 65-acre lake, which challenges golfers particularly on the back nine. The Chicagoland-area course recently added a Performance Center overlooking the driving range. The spacious stone building housed our headquarters as well as the awards ceremony.
The Girls Division champion, Maria Vesga of Piedecuesta, Colombia captured her first AJGA win! Vesga has played in other AJGA events but never took home the big hardware. Vesga took the lead in the second round and saw it through for the win with a 2-over-par 218.
There were 44 juniors from Illinois who participated in the Midwest Junior Players Championship, including some of the top players in the state. There was also local media at Mistwood Golf Club tracking said top Illinois players.
Down to the wire
The Boys Division champion had to be decided by a one-hole playoff. Daniel Wetterich of Cincinnati and Brendan O’Reilly of Hinsdale, Ill., were tied after the final round and therefore entered into a playoff on No.18. Both juniors had less than six foot putts for par opportunities and Wetterich sunk his for the win.