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Area young golfers compete well at Optimist International Junior Golf Championship

Several local young golfers did well at the recent Optimist International Junior Golf Championship.

The event was played on the following courses at Doral Resort and Spa.
They were the Blue Monster Course (6,698 yards) and the Golden Palm (6,741).

All three boys in the 14-15 age group made the cut.

The top 70 player plus ties will advance to the final round on the Blue Course.

Maxwell Sigman, of Dardenne Prarie, finished 40th overall at 22 over par. He shot rounds of 80-79-78 for a 237. Sigman will be a sophomore at Fort Zumwalt West.

Trip Sanfelippo, of Wildwood, came in 58th at 25 over par. He shot rounds of 82-80-78 for a 240. Sanfelippo will be a sophomore at Lafayette.

Ryan Walsh, of Chesterfield, was 63rd and finished 29 over par. He rounds of 83-79-82 for a 244. Walsh will be a sophomore at Chaminade.

Boys 16-18 played two rounds on the Blue Monster and one on Golden Palm. A cut was made after 54 holes.

Curt Hastie did not make cut. He shot rounds of 82, 83 and 81 for a 246, which was 31 over par. Hastie will be a junior at Chaminade.

Neither of the two local girls in the 15-18 age group made the cut.

The girls played two rounds on the Red Tiger Course and one round on the Golden Palm Course. A cut was made after 54 holes.

Drew Neinhaus shot rounds of 79-81-87 for a 32-over par 247. Neinhaus will be a junior at St. Joseph’s Academy.

Momo Kikuchi had rounds of 78-87-84 for a 35-over 250. Kikucki will be a senior at Pattonville.

The Optimist International Junior Golf Championship is one of the largest and best-known junior golf tournaments in the world. Each year, more than 600 golfers participate in THE OPTIMIST. Optimists have been involved in the sport of junior golf for more than 30 years by holding local, regional and international tournaments.

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