ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Rising Maryville junior Jacob Scott kicked off what will be a busy two days for the Spoofhounds with a victory. Scott won the boys 16-18 division of the Northwest Missouri Junior Tournament Series with a 78 on Monday at Fairview.
Scott won by three strokes while Cameron’s Brady Stice and Maryville sophomore Jack Dinsdale tied for third with 83 seconds. Dinsdale is 15, but played in the old division. Ethan Scott took fifth with an 85 and Marcus Heneggler finished 10th with 103.
Colin Hoffmann is now 3 for 3 with tournament wins in the 9-10 division. He was one under par with a 36 in nine holes. The other top 3 of the day went to rising junior Cailyn Auffert, who took third place in the girls 16-18 with a 93.
The Spoofhounds were quickly in motion after the tournament with six golfers accompanied by coach Brenda Ricks to attend the GAMEDAY event at the John Deere Classic hosted by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“It’s going to be a great experience,” Ricks said. “…Girls especially like to go places. It’s going to be cool. It’s gonna be fun.”
Former Spoofhound State Champion Matt Van Cleave is the assistant manager of FCA Golf and will be elevated to manager on September 1. Van Cleave is thrilled to see his former master participate in the event.
“Growing up in Maryville, knowing what an amazing community it is and how blessed I was to grow up in such a beautiful city and the support I gave around golf – it’s just cool to know that there are still people in Maryville who care about junior golfers and giving them the opportunity to play in junior tournaments and being willing to drive them five and a half hours to go nine holes in a round practice and walk with PGA players,” Van Cleave said.
Marcus Henggeler, Lauren Jaster, Brinley Conn, Alayna Pargas, Casey Phillips and Auffert will attend the event in Silvis, Illinois on Tuesday.
In Kevin Streelman, Roger Sloan and Jared Wolfe’s 9-hole practice round ahead of the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, young golfers can be on the ropes with pros.
“(GAMEDAY) was started by Kevin Streelman 12 years ago and Kevin plays in the band for us,” Van Cleave said. “Kevin wanted to use his platform on the PGA Tour to share his faith with children. He wanted to impact the spiritual lives of children and saw a great opportunity through his status on the PGA Tour to do so.
After the round, they can have a Q&A session, take photos and get autographs from the pros.
“It’s just a really good opportunity to be around these people that I look up to,” Pargas said.
In addition to meeting PGA golfers, the incoming rookie is excited to get to know her teammates better. Participating in the junior tournament series with them also helped with that.
“I got to play and talk to some of the teammates that I will be playing with and it’s really cool to know that I’m going to be able to play with these girls,” Pargas said.