Hansen, Hoffman are top juniors in 2021

Waverly’s Hogan Hansen took home the 2021 IGA Junior Boys’ Player of the Year after an impressive season in 2021. As an Iowa High School State Champion and an Iowa Junior Amateur Champion, it is safe to say Hansen dominated this year. 

Hansen earned two top-10 finishes at the Herman Sani Tournament and the Briarwood Amateur. He also earned two top-five finishes coming from the Midwest Junior Championship and the TPC Deere Run Junior Open. 

A third-place finish at the 45th Iowa Boys’ Junior PGA Championship and a second-place finish at the Iowa Open helped push Hansen to the top of the standings. 

In the spring, Hansen won the IHSAA 3A State Tournament as an individual. This win gave the young prospect 300 points. Later in the summer, Hansen traveled to Coldwater to defeat Nate Spear in a playoff and win the Iowa Junior Amateur Championship. 

Maxwell Tjoa, who qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur this year, finished second in the IGA Junior Boys’ Player of the Year race. William Simpson was our third-place finisher and 2020 Junior Boys’ Player of the Year, Cale Leonard, finished in fourth place. 

Click here to view a full recap of the 2021 IGA Junior Boys’ Player of the Year standings. 

Paige Hoffman (above), of West Des Moines, is your 2021 Junior Girls’ Player of the Year. Hoffman started to heat up early this season and didn’t cool off, finishing in the top-10 in every tournament she played. 

Two sixth-place finishes came at the Iowa Women’s Amateur Championship and the Midwest Junior Championship. These two fields were filled with some of Iowa’s top-amateur golfers and Hoffman made herself known during those weeks. 

A fourth-place finish at the IGHSAU 4A State Championship started up Hoffman’s summer run. During the Iowa Junior Girls’ Amateur Championship, Hoffman finished in third place and was in contention all week.

Her two victories were at the IGA Women’s Four-Ball Championship with her partner, Kylie Carey, and a three-shot win at the TPC Deere Run Junior Open. These two wins totaled 700 points and gave Hoffman a 175-point victory over Eden Lohrbach.  

Click here to view a full recap of the 2021 IGA Junior Girls’ Player of the Year standings.

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