Many of the state’s top junior golfers have honed their skills on the North Mississippi Coca-Cola Junior Tour each summer.
That experience has paid off with success for many of the players on the high school level. Tupelo (6A), Corinth (3A) and Baldwyn (2A) captured state championships this season.
“That’s why the area was so dominant this year,” Tour co-director John Dewey said. “I’m amazed at the work ethic by the high school kids. They all put in the time it takes.”
This year’s nine-match Tour kicks off Tuesday with play at the Natchez Trace Golf Club in Saltillo. The two-day Pros of Tomorrow tournament is scheduled for July 13-14 at the Tupelo Country Club while the Tour Championship is scheduled for Aug. 1-2 at the Ole Miss Golf Club in Oxford.
The Pros of Tomorrow event counts toward double points in the age division standings. The summer’s top players qualify for the Tour Championship.
The divisions are: male 10-11, 12-13, 14-15 and 16-18; female 10-12; 13-18.
“The Tour is a great experience for these young players,” Dewey said. “For most kids, it’s their first time in competive golf. They learn the game, learn the rules.
“They get awesome exposure. It’s a great program.”
Dewey, a student in Mississippi State University professional golf management program, expects more than 50 players for the Junior Tour’s Natchez Trace stop.
“So far, the interest has been good,” he said. “We’ve got memberships still coming in. Players have until three days prior to an event to sign up.”
There will be same-day registration offered until 8 a.m. Tuesday for the first tournament at the Natchez Trace. Golfers must pre-register for the remaining tournaments at www.nemsjrtour.com.
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