Junior golfers play Pontotoc CC

BAKER

BAKER

By Kyle Alford

Special to the Journal

PONTOTOC – The Northeast Mississippi Coca-Cola Junior Golf Tour continued Monday at the Pontotoc Country Club despite recent wet weather.

The course recovered nicely from recent showers due to the work of the club’s staff.

“The staff here took care of business for us; there were plenty of relief opportunities out there for the players to take full advantage of the golf course,” said tour director Greg Flannagan. “I feel like the course played great considering the heavy rainfall we had overnight.”

Wilson Baker of Oxford shot a 73, the best overall score on the day, to win the boys 12-13 division by five strokes.

Once Baker got the ball off the tee, he seemed to find success. “I was great 150 yards and in and my 8 iron was really working for me,” Baker said.

The Tour’s stop at the Pontotoc Country Club was the tour’s second event, following last week’s play at the Natchez Trace golf course.

Happy golfers

While the Natchez Trace course is notorious for its difficult rolling terrain and side-hill lies, Pontotoc offered an easier challenge.

“I shot a lot better here than I did last week,” said Baker. “There weren’t as many hills and hollows at this course.”

“It’s more open and in better shape than the Natchez Trace,” said Aberdeen’s Blake Henley, whose score of 79 was best in the boys 16-18 division. “I didn’t have to worry about threading the needle off my tee shot.”

Other boys winners: Taylor Replogle 85 in 14-15, Drew Wilson 47 in 10-11 and Rett Kreman 54 in the season’s first Powerade Division match for ages 6-9.

Riley Ann Mayhew took first place in the girls division with a score of 81.

The Coca-Cola Junior Golf Tour will make its third stop next Monday at Big Oaks in Saltillo.