By Kyle Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
COLUMBUS – The North Mississippi Coca-Cola Junior Golf Tour completed its fourth weekly event on Monday at the Elm Lakes Golf Course.
The day saw its fair share of rain, and players were forced to cease play midway through their round for a rain delay. The 12-13 and 14-15 age divisions completed only 9 holes.
“We were lucky to only have a one-hour delay,” said Bo Reed, the tour co-director. “Sometimes it is difficult for the players to continue to play well through a rain delay, so staying in the right frame of mind is critical. It is very easy to become relaxed, and once your focus has gone, it can be tough to get back.”
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The delay may have been a factor for some Tour players, as average scores were higher than normal.
“I started off playing pretty well before the rain delay, but I felt out of my groove when I came back,” said Blake Henley, winner of his 16-18 division, with a score of 83. Henley got in seven holes before the delay. “I had a few pars which was good, but I also had a few unneeded bogeys and two doubles on my back nine.”
Although it was a little wet on Monday, Henley didn’t feel like the course was more or less difficult than any other day. “The course was wet, but it didn’t play any different to me. My driver was what was key to me today. It set me up well.”
Mary Grace Caldwell got the win in the girls division by shooting an 85. Belle Keopraseut finished second with an 88, Shelbi Barnes third with a 97.
The Tour will continue next Monday at the Ole Miss Golf Course. The Tour Championship will take place at the Starkville Country Club, July 30-31, and will include the top 8 players in each division in the Tour points standings.