On October 9th and 10th, 2023 SETUP 4 IMPACT® golf method inventor Kirk Junge competed in the Annual US Golf Teachers cup in Las Vegas. This tournament is run by the United States Golf teachers federation (USGTF) and had 35,000 golf pros eligible to play. At 59 years old Kirk competed in the Senior division.  

The first round was on the Concord course at Revere Golf club, and the second round was on their very difficult Lexington golf course. After finishing in second place the past two years he really wanted to do better this year. So he worked hard on doing his Setup 4 Impact drills (especially Drill 1) as well as Driver, short game and putting work. It paid off big as he shot a 68 in the first round with a double bogey on his first hole which was hole number 18. After the first hole double bogey he played the next 13 holes 7-under par, on his second to last hole he hit too much club on a par 3 and failed to get up and down for his only bogey of the day. 

On Day 2 he started with a two shot lead, which he increased to a four shot lead after four holes. The round started on #18 again.) It was a windy day on a tricky course with very difficult greens. Unfortunately he had two three putts from longer distances, as well as a penalty shot for going over the green into water on his 8th hole. So he found himself tied for the lead with with 8 holes to play starting the back nine. On holes 10 and 11 he played a couple of nice birdies, while his main competitor Yi Zhou played two bogies. This was the turning point as he now had a 4 shot lead with just six holes to play. He played safe from there avoiding water, and other hazards and managed to increase his lead to six shots despite one more three putt, with just a couple holes to play. A nice birdie (two putt from 6 feet) on the par 5 16th pretty much sealed the win. An easy par tap in on 17 and the win was his as long as others players on the course did not shoot 65 or better. So a final round 72 was good enough on the tricky Lexington course for the Victory!! The 72 was also the low round for the day for all age groups on the Lexington course under difficult conditions. 

Kirk’s 4 under par total score won the Senior division it was also lower than the open, and the super senior divisions. So he was very happy with a two day tournament win over his fellow golf professionals. 

RESULTS FOR THE SENIOR DIVISION CLICK HERE.

Kirk had this to say after the tournament. “Going back to doing my Drill #1 with the lag shot trainer always seems to really help me. As did a lot of driver work fixing my swing path which was a bit too much from inside to out over the past months. I got it on track and hit over 80% of the fairways in regulation and 77% of greens in regulation. So it was a great week for me and Setup 4 Impact golf. If people will do my simple drills, and perfect impact they too can play the best golf of their life. I know I am at 59 years old. I coach people through my online learning portal step by step through the process. Setup 4 Impact and swing on a single plane. Visit https://setup4impact.com/online/ for more info.

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msamulak
msamulak
7 months ago

Congratulations, Kirk. It had to be a thrill winning this event after coming so close the past couple of years. It looks like hard work pays off and you are a deserving champion. Keep making your contributions to golf because there are so many of us that are thankful you do.

Mac Shiells
Mac Shiells
7 months ago

Congrats, well done. See you in Sanford.