Of the 63 players entered to date, more than 50 percent have
handicap indexes of 10 or less. Sixteen-year-old Lauren DiGrazie of
Addison has the lowest USGA handicap index, with a 1.4. DiGrazie,
the 2006 junior state runner-up, lost last year on a two-hole
playoff after tying champion Brook Beeler of Butler at 151 for 36
holes on the par-76 Illini Orange course.
Hepler, with an index of 2, is one of the entrants.
Registration is open until the field is full.
The tournament is open to Illinois residents with a handicap of
40 or less, or a scoring average of 120 or less. Entrants must be
less than 19 years old and must not have begun college. Additional
information and registration forms are available at
The format for the tournament is 36-hole stroke play. Play is in
foursomes. Carts and caddies are not permitted. A disabled
contestant may petition the IWGA for an exception. Play will begin
at 8 a.m. each day. Spectators are welcome.
July 30 --
Practice round. A copy of the July 31 starter list will be
www.iwga.org late in the afternoon.
July 31 -- First
round: 18-hole stroke play, qualifying. Players will be placed
in flights according to their handicap index.
Aug. 1 -- Final
18-hole stroke play. Players will be placed in flights according
to their gross scores on Tuesday.
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The American Junior Golf Association recognizes the IWGA State
Junior Championship in the AJGA performance-based entry system. A
successful tournament finish by a competitor in non-AJGA events,
such as a state junior tournament, offers entrants an opportunity to
earn their way into AJGA events, either through tournament
exemptions or accumulating performance stars. This tournament is a
Junior Golf Scoreboard-ranked tournament.
Ellen Boeye, Moline, is president of IWGA, and Marlene Miller,
Lake Bluff, is chairman of the junior tournament.
IWGA mission: Founded in 1933, the IWGA is an all-volunteer
organization devoted to advancing golf opportunities for the women
and girls of Illinois by conducting state championship tournaments
and through fundraising to support charitable contributions to
individual and organizations that embody the spirit of amateur golf.
In addition to running three state championship tournaments each
year, IWGA, through its charitable giving, actively supports women's
golf teams in Illinois' public colleges, the Evans Scholars
Foundation, veterans programs, Susan G. Komen Foundation and Mills
Breast Cancer Institute.
Annually, IWGA awards the Julia Dodds Scholarship to an
outstanding junior golfer. Funding for these and other charitable
contributions comes primarily from clubs and associations sponsoring
an annual Victory Tournament. Grants totaled more than $23,000 in
Name of IWGA board members, past tournament results and entry
forms are available at
[Text from news release received
from Illinois Women's Golf Association]