Beautiful Pipestem Resort State Park hosted the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour on Monday July 16. It was the last tournament before the season ending Tour Championship and was sponsored by First Community Bank. Players were attempting to improve their standing in hope of qualifying for the last event. The young golfers had to be patient as weather halted play for an hour. However, they were able to return to the course and finish their rounds.
“The very first Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour tournament was played at Pipestem and it is always good to return to this fantastic junior golf venue, Dewayne Belcher, the tour director. “We deeply appreciate the hospitality and cooperation of the golf course staff.”
Here is a summary of the results.
16-18 Age Group Par 72 6226 yards --
Carson Proffitt of Camp Creek, West Virginia, made 10 birdies on the way to a blistering score of 64. The score is thought to be the lowest in the 20 season history of the tour. Proffitt, a rising senior at Pikeview High School, made the turn in 4 under 32 and continued the torrid pace on the second nine capturing six more birdies including four in a row from holes 13-17. Only a double bogey on the last hole cast any hint of a shadow on the stellar round.
Hunter Bowers of Galax shot 2 under par 70 to finish second. Patrick Smith of Beckley, West Virginia and Michael Growe Jr. of Pineville, West Virginia tied for third with scores one under par 71.
14-15 Age Group Par 72 5847 yards --
Daniel Goode of Wytheville made 8 birdies on his way to a score of 5 under par 65. The rising sophomore at George Wythe High School won for the third time this season, firing the lowest competitive round of his young career.
Goode credited his success to his accurate play off the tee and solid putting. “I hit it good off the tee all day and felt good at the turn with a 2 under par score,” he said. “Then I made a long one (putt) on hole 10 for birdie and it really jump started the second nine.”
Indeed it did as it was the first of three consecutive birdies. Goode made another birdie on the par 5 16th hole with a putt measuring 25 feet. Caleigh Street of Jewel Ridge continued her good play, shooting an even par 72 to finish second. Unfortunately for Street, Goode had a better day. Seth Walker of Christiansburg shot 79 to finish third.
12-13 Age Group Par 72 5847 yards --
Tanner Vest of Shady Springs, West Virginia, played in his very first Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour event and won the age group with a score of 81. Samantha Skinner of Blacksburg continued her good play, finishing second with a score of 82. Benson Blevins of Wytheville shot 83 and finished 3rd. Graham Minarik of Radford was a stroke back in 4th with an 84.
10-12 Age Group Par 36 2517 --
Grant McCall of Richlands shot 38 to win the age group for the second consecutive week. Jack Skinner of Blacksburg shot 40 to finish second. David Goode of Wytheville shot 42 and finished third.
9 and Under Age Group Par 36 1954 yards --
Hudson Hurt of Radford shot 50 to win the age group. Blaine Morgan of Bluefield, West Virginia, shot 54 and finished second. Nolan Hurt of Radford shot 58 and finished 3rd.
The Tour concludes next week with the two day Tour Championship at Auburn Hills Golf Club in Riner.