We had a full field for this year’s Hardin Junior Championship as 80 players teed it up at the
beautiful and prestigious St. Louis Country Club. The course was in great shape and the
weather was ideal for an early July summer day. The course played hard, but the players
survived and we saw some great golf and great winners.
11 & Under
We had very good turnout for this age group this year as 13 players teed it up. This division
plays 9 holes each day and the course played to a little over 2400 yards. The First Round leader
William Carmichael from St. Louis Country Club shot 39 on Day One and 41 on Day Two.
Anthony Moore from The Legends shot 41 on Day One and 39 on Day Two forcing a Hole by
Hole Playoff to determine this year’s 11 & Under Champion. Both players headed out to the
18th Hole where Anthony rolled in a long par putt to edge out William for the Championship.
12-13 Yr. Olds
This division featured 13 players and played at 5659 yards, Forest Hill’s Blake Mueller went wire
to wire shooting an 84 on Day One and a 78 on Day Two to capture the Championship.
Whitmoor’s Adam Dohrmann was runner up, shooting 87 and 83 respectively.
14-15 Yr. Olds
15 players fought it out in this division, playing at 6155 yards. Hudson Shy, from Bogey
Hills was the first round leader, shooting 74, while Charlie Kruze from the Legends was a shot
behind at 75. Right behind them were 2 players from Whitmoor, Koltan Kijanko (2022 12-13
Champion) and Andrew Luvin who both carded a 77. Hudson played solid again on Day Two
shooting a 1 over par 72 to capture the Championship while Whitmoor’s Kijanko posted a 72 on
Day Two as well and ended up capturing the runner up title.
16-18 Yr. Olds
39 players teed it up in this Division, battling to become the 2023 Hardin Champion, which
played at a tough 6457 Yards. The First Round leader was Owen Farley from St. Louis Country
Club who shot a blazing 3 under par 68. Two shots off the pace was William Bomkamp from
Forest Hills (2022 14-15 Runner up) who carded a 1 under par 70. Austin Jacobs from
Whitmoor Country Club was 5 shots off the pace shooting a 2 over par 73 setting up the Final
Group heading into Day Two. All 3 players battled the whole day but at the end, Forest Hills
William Bomkamp was just too steady and posted an even par 71 to capture the Championship
and this year’s Hardin Trophy. Owen Farley shot 78 on Day Two and Austin Jacobs fired
another 73 on Day Two to finish in a Tie for 2nd, 5 shots behind William.
Congrats to William and all the players who competed for this year’s Hardin Trophy. And, as
always, many thanks to our District Rules Officials, who volunteer their time for the love
of the game. They spent 6+ hours out on the course both days to assist the players. We also
had a great following of spectators for the two days, and many of the players had caddies.
Special thanks to Head Pro Grant Masson and his team for their support in making this event a
huge success. And a big “Thank You” to the St. Louis Country Club membership for hosting the
2023 Hardin Championship.