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MN-WI Jr. PGA Cup Matches: Grace Kellar & Blake Kahlbaugh

June 24, 2016

Each day leading up to the Minnesota-Wisconsin Junior PGA Cup Matches, we will be profiling a girl and boy player from the Minnesota Team.

The 2016 Minnesota-Wisconsin Junior PGA Cup Matches will be played at SentryWorld Golf Course in Stevens Point, WI on June 29-30.

This has been an ongoing tradition between the PGA Sections since 1998 when the first Cup Matches were played. Wisconsin is leading the all-time series, 12-6, heading into this year’s matches.

The event consists of 12 boys and 12 girls from each the Minnesota and Wisconsin Sections that represent their Section in a Ryder Cup team-type event.

The formats used for the two-day event are four-ball matches the first day followed by singles matches on the second day. One point is awarded to the team who wins a match outright and a half point for both teams when there is a tie.

Today’s two profiles for Team Minnesota are Grace Kellar and Blake Kahlbaugh.

Grace Kellar

Grace Kellar:
Edina, MN
Class of 2017
First Appearance in MN-WI Cup Matches
How She Qualified: 2016 Class AAA State Team Champion

Who is your favorite Professional Golfer and why?
Jordan Spieth is my favorite golfer. He’s my favorite because he has worked hard to get to where he’s at and is passionate about the game.

What has been your most memorable moment in your golf career?
My most memorable moment was winning the state tournament this year with my team. The first round was the best our team has ever played, so it was really special.

What are you most excited for with Ryder Cup coming to Minnesota?
I’m most excited to have all of the professionals here in Minnesota. It will be so cool knowing that they’ll be within 30 minutes of me. Also, it will be amazing being able to attend the Ryder Cup.

 

Blake K

Blake Kahlbaugh:
Mahnomen, MN
Class of 2016
First Appearance in MN-WI Cup Matches
How He Qualified: 2016 Class A State Champion, 2016 Valspar Minnesota Section PGA Foundation Junior Golf Scholarship Winner

Who is your favorite Professional Golfer and why?
Jordan Spieth because he is a young golfer that has a crazy, amazing mental game, and is able to keep his composer under pressure.

What has been your most memorable moment in your golf career?
Winning the State Class A Tournament this year.

What are you most excited for with Ryder Cup coming to Minnesota?
Not having to travel out of state to watch a professional golf tournament, let alone such a prestigious event such as the Ryder Cup. I am also excited to see how they handle the elements that we are faced with, in the ever changing Minnesota climate.

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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