Louisville, KY — Quail Chase Golf Course hosted the PGA Junior League Sub-Regional Championship on this beautiful sunny day. Four All Star Teams from across the state qualified for the Championship. The West KY Bombers Team from Paducah with their Captain Todd Butts and Assistant Coach Jason Stilley came away as the victors and earned a trip to compete in the Regional Championship to be held at The Bridgewater Club in Carmel, IN on September 30-October 1.
PGA Junior League is a team sport that features a scramble match play format between two teams comprised of boys and girls ages 13 & under. There are four 9-hole matches played with two person teams competing against one another. Each match is broken down into 3-hole segments. Each 3-hole segment is worth 1 point. The team that accumulates the most points for the four matches wins the game and advances in the bracketed competition. Each team is captained by a PGA Professional who has dedicated their time to teach, coach and prepare the kids for the competition. It is a fun, inclusive, and social way for the kids to learn the game.
The West KY Bombers won their morning semi-final game against the River City Sluggers Team captained by Jake Martin and Ryan Daniels. The point total for the game was 9 to 3. The other morning game pitted the Kentucky Bluegrass Team with Captain Curtis Mitchell and Assistant Coach Bret Feeney against the Northern KY #1 Team with Captain Ryne Burnett and Assistant Coach John Kells. The Northern KY #1 Team pulled out the win with a point total of 11 ½ to 1/2.
The afternoon games featured the Consolation Match between the River City Sluggers and the Kentucky Bluegrass Team. The River City Sluggers were able to pull out a 9 ½ to 2 ½ victory and claim the 3rd place finish.
The Final Match proved to be a display of great golf as both teams matched birdies to birdies and pars to pars on many of the holes. The West KY Bombers were able to claim the victory with a final score of 6 ½ to 5 1/2. This match literally came down to the very last putt on the very last hole! The screams and cheers on the last hole rivaled the Sunday crowds at Augusta!
The West KY Bombers will face teams from Michigan, Indiana, Northern Ohio and Southern Ohio at the Regional Championship. They will by vying for a spot in the National Championship to be played November 16-19 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, AZ. Good luck to the team of Camryn Beatty, Trinity Beth, Jack Butts, Cade Fleming, Austin Ketchum, Katie McGee, Peyton Purvis, River Stilley, Warren Thomis and Rocco Zakutney at the Regional Championship!
Thanks to Quail Chase for hosting the event and a huge thank you to all of our PGA Professionals around the state that dedicated their time and energy to this program and to the development of these junior golfers. You may follow the progress of our Kentucky team on the www.pgajlg.com website.