Reeder, Backel tied for lead

By Kyle Alford/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Kirk Reeder of Tupelo and Camden Backel of Madison finished the first day of the “Pros of Tomorrow” event at Tupelo Country Club on Tuesday tied for the lead in their 16-18 year olds’ division with scores of 69.
Reeder and Backel hold a six-stroke lead over Tupelo’s Hayden Buckley.
Reeder was hitting on all cylinders Tuesday, and his short game was the key to his success.
“The greens were fast, and my putter was awesome,” he said.
Reeder started the day off with a birdie on hole No. 10, which set the tone for how he would play the rest of the round.
Fulton’s Carlee Nanney leads the girls division at 82 after the first day. She was strong on the back nine and holds a four-stroke stroke lead on her closest competition, Mary Grace Caldwell of Columbus.
Vicksburg’s Anna Fletcher also broke 90 and is seven shots back at 89.
A total of 111 players from all around the Southeast are competing in the North Mississippi Coca-Cola Junior Golf Tour event at the Tupelo Country Club.
It’s a storied tournament. The victors will join an elite group, one that includes pro golfer and 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson.
The tour is nearing its end as the championship event comes into view at the end of the month. The next stop for the Tour is the Old Waverly` Golf Course in West Point next Tuesday.
Old Waverly is the final opportunity for players to qualify for one of the coveted top eight spots in their division. That is the requirement to be able to participate in the Tour Championship at the Ole Miss Golf Course July 30-31.