An unseasonably cool and windy day greeted participants in the June Oblinger Shott Junior Classic at the Tazewell County Country Club.
The first tournament of the season for the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour featured players fresh off of school activities, including many involved in high school spring sports. The 53 players found the climate conditions challenging.
“We are grateful to the Tazewell County Country Club for their generous hospitality in hosting us. Their effort to accommodate the large number of guests was very kind,” director of tour operations Dewayne Belcher said.
The Blue Ridge Tour offers youngsters a chance to develop their golf skills while competing in their age group. The season runs from mid-June until early August with tournaments at a variety of courses.
Prior to the Tazewell County tournament many of the players attended a rules clinic at Pipestem. Belcher used that opportunity to go over the rules changes with older players and introduce new players to the program.
Age group results are below:
Age 13-18 played 18 holes and 9-12 played nine holes.
16-18 Par 71
Caleigh Street of Jewel Ridge, Virginia, won the age group with a score of 4 over par 75. The rising junior at Richlands High School made 3 birdies and 7 pars on her way to the one shot victory over Peyton Wilson of Rosedale, Virginia.
“I played steady today in the wind which was a challenging factor. I’m pleased with the way I played and happy to come out on top,” Street said.
Wilson, who had 2 eagles and a birdie in his round said, “The wind made it tough but had a bad three hole stretch beginning on hole 14. I was pleased with the way I finished and overall with the way I played.”
14-15 Par 71
McKenzie Weddle of Floyd, Virginia, won the age group by 4 shots with a score of 83. Tyler Sayers of Marion, Virginia, was 2nd with a score of 87. Graham Minarik of Radford, Virginia, was 3rd with a score of 92.
12-13 Par 71
Tanner Vest of Shady Springs, West Virginia, won the age group with a score of 86. Grayson Sheets of Marion, Virginia, was 2nd with a score of 97. Talan Gentry of Hillsville, Virginia, was 3rd with a score of 98.
10-12 Par 35
Grant McCall of Richlands, Virginia, won the age group with a score of 4 over par 39. McCall, an accomplished junior player already at the age of 11, made 4 pars and a birdie en route to the victory. Major Ewing of Blacksburg, Virginia, finished second with a score of 45. Ewing made 3 pars in his first BRJGT tournament.
9 and Under Par 34 1587 Yards
Hudson Hurt of Radford, Virginia, won the age group with a score of 41. Campbell Sayers of Marion, VA was 2nd at 47. Blaine Morgan of Bluefield, West Virginia, was 3rd with a score of 50.
The Tour continued June 17 at the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech in Radford, Virginia.