Photo: Left to right, back row, Amanda Fisher, Kaden Leivian, Christopher Crawford, Porter Hart, Wyatt Basford. Front row, Evyn Cannon, Austin Anderson, Ainslie Stanford and Kylie Fisher.
Although missing some of its big guns from recent years, the Battle Creek All Stars again qualified for the U13 PGA Junior League National Championship by edging Oak Brook Orange of Edwardsville, Mo., 6.5 to 5.5 in the match play regional championship at The Club at Indian Springs in Broken Arrow Sunday.
Porter Hart, son of coach Amanda Fisher, sank a crucial putt on the final hole of his match to provide the winning point and send the team to the 11th edition of the 13u National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Championship, to be held Oct. 4-8, at PGA Frisco’s Fields Ranch West for the first time.
The 13u Championship kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 4 with the National Car Rental Welcome Party, followed by the annual Skills Challenge Thursday, Oct. 5. Rounds one and two will take place Friday and Saturday (Oct. 6-7), during which teams will compete in a two-person scramble, team aggregate stroke play format. The Championship concludes with match play semifinal and final rounds on Sunday, Oct. 8.
The eighth hole on the Fields Ranch West Course at PGA Frisco
For the third year, the 13u Championship will be broadcast live on ESPN networks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Team members are Hart, Kaden Leivian, Christopher Crawford, Evyn Cannon, Austin Anderson, Ainslie Stanford and Kylie Fisher. Battle Creek won the Stroke Play portion convincingly, shooting 31-under as a team while Oak Brook was second at 12-under. In the semifinals Battle Creek defeated the Eldon All Stars 10-2 while Oak Brook Orange edged GOAT Ranch Academy 7-5.