2009 Dornick Hills Country Club – Ardmore, Oklahoma
ARDMORE, Okla.--Despite intermittent rain, Denny McCarthy of Burtonsville, Md., and Caroline Powers of Bowling Green, Ohio, secured wins at the 41st Annual Trusted Choice Big "I" National Championship. Shooting a 5-under-par 70 in the final round, McCarthy claimed first place in the Boys Division with a 270 and a one-stroke lead in tight duel against Michael McGowan of Southern Pines, N.C. Powers carded a 9-over-par 293 to claim the Girls Division title by six strokes. Sponsored and supported by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, the 41st Annual Trusted Choice Big "I" National Championship featured 160 players from 40 states with boys and girls under the age of 18. The Boys Division played the Dornick Hills Country Club golf course at par 70 and 6,524yards, while the girls played the course at par 71 and 6,041 yards. McCarthy claimed his first national junior title, overcoming a five-stroke deficit. Carding seven birdies, he was neck and neck with McGowan to the very last hole, where his par against McGowan's bogey secured the win with a 10-under-par 270. He accredited his round to calming himself down.
"Yesterday I didn't play so well and I took myself out of it just a little bit." McCarthy said. "Today I just wanted to go out there and fire it at every pin and just have fun and relax."In second place, McGowan bogeyed his last hole, putting him just one stroke behind the leader at a 9-under-par 271.Corey Konieczki of Rockford, Il., finished third in the Boys Division with a 274 total. In fourth was Cory McElyea of Santa Cruz, Calif. with a total score of 5-under-par 275. Tied for fifth place were Joshua Briere of Newport, Vt. and Talor Gooch of Midwest City, Okla.; both at 3-under par 277.
n the Girls Division, Powers won her first Trusted Choice Big "I" National Championship in dominant fashion with her wire-to-wire victory. Her final round par 74 gave her at a six-stroke win at 9-over-par 293. She was able to keep her lead throughout the day and credits her final round to consistency."I was driving the ball pretty well," Powers said. "I played consistently and tried to stay in my own game and trust what I was doing." Finishing in second place was Lizzie Bundy of Clayton, N.C. with a 14-over-par 299. In third place was Ashlee Pickerell of Salem, Oregon at 15-over-par 300.
2010 - Olde York Country Club, Chesterfield, NJ
Chesterfield, NJ - After sharing the Boys Division lead for two straight rounds, Greg Bunner of Cherryville, N.C., was crowned the champion at the 42nd Trusted Choice® Big “I” National Championship with a final round 71 and one-under-par 283 tournament total. New Jersey native Kuriko Tsukiyama of Bogota finished the tournament at 2-over-par 290 to claim the Girls Division title after holding the lead all four rounds. Corey McElyea of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Will Bishop of Lexington, Ky., shot final round 65s while Elise Bradley of Mandeville, La., carded a final round 67. The three juniors made wrote new men’s and women’s single round records at Old York Country Club at Chesterfield. The Trusted Choice® Big “I” National Championship was a 72-hole stroke play event hosted at Old York Country Club at Chesterfield. The tournament field boasted 102 boys and 54 girls, ages 12-18, from 35 states, with nine juniors representing the host state of New Jersey. Second-round cuts were made at 155 in the Boys Division and 159 in the Girls Division to include 55 boys and 27 girls for the third and final rounds. Bunner averaged four birdies per round en route to the biggest victory of his junior career. Consistent strong putting throughout the week led the eighteen-year-old to win in his last junior golf appearance, as he heads off to Western Carolina University in the fall. With McElyea and Bishop in the clubhouse tied at even-par 284, eighteen-year-old Bunner two putted from 20 feet for par to seal the victory. “I had no clue that they were that close,” Bunner said after the round. “I thought I had a two to three stroke cushion. I was just trying to put a good line on it with good speed. It’s nice to have my name in the same list as Tiger Woods.” Tied after their course-breaking rounds of 65, McElyea and Bishop took home second-place trophies. Standing alone in fourth at 2-over-par 286 was Sean Friel of Rochester Hills, Mich. Caleb Sturgeon of Laurens, S.C., Daniel Pizetoski of Davidson, N.C., and Mark Reilly of Babylon, N.Y., finished tied for fifth at 7-over-par 291. In the Girls Division, 14-year-old Kuriko Tsukiyama shot a final-round 2-over-par 74 to claim the champion’s title. After a shaky 5-over-par third-round 77, Tsukiyama concentrated on chipping and putting while warming up for the final round. “It’s my first big victory,” Tsukiyama said. “I’m really excited right now. All I wanted to do was concentrate on my own game and not worry about what other people were shooting.” Finishing second at 9-over-par 297 was Ally McDonald of Fulton, Mich., followed by Ashlee Pickerell of Salem, Ore., who shot an 11-over-par 299 for the tournament. The Trusted Choice® Big “I” National Championship is one of the nation’s premier junior stroke-play championships. Organized by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, The Big “I” attracts the nation’s top junior golfers. Notable past participants include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Charles Howell III, David Duval, Justin Leonard, Candie Kung, Cristie Kerr and Grace Park. The Big “I” is able to provide an opportunity for juniors to compete thanks to its title sponsor Trusted Choice, presenting sponsor Harleysville, and its partners Allied Insurance and Nike Golf.
