In any sport, one just hopes that there will be competitive action found all across the landscape.
The Tri-State Annual Golf tour, which is in its 35th season of action, provided just that at the Shawnee Golf Course in Stout throughout the day on Tuesday, with six of the seven divisions or flights being decided by single digit strokes.
Of those individuals, Portsmouth’s Cameron Phillips and Waverly’s Conner Heffner each defended their home turf quite nicely as Phillips won a tiebreaker with Owen Mault to take home the 10-12 year old division bracket, while Heffner took home a five-stroke victory over Brett Bentley to win the first flight of the 13-15 year old pairing.
In addition to the pair, three additional individuals — including West Union natives Elijah McCarty and Carson McFarland, along with South Point’s Ryan Fetty — took home victories in each of their flights, which gave the State of Ohio victories in each of the divisions and flights ranging from the 10-12 age range to the 16-18 age brackets.
Phillips’ low score of 41 in the 10-12 age division made the Portsmouth area native one of only four golfers at or under the age of 12 to shoot under 50 for the round. Mault, Brock Brown, and Titus McGlone were the others. Autumn Curry edged Olivia Frye by a scant two strokes (63-65) to take home the 7-9 girls division title.
In Flights I and II of the 13-15 Division, Heffner and Fetty strolled along to relatively easy victories, with Fetty’s 79 being aided by a hole-in-one on the 14th hole, which was a 158-yard par three. Fetty won by 14 strokes over runner-up Clayton Jones (79-93) in Flight II, while Heffner took home Flight I honors by five strokes over Brett Bentley (77-82).
As far as the 16-18 year old divisions were concerned, McCarty and McFarland had their mitts all over the scorecard. McCarty shot a 78 to edge Grayson, Ky.’s Alex Harris by four strokes to win Flight I honors, while McFarland grabbed Flight II accolades by beating Chandler Dodson in a one-hole playoff. Both golfers shot a 92 in regulation play.
Of the 24 golfers that took part between the 13-18 year old division, a total of 11 shot rounds at or under 90. Three additional golfers came within three strokes of obtaining a 90 on their scorecards.
The Tri-State Junior Golf Tour will continue its action at the Elks Country Club in McDermott on Tuesday, June 11. The TSJGT caps off the summer with stops at the Bellefonte Country Club in Ashland (Monday, July 17) and the Guyan Golf and Country Club in Huntington (Friday, July 28).