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Local junior golfers named to compete in annual Mid-America Junior Cup Matches

By: Warren Mayes


The top local high school boys and girls have been announced who will compete for the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association in the annual Mid-America Junior Cup Matches against the Kansas City Golf Association.

This year’s two-day competition will be held Oct. 21-22 at Shadow Glen Golf Club in Olathe, Kan.

The KCGA kept the cup for the fourth consecutive year in 2016, winning 5-3 at St. Louis Country Club.

However, MAGA team owns a slight overall lead in the series with an 8-7-2 mark over the 17 years of competition.

The format for the two days of competition is very unique for juniors. Play will begin on Oct. 21 with Four-Ball Match Play (boys vs. boys; girls vs. girls). On Oct. 22, they will play Foursomes (alternate shot) and be mixed teams of boys and girls.

Each match is worth 1 point for a win and 1/2 point for a tie.

The MAGA team will need 4.5 points to bring the cup back to St. Louis.

The 2017 MAGA team is comprised of the following standout junior players from the St. Louis region:

Boys:

Max Kreikemeier, the 2017 MAGA Junior champion, is a junior at Lafayette.

Tommy Alferman, the 2016 MAGA Junior champion, is a senior at St. Francis Borgia.

Jack Cronin, a sophomore at Marquette.

Tyler Linenbroker, a freshman at Marquette.

Girls:

Shannon Gould, a senior at MICDS.

Lacey Snell, a senior at Northwest.

Claire Solovic, the 2017 MAGA Junior champion and 2016 Class 2 state co-champions, is a sophmore at Seckman.

Brooke Biermann, the 2016 MAGA Junior champion, is a freshman at Lafayette.

The Mid-America Junior Cup began in 1999 as an effort to showcase the top juniors from each Associations respective regions. The event was created to foster camaraderie and sportsmanship between MAGA and KCGA.

 

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