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Junior golfers bring home wins in season finale / August 05, 2020

The Southside Piedmont Junior Golf Association held its season championship tournament Thursday at Tanglewood Shores Golf & Country Club in Bracey, with county golfers taking championship titles in four of the eight qualifying divisions.

Tanglewood’s 3,182 yard, par 36 course provided a solid challenge for the 60-plus youths from eight counties who took part in the competition. In order to qualify for the event, golfers had to participate in a minimum of three of five weekly golf tournaments held throughout June and July.

Lindsey Towery of Mecklenburg Country Club, ages 14-17, Kelsey Carter of South Hill Country Club, ages 11-13; and Audrey Hite, ages 7-10, won championship titles in their respective divisions.

Towery took the championship by one stroke, 79-80, over Danner Allen playing for Hat Creek Country Club.

Carter shot a 56 to claim a three-stroke victory over Reagan Bartn with Briery Country Club, who fired a 59 over the Tanglewood layout.

Hite claimed one of the more impressive scores in the championships, posting a 47 over second place Jessica Terry, who shot a decent 63. The 63 also the score of third place Lauren Hite from Lunenburg Country Club.

Cameron Shriver, playing out of Kinderton Country Club, won in boy’s 14-15 age group. Shriver, who shot an 86, posted one of the more dominating wins on the day, defeating second place finisher Cameron Lynch by 18 strokes.

Lynch’s 104 out of South Hill Country Club was still competitive considering third and fourth place scores were 105, each.

Area players from the South Boston and Halifax also played a great tournament. Brady Grant of Halifax Country Club won in the boy’s 7-9 years-old category.

Grant won in playoff action after he and Braydon Shriver of Kinderton Country Club were tied after nine holes at 43. Grant would par the first playoff hole; Shriver suffered the bogey for the loss.

Brady’s twin brother, Jackson, missed the playoff by one stroke, taking third place with a 44. HCC’s Owen Mason won for the boys, ages 10-11, after shooting a 41.

Several local players also posted scores that earned second place through fifth place standings in the tournament, including Parker Hite (boys 12-13) of Lunenburg Country Club posting an 87.

Will Johnson, Nottoway Country Club, shot an 80 to take top honors in ages 12-13. Brenden Francisco with Briery Country Club shot a 90 to claim first place in the 16-17 age group for boys.

Other clubs represented in the competition were Emporia Country Club, Victoria Country Club, and Farmville Municipal Golf Course.

Champions get to retain the winners’ plaque at their home clubs until next season. Organizers said the golf season provided the athletes with an avenue to play sports, all while promoting social distancing and other COVID-19 safety guidelines.

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