William Frazier shot a final round 3-under 69 to finish the weekend 5-under and to claim both the Overall Champion and 16-18 age division titles at the 2018 Minnesota Boys Junior PGA Championship which was played jointly between Whitebirch Golf Course and Deacon’s Lodge Golf Course in Breezy Point, Minn.
With this win, William Frazier (70-69-139) and tournament runner-up Ben Hicks (73-67-140) have received automatic entry into the 2018 Boys Junior PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ken. from July 31-August 3, 2018. Frazier will also receive an exemption into the 2018 Minnesota State Open which is being held at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids, Minn. from July 20-22, 2018.
Things looked easy for Frazier over the two days in which he stated, “I was really solid off the tee which helped me a lot.” Frazier did however find some trouble early on after the turn when he carded two back-to-back bogeys on 11 and 12 after not carding a single bogey on the front. However, he referenced his past tournament experience to stay calm and take it hole-by-hole which evidently worked to his advantage in the final round. It was a pleasant surprise for Frazier who was unaware of the newly added exemption into the Minnesota State Open in which he looks forward to competing with some of the best local professional and amateur golfers. In addition to his State Open exemption he will look to represent Minnesota at the Boys Junior PGA Championship.
Conversely, Ben Hicks, who is recently coming off wins at the Players Tour Open Championship and MN-WI Cup Matches is looking forward to competing at the national tournament with some of the best golfers in the country while representing his home state. Hicks stated that it is always a privilege to carry his home state of Minnesota with pride whether it is competing at the “Cup Matches or in a national competition”.
In addition to Frazier winning the overall and 16-18 age division awards, Mason Roloff (Even) won the 13-15 age division title followed behind by Leo Gellert (+3), and Nate Stevens (+6). Behind Frazier in the 16-18 division was tournament runner-up, Ben Hicks (-4) and Ben Warian (-2) who weaned out Jacob Pedersen in a playoff for third place in the age group.
Frazier and Hicks are looking to carry on their winning streak into the national tournament in Louisville, Ken. later this month while representing the Minnesota Section.