On June 29, 36 young golfers came together at Palatine Hills Golf Course to compete in the Illinois PGA Ryder Cup Youth Skills Challenge. Palatine Hills was host to one of many local skills challenges being held at Illinois golf courses throughout the summer. Winners of these local competitions will advance to one of four regional competitions; the regional winners will advance to the Championship competition to be held on Saturday, September 22 at Medinah Country Club, home of the 39th Ryder Cup.
The competition is free to all participants and was designed to showcase the driving, chipping and putting skills of each young player. Each player hit three balls at each station. Their two best balls counted toward their total score, based on distance and accuracy. Players were divided into several separate age groups for scoring purposes.
Palatine Hills challenge participants advancing to the regional level are:
- Mark Braun of Palatine (6-8 year old boys - 1st place)
- Trevor Brandon of Fox River Grove (9-11 year old boys - 1st place)
- Ryan McGee of Hawthorn Woods(12-14 year old boys - 1st place)
- Graham Lillibridge of Geneva (12-14 year old boys - 2nd place)
- Tom Broders of Palatine (15-17 year old boys - 1st place)
- Ryan Bailey of Elk Grove Village (15-17 year old boys - 2nd place)
- Kaitlyn Parohinog of Streamwood (9-11 year old girls - 1st place)
- Jenny Myslinski of Palatine (12-14 year old girls - 1st place)
The Palatine Hills winners will be advancing to the regional competition on August 4th at Oak Brook Golf Club. The winners of the Oak Brook regional competition will compete against regional winners from Pine Meadow Golf Club in Mundelein, Cantigny Golf in Wheaton, and Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont for the opportunity to drive, chip and putt in the Ryder Cup Youth Skills Championship held during the Ryder Cup in September.
Palatine Hills Golf Course is Palatine Park District’s 18-hole, 6,800 yard championship course. This par 72 course has four sets of tees that provide a challenging yet enjoyable experience for golfers of all skill levels. The course layout requires golfers to use all the clubs in the bag during a round. The par 4 holes range in distance from 335 to 456 yards and par 3 holes range from 165 to 228 yards. In addition, players must contend with 29 bunkers and water that comes into play on 10 holes. For a free round of golf during your birthday month or for more information, visit www.palatinehills.org.
The mission of Palatine Park District is to provide a variety of safe, enjoyable and affordable parks and recreation facilities and activities that will enhance the quality of life by promoting good health and well-being for all residents and visitors of the Palatine Park District.