Logan, Riley Pechinski | 2021 WPGA Junior Par-3 champions

Stevens Point's Logan Pechinski and sister Riley won the boys and girls overall titles, respectively, at the 2021 WPGA Junior Par 3 Championship at Sand Valley Golf Resort's Sandbox course near Nekoosa.

Riley Pechinski and her brother, Logan, have somewhat similar approaches to playing par-3 holes.

"When I play par 3's I just try to knock it as close as I can," 16-year-old Riley wrote via text message to Wisconsin.Golf, "and one-putt or two (but) not three."

Logan, 18, isn't afraid to go "flag-hunting," either. But he knows how important pars can be and tries not to be too aggressive when he tees it up from inside 150 yards.

"On par 3’s, I try my best to give myself the best opportunity for birdie," Logan wrote. "If I make birdie, awesome. But stress-free pars on par 3’s help keep my momentum going."

Their approaches were spot-on Monday during the Wisconsin PGA Junior Par 3 Championship on the 17-hole Sandbox course at Sand Valley Resort near Nekoosa. Logan, playing in the first group of the day, shot 1-over-par 52 and edged Milton's Brett Wieland by one stroke for the boys overall title while Riley, playing a couple hours later, shot 61 and edged Wausau's Talia Schlindwein by a single shot to win the girls overall title and make it a sweep for the Pechinski family from Plover.

"I was working the event so I was out on the course when I found out that Riley won," wrote Logan, who is working as a Players Assistant for WPGA Junior events in the central Wisconsin area. "Riley and I are the type to congratulate each other on our successes. We support each other on and off the golf course and always want the best for one another."

Riley had additional motivation to match her brother's first-place finish. She won the 14-15 age group a year ago and was eyeing a repeat championship.

"I was pumped that I won the girls division because I had won it last year," Riley wrote. "So I knew I had to fight for the top spot again this year."

Her victory was buoyed by a sizzling start. She almost holed her first shot of the day, a 50-degree wedge with a three-quarters swing from 100 yards on No. 1.

"(I) almost made it and had a tap-in birdie," wrote Riley, who played her next six holes in 8-over before going par-birdie to finish the front nine and shoot 33. "I was taking dead aim out there, although some holes you had to put it in the right spot because of the pin placements."

Five pars, two bogeys and one double-bogey on the back nine proved enough to deliver Riley the victory. 

"The key was just to have fun," Riley wrote. "There were some holes that got away from me, but I couldn’t have that bring me down so that was definitely a huge factor."

Wind was also a factor on the warm, humid day. But that wasn't going to stop Logan, a Davenport (Mich.) University recruit, from chasing down his second title in three years.

"The conditions were pretty tough today compared to previous years," wrote Logan, who won the inaugural title in 2018 with a 3-under 48. "It was very humid and it was quite windy, making the yardages harder to judge. ... My mindset coming into the Par-3 Tournament was much more relaxed and calm compared to a Players/Junior Tour event."

Logan shot 3-over 30 on the front nine and saved his best golf for the last five holes. He birdied three of them around a bogey at No. 15, making what would prove to be the winning birdie on the 83-yard finishing hole at No. 17.

"This distance was something I felt comfortable with all day," Logan wrote, "So to stick one close on the last hole was icing on the cake to a great day."

