The Big 'I' Classic came to a close on Wednesday and on the girls side Cali Hipp won for the second straight year, while Ty Travis won the boys title in a playoff.
Hipp along with Kathryn Buckingham came into the final day tied for first, both shooting a 74 on day one. Day two belonged to Hipp who jumped out to the early lead and was ahead by 4 strokes heading into the final hole. She finished with a par round of 72, while Buckingham was second for the second straight year with a 76.
"I'm excited. I mean I always feel good about myself when I pull off a good tournament. 2 over, I was happy with the way I played." Hipp said after the victory. Cali will head to Torrey Pines next week for the Junior World Golf Championships and then play in one more tournament before heading to New Jersey to play in the Big 'I' national tournament the final weekend of July.
On the boys side Bishop Kelly grad Taylor Schmidt shot a 71 to be one of three leaders after day one. Day two belonged to, Eagle's, Ty Travis who shot a 71 himself to tie Schmidt who shot a 74 to force a playoff between the two. They started on 10 at Shadow Valley, and both players hit the green in regulation, but Schmidt's birdie putt left him a bit more than he desired on his par putt, which he missed. Travis had a short putt for par and the victory, winning the title on the first playoff hole.
"You get the shakes a little in those situations, but when you play in them more the shakes are there less and I was able to make the putt and get the victory," said Travis about playing in playoff to win the title.
Ty, Taylor, Kathryn, and Cali will all represent Idaho along with runners-up Taylor Schmidt and Kathryn Buckingham at this year's Big 'I' Junior Classic at the Olde York Country Club in Columbus, New Jersey July 27-29.