2012 Junior Amateur Leaderboard
August 8 - 9
Jackson Hole Golf Club
Paxton and Watt Win 2012 Wyoming Junior Amateur
The top junior golfers from the state made their way to Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis to take on the challenging golf course, vying for the title of Wyoming Junior Amateur Champion.
The golf course not only offered unbelievable views of the Tetons, but tested junior golfers of all levels. Probably the most difficult hole for the juniors was the par 5, 11th hole which measured close to 500 yards with a river all along the left side and a well bunkered green that is severely undulated. The fairway bunkers are probably the deepest in the state with some of the lips being close to ten feet tall from bottom to top. These bunkers caused havoc to many of the junior players.
Players from age divisions 13 - 15 and 16 - 19 played from the same set of tees and competed for the overall title. After the first round, Jackson's Andrew Garner and Riverton's Easton Paxton were tied for the lead with scores of 4 under par 68. Laramie's John Murdoch IV was four back with 72, while Sheridan's Kamrin Allen was five back after a round of 73.
Andrew Garner and Kamrin Allen were in the same pairing competing for the overall title as well as first place of the 16-19 age division. They each played solid golf as Garner carded an even par 72 for a two day total of 140 while Kamrin Allen shot a three under round of 69 and a two day total of 142.
Early in his back nine Easton Paxton knew the number that he would have to make, which was five under for the tournament, and at least a 71 for the day. On the challenging 15th hole Easton was able to get up and down for par and followed with two more pars. Coming into the 490 yard par 5 18th hole Easton needed a birdie to get into a playoff with Garner. He hammered his drive right down the middle and left himself with a 180 yard shot to a back left hole location. His approach looked great in the air and landed right in front of the hole leaving him with a fifteen putt for the win. With a confident stroke and a Tiger Woods fist pump Paxton won his first Wyoming Junior Amateur Championship.
Casper's Bailee Watt won her first Girl's Junior Amateur Championship by shooting solid rounds of 82 and 85. Watt will continue playing this fall at Kelly Walsh High School along with teammate Amanda Hinchey who has played in many tournaments this summer with Watt.
In second and third place were the Shackelfords of Gillette with Jandey Shackelford shooting a two day total of 168 and only losing to Watt by one shot. Jandey took 1st place in the Girls' 16 & Over Division. Coming in third overall was Jandey's sister Haley who carded a two day total of 170.
The Wyoming State Golf Association would like to thank all competitors for coming to Jackson and the grounds and golf staff at Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis for hosting a WJGT event. Furthermore, the WSGA would like to thank the players that traveled to Jackson to play in the Junior Championship and the junior players throughout the summer of 2012 for joining the Wyoming Junior Golf Tour. We hope to continue to grow the WJGT in the summer of 2013 as our mission is to provide competition and a platform for junior players of all levels to improve on an individual level and most importantly have fun with the game of golf.
- Stroke Play – Boys and Girls 13 & Over
- A competitor that scores 10 or higher on a hole should pick up and record 10 on the scorecard. Lowest gross score for 36 holes will be the overall champion for 13 & over boys & girls. (Rule 3-1
- Stableford – Boys & Girls 12 & Under
- Stableford is a form of stroke play in which play is against a fixed score at each hole as below:
|Holes Played in:||Points|
|Triple Bogey & Higher or No Score Returned||0|
In Stableford Stroke Play the winner is the competitor who scores the highest number of points. The marker is responsible for marking only the gross number of strokes at each hole where the competitor's score earns one or more points. (Rule 32-1b)
It is our hope that this will be a more player-friendly format for young and beginning golfers in particular as they will be allowed under the Rules of Golf to pick up after exceeding double-bogey on a hole. However, more advanced players will still return a stroke play score for each hole where points are earned, as is their responsibility under Rule 32-1b.
Highest point total will determine age division winners for boys & girls 12 & Under.
In addition to the overall championship, boys and girls will compete in the following age groups:
36 Holes: 16 & Over and 13-15.
18 Holes: 10-12 and 7-9.
Any tie for first place in the overall gross and the stableford competition will be played off hole-by-hole until a winner is determined.
WINNER: Overall winners will receive Wyoming Junior Amateur Trophies.
AGE DIVISION WINNERS: Trophies
MERCHANDISE PRIZES: TBA
White Combo Tees (Boys 13 & Over )
Gold Tees (Girls 13 & Over, Boys 10-12)
WSGA Tees (Boys 7-9, Girls 12 & Under)