The 11th-annual Jekyll Island Cup was played at Jekyll Island Golf Club in Jekyll Island, Georgia. More than 300 players, ages 5-14, competed in 15 age divisions during the two-day stroke play event, March 22-23.
In Boys 9, Allan Kournikova (Florida) captured his fourth consecutive Jekyll Island Cup title and ninth USKG Regional victory. Kournikova, who also has three World Championships to his name, began the final round trailing by one stroke, but a final-round 67 lifted him to a 4-under total and a four-stroke victory over Andrew Davis (Florida).
Tyler Lipscomb (Georgia) had a three-stroke advantage over Connery Meyer (Georgia) through 18 holes in Boys 12, but Meyer’s birdie on No. 15 cut his deficit to one with three holes to play. Lipscomb restored his three-stroke lead with birdies on Nos. 16 and 17, and his final-round 70 gave him a 6-under total and his seventh USKG Regional win.
The Boys 11 crown went to Aidan Kramer (Florida), who closed with two birdies and zero bogeys on his final 15 holes en route to an even-par total and a one-stroke victory. Jason Quinlan (Minnesota) finished second after carding six birdies and a 3-under 69, the day’s lowest score in Boys 11.
Aiden Cudney (Wisconsin) was the first player to post 4-under in Boys 7, as his eagle on No. 6 helped him to a bogey-free 33 Sunday. Playing in the group after Cudney, first-round leader Trey Marrion (Virginia) carded a 1-under 35 and matched the 4-under total. Marrion prevailed in the ensuing playoff and claimed his first USKG Regional title.
Lukas Clark (Pennsylvania) also prevailed in a sudden-death playoff. On Sunday, Jordan Plunkett (Alabama) carded the only under-par round of the tournament, a 1-under 71, and was the leader in the clubhouse with a 4-over total. Clark forced the playoff after recording a final-round 73, including a bogey-free 35 on the back nine, and then took home the Boys 13-14 crown in the playoff.
In Boys 8, Mason Snyder (Nevada) and Sihan Sandhu (Virginia) began the final round tied at 1-under. Snyder birdied Nos. 2-4 and built a five-shot cushion, but Sandhu responded with birdies of his own on Nos. 6 and 9. In the end, Snyder made par on the closing hole and secured a one-stroke victory with a 2-under total.
Bruce Murphy (Georgia) opened with a bogey-free 67, and four final-round birdies was secured a 7-under total and a six-stroke victory in Boys 10, while Ricky Stegbauer posted nine birdies and just one bogey en route to an 8-under total and a three-stroke win in Boys 7 & Under.
Since her first USKG Regional victory at the 2013 Copperhead Classic, Chloe Kovelesky (Florida) has not been defeated in Girls 7 & Under. At Jekyll Island, she extended her winning streak to seven Regionals, as she birdied nine of 18 holes and finished with a 7-under total, four strokes ahead of Vanessa Borovilos (Canada) and Morgan Rodriguez (Florida).
Alexa Pano (Florida) is also familiar with sustained success, as she won for the fourth consecutive year and added to a record that now includes 17 USKG Regional wins and three World Championships. Back-to-back rounds of 34 gave her a 4-under total and a four-stroke victory in Girls 9 over Kynadie Adams (Tennessee).
Two years after winning the PGA Golf Club Invitational, Rylie Heflin (Pennsylvania) returned to the winner’s circle and won Girls 10 with an 8-over total. Her final-round 76 included an eagle on No. 8, which helped her to a two-stroke victory over Ashely Shim (Georgia).
A well-timed birdie on the 14th hole helped Keagan Dunn (Georgia) advance to a playoff in Girls 13-14. The birdie knotted the score with Abigail Bolt (Georgia), and a sudden-death playoff was needed after each player parred the final four holes. In the end, Dunn emerged victorious and claimed her first USKG Regional title.
A first-round 72 gave Amanda Sambach (North Carolina) a three-stroke cushion in Girls 11, and after a final-round 76, the final margin of victory became eight strokes. Jordan Chantale Fischer (Florida) finished at 7-over and took home the crown in Girls 8, while Phoebe Beber-Frankel (Florida) carded a 6-over total and won Girls 12 by seven strokes.
Boys 6 & Under
-8…Ricky Stegbauer (Florida)
-5…Patmon Malcom (Georgia)
-3…Jackson Okonkwo (Virginia)
-4…Trey Marrion (Virginia)*
-4…Aiden Cudney (Wisconsin)
-3…Asher Joseph (Florida)
-3…Michael Nardone (Florida)
-2…Mason Snyder (Nevada)
-1…Sihan Sandhu (Virginia)
+1…Jonathan Pollak (Florida)
-4…Allan Kournikova (Florida)
E…Andrew Davis (Florida)
+6…Johnnie Clark (Arizona)
-7…Bruce Murphy (Georgia)
-1…Jonathan Griz (South Carolina)
E…Nicholas Dunlap (Alabama)
E…Aidan Kramer (Florida)
+1…Jason Quinlan (Minnesota)
+4…Jude Kim (Florida)
-6…Tyler Lipscomb (Georgia)
-3…Connery Meyer (Georgia)
-2…Karl Vilips (Australia)
-2…Grayson Wotnosky (North Carolina)
+4…Lukas Clark (Pennsylvania)*
+4…Jordan Plunkett (Alabama)
+9…Stephen Foernslaer (Georgia)
+9…Cameron Frazier (Ohio)
+9…Grant Herrenbruck (Kansas)
Girls 7 & Under
-7…Chloe Kovelesky (Florida)
-3…Vanessa Borovilos (Canada)
-3…Morgan Rodriguez (Florida)
+7…Jordan Chantale Fischer (Florida)
+16…Alejandra Castillo (Mexico)
+19…Amelia Shen (New York)
-4…Alexa Pano (Florida)
E…Kynadie Adams (Tennessee)
+2…Isabell Pellot (Florida)
+8…Rylie Heflin (Pennsylvania)
+10…Ashely Shim (Georgia)
+12…Emily McLatchey (Florida)
+12…Kyndall Shamblin (Tennessee)
+4…Amanda Sambach (North Carolina)
+12…Megan Ikeda (Florida)
+15…Emily Staples (Florida)
+6…Phoebe Beber-Frankel (Florida)
+13…Laura Lou (Florida)
+20…Parker Stalvey (South Carolina)
+15…Keagan Dunn (Georgia)*
+15…Abigail Bolt (Georgia)
+17…Yuna Kim (Virginia)
* Won via sudden-death playoff
// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications