SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. – There were two sets of siblings at the Golfweek Junior Series event at Pine Needles this weekend. The most interesting part? All four were left-handed.
Will (18) and Jonathan (15) DiIanni were paired together for the final round, and tied for eighth at 7-over 149. The pair, from Kernersville, N.C., were far from what you might expect two teenage boys to be like when paired together in a competitive tournament, and actually cheered each other on throughout the day. Of course, there was plenty of ribbing after the round, when Jonathan caught site of the Golfweek photographer editing some footage from the day. The boys and their dad, William, spent about 10 minutes watching the tape, and found plenty of material to make fun of each other.
Kyle and Brooke Kochevar, 15-year-old twins from Glen Ellyn, Ill., were the other set of siblings. Kyle solved the problem of which parents would watch who play, since his grandfather is the only person he lets follow him during competitive rounds because of superstition. Brooke had her mom, dad and grandmother following her.
Kyle and Brooke’s dad, Dan, is a teaching pro at Oak Brook Golf Club near Chicago, and helps both with their game. Kyle also gets help from mini tour players Dan has worked with.
Kyle tied for 14th at 10-over 152, and Brooke tied for second with a 16-over 158.