Hilliard Davidson High School golfers Caleb Stimmel and Amelia Lee are preparing for their senior seasons this fall by competing in some elite national events this summer.
Stimmel earned a berth in the IMG Academy Junior World Championships to be held July 10-13 at Torrey Pines in San Diego by tying for third (1-over par 72) in the Ohio Junior World Qualifier on May 29 at NCR Country Club in Dayton.
Stimmel tied 2018 Westerville South graduate Troy Taylor, who has committed to play for Michigan State, in the qualifier as the top four finishers advanced to the Junior World Championships.
"It will be the best tournament I've ever played in," Stimmel said. "It's going to be the most prestigious and the best competition by far. I'm just going to go out and do whatever I can and try and get the best score that I can and see where that puts me in placement."
Lee also qualified for the Junior World Championships.
"It's a great feeling," Lee said. "I've never traveled that far for golf, so it's pretty exciting. It's probably one of the biggest tournaments I'll play in. ... The courses I'm playing during the summer are a lot longer, so I feel like high school will be a lot easier since I can hit (the ball) further now."
Last fall, Stimmel shot an 85 in the Division I boys district tournament at Apple Valley as Davidson finished 11th of 12 teams, while Lee was girls team's lone qualifier for the district tournament at Cooks Creek, where she carded an 81. Both will be seeking their first state tournament berths this fall.
Before heading to San Diego, Stimmel will accompany members of the Northwest Chapel Grace Brethren Church in Dublin on a mission trip to assist people in Haiti. Two years ago, he and other members of the church went on a mission trip to Costa Rico, where they visited an orphanage.
"It's a great experience to help people down there, especially people who have a lot less," he said.
Stimmel finished first in the 15-18 age division of the rain-shortened Garsen Golf Shootout on June 20 and 21 at Darby Creek, shooting a 103 over 27 holes. The tournament was part of the Central Ohio Golf Academy tour.
Stimmel also qualified for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship to be held July 27-Aug. 1 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, but has decided not to compete in the event.
"I'm trying to get ready to have a good final, senior season and lead my team the best I can," he said. "My main goal is to get to state."
Stimmel plans to play golf in college and is considering Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, from where his brother, Josh, graduated this year and where his sister, Annie, will be entering her junior year. Josh played on Taylor's men's golf team and Annie is preparing for her third season on the women's team.
Lee, who also plans to play in college, has had a busy offseason.
She tied for 16th (242) in the American Junior Golf Association's 54-hole The Memorial Junior held June 4-7 at The Virtues Golf Club in Nashport after tying for 32nd (241) in the Golfweek Junior Tour's 54-hole Tour Championship held May 26-28 at University Club-Big Blue Course in Lexington, Kentucky.
In addition, Lee tied for 13th (160) in the Golfweek Junior Tour's 36-hole event held May 12 and 13 at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace-Vintage/Heritage in Centerville and tied for 15th (150) in the Golfweek Junior Tour's 36-hole event held April 28 and 29 at Delaware Golf Club.
Lee also has excelled in badminton at the national and world levels and currently is first in the USA Badminton under-19 junior rankings. She is scheduled to compete in the Pan-American Junior Championships to be held July 18-26 in Brazil.
"She's just a great kid," Davidson girls golf coach Bob Winland said. "She's one that is committed and when she commits to something, she commits to it. ... She could play Division I (college) golf in many locations. The girl is amazing."