Today was the Final round of the 2019 Idaho Junior Amateur Championship hosted at the University of Idaho. Junior’s fought on the course in hopes of being State Champions.
The Boys 15-18 Division Champion Quinn Haigwood had everything clicking today on the golf course. Haigwood had 7 birdies en route to victory and finished with a three-day total of 216 (E). “I practice every day I have worked relentlessly to get ready for this tournament. It feels like a dream that I actually won” said Haigwood after his winning round. “I made a great putt on 2 out of the gate to give me the confidence I needed to have a great round.” Quinn Haigwood was also recognized as the Diamond Line Player of the Year for his age division.
Kelli Ann Strand dominated the field from start to finish in the Girls 15-18 Division. Strand had a total of 13 birdies and an eagle during the three-day championship. “I had a few great holes on the back nine where I feel like I finally got going.” Strand kept a 13-stroke lead over 2018 Junior Amateur Champion Carly Carter finishing with a three-day total of 209 (-7). She stayed under par for the first two days scoring, 66 the first round, 71 the second, and came in at even par today with a 72. Kelli Ann Strand was also recognized as the Diamond Line Player of the Year for her age division.
Emry Gibbs went wire-to-wire to win the Girls 13-14 Division by 9-strokes over Hailee Cole and finished with a three-day total of 234 (+18). Emry was in control of both her mental and physical game throughout the event and was rewarded by taking home the first-place crystal trophy for the 13-14 Girl’s Division. With her win in the 2019 Junior Amateur Championship, she was also recognized as the Diamond Line Player of the Year for her age division.
Will Strong fought for his victory against competitor Zach Carter. Strong had four birdies and an eagle during his final round. He was -5 after 9-holes, only one stroke ahead of Zach Carter, but stayed focused and finished his round even with a score of 71. “I struggled a bit on the back nine, but I am really proud of myself and how I handled everything.” Zach Carter was recognized as the Diamond Line Player of the Year for his age division.