Blaine’s Caleb VanArragon shot a final round 1-under 71 to win the 2017 Minnesota Boys Junior PGA Championship at Chaska Town Course.
VanArragon edged out fellow 13-15 age division competitors Connor Glynn of Waconia and Gavin Cronkhite of Lakeville by one shot with his even-par 144 two-day total.
VanArragon qualifies for the 42nd Junior PGA Championship at The Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, Missouri from July 31 to Aug. 3.
VanArragon, a 15-year-old, fired one of two under-par rounds on the day and credited his play these past two days to a swing change made after the Minnesota State Junior Boys’ Championship.
“We had the State Junior Boys’ Championship earlier this week and my driver was pretty shaky,” VanArragon said in a press release. “The past couple days I’ve been working on shortening my backswing and not trying to kill the ball. I definitely saw results with that.”
His second round 71 was highlighted by 2-under on the back nine which included birdies on the par-4 10th, par-3 14th and par-5 15th. He would drop a shot on the par-4 16th but finished strong with back-to-back pars. VanArragon didn’t envision an ending like this being in the third to last pairing on the last day of the tournament.
“If I had known that the 4-footer I had on the 18th was to win the tournament, I would have been so much more nervous,” VanArragon said. “I had a feeling that putt could maybe be for second place but didn’t think I could win.”
“It feels amazing. I can’t believe it. That’s going to be the best field I’ve played in,” he added regarding the national tournament.