2011 - Reunion Golf and Country Club, Madison, MS
MADISON, Miss. – Ally McDonald of Fulton, Miss., ran away with the title in the Girls Division while J.T. Poston of Hickory, N.C., staved off his challengers all day to take home the Boys Division trophy Thursday at the 43rd annual Trusted Choice® Big “I” National Championship at Reunion Golf & Country Club in Madison, Miss.After finishing second in the tournament last year, McDonald extended the eight-stroke lead she held after the third round to finish nine strokes ahead of Taylor Totland of Tinton Falls, N.J., (69-75-76-73—293). In McDonald’s last junior tournament, the entering freshman at Mississippi State carded a tournament score of 72-72-68-72—284 to take home the Mayerstein Trophy in her home state.“I said that I wasn’t going to settle for second this year, and I think I got the job done,” she said. “I didn’t play as well as I could have today, but finishing 4-under-par and even on the day is a pretty good feat that I accomplished.” Rounding out the top five in the Girls Division were Emily Haas of Nicholasville, Ken., at 10-over-par (75-76-71-76—298). Kelly Hartigan of Lake Orion, Mich., and Casey Ward of Chapel Hill, N.C., each finished at 12-over-par with four-day totals of 79-72-76-73—300 and 73-81-71-75—300, respectively. While McDonald was snapping photos and shaking hands, the Boys Division was still up for grabs. Poston (72-69-70-71—282) entered No. 18 with a two-stroke lead, but left his approach shot 60-feet from the cup. Austin Smotherman of Loomis, Calif., (68-73-72-70—283), who has committed to play golf at UC Davis, stuck his approach to eight feet and knocked in his birdie attempt to get to 5-under-par for the tournament. Poston, playing in his last junior event before joining the men’s golf team at Western Carolina University, needed to three-putt at worst to win the tournament, and that is just what he did. After his round he said the six-inch putt he dropped to lay claim to the Robert Trent Jones Trophy was one of the most nerve-racking of his junior golf career. He finished 6-under-par for the tournament. “It was a grind all day,” Poston said. “On my par putt from six or seven feet I wasn’t going to run it by. I just had to two-putt from there, and I was glad I did have that six-incher instead of a three-footer.” Trevor Cone of Concord, N.C., an entering freshman at Virginia Tech, took home the third place trophy with a four-day total of 3-under-par (73-68-71-73—285). Noah West of Belden, Miss., snuck up the leaderboard with a 3-under-par 69 Thursday to finish in fourth place at 1-under par (75-70-73-69—287) for the tournament, and Reed Lindsey of Ripley, Miss., (71-75-72-71—289) and Will Starke of Chapin, S.C., (73-71-74-71—289) tied for fifth place with a tournament totals of 1-over-par.
2012 – University of Texas Golf Course, Austin, TX
Austin, Texas - Austin Smotherman (2012) of Loomis, Calif., ran away with the Robert Trent Jones Trophy at the 44th annual Trusted Choice® Big “I” National Championship, winning by seven strokes and finishing at 10-under-par for the tournament. Summar Roachell (2013) of Conway, Ark., answered the challenge of strong play by a strong field to win the Girls Division at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas.
