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Parker Reddig Looks to Repeat as MN Section JR PGA Champion at Giant’s Ridge

July 14, 2015

The 2015 Minnesota Section Junior PGA Championship is this Wednesday, July 15th and Thursday, July 16th in Biwabik, MN at Giant’s Ridge Golf & Ski Resort. There is a lot at stake for the competitors as the champion of the overall boys’ and girls’ division of the Minnesota Section Junior PGA Championship will qualify to join approximately 150 of the nation’s top junior golfers in the PGA of America’s flagship junior event, the 40th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, on August 3rd through the 6th at Miramont Country Club in Bryan/College Station, Texas.

The 40th Junior PGA Championship is open to one boy and one girl champion from each of the 41 sections, champions of the nine PGA Junior Series events, select national junior tournaments conducted throughout the year and special invitees who have not reached their 19th birthdays as of the final round of the championship. The Junior PGA Championship has generally been a stepping-stone for many of today’s PGA and LPGA Tour professionals, as well as current collegiate stars. Last year’s girls’ division champion in the Minnesota Section, Sarah Burnham of Maple Grove, MN, currently enrolled at Michigan State competed in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open in Lancaster, PA. The boys’ division winner from 2014, Parker Reddig of Minneapolis, MN, will look to defend his title as a new champion will be crowned for the girls’ division. Past Junior PGA Championship competitors who have gone onto have very successful careers include: Inbee Park, Luke Guthrie, Trevor Immelman, Cristie Kerr, Justin Leonard, Hunter Mahan, Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson, Grace Park, Dottie Pepper, Jordan Spieth, Lexi Thompson, David Toms, Michelle Wie and Tiger Woods.

Parker Reddig reflected on his past successes and experience at last year’s Junior PGA Championship facing the elite junior golfers in the country. Reddig said “the key to my successes was having no expectation going into the Minnesota Section Junior PGA Championship. I had not been playing the best leading into it but I knew my abilities and how well I would have to play to give myself a shot at advancing.” Turns out, he played more than well enough to solidify his spot in the Junior PGA Championship on the national stage.

Reddig described his first experience at such a prestigious event, “playing at Miramont CC in Texas last year was an unbelievable experience for me. Being one of the younger competitors, I once again took the “no expectation” mental approach. After performing extremely well on the first day, the spotlight was on the top competitors and I which raised the stakes.” He emphasized the importance of playing under the circumstances and pressures that come along with being at the top of the leaderboard on a prominent stage such as the Junior PGA Championship.

His mindset will remain the same as last year, knowing how difficult it will be to win the 2015 Minnesota Section Junior PGA Championship and get back to Miramont CC for the national tournament. If he were to make it again, “the only change I would make would be to bring more sunscreen and extra snap towels cause it gets way too hot down there for a Minnesota kid!” Reddig joked.

As Reddig looks to defend his title for the boys’ division, the girls’ division will feature a new champion with the absence of Sarah Burnham of Maple Grove, MN opening the door for 2013 champion Anni Heck of Eagan, MN and the rest of the field.

Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association
The Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association will provide playing opportunities for the advanced, intermediate and beginning golfer, ages 8-19. These playing opportunities will promote competition and camaraderie. The Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association is sponsored by the Minnesota Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, Inc., a non-profit corporation chartered in the state of Minnesota. All Junior Golf Association correspondence should be directed to the sponsor’s corporate office: Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association, 12800 Bunker Prairie Road, Coon Rapids, Minnesota, 55448. Telephone: 763-754-6641.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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