The Tri-State Junior Golf Tour held their final tournament of the season Monday.
The Monster Energy Drink Classic was played and featured many area youth golfers.
The Tri-State Junior Golf Tour holds tournaments at venues throughout the tri-state region. Each tournament has three age divisions for players. There is a 10 year-old through 12 year-old division a 13 year-old through 15 year-old division and a 16 through 18 year-old division.
Tour director Tyson Phillips recognized Players of the Year as well as medalists for the Monster Energy Drink Classic after the tournament.
Player of the Year for the 10-12 year old division was Brent Morgan from Ironton. Morgan shot a 48 on the outward nine at the Elks.
"It's really cool [to be Player of the Year]," said Morgan. "You have to play hard. I just had to get it in the fairway and then get up and start putting."
But top honors for the day went to a Portsmouth youngster. Jacob Albretch was able to out duel Morgan by a single stroke to capture medalist honors.
"It feels good (to win)," said Albretch. "I've pretty much played out here my whole life. I was hitting my mid-irons really good. I like [playing the tournaments] because it's fun and I get to meet new people."
In the middle age bracket once again young man from Ironton captured Player of the Year honors. Andy Holtzapfel fired an 81 Monday to finish the season as Player of the Year.
"It feels good to be player of year," said Holtzapfel. "I played pretty good in tournaments. I just tried to shoot as good as I could." Holztapfel said he liked the competition of the tournaments and the chance to meet new people.
The medalist honors the age group went to Kent Shepard of Russell, Ky. Shepard fired a 77, just three days after compiling a score of 91.
"I was hitting my tee shots straight and keeping them in the fairway," said Shepard. "I was hitting greens, putting well I didn't have a three-put. My short game was pretty good. I was making pars and had a few chances for birdie."
In the older division the Player of the Year was invited to play in a tournament in Memphis. Tn. this week.
The second flight medalist in the 16-18 year-old division was South Webster's Corey Lawhun. Lawhun fired a 78 in the tournament to capture the medalist spot.
"I hit the ball really well today," said Lawhun. "I didn't hit too many fairways, but as far as my chipping, putting and ball striking went it was phenomenal. I chipped and putted pretty well all day. I got up and down when I needed to. When I hit the greens I took advantage of it for the most part but on the day I am pleased with 78."
Lawhun mentioned that aside from simply coming out to play golf, he has made some great friends from competing in these tournaments over the past three or four years. "You gain camaraderie and friendship through these tournaments and you meet a lot of really good players that you stay friends with for the rest of your life," said Lawhun.
"I have my friends that I've made over the past three or four years. We've become friends and we get together and play on the weekends. There are just so many good players out here."
BRET BEVENS can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 242.