Juniors tackle Old Waverly

local_icon_greenBy Kyle Alford

Special to the Journal

WEST POINT – The Northeast Mississippi Coca-Cola Junior Golf Tour continued Tuesday at the Old Waverly Golf Course, and the Tour entertained a record turnout of 95 players.

Old Waverly, nationally renown and respected by professional golfers, is acknowledged as one of the most difficult courses in Mississippi. “They’ll definitely always remember playing here. It’s just a once in a lifetime opportunity for these kids,” said Alan Waggoner, the assistant tour director.

Tate Dickerson, who finished with the low overall score of 71, agreed that the course is challenging.

“This was my fifth time to play here and I think the golf course is really nice,” said the 13 year-old from Booneville. “It’s got to be one of the most difficult courses in Mississippi; the backside is pretty hard because you have to hit your drive right down the middle.”

‘Fun experience’

Jake Crosson, 14, claimed the second lowest overall score and the lowest score in his age group with a 73.

“It was a fun experience for my first time playing here and it will definitely be one to remember,” said Crosson, from Columbus. “I’d have to say that everything was going good for me today; it was probably one of the best rounds I have ever shot.”

Other victors included Hannah Grace Hall in the girls 10-12 group with a 43, Wells Williams winning the boys 10-11 division with a 37, Belle Keopraseut winning the girls 13-18 group with an 86, and Kirk Reeder winning the boys 16-18 division with an 81.

The Northeast Mississippi Coca-Cola Junior Tour will merge with the MJGA Tour on July 8-9 for the Pros of Tomorrow event at the Tupelo Country Club. Those participating in the Coke Tour must sign up through missgolf.org. Golfers’ results at the event will be counted in the Coke Tour standings.