SPRING LAKE - The latest installment of the Sertoma Junior Golf tour was held Thursday at SpringLake Golf Resort.
The one-day tournament attracted 40 youngsters ages 6-18, who battled the heat, humidity and high rough to shoot some solid scores on the demanding and wet SpringLake layout.
“We had a good turnout and the kids did a good job playing in some tough conditions,” said Sertoma Junior Golf Tour Director Andy Kesling. “It was hot and humid and the rough was pretty high. It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through the summer season and there are some good battles in most of the age groups.”
In the boys 16-18 age group, Will Redding finished first with a fine score of 80, Zach Deuberry placed second with an 86, Dylan Crawford shot a 90, Zach Taylor had a 119, Clayton Osha carded a 122, Nick Piccione shot a 124 and Andrew Graham came in at 130.
“That’s a pretty good score by Will when you consider the conditions and how wet it was,” said Kesling. “Zach and Dylan keep playing and improving.”
Hannah Revell finished first in the girls 14-16 division with an 84, while Ashley Engle placed second at 89 and Samantha Payne came in at 126.
“Hannah and Ashley struggled with the rough, but still managed to shoot decent scores,” Kesling said.
In the boys 14-15 age group, Cade Scarborough and Avery Hurst tied at 88, but Scarborough won on the third playoff hole.
Lane Revell and Zach Doorlag each shot a 93, Ranen Carmichael had a 95 and Owen Schraeder came in with a 116.
“That’s Cade’s first win of the season,” said Kesling. “The playoff went three holes and Cade got the victory.”
Ben Trevino won the boys 11-13 division with a 41 for nine holes, while Marquez Angeles came in second with a 46, Jay Walkup shot a 48, Matthew Suarez shot a 51, Ian Frasier had a 53, Brody Hall shot a 54, Cole Fann came in at 57, J.R. Redding had a 58, Jarett Hornick carded a 59, Trent Bray shot a 60, Jayden Boling had a 63 and Samuel Braxton finished at 66.
“Ben has been playing well and that’s a real good score,” Kesling said. “There is a lot of talent in that age group.”
In the girls 11-13 age group, Melanie Suarez finished first with a 57, while Madelyn Depner placed second with a 68.
“Melanie continues to dominate that age group,” Kesling said. “I wish we could get some more girls to play in that division.”
Dillon Parnell shot a 50 to finish first in the boys/girls 9-10 age group, while Devin Wortinger was second at 59.
“Dillon and Devin are good players who work hard and enjoy playing golf,” Kesling said. “They have bright futures ahead of them.”
In the boys/girls 6-8 age group, Liam McCann finished first with a 29, Jordan Castillo came in second place with a 33, Jenesi Trevino had a 37, Hannah Castillo shot a 42, Gabriel Perez came in at 52 and Ashlyn Wortinger shot a 59.
“That’s another talented division that’s fun to watch,” Kesling said. “They’ve been battling all summer and we’ll see what happens in the last five events of the season.”
The next event on the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour is set for Thursday at Highlands Ridge North.
“We’re looking forward to playing at Highlands Ridge North,” said Kesling. “It’s a fair course to play and I know the kids will enjoy teeing it up there. Golf is a great game and we invite any youngster that wants to come out and join us.”
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Eight-year-old Devin Wortinger chips up to the 18th green during Thursday’s Sertoma Junior Golf Tour event at SpringLake Golf Resort.
Eight-year-old Hannah Castillo prepares to putt on the 15th green during the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour event at SpringLake Golf Resort on Thursday.