Hot and humid, but blustery conditions greeted the almost 100 junior hopefuls upon their arrival at Man O War Golf on June 16 for the first of the Kentucky Local Qualifiers for the Drive Chip and Putt Championship. Each contestant hit three drives, three chips from about 15 yards and a putt from 30 feet, 15 feet and six feet to gather points in hopes of advancing to the next stage of qualifying. The top three overall scores in each age division (Girls 7-9, Boys 7-9, Girls 10-11, Boys 10-11, Girls 12-13, Boys 12-13, Girls 14-15 and Boys 14-15) advance to the next stage – a Subregional at Persimmon Ridge Golf Club in August. Ribbons were also awarded to those finishing in the top three of each skill area.
The Girls 7-9 group got the day started off with some terrific play. Claire Reynolds, Carter Lankford and Grace Wang – all of Lexington showed off their Drive Skills as the top 3 in that skill. Reynolds, Abgail Caine of Versailles and Georgia Blair Scott of Lexington were tops in Chipping. The top finishers in putting were Scott, Anderson Brennan of Lexington and Caine. The Top Three Overall advancing to Persimmon Ridge were Georgia Blair Scott, Claire Reynolds and Abigail Caine! Congrats to all of these talented ladies!
The Boys 7-9 group continued the solid momentum with Andrew Squires of Greensburg, Winston Zhuang of Richmond and Luke Harrigan of Georgetown finishing tops in the Drive skill. In the Chip Skill, our top finishers were Zhuang, Squires and Cameron (Banks) Dunn of Danville. Those who “putted for dough” included Brady Parker of Georgetown, Dunn and Carter Denton of Frankfort. Our Top Three Overall, who will advance, are Brady Parker, Cameron (Banks) Dunn and Carter Denton. Congratulations on a job well done, gentlemen!
The Girls 10-11 group was small in numbers but full of talent! Kariann Campbell of Lexington, Cailyn Rogers of Lexington and Sophie Lester of Frankfort showed off their skills in the Drive Competition. Abby Bronski of Lexington, Lester and Rogers. Rogers was also tops in the Putt Skill, followed by Campbell and Bronski. The Top Three Overall advancing on include Cailyn Rogers, Kariann Campbell and Abby Bronski. Bravo to these outstanding ladies.
The Boys 10-11 group kicked things up a notch with Hayden Adams of Lexington, Alexander Bennett of Lexington and Brayden Mills of Ashland finishing tops in the Drive Skill. Adams also took home top honors in Chipping, followed by Keegan Michael of Richmond and Bennett. The top finishers in the Putt Skill were Charles Boden of Lexington, Bennett and Michael. The Top Three Overall advancing were Hayden Adams, Alexander Bennett and Keegan Michael. Congratulations to each of these talented young men.
The Girls 12-13 group kept things rolling with some more impressive scores. Taking top honors in the Drive Skill was Taylor Brennan of Lexington followed by Grace Clark of Frankfort and Mary Keene Marrs. Savannah Salchli of Frankfort, Marrs, Shown and Madison Burns of Lexington were tops in the Chip Skill. Clark was First in Putting followed by Sophia Bronski of Lexington and Shown. The Top Three Overall advancing to Persimmon Ridge is Morgan Shown, Sophia Bronski and Madison Burns. We are so proud of these young ladies – great job!
The Boys 12-13 group showed some remarkable skills. The Drive Skill winners were Caden Pope of Lexington, Seth Rubin of Lexington and Mason Donnell of Louisville. The Chip Skill winners were Gunner Kline of Georgetown, Logan Liles of Vanceburg and Donnell. The Putt Skill winners were Zachary Watterson of Beattyville, Elijah Geary of Lexington and Liles. Congratulations to our Top Three Overall: Logan Liles, Zachary Watterson and Gunner Kline! Well played gentlemen!
The Girls 14-15 group fought a tightly knit battle. The Drive Skill Winners were Olivia Hensley of Ashland, Laney Frye of Nicholasville and Hannah Curreri of Winchester. The Chip Skill finished in the order of Curreri, Hensley and Frye. The Putt Skill finished in the following order: Curreri, Hensley and Frye. Advancing to Persimmon Ridge as the Top Three Overall are Olivia Hensley, Laney Frye and Hannah Curreri. Congratulations to these outstanding young ladies!
The Boys 14-15 group rounded out the day as the wind conditions really picked up. The Drive Skill Winners were Anthony Vascotto of Cynthiana, Myles Murrell of Campbellsville and Grant Cambron of Georgetown. The Chip Skill Winners were Michael Moss of Lexington, William Isaacs of Mt. Vernon, Andrew Marrs of Lexington and Drew Stultz of Greenup. The Putt Skill Winners were Stultz, Andrew Caldwell of Pineville and Isaacs. The Top Three Overall advancing are William Isaacs, Drew Stultz and Anthony Vascotto. These guys will represent their age group well – congrats to them!
A special thank you to all of our participants and to Brad Bachand, the Man O War staff and volunteer core for a fantastic day! For complete results … click here > > For a gallery of photos … click here > >
Man O’ War Local Qualifier Preview
Almost 100 junior golfers are hoping to Drive Chip and Putt their way to Augusta National Golf Club at a local qualifier at Man O War Golf on Thursday, June 16. Girls and boys ages 6-15 will be teeing it up between 2-5:30 and moving through the three skill areas to showcase the hard work they have already put in this season. This is the first of four Kentucky local qualifiers. Prizes are based on the total score in each skill area (each player hits three shots for point totals) and Overall. The top three overall from each age division (Girls 7-9, Boys 7-9, Girls 10-11, Boys 10-11, Girls 12-13, Boys 12-13, Girls 14-15 and Boys 14-15) will advance to the Subregional at Persimmon Ridge Golf Club in August. The event will also be running in tandem with a Kentucky PGA Junior Tour event at University Club of Kentucky.
Players are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes before their tee times and to bring their own clubs and balls for the competition. Spectators are encouraged for this fun event that features new golfers and established junior players. We are looking forward to a terrific day!
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