QUINCY -- The Pepsi Little People's Golf Championships crowned a new set of champions, but it was done with a twist.
The coronavirus pandemic forced tournament organizers to cancel the three-day event traditionally played in June at Westview Golf Course and the Knights of Columbus par-3 course. So they adjusted and held the first LPGC virtual tournament.
Golfers in the three youngest divisions were asked to play two rounds at a course with a yardage comparable to the one they would have played in Quincy. In the older four divisions, golfers played their home course and scores were calculated according to the course rating/slope, using USGA calculations to determine net score.
Here are the results:
In the boys 16-18 division, Jacob Stewart posted two rounds in the 60s and finished with a 134 total to beat the field by five strokes after playing Willow Run Golf Course and Spring Creek Golf Course in Sioux Falls, S.D. Kyle Mahan was second with a 139 he posted at Alamo City Golf Trail-Willow Springs in San Antonio, Texas.
In the girls 16-18 division, Katie Ruge posted back-to-back rounds of 70 for a 140 total and a one-stroke victory after playing Grand Lake Golf Course in Grand Lake, Colo. Camille Kuznik was second at 141 at Timber Creek Golf Course in Watertown, S.D.
In the boys 14-15 division, Happy Gilmore owned a five-stroke victory after shooting a 143 at Country Oaks Golf Course in Montgomery, Ind. Trey Ruge was second with a 148 shot at Champions Run Country Club in Grand Lake, Colo.
In the girls 14-15 division, three golfers each shot a round of 80 and a round of 81 to post a 161 and tie for the championship. They were Hallie Yates at Willow Creek Golf Course in West Des Moines, Iowa; Julia Imai at Acushnet River Valley Golf Course in Acushnet, Mass.; and Tierney Baumstark at the Country Club of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.
In the boys 12-13 division, River Stilley shot a 134, capped by a second-round 64, at Rend Lake Golf Course in Whittingten, Ill., to take first place. Halim Habib also shave strokes in the second round, shooting a 68 at the Country Club of Buffalo in Williamsville, N.Y., to take second with a 139.
In the girls 12-13 division, Jules Mahan trimmed 12 strokes off her first-round total with a 67 at Alamo City Golf Trail-Willow Springs in San Antonio, Texas, and finished first with a 146. Carlee Meilleur had consecutive rounds of 75 for a 150 total and second place at Loyalist Country Club in Bath, Ontario.
In the boys 10-11 division, Anson Munzlinger and Dexter Zimmerman tied for first at 139. Munzlinger shot rounds of 66 and 73 at the Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo., while Zimmerman had rounds of 68 and 71 at the Northwood Club in Dallas.
In the girls 10-11 division, Ella June Hannant posted a 142 at Walnut Creek Country Club in Goldsboro, N.C., to top the field. Zoe Gryniewicz was second with a 164 at the Falls Course at Silver Spring Golf Course in Menomonee Falls, Wis.
In the boys 8-9 division, Patrick Kittivat shot a 90 at Bloomingdale Golf Course in Bloomington, Ill., to take first place. Rowdy Foster shot a 99 to take second at Diamondhead Country Club in Diamondhead, Miss. Zada Hannant won the girls 8-9 division with a 90 at Walnut Creek Country Club in Goldsboro, N.C.
In the boys 6-7 division, Blaine Munzlinger for a two-round total of 57 at the Club at Old Hawthornein Columbia, Mo., to edge Micaiah Lewis by two strokes. Lewis shot a 59 at Delaware Country Club in Delaware, Ohio. Quincy's Rocco Fimmen was fourth with a 65 shot at Quincy Country Club.
In the girls 6-7 division, Quincy's Ari Brock took first with a 105 at the Knights of Columbus par-3 course. Aubrey Tomazic was second with a 151 at Westborough Country Club in Webster Groves, Mo.
In the boys 3-5 division, Dacio Diaz and Maximo Iribar shared the title. Diaz shot back-to-back rounds of 22 at Dye's Walk Country Club in Greenwood, Ind., while Iribar shots rounds of 22 at Langley Golf and Banquet Centre in Langley, British Columbia.
In the girls 3-5 division, Avery Brunick took first with an 89 at Elm Wood Golf Course in Sioux Falls, S.D. Eden Fimmen was second with a 99 at Quincy Country Club.