SEBRING — The Sertoma Junior Golf Tour rolled on with last week’s event at Golf Hammock Country Club. The tournament attracted 55 youngsters, ages 5-18, who were able to complete the round despite a couple of rain delays.
“We’ve been lucky with the weather this summer and we caught a break today,” said Sertoma Junior Golf Tour Director Andy Kesling. “The kids got the first nine in and we brought them in for lunch. The rain stopped and they went back out and finished the round.”
Rhett Pooley, a standout golfer from Frostproof, earned medalist honors with a 73 to win the boys 16-18 division, Nic Staffiieri and Easton Davis tied for second at 76, Ben Tubbs and Sam Rogers each shot 77 and Jeremy Camino and Andrew Wally tied at 78.
“There’s a lot of talent in that division,” Kesling said. “Rhett is a good player and there have been several different winners of that division this summer and it will probably go down to the wire.”
Matthew Arnan won the boys 14-15 age group with a 78, Seth Hamilton and Coleman Nelson tied for second at 85 and Perry Taylor carded an 89.
“Matthew didn’t play the first few events, but he’s won the last three,” Kesling said. “He has a good short game and that’s a key to shooting low scores.”
Beckhan Donovan won the boys 11-13 age group in a playoff over Will Redding after they tied at 45 for nine holes. Billy Carol was third at 49 and Seth McKelvey shot a 53.
“The playoff came down to chipping and putting,” Kelsing said. “Payoffs are good because it gets the juices going and the nerves and it’s a great experience for the kids to deal with pressure situations.”
Jack DuPriest finished first in the boys 9-10 age group with a 44, Jaxson Davis, Nolan Rasnake and Parker Griffin tied for second at 52,
“Jack is playing well and has improved a lot from last year,” said Kesling. “Golf Hammock is his home course and he took advantage of it.”
Kendall Griffin won the girls 14-18 division with a 70, Morgan Baxendale placed second at 76 and Chloe Nelson carded a 78.
“It’s good to have Kendall playing on the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour,” Kesling said. “She’s a special talent and a great young lady.”
Ashley Engle was first in the girls 11-13 division with a 49.
“Ashley has a solid swing and has improved this summer,” said Kesling.
Rebecca Kesling won the boys/girls with a 45, J.R. Redding placed second with a 46, while Navaeh Bonecutter and Devin Wirtinger each shot a 47.
“That’s Rebecca’s first win and it was pretty exciting for me being her father,” Kesling said. “She’s pretty pumped up and it’s good to see her playing well.”
The next event on the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour is today at Placid Lake Country Club. Tee times begin at 8 a.m.
“We’re looking forward to going to Placid Lakes because it’s a long course,” said Kesling. “It has some undulated greens and it will be interesting to see what the scores are going to be.”