2018 IGA Player of the Year announced – Junior’s
Jake Marvelli (above), of Indianola, put together a successful summer en route to his 2018 IGA Junior Player of the Year Award.
Marvelli was medalist at U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifying, 2nd Alternate at U.S. Open Local Qualifying and finished T2nd in the Iowa High School Class 4A State Tournament. A T10th at the Midwest Junior Championship and T16th at the 116th Iowa Amateur also earned Marvelli points this summer.
Finishing just under 100 points back of Marvelli was Swisher’s Ian Johnston. Johnston’s season was highlighted by a win at the Iowa Junior Amateur Championship and UHY LLP CPA’s Junior Championship. Johnston also added high finishes at the 43rd Iowa Junior PGA Championship (T8th) and the Midwest Junior Championship (T6th).
Nick Pittman, of Urbandale, finished in third place in the standings, while Brock Barnhart, of Robins, and Lucas Scherf, of Grinnell, finished fourth and fifth, respectively. It should be noted that Scherf qualified into the U.S. Open Sectional by finishing T3rd at the U.S. Open Local Qualifier at Glen Oaks CC in May.
West Des Moines’ Paige Hoffman left little doubt in the IGA Junior Girl’s Player of the Year race, winning by over 500 points.
Hoffman collected wins at the Iowa PGA Spring Junior Open, John Deere Classic Junior Open, Cedar Valley Junior Tour Championship, Junior Tour Mid-Summer Classic, Pepsi Little Peoples and Junior Tour Championship. In addition to her six wins, Hoffman was runner-up at the IGHSAU Class 4A State Tournament.
Dubuque’s Anna Jensen finished second in the standings. She put together a summer that included five top three finishes. Three of those five were either runner-up or tied for runner-up finishes.
2017 IGA Women’s Player of the Year Britta Snyder, of Ames, finished in third place, while Waukee’s Brooke Boardman (4th) and West Des Moines’ Jenna Krogulski (5th) rounded out the top five.
The players will be honored during the IGA Player of the Year & Annual Awards banquet on December 14, at Echo Valley Country Club, Norwalk.