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Portage County amateur golf news and notes for June 19

Two local girls, Madolyn Kost of Kent and Grace Vidovic of Aurora, grabbed top 10 finishes in their age divisions in the 90-degree heat at recent Northern Ohio PGA Junior tournaments.

Kost tied for first at Ellsworth Meadows in Hudson, firing a 4-over par, and she finished tied for fifth at Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links in the Portage Lakes, carding an 85 in the girls’ 16-19 age division.

Vidovic tied for fourth place at Turkeyfoot in the 11-15 age division, carding a 7-over par and won the Ellsworth Meadows’ event, finishing with an 11-over par.

Also at Turkeyfoot, Nathan Kinter and Mason Dillon, both of Edinburg, competed in the 9-hole Future Tour for juniors, both landing in the top 10. Kinter earned a medal for his tie for second-place finish at 7-over, while Dillon tied for fifth at 11-over.

Nathan Kinter of Edinburg finished in a tie for second place at the NOPGA Juniors Futures Tour at Turkeyfoot Golf Club.

Tom Laubacher of Aurora won the senior division of the Northern Ohio Golf Association’s Scratch series. Laubacher fired a 1-under 70 to lead the tough field at Quail Hollow in Painesville.

Portage golfers top Pro-Assistant tourney

The top of the leaderboard at the Pro-Assistant tournament hosted by Mayfield Sand Ridge in Chardon was dominated by golfers with Portage County ties.

Taking home first place was Rob Moss, former Kent State standout and director of golf at the Pepper Pike Club, playing with his assistant, Sean McGuire. The team earned the victory with a score of 6-under 66.

Mitch Camp, director of golf at Club Walden in Aurora, tied for second at 5-under with his assistant, Collin McKendree.

Tied with Camp/McKendree was Trent Maxwell, director of the Windmill Golf Center and former professional at Windmill Lakes Golf Club. Maxwell and Randy Dietz, a former Kent State and Kent Roosevelt standout, combined for 5-under.

Locals attend the Curtis Cup

David Benjamin, right, of Aurora, visited with Kent State golfer Emily Price during the Curtis Cup in Ardmore, Pa.

The Curtis Cup, celebrating women amateur golfers, was contested at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., from June 10-12.

Organized jointly by the United States Golf Association and the SGA and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the team event features players from the United States and Europe.

David Benjamin, the husband of Aurora Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin, has had the opportunity to visit many major championship courses as well as national tournaments, both to play and as a spectator.

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