LAKE WALES — Another summer of golf is winding down for the players on the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour. Thursday’s next to last tournament attracted 53 players, ages 5-18, who took on the challenging Lake Wales country Club course.
“We traveled well and it was a great turnout in Lake Wales,” said Sertoma Junior Golf Tour Director Andy Kesling. “We’ve had good attendance at every tournament during the summer and we’ve been fortunate with the weather. I’m keeping my fingers crossed the weather will cooperate and we’ll be able to get in next week’s Tour Championship and enjoy our banquet and awards ceremony to wrap up the season.”
In the boys 16-18 age group, Nic Staffieri led the way with an impressive 1-over 73, Rhett Pooley placed second with a 74, Jeremy Camino and Charlie Gist tied at 78 and Easton Davis fired a 79.
“Those are some good scores,” said Kesling. “Lake Wales Country Club is a tough course and it was playing about 6,800 yards. “There’s some good players in that division and a lot of these kids are getting ready for the high school golf season.”
Coleman Nelson cruised to first place in the boys 14-15 age group with a 79, Seth Hamilton carded an 83, Jay Allen Mack had an 84 and Matthew Arnan finished with an 85.
“Coleman is playing well and is going to be tough to knock out of first place with only one event left on the schedule,” Kesling said.
Billy Carol finished first in the boys 11-13 age group with a 47, Beckham Donovan was a close second at 48, Zach Doorlag carded a 49 and Jackson Griffin and Will Redding tied at 52.
“Another win for Billy,” Kesling said. “He’s starting to round into form and he’s going to be hard to beat out for the title in that division.”
Parker Griffin was first in the boys 9-10 age group with a 41, Jack DuPriest placed second with a 44, Nolan Rasnake was third at 45, Jaxson Davis carded a 47 and Lane Revell shot a 51.
“That’s Parker’s first win of the year,” said Kesling. “Jack has won most of the tournaments, but there’s a solid core of golfers in that division and that’s great to see.”
Brody Hall claimed first place in the boys/girls 6-8 age group with a 33, Devin Wortinger and Rebecca Kesling tied for second place at 37, J.R. Redding shot a 42 and Liam McCann had a 54.
“Brody is the class of that division,” Kesling said. “Rebecca and Devin have really improved and are closing the gap.”
Chloe Nelson won the girls 14-18 age group with a fine score of 78, Megan Crews fired an 85, Avie Clark had a 98 and Hannah Revell came in with a 117.
“That’s a good score for Chloe,” Kesling said. “That’s two weeks in a row she shot a 78 and she’s a great young lady from Ft. Lauderdale and we’re glad she plays in our events.”
Lily Daum won the girls 11-13 division with a 77 and Samantha Payne placed second with an 80.
“Both of these girls are learning to play the game and it’s great to see them improving each week,” Kesling said.
The final event of the summer is the Tour Championship, which is set for Aug. 15-16 at Sun ‘n Lake Golf Club.
“A lot of these age group championships are up for grabs,” said Kesling. “The Tour Championship is the most important tournament of the summer and both the Deer Run and turtle Run courses are in great shape.
“We’ve had a tremendous summer of golf and we’re excited about the end of the season and enjoying our banquet and giving out all the trophies.”