Dry conditions greet junior golfers

local_icon_greenBy Kyle Alford

Special to the Journal

AMORY – The Northeast Mississippi Coca-Cola Junior Golf Tour continued into its third week Monday at the Riverbirch Golf Course in Amory.

Golfers were eager to get back to swinging the clubs under good conditions – last week’s round at Big Oaks was rained out, a week after play was slightly affected by a damp course at Pontotoc Country Club.

“It was definitely better than playing on the wet course in Pontotoc; the greens were a lot quicker,” said Blake Weeden of Corinth, whose score of 78 was enough to clinch first place for the boys 14-15 age division.

Holly Springs’ Stephen Elgin agreed – he shot a 79 and finished first in the boys 16-18 division.

“The conditions were great today,” Elgin said. “The fairways were running good and the greens looked great for the weather we’ve had.”

Course management

The key to Elgin’s game was management. “I controlled my misses well; my putter was working well today for seemingly the first time all year,” he said.

The golfers that had success at Riverbirch all seemed to have control of the front nine. “I got through the back (nine), but when I got to the front I just started playing a lot better,” said Weeden.

Riley-Ann Mayhew shot a 72 to lead the girls division. “The drier conditions were much easier to play on,” she said.

Drew Blair grabbed the win in the Powerade (age 6-9) division with a score of 50 for nine holes; Hannah Grace Hall won the girls 10-12 division with a 39. Nicholas Flannagan’s score of 40 won the boys 10-11 division, and Austin Lauderdale’s 81 was first in the boys 12-13 division.

The Tour will continue at the Ole Miss Golf Course next Monday. Five more events remain on the tour schedule.