WEST FARGO — It’s been a whirlwind month for West Fargo Sheyenne golfer Andrew Wilhelm.
On June 8, Wilhelm placed fourth at the North Dakota Class A State Tournament while helping Sheyenne win a second straight tag team title. Four days later, the future Mustangs senior finished third in the Russ Newman Junior Invitational. And on Tuesday, he’ll play at one of Las Vegas’ top golf courses.
With his third-place finish at Russ Newman, which he won in the playoffs against Bismarck Century’s Logan Schoepp, Wilhelm earned an invite to the Stars of Junior Golf World Championship, which takes place Tuesday through Thursday at Angel Park Golf Club in Las Vegas.
Wilhelm was one of six North Dakota golfers to earn tickets to the World Stars Tournament in the Russ Newman, with the top three in the boys’ and girls’ divisions receiving invites.
Joining Wilhelm on the boys side are Fargo Shanley’s Jake Skarperud and Fargo Davies’ Gabe Benson. Anna Huettl from Mandan, Hannah Herbel from Century and Carrie Carmichael from Williston were the guest girls. On Monday afternoon, Wilhelm was the only golfer in that group listed on the tournament website.
Bismarck Legacy’s Ava Kalanek will also represent North Dakota at the tournament this week.
The World Stars of Golf Junior Championship is billed as “one of the best junior golf championships in the world,” attracting more than 3,000 competitors from more than 50 countries, according to its website. The tournament is organized by PGA professionals, apprentices and volunteers and is nationally ranked by various golf organizations, including the American Junior Golf Association.
The tournament is in its 14th year of competition. This year, competitors come from places as close as West Fargo to Auckland, New Zealand.
Wilhelm will tee off on hole 10 at 10:24 a.m. CDT Tuesday at the Angel Park Mountain Course. He is paired with Camarillo, Californian Charley Levy and Guadalajara, Mexican Aaron Martin del Campo. The trio compete in the Boys 15-18 division.
For more information and live scoring, visit worldstarsofgolf.com.
Voeller and Benson compete on day one of the NHSGA National Championships at Pinehurst
On the East Coast, two Davies golfers are participating in the National High School Golf Association’s High School Golf National Invitational, which kicked off Monday at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Abby Voeller and Nora Benson compete for the Eagles in the invitation-only tournament, which consists of 54 holes of play over three days.
Voeller, who will be a junior at Davies in the fall, shot a 96 in the first round Monday and is tied for 173rd overall at 24 and older. Benson, soon to be a sophomore, finished the day with a 100 and is tied for 191st overall at 28 and older.
More than 220 high school female golfers from across the country are participating in this year’s competition. Invitees include those who have won their state’s individual or tag team championships, respectively. Davies won the 2021 Class A Girls Tag Team Championship last fall.
Round 2 of Pinehurst kicks off at 6:20 a.m. CDT Tuesday, with Voeller at 6:20 a.m. on hole 10 and Benson at 6:31 p.m.
For more information, visit the tournament website here.