Blaine’s VanArragon wins boys Junior PGA Championship

Blaine’s Caleb VanArragon won the Minnesota Boys Junior PGA Championship at Chaska Town Course. (Submitted Photo)
Blaine’s Caleb VanArragon won the Minnesota Boys Junior PGA Championship at Chaska Town Course. (Submitted Photo)

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.