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Lily Marr won the Junior Girls 15 & Under division by a wide margin. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

The inaugural United States Junior Disc Golf Championship has come to end, and in turn, it has crowned nine new junior national champions. It was a week full of action on and off the course, as Kids Disc Golf and Smugglers’ Notch Resort rolled out the red carpet for competitors from more 30 states and two Canadian provinces.

Justin Gilbert now leads the Junior 18 & Under division by four with one round to go.

Article contributors: Christopher Wymer, Matt Grayum, Josh Grayum, Andy Parkison

With the 2017 disc golf season all but wrapped up, we are left with an opportunity to reflect on all the exciting progress within the sport. An exciting and flourishing professional scene along with a continually growing base of amateur players continues to fuel the growth of disc golf. One of the more exciting areas of growth is within the junior competitors. As the sport continues to grow, more kids are throwing discs, falling in love with the sport, and many are looking for outlets to test their emerging talent. Junior-specific tournaments offer an exceptional opportunity to compete against a set of their peers.