Smotherman finished in second place in the 2011 Big “I” and said he wanted vindication in his last junior tournament before beginning his collegiate career at SMU later this month. He finished the tournament at 71-70-64-69—274. “I feel like I redeemed myself by getting that one stroke from last year back and more,” he said. “I was a little nervous on the front with some of the other guys coming after me, but I tore it up on the back nine. I stuck to my game plan all week, and it worked for me.”
Three players tied for second at 3-under-par: Stratton Nolen (2013) of Austin, Texas; Brendon Doyle (2014) of Louisville, Ken.; and Walker Huddy (2012) of Studio City, Calif. Three more came in at 2-over-par, tied for fifth.
Roachell fended off a strong run from Anne Freman (2013) of Las Vegas to take home the Mayerstein Trophy. Both shot 4-under-par 68s on the day, but Roachell’s 9-under-par 71-70-70-68—279 could not be caught. “It feels really good to finally get a win,” she said. “I started off kind of slow, and then I holed-out on No. 6 from about 40 yards and got some momentum there. Anne [Freman] made a run on the back with four birdiess in a row, but I just tried to stay calm and hit the shots that I needed to. This is a great tournament. I can’t wait to come back next year.” Roachell has committed to play at the University of Arkansas in the fall of 2013. Taylor Coleman (2015) of San Antonio, Texas finished third at 2-under par, Maddie McCrary (2014) of Wylie, Texas took fourth at 1-over and Bryana Nguyen (2014) rounded out the top five at 2-over par for the tournament.
The boys played to a par 71 at 7,031 yards and a course rating of 75.0. The girls played at 6,098 yards with a par of 72 and a course rating of 76.3. Complete tournament information is available at bigigolf.com.
2013 – Country Club of North Carolina, Pinehurst, NC
(PINEHURST, N.C.) Sam Stevens (2014) of Wichita, KS., led from start to finish and captured the Robert Trent Jones Trophy as the champion of the Boys Division as play concluded Thursday at the 45th annual Trusted Choice® Big “I” National Championship. In the Girls Division, Bailey Tardy (2015) of Norcross, Ga., came from behind to win the Mayerstein Trophy. The four-round tournament was played on the Dogwood Course at The Country Club of North Carolina.
A verbal commit to Oklahoma State, Stevens carded a final round 2-under par 70 and finished the tournament at 7-under par en route to a six-stroke victory. After he started the day with a two-stroke lead, Stevens used back-to-back birdies on the reachable par-5 fifth and made a 35-foot putt for birdie on the par-4 sixth to increase his lead to four strokes. He made his final birdie of the day on the par-4 17th and coasted to victory with a two-putt par on his finishing hole. For the day, Stevens recorded four birdies, 12 pars and two bogeys.“I have played in this event quite a few times,” Stevens said. “I have always felt that I had the game to win, but had never gotten it done. Obviously, it is a great feeling winning and finally getting the job done.”
James Clark (2014) of Columbus, Ga., finished with a final round even-par 72 and in second place at 1-under par. Sean Yu (2015) of Beaumont, Calif., and Keenan Huskey (2014) of Greenville, S.C., finished in a tie for third at 1-over par for the championship. Jeffrey Swegle (2014) of West Des Moines, Iowa rounded out the top five with a 1-under 71 for the day and 2-over for the tournament.
Celebrating her 17th birthday, Tardy was able to overcome a six-stroke deficit entering Thursday’s final round as she fired a bogey-free 5-under par 67 to capture the tournament title by three strokes at 3-under par. Tardy, who also won Wednesday’s Patrick Cannon Memorial Long Drive Contest, recorded three birdies on her front nine to make the turn at 3-under-par 33. After making a key par save on the par-4 11th to pull within one stroke of leader Jessica Porvasnik, Tardy gained sole possession of the lead with a birdie on the par-4 14th. On her finishing hole, Tardy stuck her approach shot within two feet of the hole and tapped in for a birdie to seal the victory. She carded five birdies and 13 pars for the day. “I am kind of speechless,” Tardy said. “I played really well the whole time and didn’t really mess up at all. Yesterday, I had a lot of bad breaks. Nothing was going for me and I couldn’t make any putts. Today, I made some long ones and I stuck it close and was able to make it. I just tried to stick to my game and not focus on where everybody is.”
