– Kendall Griffin carded a 74 to win the 15th annual Bill Jarrett Ladies Invitational on Saturday at River Greens Golf Club.
The 14-year-old Griffin, who won the event last year, had nines of 38-36 for her 74, which included two birdies over the tight and demanding River Greens layout.
“It means a lot to win this tournament again,” said Griffin. “I love playing in this event because everyone is so nice.
“I felt a little extra pressure coming in as the defending champion, but if you don’t feel any pressure, it’s not important.
Sherry Garrow placed second in the Championship Flight with a 78, while Anne Kelly won a match of cards for third place with Trish Kellar and Sarah Liles after they each shot an 80.
The First Flight was won by Dee Paul on a match of cards with Laura Smutnick after both shot 84, Linda Therrien came in third place with an 85, Beverly Wells shot an 87 and Barbara Pfahl carded a 90.
Jody Ethun won the Second Flight with an 86, Toni Brooks placed second with a 91, April Bieniek shot a 93, Dot Herndon came in at 95 and Lisa Davis was at 96.
The Third Flight was won by Robin Castellano with a 97, April Stewart was second with a 98 and Donna Johnson, Sandi Christenson and Joanne Merkle tied at 99.
Lucy Roberts came in first in the Fifth flight with a 98, Carol Long placed second with a 99, Jean Harrington shot a 102, Nancy Monroe was at 103 and Cathy Hamming shot a 104.
The foursome of Sue Shaw, Linda Yeric, Judy Tietze and Mary Lee Napier won the scramble division of the event with a score of 75.
Closest-to-the-pin winners were Fran Boyer on hole No. 3, Nancy Monroe on hole No. 5, Louise Price on No. 12 and Sue Buss on No. 17.
Griffin is gearing up for the summer Sertoma Junior Golf Tour which kicks off on May 26 with the adult/child event at Sun ‘n Lake Country Club.
“I’m very excited about playing in the Sertoma events,” Griffin said. “I’m going to try and play in as many events as possible because I love playing with all my friends and playing different courses each week.”
Griffin is also slated to compete in the US Kids World Championships in August in Pinehurst, N. C.
“This is my third time playing in this event and last year I finished third in the 13-year-old division,” Griffin said. “I got to play in the World Cup and we won a point for the American team which went on to finish first.
“Pinehurst No. 2 is a really tough course and it was such an honor to represent America.”
Griffin has honed her game over the summers on the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour, which gives youngsters ages 5-18, a chance to work on and improve their games under tournament pressure at different courses.
Griffin is also going to be playing in some American Junior Golf Association tournaments this summer.
“It’s really hard to get to play in the AJGA tournaments,” Griffin said. “I’m trying to earn points and playing with better golfers helps me to improve.
“I love golf and I’m working on getting stronger and hitting the ball longer.”
The talented Griffin, who is home-schooled, will be playing for the Sebring High girls golf team this fall.
“I’m really looking forward to playing high school golf,” Griffin said. “Golf is an individual sport, I’m very competitive and I like being part of a team.”