Leonard, Heryford capture Junior Player of the Year Honors
Ottumwa’s Cale Leonard (right), now competing in his junior season for the Ottumwa High Bulldogs, established himself as one of the best up-and-coming players in the state by capturing his first IGA Boys’ Junior Player of the Year title in 2020.
Leonard’s season was highlighted by a nine-shot victory at the Junior Tour Mid-Summer Classic. He earned top five finishes in the Iowa Junior Amateur Championship, Southeast Iowa Amateur, 45th Iowa Boys Jr. PGA Championship, and the TPC Deere Run Junior Open. Additionally, Leonard advanced to the Round of 16 at the 32nd IGA Match Play Championship.
Nathan Spear, of Burlington, finished within 100 points of Leonard to earn runner-up honors. Spear earned a victory at the AJGA Preview at Meadowbrook and collected four other top five finishes in point events over the summer.
Brock Barnhart, of Robins, finished in third place, with LeClaire’s Jack Dumas (4th) and Waverly’s Hogan Hansen (5th) rounding out the top five.
Click here for a full recap of the 2020 Junior Boys’ Standings.
Newton’s Rylee Heryford (pictured) found her stride this summer, earning a trio of victories en route to earning the 2020 Iowa Girls’ Player of the Year title.
Heryford collected victories at the Iowa Junior Girls’ Amateur Championship, the Iowa Junior Open, and the Junior Tour Mid-Summer Classic. She finished runner-up in the 45th Iowa Jr. PGA Championship, and carded top ten finishes in the 10th IGA Women’s Four-Ball Championship (with Saffire Sayre), Midwest Junior Championship, and the AJGA Preview at Meadowbrook.
Heryford narrowly escaped chase from two-time defending Iowa Junior Girls’ Player of the Year Paige Hoffman (pictured on left), of West Des Moines. Hoffman secured victories at the 10th IGA Women’s Four-Ball Championship (with Kylie Carey) and the Iowa PGA Junior Fall Classic. Hoffman finished in second place within 20 points of Heryford.
Saffire Sayre, of West Des Moines, finished in third place, while Ames’ Britta Snyder (4th) and Waukee’s Kylie Carey (5th) completed the top five.
Click here to a full recap of the 2020 Junior Girls’ Standings.