Emilia Migliaccio (2017) of Cary, N.C., finished in second position for the tournament, as she carded a final round 1-over par 73 to finish at 1-over for the championship. She finished the day with three birdies, 12 pars, two bogeys and one double bogey. Third-round leader Porvasnik (2013) of Hinckley, Ohio rounded out the top three, coming in with a 6-over par 78 in the final round to finish at 3-over par 291.
The boys played the par 72 Dogwood Course at 7,144 yards and a 75.2 course rating, while the girls played a 6,145 official yardage and a course rating of 76.4.
2014 - Pete Dye Club, Bridgeport, West Virginia
(Bridgeport, W.Va.) Keenan Huskey (2014) of Greenville, South Carolina, wins the Robert Trent Jones Trophy and Rachel Dai (2015) of Milton, Georgia, wins the Mayerstein Trophy at 46th annual Trusted Choice® Big “I” National Championship. The four round tournament is being played at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, West Virginia.
In the Boys Division, Huskey, who lead the first two rounds, came out firing on the back nine to claim victory. The future South Carolina Gamecocks followed his 1-over on the front nine with four birdies and no bogeys to fire a final round 3-under 69 to finish at 4-under for the championship and win by four strokes to hoist the Robert Trent Jones Trophy. He finished as the only player in either division to finish under-par for the championship.
“This is huge. This is the best feeling ever,” Huskey said with a big smile. “Ending my junior career like this it couldn’t get any better.”
Joshua Gliege (2016) of Eagle, Idaho, finished four strokes behind Huskey at even-par for the championship after a final round 4-over 76. Four players finished in a tie for third at 4-over for the championship. Garrett May (2015) of Hope, Arkansas, shot a final round of even-par 72, Alex Smalley (2015) of Wake Forest, North Carolina, shot a final round 3-over 75, Tyson Reeder (2015) of Edmond, Oklahoma, carded a final round 1-over 73, and DJ Vogt (2014) of Louisville, Kentucky carded a 5-over 77 for his final round.
In the Girls Division, Dai continued to play steady as the players around her faltered. Dai, in her first Big “I”, carded a 1-over 71 in the final round to hoist the Mayerstein Trophy. The Peach State player made four bogeys on the day, but rolled in three birdies to offset the damage. Dai finished the event at even-par, two shots ahead of the field. “Winning the Big “I” means a lot to me,” Dai said with a smile. “It’s been awhile since I’ve in contention or having a win for that matter. It’s also the conclusion to my summer season and I had a good start to the season and it’s great to have a great end to the season.” Alice Chen (2014) of Princeton, New Jersey, who lead the first three rounds, carded a 5-over 77 to finish the event at 2-over and two shots back of Dai. Siranon Shoomee (2016) of Sanford, North Carolina, also shot a 5-over 77 to finish the tournament at 3-over and three shots back of Dai.
Eric Bae (2016) of Pinehurst, North Carolina, made a hole-in-one on the par-3 7th. Bae used a 7-iron on the 169-yard hole. The boys played the Pete Dye Golf Club at 7,045 yards and a 74.4 course rating while the girls played at 6,073 yards and a course rating of 74.9. The 47th Trusted Choice® Big “I” National Championship will be played at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas August 3-6, 2015.
2015 - Prairie Dunes Country Club, Hutchinson, KS
(Hutchinson, KS) Wells Padgett (2017) of Wichita, Kan., won the Boys Division with a final round five-over-par 75.Haley Thiele (2015) led wire to wire in the Girls Division at the Trusted Choice® Big “I” National Championship, carding a final round score of five-over-par 75
In the Boys Division, Padgett had a good start to his round with a birdie on No. 1. He ended the front nine with three bogeys and one more birdie, this one on No. 7. On the back nine, Padgett added four more bogeys but was able to stay in the lead. Today’s round resulted in nine pars, two birdies and seven bogeys. Padgett’s four day total of 285 placed him one stroke ahead of Riley Griffin. “I got off to a good start, I birdied my first hole which was nice,” Padgett said. “It was smooth sailing from there, until the end and then I got a little nervous. This is my biggest victory for sure. I have been doing pretty well my last summer and this summer, but as for big victories this is number one.” Riley Griffin (2016) of Providence, R.I., placed second with a score of three-over-par 73 for a total of 286. Ryggs Johnston (2019) of Libby Mont., placed third with a score of nine-over-par 79 and total of 288. Mason Overstreet (2016) of Kingfisher, Okla., finished in fourth place with a score of two-over-par 72 and total of 290. Hunter Ostrom (2016) of Eagle, Idaho placed fifth with a score of two-over-par 72 and total score of 292.