Boys overall

1Logan Pechinski  2021, Plover, WIF+152 
2Brett Wieland  2024, Milton, WIF+253 
T3Maxwell Reis  2022, De Pere, WIF+354 
T3Kaeden Nomm  2022, Minocqua, WIF+354 
T3Mason Haupt  2024, De Pere, WIF+354 
T6Reece Breitenbach  2023, Kohler, WIF+455 
T6William Harned  2024, Nashotah, WisconsinF+455 
T6Sam Dethloff  2024, Menomonee Falls, WIF+455 
T6Luke Taebel  2024, Holmen, WIF+455 
T10Jakson Jazgar  2022, Green Bay, WIF+556 
T10Camden O'Malley  2023, White Bear Lake, MNF+556 
12Alexander Buckoski  2022, KaukaunaF+657 
13Jack Glaspy  2022, Pewaukee, WIF+758 
T14Connor Nelson  2021, Waukesha, WIF+859 
T14Sam Mehlberg  2022, DePere, WIF+859 
T16Jackson Cross  2023, Menomonee Falls, WIF+960 
T16Jake Anderson  2021, Whitefish Bay, WIF+960 
T16Carter Morrison  2024, Wisconsin Rapids, WIF+960 
T19Hunter Neumann  2021, Warrens, WIF+1061 
T19Jack Rubo  2024, Mincoqua, WIF+1061 
T19Brandt Hlavachek  2024, Pewaukee, WIF+1061 
T19Thomas Bobinski  2025, De Pere, WIF+1061 
T19Dylan Bilderback  2025, Windsor, WIF+1061 
T24Kason Boivin  2023, Brookfield, WIF+1162 
T24Brooks Hoffland  Viroqua, WIF+1162 
T24Tucker Johnson  Neillsville, WIF+1162 
T27Kale Gnewikow  2021, Warrens, WIF+1263 
T27Kade Gnewikow  2021, Warrens, WIF+1263 
T29Jacob Frederickson  2022, Cottage Grove, WIF+1364 
T29Owen Lutes  2025, Appleton, WIF+1364 
T29Luke Hlavachek  2025, Pewaukee, WIF+1364 
T32Tyler Johnson  2022, Berlin, WIF+1465 
T32Marty Swab  2020, Menomonee Falls, WIF+1465 
T32Teddy Schlindwein  2025, Wausau, WIF+1465 
35Kaden Zinkle  2025, Sun Prairie, WIF+1566 
T36Charlie Schott  2021, Green Bay, WIF+1768 
T36Dashiell Bowden  2024, Neshkoro, WIF+1768 
38Ashton Haupt  2022, De Pere, WIF+1869 
39Brennan Dirks  2022, Holmen, WIF+1970 
40Ben Busick  2021, De Pere, WIF+2071 
T41Cooper McLaughlin  2024, Oshkosh, WIF+2172 
T41Conor Donohue  2025, Mequon, WIF+2172 
T43Charlie Krall  2023, Waukesha, WIF+2273 
T43Kyle Nuesse  2023, Waukesha, WIF+2273 
45Dylan Demaske  2024, Mauston, WIF+2475 
46Saswaen Shawanokasic  2022, Keshena, WIF+2677 
T47Nathan Ubben  Greenville, WIF+2879 
T47Peter Wangerin  Waunakee, WIF+2879 
49Anders Palmquist  2022, Sussex, WIF+2980 
50Sean Clark  2025, Monona, WIF+3182 
51Noah Kratochvil  2023, Mount Pleasant, WIF+3485 
52Noah Frederickson  2025, Cottage Grove, WIF+3687 
WDSam Behrend  2025, Suamico, WI    
WDTriston Behrend  2022, Suamico, WI    
WDCal Matzke  2022, De Pere, WI    

Girls overall

1Riley Pechinski  2023, Plover, WIF+1061 
2Talia Schlindwein  2025, Wausau, WIF+1162 
3Brin Neumann  2023, Warrens, WIF+1263 
T4Lydia Jensen  Osseo, WIF+1768 
T4Abby Busick  2022, De Pere, WIF+1768 
6Lily Pietz  2022, Menomonee Falls, WIF+1869 
T7Megan Bonikowske  2021, Stevens Point, WIF+1970 
T7Emma Raimer  2023, West Bend, WIF+1970 
T9Emily Gastrau  2023, Wauwatosa, WIF+2071 
T9Ava Frederiksen  2024, Plover, WIF+2071 
11Georgia Volley  2024, Waunakee, WIF+2273 
12Lucy Nielsen  2024, Fond Du Lac, WIF+3182 
WDAnnika Bilau  2025, Fort Atkinson, WI    

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