Recent Columbus High graduate and state tournament qualifier Shane Hess competed at the 2019 Nebraska Section of the Boys Junior PGA Championship.
Hess completed a two-day total of 171 for a final score of 29-over and was 34th in a field of 50. The former Discoverer shot rounds of 88 and 83 on June 6 and 7 at Indian Trails Country Club in Beemer.
Hess finished up his Columbus career with a seventh-place showing at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference, took fifth at the district meet and qualified himself for his first state tournament then was 41st out of a field of 75 just over a week later at the state meet in Norfolk.
The Nebraska Junior PGA Championship was opened to competitors age 13 through 18. Hess competed in the 16-18 division won by Josh Bartels of Lincoln on 72-76, 6-over par. Bartels made it back-to-back Nebraska Section championships after also winning last year.
He'll move on to join 144 of the nation's top male junior golfers at the PGA of America's 44th Boys Junior PGA Championship at Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford, Connecticut; July 30-August 2.
Bartels edged out Class A state champion Jake Kluver of Norolk by three shots. Kluver also qualified to the national tournament as the runner-up.
Past participants in the Boys Junior PGA Championship include Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson.