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2016 Minnesota Section Junior Golf Scholarship Winners

June 23, 2016

The Minnesota Section PGA Junior Golf Association is thrilled to announce that five more juniors have been awarded with 2016 Minnesota Section Junior Golf Scholarships through the Minnesota Section PGA Foundation.

The scholarship recipients are: Brett Buckingham of Glenwood, Olivia Johnson of Maplewood, Anson Kuznik of Orono, Riley Stegeman of Woodbury and Brianna Vetter of Lakeville.

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The Minnesota Section PGA Foundation awarded these scholarships based on the following criterion: high school grades, class rank, ACT/SAT scores, extracurricular activities, and a one-page essay.

Beginning in the fall, each of these five juniors will receive a four-year, $4,000 scholarship.

“The Minnesota Section PGA Foundation is proud to help these talented, young students continue their academic careers at the collegiate level,” said Minnesota Section PGA Executive Director, Jon Tollette. “These young men and women have impressive credentials, and we are excited to help them get closer to achieving their respective goals.”

About the winners:
Brett Buckingham attended Minnewaska Area High School in Long Beach, earning six varsity letters in golf as a four-time captain and two more in basketball. He was involved in the Honor Society in addition to his sports accolades. This fall, he will attend Augsburg College in Minneapolis, to pursue a degree in business.

Olivia Johnson collected six varsity letters in golf, one as a captain, and three more in skiing; she finished her career at Hill-Murray School earning all-conference honors twice in golf. Johnson was also involved with the Yearbook Staff, Band, Peer Tutoring and the Honor Society. She will study accounting at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.

Anson Kuznik was a two-sport varsity captain in both golf and alpine ski racing, and received all-state honors in both sports at Mound Westonka High School in Minnetrista. His extracurricular activities included Orchestra, Rotary Club and the Honor Society. He will attend the United States Air Force Academy for business management & economics and to play golf.

Riley Stegeman earned six varsity letters in golf, two as a team captain, and received All-Conference honors at East Ridge High School. He was heavily involved in extracurricular activities including Choir, Key Club and the Honor Society. Stegeman will study business at the Carlson School of Management-University of Minnesota.

Brianna Vetter received varsity letters in golf, as a captain and All-State selection, cross country, hockey and cross-country skiing. She also was involved in Band and the Honor Society. In August, she will attend the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs for electrical engineering.

Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association
The mission of the Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association is to 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.

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