ROMEOVILLE, ILLINOIS — Beginning the final round in fourth place, Ottumwa’s Matthew Walker, carded a 3-under-par 69 on the day to end with a tournament-total 2-under-par 214 and win his first American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) title at the Midwest Junior Players Championship.
A total of 48 boys competed in the Midwest Junior Players Championship, which wrapped up on Thursday. The tournament is in its 12th year on the AJGA schedule and was played at Mistwood Golf Club for the second year. For the first time, the AJGA and Mistwood Golf Club hosted the Midwest Junior Players Championship in conjunction with the Midwest Junior Players Junior All-Star.
Walker began the day four strokes back of the lead and carded five birdies during the round to finish at the top of the leaderboard. With the win, the University of Iowa verbal commit earned his first AJGA title and now has four top-five finishes in his AJGA career.
Walker was thrilled to win his first AJGA event and hopes his play as of late continues throughout the rest of the summer.
“It feels pretty good,” Walker said. “I’ve been trying to win for a while and have had a lot of close finishes, so it feels good to finally break through. I played a tournament a couple of weeks ago and had a good finial round, so I want the momentum from that and this week to keep going.”
Trent Wallace of Joliet, Illinois, concluded play in second at 1-over-par 217. Rounding out the top five boys was Ian Kelsey of Deerfield, Illinois, Mike Lee of Crown Point, Indiana, and Daniel Hudson of Western Springs, Illinois. The third-place finishers concluded play at 3-over-par 219.