Resorters Golf Tournament: Dierks dominates for Junior 13-15 title
Peter Dierks was in control from start to finish on his way to a championship in the Junior 13-15 Division last week.
The 15-year-old from Leawood, Kansas entered as the division medalist after shooting a 72 in qualifying. He never looked back from that as he wrapped up the tournament title with a 7-5 win over Sauk Centre’s Carter Kranz on Saturday.
When asked at the awards ceremony about his victory, Dierks said simply, “Just good play.” His dad served as his caddy.
Dierks won’t be able to defend his title because he’ll be over the division’s age limit next summer. But he’ll still be back, this time in the Men’s Division.
Dierks took a little while to get going, but once he did, he never slowed down in the title match. He went 1-up with a par win on No. 7. That proved to be the first of seven straight wins for him as he closed out the match after 13 holes.
Dierks shot 2-over through the first six holes before going 2-under on his final seven. He birdied No. 9 to take a 3-up lead into the turn. He added another birdie on the par-5 12th hole to increase an already commanding lead to 6-up. He then ended things with a par win on 13 that gave him his first Resorters title.
Dierks saw his biggest challenge come in the second round against Alexandria’s Lukas Bigger. Bigger qualified as the ninth seed after shooting an 82 last Monday, but he pushed Dierks to the limit last Wednesday before ultimately falling in a 1-up match.
Even after three holes to start the back nine, Dierks made his move on No. 13 with a par win. He held on to that margin until No. 17, when Bigger parred to put the match back to even, then went 1-up on a birdie at 18.
Dierks evened the playing field as the two took to the front nine, winning by birdie on No. 1, then adding his second straight birdie on No. 2 for a 1-up lead. He increased his lead to two with a par win on the following hole.
Bigger challenged his opponent as he parred No. 4 to cut the lead to one, then evened the match once again on No. 6 with a birdie of his own.
Dierks countered with his third birdie of the match on No. 7 for a 1-up lead and the two finished stroke-for-stroke on the final two holes to leave Dierks with the win.
JUNIOR 13-15 CHAMPIONSHIP
Dierks def. Kranz, 7-5