Paige Van Dyk earns spot in Big "I" National Championship
RIVERSIDE - Paige Van Dyk was the champion at Iowa's state qualifier for the 44th Trusted Choice Big "I" National Championship.
The Tama native and student at South Tama High School had rounds of 80 both days, last Tuesday and Wednesday to win the golf event at Blue Top Ridge.
Van Dyk, playing up an age class, had a 160 total in the girls' 16-18 division. She had three birdies, eight pars, three bogeys and four double bogeys during Wednesday's play. Second and third place went to IGHSAU state champions Victoria Grasso (80-85-165) and Payton Minear (84-85-169).
Van Dyk will be Iowa's representative at the national championship Aug. 7-10 at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas.
Taylor Van Dyk helps Iowa win Junior Girls Four State Championship
Iowa's team entered the second and final round tied with Nebraska, but shot 288 for a total of 588 and a 16-shot victory. Nebraska was second, Missouri was third with 618 and Kansas was fourth at the Junior Girls Four State Championship.
Charles City's three-time state champion Jessie Sindlinger was first overall, carding 2-under par 68 Thursday for a 5-under 135 total. Sindlinger was the top performer of the tournament and the only golfer to shoot below par.
South Tama recent graduate Taylor Van Dyk shot 78 and 77 for a final score of 155. Van Dyk will be playing at the University of Northern Iowa next year.
Van Dyk, who participated in the event in 2011 as well, is sixth in the medalist race as she had 11 pars, six bogeys and one double bogey at Sedalia Country Club.
Former Cedar Rapids Jefferson all-state golfer Megan Furnish shot 76-75-151. Dyersville Beckman's state champion Ellie Ament shot 79-74-153, while Anna Cullinan, of Bettendorf, shot 1-over for the second round and finished with 150.
It was the first time since 2004 Iowa has won the event that began in 1969.
Paige Van Dyk places sixth at Little People's Golf Championships
QUINCY, Ill. - Paige Van Dyk of Tama finished sixth in her age group at the conclusion of the 2012 Pepsi Titan Little People's Golf Championships last Wednesday.
Van Dyk had an opening round 83 at Westview Golf Course and followed with an 84 on the following day.
Her 167 tournament total earned her the sixth-place medal in the Girls 14-15 division. Van Dyk will be a junior in the fall at South Tama.
Juli Luo of Herndon, Va., was the champion at 147. There were competitors from eight different states in the age group.