IGA Player of the Year announced – Junior

Frank Lindwall (above) focused mostly on big tournaments against strong fields this summer. High finishes in those events propelled him to the IGA Junior Boy’s Player of the Year award.

Lindwall, 18 of Cedar Rapids, outdistanced Kaleb Hagge by 50 points (747.5 to 697.5) to win the award for the first time.

Lindwall, who is currently competing as a freshman on the golf team at Iowa State, placed 4th at the 115th Iowa Amateur at Cedar Rapids Country Club and had a top 5 showing at the Midwest Junior Championship at Finkbine GC in Iowa City. He added to his point total with a tie for 6th at the Iowa High School Class 4A State Tournament.

Hagge, 18 of Morning Sun, won the Iowa High School Class 1A State Tournament and placed 7th at the Midwest Junior Championship. He also was T15th at the Iowa Junior Amateur.

Other top finishers in the player of the year race where Chris Cooksley, 18 of Winthrop (3rd), Iowa Junior Amateur Champion Andrew Wood, 19 of Marion (4th) and 42nd Iowa Junior PGA Champion Brock Barnhart, 15 of Robins.

Britta Snyder (above) showcased her talents across the country in 2017.

In a summer that included many highlights, the most notable was probably her runaway victory at the 93rd Iowa Women’s Amateur Championship at Hyperion Field Club. The 15-year old from Ames became the second-youngest to ever win the state’s biggest amateur competition, and did so by a whopping 13 strokes.

In addition to her win at the Women’s Am, she partnered with Sarah Beqaj of Canada to medal at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Qualifier held in Minnesota. She added points from a win at the AJGA Randy Wise Junior Open, AJGA Junior at Lake Forest and finished in 3rd place at the AJGA Lockton Kansas City Junior.

Finishing runner-up in the standings was Paige Hoffman. Hoffman, 15 of West Des Moines, won a total of five Iowa PGA Junior Tour events this summer and also finished runner-up at the Iowa PGA Junior Championship.

Her wins included the Iowa Junior PGA, Junior Tour 2-Person Team event (low individual), Iowa PGA Junior Mid Summer Classic, Iowa PGA Junior Kick Off and Iowa PGA Junior Cedar Rapids Junior.

Following close behind this year in the standings were Brooke Boardman, 16 of Waukee (3rd), Casey Noble, 18 of Morning Sun (4th) and Maddie Hawkins, 18 of Asbury (5th).

The players will be honored at a ceremony in mid-December. Details on the event will be released in the coming weeks.​

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