Griffin swings to victory
Mark Pinson | Highlands TodayAVON PARK - Kendall Griffin overcame the heat, high humidity and a demanding Pinecrest Golf Club course to shoot a 79 to finish first in the girls 14-18 age group in Thursday's Sertoma Junior Golf Tour event.
Published: June 23, 2012
Published: June 23, 2012
The 13-year-old Griffin has the talent to dominate the older division with her stellar play.
"Kendall is a player," said Sertoma Junior Golf Tour Director Andy Kesling. "She continues to develop her game and I can't remember the last time she shot in the 80s.
"I'm waiting for her to break 70 now.
Placing second with an 83 was former Sebring High standout Savana Fisher, who will play golf at Webber International University this fall. Avon Park High golfer Lindsey Moffat came in third with a 90, Chloe Nelson carded a 91 and Jayne Wilhelm shot a 103.
"Savana has definitely come around and we expect great things from her while she's playing at Webber," Kesling said. "She's worked hard on her game and playing on the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour in the summers has really helped to develop her game and course management."
The second tournament of the summer season attracted a field of 66 junior golfers who were able to finish their rounds before the afternoon storms arrived.
"I'm pleased with the turnout," said Kesling, who is the head professional at Sun 'N Lake Golf Club. "I would like to have between 70 and 80 golfers each week."
In the boys 17-18 age group, Daniel Miller finished first with an 80, Will Bennett placed second with an 83, Jonah Brown and William Beattie tied at 88 and Terrell Williams finished fifth with a 93.
Cole Berger eased to first place in the boys 15-16 division with an impressive 76, Ben Tubbs was second after carding an 80, Jeremy Camino shot an 82 and Easton Davis and Rhett Pooley tied at 83.
Jason Cannon finished first in the boys 13-14 age group with an 86, Nick Kresl placed a close second with an 87, Andrew Walley shot a 90, Sam Weber-Callahan came in fourth with a 94 and Sam Rogers finished fifth with a 95.
"Jason has really improved this year," Kesling said. "He started taking the game seriously last year and he's lowered his score by quite a few shots.
"He's a good example of what hard work and practice will do for you."
In the boys 11-12 division, which played nine holes, Joseph Flood claimed first place with a 65 for nine holes, David Herbert came in second place with a 70, John David Spiegel was third after carding a 72 and Clayton Samuels was fourth with an 80.
Zach Doorlag won the boys/girls 9-10 age group, which played nine holes from the forward tees, with an impressive 44, Beckham Donavon was second with a 49, Jackson Griffin finished third with a 53, Billy Carol shot a 54 and Cade Scarborough was fifth after shooting a 72.
"Zach has a lot of talent," Kesling said. "That's another division that's very competitive and will probably come down to the last tournament."
In the boys 6-8 age group, which played six holes from 150 yards out, Brody Hall was first with a score of 35, Parker Griffin was a stroke back at 36, Nolan Chandler was third with a 38, Griffin Hall carded a 39 and Jaxson Davis and Ethan Armentrout tied at 40.
"Brody has the most natural move for a youngster I've ever seen," Kesling said. "He's going to be one to watch and that age group is going to be a real battle this summer."
The next Sertoma Junior Golf Tour event is the Highlands Sertoma Club Junior Championship on Thursday and Friday at Highlands Ridge North.
Players begin to tee off at 8:30 a.m.
"Highlands Ridge always takes good care of us," Kesling said. "The course is always in good shape and we look forward to playing there."
For more information on the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour, which is for junior golfers ages 6-18, and runs through Aug. 18, contact Kesling at 835-2436.
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