Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Preseason Junior at Winnetka was a 36-hole stroke play competition played on the par-71 course at Winnetka Golf Club. The event featured 63 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-18, from 11 states and four countries. The Boys Division played the course at 6,327 yards while the Girls Division played the course at 5,766 yards.
The Preseason at Winnetka is one of 13 events held as part of the IMG Academy Preseason Series. The IMG Academy Preseason Series is designed specifically for AJGA members who have had limited acceptances into multi-day AJGA events. This series offers these members the opportunity to start building Performance Based Entry status before application deadlines arrive for summer Open and Junior All-Star series events.
Boys Division winner Skylar Le Vine of Morton Grove, Ill., was teeing off on No. 18 during Sunday's final round when a small group of spectators began to crowd around the putting green. In this group were two of Le Vine's best friends, dressed as tigers, who showed up to root their buddy on.
The tiger suits were originally used by the three boys while following Tiger Woods during a PGA event.
Skylar Le Vine of Morton Grove, Ill., and Ciara Rattana of Western Springs, Ill., both won the Preseason Junior at Winnetka without the use of their wedges. Since the USGA conforming grooves rule has come into affect, neither junior was able to play the wedges they've used in the past.
Rattana was able to purchase new wedges in time for the Preseason Junior at Winnetka, and according to her, she's happy with the change.
"I've been leaning heavily on my wedge play lately, so to have to get new wedges so close to a tournament isn't ideal," Rattana said. "But it was a learning experience. It's nice to know going into future events that everything is conforming. They ended up working really well for me, so I really can't be upset about the change. Hopefully they continue to play solid."