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Reddig On Fire at First Tee Open
Day 2 of the MAJGT’s Minnesota Open was in much tougher weather conditions as the wind gusted up to 20mph and the cold temps hung around for a lot longer during the kid’s rounds. Parker Reddig (2017) carried a 5 shot lead heading into the final round after his opening round of 68 on Saturday. He was able to cruise to a two shot victory over Nathan Zhao (2015) who made a run at Reddig in the tough playing conditions. Reddig’s round was steady and calm all day with 11 par’s, 2 birdies, and 5 bogeys. This was a great preparation for Reddig as he heads to Pebble Beach tomorrow to participate in the PGA Senior Tour’s Nature Valley First Tee Open. Zhao made a valiant effort at catching Reddig and had the momentum in his favor after he made a 40 foot putt for eagle on hole 12 but wasn’t able to catch him in the end. Zhao tied for low round of the day with teammate Sam Eisenhuth who both shot 74 (+1). Eisenhuth was looking to move up the leader board on day 2 after an opening round 78. He was able to do that almost taking over sole possession of third place but fellow Sabre Carter Haskins had enough in the tank to capture 3rd place with rounds of 73-78. Tommy Schick (2015) played consistent both rounds with scores of 78-79 over the two days and finished in 5th place. Shane Hoben (2016) had the most improved round of the boys and finished round two with an 81. Sean Kim (2014) finished his first competitive tournament ever with rounds of 109-112. Alejandro Marquez (2017) rounded out the Sabres with a final round 143.
In the girls division, Raelyn Spears (2016) entered the second round five shots behind the leader and was making a surge but came up short in the end and ended up finishing in 2nd place in her first match as a member of the Golf Center of Excellence. Sophia Hill (2015) played consistent both days but wasn’t able to build any momentum over the weekend and finished in third place with rounds of 90-89. Taylor Salewske (2014) made the largest improvement of any Sabre on day two by finishing 9 shots better than round one with a score of 87. Valeria Cox kept the positive vibes going as well by improving by 7 shots over her first round bringing her final round score to 108.
Congratulations to all the Golf CoE participants. They represented the school well and will have a five week break before they head to Madison, Wi to play in another MAJGT event being held at University Ridge on October 26th & 27th.
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SSM and Reddig Dominate MAJGT
Parker Reddig (2017) didn’t waste any time putting his mark on the Golf Center of Excellence at Shattuck-St. Mary’s. In his first competitive round as a Sabre, he was able to put his name in the record books by posting the low competitive round of 68 and low round relative to par with -5 . He leads the MAJGT tour’s Minnesota Open by five shots over the nearest competitor. One of those that is tied for 2nd place is also a first year Sabre, Carter Haskins (2015) who fired a 32 (-4) over his last nine holes. Nathan Zhao (2015) is in sole possession of 4th place with an opening round of 75 (+2). Reddig got off to a fast start in his Sabre career by making birdie on his first three holes then adding another on his sixth hole which put him at -4 through his first 6 holes. He tallied a total of seven birdies during the round which was held at Geneva Golf Club’s Island and Marsh courses. Haskins’ highlight of the day came when he holed out from the fairway on his 16th hole for an eagle which was sandwiched between birdies on holes #15 and #17. Sam Eisenhuth (2014) and first year Sabre Tommy Schick (2015) each shot rounds of 78 (+5) and are currently in a tie for 6th place. Rounding out the team was Shane Hoben (2016) with an 88, Sean Kim (2014) in his first ever competition with a 109, and Alejandro Marquez (2017) with a 124.
On the girl’s side, first year Sabre Raelyn Spears led the team with a score of 85 and is in 2nd place after the opening round. She is five shots back of the leader going into the final round on Sunday. Spears was able to finish strong by shooting a 38 on her final 9 holes and will look to build off of that momentum heading into Sunday. Second year golfer Sophie Hill (2015) opened the tournament with a 90 while Taylor Salewske, who is in her first year of the Golf CoE after switching from hockey, battled for a 96. Completing the field was Valeria Cox (2017) competing in her first ever event and finishing with a 115.
