Competitive golf showcases are always neat to behold as a fan.
However, the Tri-State Junior Golf Tour’s latest annual stop at the Elks Country Club Golf Course in McDermott proved to be far beyond that.
In fact, all seven divisions of play were featured very nicely on the new bermudagrass surface that greeted the participants last Wednesday as each of the first and second place scorers were separated by single-digits, with five of those seven divisions being separated by five strokes or less between first and second place.
The 10-12 year-old division proved to be the highlight of the day for the local area as Portsmouth’s Cameron Phillips rounded out an excellent showing by sweeping the first flight during each of the Ohio stops on the Tri-State Junior Golf Tour schedule. Phillips’ 36, which edged second-place Laith Hamid by five strokes, was the best score for any preteen, regardless of division. Ashland, Ky.’s Brayden Mills’ 52 edged Taylor Ralston by two strokes in the second flight, while Brock Brown bested Bryant Stephens by six strokes (42-48) to win the 7-9 year-old crown.
In Flight I of the 13-15 year-old division, Waverly’s Conner Heffner, like Phillips before him, took home a clean sweep of all of the Ohio Junior Golf Tour stops by shooting a 73 — the best 18-hole score regardless of division. Heffner’s 73 was nine strokes better than second place Logan Liles, who shot an 82. Argillite, Ky.’s Boone Gibson won the second flight of the 13-15 year olds by collecting a 100 to best Max Waddell by four strokes.
The 16-18 year-old division rounded out play with some excellent battles throughout the field, with Louisa, Ky.’s Hunter Goble winning out by a single stroke over Elijah McCarty (78-79) in the first flight and Hanging Rock’s Chandler Dodson doing the same by collecting a one-stroke victory over West Union’s Jacob Pell (87-88) in the second flight. Flight I, especially, proved to be competitive between first through sixth place, as just seven strokes separated the first through sixth place finishers.
The TSJGT made a stop at the Bellefonte Country Club in Ashland, Ky. on Monday and will cap off its tour with a showcase at the Guyan Golf and Country Club in Huntington, W. Va. on Friday, July 28.
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