South Elgin eighth grader Megan Furtney and Burlington Central High School graduate Matt Weber qualified for the national Junior PGA Championship Monday by winning the girls and boys titles at the 39th Illinois Junior PGA Championship.
Furtney, who attends Haines Middle School in St. Charles, stunned the older field in the tournament, which is open to those 13 to 18 years of age.
The 36-hole tourney was played entirely in one day and Furtney carded a 5-over-par 76 in the opening 18 for a one-shot lead at Hinsdale’s Ruth Lake Country Club. Then she came back on the 5,814-yard course with a 2-over 73 to beat out Francesca Saba of Orland Park by three shots. Katie M. Kim of Riverwoods and Lauren Beaudreau of Lemont were another shot back.
Elgin’s Jose Kurosky (184) and Kenna Kurosky (188) were the other area golfers to make the cut and finish.
Weber, a St. Charles resident who is going to Indiana in the fall, shot an even-par 142 with two par rounds. Weber parred the final two holes to close a roller coaster back nine and hold on by a shot over Hinsdale’s Brendan O’Reilly and Rockford’s Kyle Slattery.
Weber had led O’Reilly in the Illinois State Junior Amateur two weeks ago after two rounds, but lost. He also had come from behind to beat Weber at the DuPage County Junior Classic in May.
Naperville’s Alex Bassetto tied for 19th at 155.
Weber and Furtney qualified for the spots in the national tournament July 29-Aug. 1 at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.
No area players advanced out of the qualifying round for the men’s or women’s national amateurs Monday.
Elizabeth Szokol of Winnetka shot 72 and was the only Chicago area qualifier in the women’s tournament, held at Ravisloe Country Club’s par-70, 6,117 course. Sam Coyne of Bartlett shot 76, Hampshire’s Taylor Ellett a 76 and Hampshire’s Connie Ellett and Naperville’s Tanya Olson shot 80.
Two Illinois golfers — Andrew Mitchell of Benton (139) and Andrew Novara of Murphysboro (140) — advanced at a qualifier at Weibring Golf Club in Normal. A Chicago area qualifier will be held Friday at Heritage Bluffs in Channahon.
Wheaton’s Cantigny hosts the 84th Illinois State Amateur tournament running Tuesday through Thursday.
Play opens Saturday in the Aurora city championship. Players will be flighted after two rounds and the final 36 holes will be played July 19-20.
Ron Larson used a 7-iron on the 160-yard sixth hole this week at Fox Bend Golf Course in Oswego to make a hole-in-one. It was witnessed by Croft Wocklington and Don Lass.
Aaron Grosskopf recently aced the 140-yard fourth hole at Phillips Park using an 8 iron. It was witnessed by Rob Weeks and Matt McGregory.
JoJo DeGuzman recently aced the fourth hole at Phillips Park from 155 yards and used a 7 iron, reports Phillips pro Jeff Schmidt.Tags: golf