Sabre golfers will take to the course Sunday morning starting at 8am to conclude the 2 day tournament.
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Newcomers Make Impact in 1st Tourney
Shattuck-St. Mary’s Director of Golf, Mike Higdon is pleased to announce that Sarah Butler has joined the Golf Center of Excellence staff. Coach Butler brings a wealth of knowledge to the program building off of her past experience and success as a touring professional, collegiate team captain, and her involvement in the junior golf industry. She comes to Faribault, MN from Atlanta, Georgia where she was a Tournament Director for the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) for the past two years. The AJGA conducts national junior golf tournaments for young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships. Before working for the AJGA, Butler was a touring professional from 2007 – 2010 based out of The Woodlands, Texas. During her professional career, Sarah played in the 2009 CN Canadian Women’s Open on the LPGA Tour and had several top 10 finishes on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour. Prior to turning professional she was a 4-year letter winner at the University of Minnesota, co-captain of the team during her junior and senior seasons, and winner of the 2005 University of Minnesota Invitational. Coach Butler is returning home to Minnesota as she grew up in Roseau, Minnesota which is just 10 miles from the Canadian border.
Higdon had the following to say, “I am extremely pleased to have Sarah joining our program. She has so much to offer our players as far as helping them develop as golfers and student athletes while maturing into young men and women. She brings a whole new dynamic to the program with her past experiences and networks within the golf community. I am excited about the future of this program and the new levels our players will achieve with Sarah as a member of the staff.”
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Sarah Butler added as new Coach
Nathan Zhao 2015 wrapped up a long 10 days of competition this past Tuesday with a commanding victory at the PGA Junior Series event at Genoa Lakes Golf Club in Genoa, Nevada. Zhao was near the top of the leader-board during the entire 3 day event and was able to shoot under par all three rounds of the tournament on the 7359 yard golf course. Nathan entered the final round 3 shots back of the leader and was able to close that gap within the first 5 holes with two birdies and one bogey. After that he played solid the rest of the round by playing it at even par and ended up winning the event by four shots over the nearest competitor. The victory earned him an exemption into the prestigious Junior PGA Championship that is being held July 30 – August 2 at the Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Fallls, Virginia just outside of Washington D.C. The Junior PGA Championship past participants are a who’s who in the golf world including the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Michelle Wie, and Alexis Thompson just to name a few.
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Zhao Qualifies for Jr. PGA Championship
Some participants in the Golf Center of Excellence wrapped up their competitive schedule for the school year this past weekend at a FCWT event in Wisconsin. The tournament took place on Saturday at the Blackwolf Run Meadow Valleys course and concluded on Sunday at the Whistling Straits Irish Course. Our golfers attempted a practice round on Friday at the Irish Course but the weather did not cooperate as the golfers were only able to get in 12 holes because of the cold temperatures and rain/sleet. The weather made a complete change for the better on Saturday as the temperatures approached 65 with clear skies. Camden Nierman (2012) continued his solid play with an opening round 75 that consisted of 16 pars. That put him in 5th place heading into the final round and four shots behind the leader. Sam Eisenhuth (2014) played good back nine of 37 on the first day to come in with a 77 and in 11th place after round one. Sydney Brickey (2013) played well with four birdies in her opening round to post a 77 and 3rd place. Sophia Hill (2015) had and up and down round and came in with an 87.
The second day at the Irish Course had a bit more wind as the course sits on the banks of Lake Michigan. Camden Nierman was able to muster up three birdies during his round of which two came in the final three holes and post the lowest round of the day with an even par 72. With his nice round on Sunday he was able to push himself into the lead but had to wait for the final two groups to come in. As the next threesome came in he found himself still on top of the leaderboard. As the final group came in, two of the golfers were able to hold off Nierman’s late charge and he ended up finishing in 3rd place, one shot out of 2nd and 3 shots back of the winner. Sam Eisenhuth continued this solid play over his last three competitive rounds to shoot a final round 76 to move up the leader board to finish in 6th place. Sydney Brickey struggled with her putting but hung tough on the course and ended the day with an 81 to finish in 4th. Sophia Hill was able to better her opening round score by 5 shots with an final round 82 and end up in 6th place.
