ZOLFO SPRINGS — The second event on the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour schedule attracted 53 players at The Bluffs on Thursday.
There were some impressive scores by the players who overcame the stifling heat, humidity and the demanding Bluffs course.
“I’m happy with the turnout,” said Sertoma Junior Golf Tour Director Andy Kesling. “Anytime we go to The Bluffs and have more than 50 players it’s a good sign. “The kids were able to complete the round before it started raining and we’ve been fortunate with the weather so far this summer.
“The staff at The Bluffs cooked hamburgers and hot dogs which the kids really enjoyed and it was a good day.”
In the boys/girls 6-8 age group, which played six holes from 150 yards, JR Redding finished first with a score of 37, Devin Wortinger placed second with a 39, Brody Hall had a 44 and Matthew Suarez and Parker Rapp tied at 47.
“That’s a good score for JR and we’ve got some good players in that age group,” Kesling said. “There is going to be some excellent competition in that division during the summer.”
Jack DuPriest shot a sizzling 41 for nine holes to win the boys 9-10 age group. Nolan Rasnake placed second with a 46, Parker Griffin and Jaxson Davis tied at 53 and Ethan Armentrout and Ian Frasier tied at 61.
“Jack played well and that’s a good score for Nolan,” said Kesling. “There are a lot of good players in that division and it should come down to the wire as to who comes out on top.”
Josh Bible fired a 44 to win the boys 11-13 age group. Billy Carol and Zach Doorlag tied for second at 46, Zachery Deuberry came in at 47 and Jackson Griffin and Will Redding shot a 48.
“It’s good to see Josh playing well,” Kesling said. “Congratulations on his first win of the summer and it’s good to see all of his hard work and practice paying off. “That’s a real tough division with a lot of good players.”
Coleman Nelson, from Naples, won the boys 14-15 age group, which played 18 holes, with an 84, Jay Allen Mack was a close second at 85, Perry Taylor and Scott Hamilton tied at 86 and Seth Hamilton shot a 94.
“That’s the first win on the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour for Coleman,” Kesling said. “Jay Allen is from Frostproof and it’s good to see kids from all over the state playing on our tour.”
Ben Tubbs carded a 73 to win the boys 16-18 division, while Kade Damboise and Jett Dexter tied for second place at 77 and Easton Davis and Sam Rogers came in at 78.
“Really solid round by Ben,” Kesling said. “Good score in tough conditions and all of those scores in the 70s are impressive.”
Ashley Engle continues to dominate the girls 11-13 age group with a winning score of 44. Alyssa Jordan placed second with a 47, Samantha Payne and Lily Daum tied at 74 and Emily Dressel shot a 78.
“Good score by Ashley who has a great swing,” Kesling said. “We have five girls in that division and it’s good to see it finally growing, “The more girls the better because there are a lot of opportunities for girls to earn college golf scholarships.”
In the girls 14-18 age group, Meghan Griffin finished first with a score of 91 for 18 holes, while Hannah Revell carded a 107, Teresa Ware fired a 113 and Danielle Roque came in at 119.
“We’ve got some girls that are experienced in that age group and some girls just learning to play,” said Kesling. “Not a bad round for Meghan who is going to be a good player if she keeps working on her game.” The next event on the Sertoma Junior Golf tour schedule is the Bill Jarrett Championship on Wednesday and Thursday at River Greens.
This year’s tournament will be stroke play over the two days of play.
“This event is usually a match play format,” said Kesling. “But due to the renovation River Greens is doing and being this early in the season, we’re going to make it stroke play.”
There are still openings for youngsters, ages 6-18, to play on the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour, which runs through Aug. 16.
For more information, contact Kesling at Sun ‘n Lake Golf Club at 863-385-4830, ext. 1.