2023 Happy Joes Classic

It was a hot day out at Thunder Hills for the Happy Joes Classic! Players fired some low scores and cooled off with some lemonade and cookies. As the season comes to the end players are starting to figure out what it takes to play good golf.

Thomas Hereau won the boys 16-17 division with a 72. “The best part was probably my putting. All of my putts were tap-ins or two putts. I’ve learned that once you start three putting your round goes downhill, so I really focused on making two putts or less.” Brayden Webber finished in second place with a 74 and Brock Wilson took third with a 76.

For the girls 16-17 division Cece Ball shot a 74 to take first place. “My putting led me to a good round. Every time I stood over a putt I told myself I knew I could make it.” Andrea Wubbena shot an 82 to take second place and Evelyn Duestch finished in third with a 106.

In the boys 14-15 division Cole Herbst shot a 79 to win the division. “My irons were solid throughout the round and I really focused on going for the center of greens and finishing with a two putt.” Connor Walsh shot an 82 to take second place and Brady Schlemme shot an 86 for third.

For the girls 14-15 division Brooklyn Bussan won with a 95. “My mindset was to keep the ball straight, no matter how far it went, but I did save myself with some good shots out of the trees.”

In the boys 12-13 Cooper Smith and Reid Herrig both shot a 43. The players played a 3 hole playoff and Herrig came out on top. “I wanted to win the playoff, so I tried to put the ball in good spots off the tee and make some putts.” Smith took second place and Kior Ball finished in third with a 61.

For the girls 12-13 division Addie Splinter and Landry Rauen played a 2 hole playoff, both players shot a 48. Splinter won the playoff to take the first place plaque and Rauen took second. “During the playoff I was telling myself to get it close and make sure you give yourself a chance.” Lucy Davis finished in third place with a 55.

In the boys 10-11 division Michael Hamilton shot a 41 to win. “My nine iron was really good. I used it on most holes to help me get it on the green and make some pars.” Bently Behnke shot a 47 for second place and Max Bierman shot a 48 to finish in third.

It was a tight race in the girls 10-11 division. Estelle Ball won with a 60. “I made a really long putt on hole nine and had a lot of fun with the girls in my group.” Audrey Wendler followed closely behind in second place with a 61 and Finley Rauen was also close with a 62 for third.

Congrats to everyone who participated! Thank you to Thunder Hills Country Club for hosting and to Happy Joes for sponsoring this event!

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