In the Girls Division, Thiele finished the Big “I” strong, sustaining her No. 1 position the entire tournament. The University of Nebraska signee played a solid front nine holes this morning with a birdie on No. 9 against three bogeys. On the back nine, Thiele carded six pars and three bogeys. She completed today’s round with 11 pars, one birdie, and six bogeys total resulting in five-over-par 75. Her final round total score of 287 placed her one stroke ahead of Dominique Galloway. “I’m feeling a lot of excitement,” Thiele said. “In the last few years I have worked really hard. It’s been fun playing in this tournament for three years. It has been an absolute blast, I love playing in the Big ‘I.’ I struggled a lot at the start of the year and I feel like I was playing my best golf beginning in July. I was thrilled I was able to finish the way I did.” Dominique Galloway (2016) of Rio Rancho, N.M., placed second with a final round with a score of five-over-par 75, and a total score of 288. Jennifer Kupcho (2015) of Westminster, Colo., placed third with the low score of the day at two-under-par 68, and a total score of 291.
Boys played the Prairie Dunes Country Club at 6,818 yards and a 75.5 course rating while the girls played at 5,685 yards and a course rating of 77.1.
2016 Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento, California
Jacob Bergeron (2017) of Slidell, La., won the Boys Division of the Trusted Choice® Big “I” National Championship after firing a 31-33—64 during the fourth round to get to -18 for the tournament. Emilee Hoffman (2016) of Folsom, Calif., captured the Girls Division title with a 5-under-par 279 tournament total. The 72-hole tournament was played at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento, Calif.
Bergeron, who committed to Louisiana State University, improved each round, collecting scores of 70-67-65-64—266. In the last round, Bergeron sunk six birdies and one eagle, along with only one bogey. His 18-under-par 266 netted him his eight-shot victory, and his final-round 64 was one shot off the men’s competitive course record. “I posted 64 today and I just kept with the same game plan I had all week. I was blessed that I was able to make some putts coming down the stretch and hit some really good shots at the start of the round,” Bergeron said. “I made the turn at 5-under and after that I kind of put it on cruise control a little bit and just tried not to make any mistakes coming in.” Nicholas Lyerly (2017) of Salisbury, N.C., sunk five birdies against four bogeys enroute to a 70 today, good for a 10-under-par 274. There was a five-way tie for third among Nick Willis (2017) of Cowpens, S.C., Jacob Bridgeman (2018) of Inman, S.C., Simms Abney (2019) of Madison, Miss., Chad Sewell (2017) of Conroe, Texas, and Mark Reppe (2017) of Dallas, all finishing at 5-under par 279.
In the Girls Division, Hoffman notched a final round of 37-35—72 that included four birdies and five bogeys to finish at 5-under 279. “I really played smart golf today. Once again, just keeping the ball in play off the tee. This is my last junior golf tournament so it feels really good to close it out with a win,” said the University of Texas signee. “There was great competition this week. I made a lot of new friends and it was really great playing with them.”
Rounds one and two leader Leila Dizon (2018) of Los Angeles shot a 76 today, good for second place and five shots back of Hoffman. Dominique Galloway (2016) of Rio Rancho, N.M., moved up to third place in the final round after shooting an even-par 71 to bring her tournament total to an even par 288. Galloway will join Hoffman to play golf at the University of Texas in the fall. Skylar Thompson (2018) of Buford, Ga., and Gurman Kaur (2016) of Elk Grove, Calif., tied for fourth place with a score of 6-over 290.
Boys played the Del Paso Country Club at 6,876 yards and a 73.3/141 course rating while the girls played at 5,823 yards and a course rating of 73.7/140. After round two, the Boys Division was cut from 93 to 61 while the Girls Division was reduced from 59 to 28.
Complete tournament information is available at bigigolf.com..