HARBOR SPRINGS — Few people need an added reason to celebrate the fourth of July.
Henry Do and Jacqueline Setas had another special reason to celebrate Independence Day, however, after winning the American Junior Golf Association Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands Resort’s Heather Course on Thursday.
Setas, a senior to be, brought in her first AJGA win with her 222 three day total (74-73-75), while Do, a senior heading to the University of North Carolina to play golf, now has three AJGA tournament wins, shooting a 211 (76-67-68) total.
“It feels awesome,” Do said. “I’ve won a couple of these before, but it’s been a while since I’ve won one. To break that barrier, it just feels awesome.”
For Setas, it wasn’t the first time she made the trip to Boyne, playing in the Coca-Cola tournament as a 12 year old, just looking to clear last place.
“It feels great, I actually played in this tournament five years ago and I just wanted to shoot under 100, I was 12, and I just didn’t want to get last,” she said. “That goal was accomplished and five years later here I am and it feels great.”
Finishing second in the boys group was Will Grimmer of Cincinnati, who finished with a 215 (76-71-68) total, followed by Connor Dudley of Fremont, Ohio; 216 (74-69-73), and Brandon Barrows of Lake Orion, 216 (74-71-71), who tied for third place.
Do was able to build a commanding lead in the final day, thanks much in part to six birdies in his final round, including five on the back nine.
“I was hitting the ball great all week and had a good start to the season so I knew that I had a good chance of winning,” Do said. “But to have that dream come true is just awesome.”
In the girls division, Pader Her of Lansing took second with a 225 (74-76-75) three day total, followed by a tie of Harley Dubsky of Valparaiso, Ind., 226 (78-76-72) and Heather Ciskowski of Barrington, Ill., 226 (76-77-73).
Setas, who became the first ever Michigan native girl to win the tournament, feels she was carried throughout the three rounds by her putter, bringing in 10 birdies in all, including three in the final day. Following high school, Setas will stay in her home state to play golf for Michigan State University.
“Everything was very consistent,” she said. “I’d saying my putting was most consistent. I had two three putts in three rounds combined, so I’d say putting was the best aspect of my game.”
Do proved why he’s heading to UNC later in the summer, shooting just three total bogeys in the final two rounds, with just one on the second day. Overall, Do feels it was a great experience and solid way to mark his final AJGA tournament days before college.
“It was awesome, it was definitely worth the trip up,” he said. “I met some new friends. It was just a fun week. I’m just excited to play college golf and live in a college environment and experience that now.”
Connor Kintz of Brutus finished tied for 87th, 251 (81-83-87), while Petoskey sophomore Silas Lee finished tied for 93rd with a 254 (91-76-87).
For the local girls, Harbor Springs’ Ellen Breighner finished tied for 34th, 269 (85-92-92) and Abby Detmar finished 36th with a 300 (96-108-96).
The Coca-Cola Junior Championship was a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the AJGA.
The tournament field included 107 boys and 36 girls, ages 12-18 from 13 different states, Canada and Mexico.
The boys division played the par-72 course at 6,945 yards and the girls played at 6,008 yards.