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Derek Lekkerkerk wins Idaho State High School Golf Championship

Congratulations to Paul Weyland Golf student Derek Lekkerkerk for winning the 2021 State of Idaho High School Golf Championship. He lead his team Twin Falls High School to win State by 20 strokes.

He posted a 3 under par 70 and had a 2 shot lead after round 1. On round 2, Derek posted a 4 over par 77 in 30 mph winds and won the individual state title by 6 shots.

Derek realized that round two would be a day of dealing with adversity in the cold, windy conditions. He knew that other players would make mistakes and struggle in the extreme conditions, so he stayed patient, present, and focused on the process. The result was him posting the low round of the day and a 6 shot victory.

Great playing Derek and congratulations. You are now a state champion.

Jake Slocum – 4th place in 2020 Idaho State Am and off to college

Jake Slocum

Wishing my long time junior student Jake Slocum a fond farewell as he leaves this week to start college as a freshmen at Iowa State University. Jake will be playing for the Iowa State Men’s Golf Team starting this fall.

I couldn’t be more proud of Jake. I’ve been coaching him, since he was around eleven. He’s always been a pleasure to coach. We’ve had some fun fly fishing too. He is going to love Iowa State, and they are going to love him.

To cap off his summer Jake placed fourth at the 2020 Idaho State Amateur with scores of 74-69-69. Jake played with and scored lower than several collegiate players. He’s more than ready for Division 1 college golf. Congratulations Jake. Nice playing. I look forward to seeing you when you come home for break.

Paul Weyland Golf Emerging Stars students starting to play competitive junior golf

Cara Carter places 2nd in the Idaho Junior Amateur Girl’s U12

Congratulations to Cara Carter for placing 2nd in the Idaho Junior Amateur Girl’s U12. Cara is the youngest in the Carter family and has been participating in my Emerging Stars junior golf program.

Ella Arnzen and Jada Nguyen who also participate in my Emerging Stars program competed in the Idaho Junior Amateur Girl’s U12 as well. This program focuses on athletic development and building fundamental golf skills. The program is for juniors who want to play competitive golf.

Congratulations to all three girls for playing in one of their first state amateur tournaments. Hope you all had fun!

Taylor Mortensen ties for 4th at the 2020 Idaho State Junior Amateur

Congratulations to Taylor Mortensen for placing T4 at the 2020 Idaho Junior Amateur at Pinecrest Golf Course in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Taylor is starting his senior year of high school at Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian, Idaho.

Taylor has a lot of potential in golf and plays very well in tournaments considering how infrequently he competes. He is very involved with his family and church, and he’s active with school activities. Taylor is a very well rounded player that has a great attitude and demeanor.

Zach Carter ties for 4th at the 2020 Idaho State Junior Amateur

Zach Carter

Congratulations to Zach Carter for placing T4 at the 2020 Idaho State Junior Golf Amateur. Zach got off to a great start by posting a 68 in round one. He stumbled in round two but came back in round three with a 72.

Zach is starting his sophomore year at Bishop Kelly High School. I’ve been coaching Zach in my junior academy, since he was ten years old. He has developed into an outstanding player. He likes to practice and has a great attitude. Zach has limitless potential in golf, and I look forward to seeing what his future in golf holds.

Carly Carter Having Much Success This Summer – Now Ranked 84th by AJGA

Carly Carter, who is starting her senior year of high school, is having a great summer. She recently placed T3 at the AJGA Justin Thomas Junior Championship posting scores of 71-70-71. It was a tough field on a challenging course. This bumped Carly’s Rolex AJGA ranking to 84th which will open doors for Carly to have the opportunity to play in some of the most prestigious junior golf tournaments in the world.

Carly is committed to play for the University of Wisconsin in 2021. She has been a long time student at the Paul Weyland Golf Junior Academy. We couldn’t be more proud of her and her accomplishments.

Carly Carter wins Idaho State Girl’s Junior Amateur for a second time

Carly Carter is the 2020 Idaho Girl's State Junior Champion

Congratulations to Carly Carter for winning the Idaho State Girl’s Junior Amateur for a second time. Carly posted rounds of 74-70-74 to win by two strokes. She is a senior this year and has committed to playing golf at the University of Wisconsin.

Carly has been a long time student of the Paul Weyland Golf Junior Academy. She started in the Emerging Stars junior program then progressed to Rising Stars, and she is now in Strive for Excellence. She is an outstanding player who is having much success this year in ranked national junior golf tournaments. Well done Carly!

Photo by Idaho Golf Association Junior Tour

Paul Weyland Golf – Sister and Brother win Junior RMSPGA Championship and qualify for the national tournament

A big congratulations to Carly and Zach Carter for winning the overall Girl’s and Boy’s Divisions of the 2019 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Junior Championship!

Carly and Zach will be playing in their respective PGA Junior National Championships. They may be the first siblings ever to qualify at the same time.

After a first round of even par 72 Carly had a 5 shot lead. She faced some adversity during her final round but played her last three holes 1 under par to post a 74 good enough for a three shot victory.


Carly Carter 2019 Junior Rocky Mountain Section PGA Girl’s Champion

Zach, who is only 14 years old, posted first round 2 under par 70 and was tied for the lead. After enduring some poor putting and being 3 over par after 9 holes was 5 shots from the lead when he told himself to stay in the process and stick to his plan. This resulted in 3 birdies and only one bogey on his back nine, and he made up all 5 shots to tie for first. Zach won with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

So proud of both these kids. They are learning and getting better every day!


Congratulations to Anna Kittelson – 2019 Idaho State Women’s Amateur Champion


Congratulations to Paul Weyland Golf student Anna Kittelson for winning the 2019 Idaho State Women’s Amateur by 5 shots. 

Anna posted a final round 74 in very windy conditions. She faced some adversity on the final back nine but stayed in the process and finished strong.

I started coaching Anna when she was in the 7th grade, and I could always see her potential. Her family moved to Texas where she completed high school. Anna is a sophomore on a near full golf scholarship at Midwestern State University in Texas. I have been working with Anna the past two summers and when she is home on holiday. She has been working hard, and it’s nice to see her hard work paying off.

Great job Anna. So proud of you!


Jake Slocum qualifies for 2019 USGA Junior Amateur

Jake Slocum 2019 USGA Qualifier

Congratulations Jake Slocum, Paul Weyland Golf Strive for Excellence Student, for qualifying for the 2019 USGA Junior Amateur.

I am so proud of this amazing young man, first, for the fine young man and model citizen he has become. Second, Jake is the hardest worker I know. In preparation for the USGA Junior Championship qualifier today at @timberstonegcid Jake put in the long hours of preparation around the green complexes and recorded all the hole locations, putted from 10 feet around the hole North, South, East, and West, and recorded the break from each direction on his map of the greens.

His hard work paid off as Jake made 8 birdies resulting in a 6 under par 66. Jake won the qualifier by 2 shots over a very strong field that included top juniors from California, across the US and Canada.

This young man understands that it’s all about the process and if you stick with the process good things will happen. Well done Jake!