Congratulations also goes out to Shane Hoben (2016) as he was medalist over the weekend at the Staples Invite as he posted a round of 75. He took the medalist honors by edging out Jake Curwin (2013) in a score card playoff for the title. Nathan Zhao (2015) came in with a 78 as the SSM golf team captured its 4th consecutive team title of the season in its opening four events.
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Golfers wrap up at Whistling Straits
The Golf CoE headed down to a Plantations Junior Golf Tour this past weekend being held at the TPC Deere Run which annually hosts a PGA Tour stop. Camden Nierman who is completing his post graduate year at SSM took the individual title of overall champion with rounds of 76 – 73. This is Nierman’s first victory of the season and he becomes the 4th different individual for the Sabres to win an event at the national level this school year. He saved his best play for the final 9 holes in which he shot a 35 (1 under par) with a birdie on 17 and a par on the toughest hole on the course, the infamous number 18. Nierman has played solid all year with 4 top 10 finishes but this is a feather in his cap to capture the victory. Coach Higdon had the following comments: “We have made some significant changes with Camden’s and his game has been kind of up and down at times. But as you can see over his past two tournaments he really has things firing on all cylinders. His prior competitive round for the Sabres was a 69 (-3) and he carried the great play over to this tournament. I believe he is striking the ball the best he ever has and when we were talking on the range before the tournament he told me he was going to win this thing. He backed it up and that is exactly what he did!!” Sam Eisenhuth (2014) also saved his best for the last day by shooting an even par 71 on the final day vaulting him into a 5th place tie in the 50 player field. His 71 was the second best round of all the players in the tournament.
From the girls’ side, Sophie Hill (2015) had her best finish of the year with a 2nd place tie. She shot a final round 84 to follow up her opening round of 87. Sophie has consistently gotten better as the year has progressed and it is only a matter of time before she gets her first victory. Coach Higdon had the following to say about Hill’s performance. “As her scores prove, Sophie has been working really hard on her mechanics and it is paying off with her best two tournaments of the season coming most recently. Sophie has been working hard during our practice sessions but also putting the time and dedication in her strength and conditioning. Her final round of 84 could have easily been a lot lower. She is playing really well now and that is going to carry right over into her summer season.” Sydney Brickey (2013) hit the ball solid all weekend but just couldn’t get anything going on the greens. She shot rounds of 88 – 86 to finish in a 4th place tie.
These golfers don’t get much time to rest as they are heading to a FCWT event at Whistling Straits on May 4th and 5th. The weather forecast is for cold and rain so it will be a true test of mental and physical toughness.
Nierman tames the Deere
SSM Golfers made a huge impact on day 2 of the FCWT Plantion Inn in Crystal River, FL. Camden Nierman (2013) set a new Center of Excellence scoring record with a final round 69 (-3). He opened the front nine with a 31 (-5) and ended up shooting a 38 (+2) on the final nine holes to complete the tournament with a total of 144 and even par ending up in 5th place moving up 10 spots after the first day. Sam Eisenhuth (2014) made the largest improvement of the day with an 11 shot improvement from the first round. He shot a final round 71 (-1) with 9 hole scores of 34-37. This is Eisenhuth’s 2nd competitive round under par this season. Sophia Hill (2015) had her best scoring tournament of the season with rounds of 80-77 and a two-day total of 157 and a 6th place finish. Sydney Brickey (2013) also made a big jump with a 9 stroke improvement from her opening round by shooting a 77 in her final round. Jake Curwin (2013) shot rounds of 75-74 while Nathan Zhao (2015) had 76-75. Shane Hoben (2016) finished in 11th place in the Boys 13-15 age group with scores of 83-84.
Golfers Make Big Impact on Day 2