Crooked Stick Golf Club – home to Pete and Alice Dye and their ‘firstborn’ championship design – to stage 2021 edition on June 6-8
CARMEL, Indiana (April 15, 2021) – Members of Crooked Stick Golf Club recently announced they will stage the Pete and Alice Dye Junior Invitational at their club on June 6-8, 2021. The national event, inaugurated in 2020, honors Crooked Stick’s founders – champion golfers and world-renowned golf course designers Pete and Alice Dye.
The Dye field for 2021 showcases top-ranked national and international boy and girl competitors facing off in 54-holes of medal play at Crooked Stick – the Dye’s earliest championship design, dating from 1964.
The Dye is the only invitational where elite boy and girl golfers play for a national title on the same Top 100 course at the same time. The 33-boy/33-girl field also competes for points from World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR), National Junior Golf Scoreboard (NJGS) and Golfweek Sagarin Junior Rankings.
Last year’s boys’ winner John Marshall Butler (now at Auburn University) took the crown at even par 216, finishing a stroke ahead of runners-up John Daly II, Jordan Gilkison and Drew Wrightson.
Laney Frye (now at University of Kentucky) captured the girls’ title with a 2-under, 214 – finishing five strokes ahead of runner-up Kynadie Adams.
Players returning in 2021 include top-five finishers from last year – boys: Daly, Gilkison and Wrightson, along with girls: Adams, Bailey Shoemaker and Reagan Zibilski.
Tournament Chairman Wayne Timberman said success and national media coverage of last year’s inaugural event exceeded expectations.
“The strong field…the aura of Pete and Alice Dye and their beloved Crooked Stick…it all came together,” said Timberman, their life-long friend. “Pete and Alice took me under their ‘golfing wings’ when I was a junior player. Today, with this tournament, the Dyes are inspiring a whole new generation of junior golfers,” he said.
A live TV and internet audience – from 20 countries – tuned into watch the 2020 Dye Junior.
“Once again, we will broadcast the final round,” said Tournament Media Director Chris Wirthwein. “Families, friends and fans everywhere in the world can see every player – boy and girl – compete at Crooked Stick,” he added. “Live TV coverage is one more thing that makes ‘The Dye’ special for players and fans.”