Spring Grove’s Jordan Hahn has played in some pretty big junior tournaments over his early golfing career.
Just this summer, the Richmond-Burton senior has played in the Illinois State Junior Amateur and started to more regularly compete at Amateur Junior Golf Association events.
Starting this week, however, he may be playing in his most important junior tournament, the Callaway Junior World Championship from Tuesday through Friday at Torrey Pines South course in San Diego.
“I’m super excited. The goal was to qualify, and I did,” Hahn said. “This is probably going to be the biggest tournament I’ve played in as a junior golfer, and I just can’t wait for the tournament to start.”
Hahn qualified for the event on his second try in two years in May at Maple Meadows in Wood Dale. Hahn shot a 2-under-par 69 on the second day of the two-day tournament to force a playoff for the final Callaway Junior Championship qualifying spot. He won the playoff on the first hole with a par.
The Callaway Junior Championship is a 72-hole event with a cut after the first 54 holes. The international tournament will have players from around the world and every state.
“I’m just hoping that I go out and play well, hopefully make the cut and enjoy the experience, it’s really a once-in-a-lifetime event for me,” Hahn said.
The tournament may be the next step in Hahn’s golf career as it will be one of the last junior golf events he participates in. Hahn will start his senior year at R-B in the fall, and turning 18 means no more junior events.
“Playing in a more challenging field, and continuing to play with the best from all over will keep exposing him to different levels of golf, and that’s what he’s trying to do,” Vernon Hills-based PGA senior instructor Kiel Alderink said, “He’s looking to take it to the highest level, and this prestigious event is a stepping stone in terms of that life goal.”
Alderink has been working with Hahn the past four years. He notes that Hahn’s success as a golfer always comes back to his great work ethic.
“Something we talked about a long time ago is that you have to work harder than your competition, and Jordan really took that to heart,” Alderink said.
“He’s out there working when a lot of other people aren’t and has a good understanding of the game. This is a tremendous accomplishment, and I’m absolutely excited and thrilled for him.”
Hahn hopes making this tournament will give him confidence in his golf game beyond this appearance.
“It’s going to be a confidence booster if I play well knowing that it’s such a big tournament,” Hahn said. "If I can compete with the top players around, I will know I have the ability to take my game to the next level.”