PGA Junior League a success


Piqua Country Club hosts Miami Shores in team play

Rob Kiser|Miami Valley Today Piqua Country Club assistant pro Braden Hengst looks on as Miami Shores’ Ben Maxson prepares to chip on to the first green at Piqua Country Club and teammate Ty Schauer looks on.

Rob Kiser|Miami Valley Today Piqua Country Club assistant pro Braden Hengst looks on as Miami Shores’ Ben Maxson prepares to chip on to the first green at Piqua Country Club and teammate Ty Schauer looks on.


Rob Kiser|Miami Valley Today Miami Shores’ Bryce Massingill looks over put on the first green at Piqua Country Club Sunday.


Rob Kiser|Miami Valley Today Piqua Country Club’s Lorelai Manson watches her putt on the first green at Piqua Country Club Sunday.


Rob Kiser|Miami Valley Today Piqua Country Club’s Reaghan McDaniel hits a putt as teammate Brooke Garringer looks on.


Rob Kiser|Miami Valley Today Piqua Country Club’s Rohan Patel chips on to the first green as teammate Cohen Manson looks on.


Rob Kiser|Miami Valley Today Piqua Country Club’s Olivia Sherry watches as her pitch shot lands on the first green Sunday at Piqua Country Club.


Rob Kiser|Miami Valley Today Walter Mergler of the Miami Shores PGA Junior League team gets instruction from Miami Shores Golf Professional Kyler Booher as Blake Sager looks on.


By Rob Kiser

Piqua Daily Call

PIQUA — There were smiles all around.

And hot dogs and ice cream awaiting when they finished.

Exactly what the PGA of America had in mind when they created the PGA Junior League.

Sunday’s match at Piqua Country Club featured the PCC Junior League team hosting Miami Shores.

“Essentially, they were trying to create something similar to little league baseball,” Miami Shores Golf Professional Kyler Booher said. “They wanted to create a team game. Let’s face it, golf is a social game. It is a team game.”

The idea is for the kids to learn about the game of golf, in a somewhat competitive environment and still have fun.

And it was clear both teams were doing exactly that.

“The kids have a ball,” PCC assistant pro Braden Hengst, who along with Booher and former Troy golfer Nate Uhlenbrock were out there to help the groups. “The kids are learning about the etiquette of the game and we use a scramble format. They have a ball and there are times it is competitive, which is a good thing.”

Whether it is learning to repair a ball mark, where to stand when someone else is hitting, not walking in the line of their putt or what order you play in, the kids are learning things they can use for the rest of their lives.

“The kids are learning life lessons,” Hengst said. “The PGA Junior League has come up with a great way to introduce kids to the game and keep it fun for them.”

This is PCC’s second year having a team, while Miami Shores has a team for the first time.

“When I worked out in Colorado, we had teams,” Booher said. “So I was glad to be able to do it here. It is a great experience for both the kids and their parents.”

Booher has rules in place to help keep it fun.

“We are the only ones who are allowed to coach,” Booher said. “All the parents come out and watch their kids play. We also put importance on pace of play. I limit my kids to one practice swing. You won’t see anybody in blue (Miami Shores) taking more than one practice swing. Unless they are chipping around the green. Those are shots you might want to take more than one practice thing.”

The scoring system is a little different, to help get all the golfers involved.

“Every three holes is worth a point, called a flag,” Booher said. “It is a little different than the normal scoring system.”

And the program will benefit all golfers.

Being introduced to the game properly, these young golfers will know the etiquette of the game when they become adult golfers.

“Everyone has a good time,” Booher said. “Whether it was in Colorado or here, I have never had anyone come up to me at the end of the season and say, ‘that was a waste of time.’ The kids and parents all have a great experience.”

Hengst agreed.

“I would have loved to have something like this when I was getting started in the game,” he said.

After all, what could be better than a little competitive golf, followed by hot dogs and ice cream?

Contact Piqua Daily Call Sports Editor Rob Kiser at rkiser@aimmediamidwest.com

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Rob Kiser|Miami Valley Today Piqua Country Club assistant pro Braden Hengst looks on as Miami Shores’ Ben Maxson prepares to chip on to the first green at Piqua Country Club and teammate Ty Schauer looks on.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2019/07/web1_braden.jpgRob Kiser|Miami Valley Today Piqua Country Club assistant pro Braden Hengst looks on as Miami Shores’ Ben Maxson prepares to chip on to the first green at Piqua Country Club and teammate Ty Schauer looks on.

Rob Kiser|Miami Valley Today Miami Shores’ Bryce Massingill looks over put on the first green at Piqua Country Club Sunday.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2019/07/web1_brycemassingill.jpgRob Kiser|Miami Valley Today Miami Shores’ Bryce Massingill looks over put on the first green at Piqua Country Club Sunday.

Rob Kiser|Miami Valley Today Piqua Country Club’s Lorelai Manson watches her putt on the first green at Piqua Country Club Sunday.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2019/07/web1_lorelaimanson.jpgRob Kiser|Miami Valley Today Piqua Country Club’s Lorelai Manson watches her putt on the first green at Piqua Country Club Sunday.

Rob Kiser|Miami Valley Today Piqua Country Club’s Reaghan McDaniel hits a putt as teammate Brooke Garringer looks on.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2019/07/web1_reaghanmcdaniel.jpgRob Kiser|Miami Valley Today Piqua Country Club’s Reaghan McDaniel hits a putt as teammate Brooke Garringer looks on.

Rob Kiser|Miami Valley Today Piqua Country Club’s Rohan Patel chips on to the first green as teammate Cohen Manson looks on.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2019/07/web1_rohanpatel.jpgRob Kiser|Miami Valley Today Piqua Country Club’s Rohan Patel chips on to the first green as teammate Cohen Manson looks on.

Rob Kiser|Miami Valley Today Piqua Country Club’s Olivia Sherry watches as her pitch shot lands on the first green Sunday at Piqua Country Club.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2019/07/web1_oliviasherry.jpgRob Kiser|Miami Valley Today Piqua Country Club’s Olivia Sherry watches as her pitch shot lands on the first green Sunday at Piqua Country Club.

Rob Kiser|Miami Valley Today Walter Mergler of the Miami Shores PGA Junior League team gets instruction from Miami Shores Golf Professional Kyler Booher as Blake Sager looks on.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2019/07/web1_kylerbooher.jpgRob Kiser|Miami Valley Today Walter Mergler of the Miami Shores PGA Junior League team gets instruction from Miami Shores Golf Professional Kyler Booher as Blake Sager looks on.
Piqua Country Club hosts Miami Shores in team play