With most schools out for the summer, attention for junior golfers turns to golf courses across northeast Ohio, competing in junior tournaments and honoring their skills for the OHSAA fall season.
Liam Curtis of Kent, a sophomore at Kent Roosevelt when he tees off for the Rough Riders in the fall, started his season with a victory in the Northern Ohio PGA Junior Tournament boys 16-19 age division at Lake Forest Country Club in Hudson.
Curtis was consistent, firing a 1-over par on the front and 2-over par on the back nine that bested runner-up, Trey Lautenschleger of Dover, by two strokes.
Other local boys in the 16-19 division included Max Devins of Aurora, who was 11th, and Cole Hostetler of Rootstown, who was 14th in the 54-player field.
Maddie Kost (fifth) and Sydnie Leavery (eighth), both of Kent, earned top 10 finishes in the girls 16-19 age division.
Grace Vidovic of Aurora tied for seventh place in the girls 11-15 age division.
Junior PGA Section Championship
The Northern Ohio PGA Junior Section Championship that advances junior golfers to the National Junior PGA Championship is set to tee off at Westfield Country Club on Monday and concludes at Portage Country Club on Tuesday.
Local junior golfers seeking one of the two spots available, one for boys and one for girls, include Brooklyn Millard, Jude Abbass, Parker Barrett, Chris Pollak, Grace Vidovic and Jack Zeid of Aurora; Madolyn Kost, Ashlyn Leavery, Sydnie Leavery and Christian Mineo of Kent, and Cole Hostetler of Rootstown.
Ohio Senior Open
Following the end of 36 holes at Firestone’s West Course, Bob Sowards of Dublin and Sam Arnold of Cincinnati were tied at the top of the leaderboard of the Ohio Senior Open championship.
Sowards sunk an 8-foot putt on the first playoff hole to win the event for the fourth consecutive time.
While the golfers from the Southern Ohio PGA garnered the top two spots, local golfers made a run for the championship over the final 18 holes.
Mitch Camp, director of golf at Club Walden in Aurora, scored an eagle on the 13th hole and tallied three birdies that gave him a final round of 3-under par. Camp missed the playoff by one stroke, earning third place.
Other local golfers in the top 10 included former Kent State University standout Rob Moss, in fifth place at 1-over par, and Tom Atchison of Silver Lake, who took home eighth place after firing 2-over par.
The Ohio Senior Open celebrated its 37th year this summer. Hosted by the Northern Ohio PGA, the next amateur-professional tournament on the schedule is June 27-29 when the 101st Ohio Open competes at the newly-renovated Westfield Country Club in Westfield Center.
Sponsored by Pyramid Treating, the Ohio Open registration closes June 20. Register for the event at thenorthernohiopga.com.
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CALENDAR GOLF AREA
RECORD-COURIER PORTAGE COUNTY AMATEURS
Register at host courses, via mail or online at PCAgolf.net.
July 24: 8th PORTAGE COUNTY KIDS AMATEUR, Sunny Hill Golf Course, Brimfield. (Preschool-9th grade from $15 to $20).
July 28-29: 15th MATT MISHLER PORTAGE COUNTY JUNIOR AMATEUR, Windmill Lakes, Ravenna and Sunny Hill Golf, Brimfield. (Ages 12 and under/$45, Ages 13 to 19 $60.
July 30-31: 92nd PORTAGE COUNTY AMATEUR, Windmill Lakes, Ravenna and Raccoon Hill, Kent. (County, Open and Women’s Divisions – 18-Holes, $85/person).
Aug 27-28: 52nd PORTAGE COUNTY SENIOR AMATEUR, Windmill Lakes, Ravenna and Raccoon Hill, Kent. (Ages 50 and older, four divisions, $85/person).
Info: Email PortageCountyAm@gmail.com, text 330-206-9083)
Scrambles, Charity Events, Amateurs and Opens
Friday: 27th KACC-KSU Athletics Golf Outing, Windmill Lakes Golf Club, Ravenna. (Four-person scramble. 18-holes/$125 per person. Register at www.kentbiz.com.)
June 18: 27th Pfeiffer Scramble, Windmill Lakes, Ravenna. (Four-person scramble, 18-holes.)
June 27-29: Ohio Open Championship, Westfield Country Club. (thenorthernohiopga.com)
July 15: Olive Tree Family Foundation 2nd Annual Golf Invitational, Raintree Golf and Event Center, Uniontown. (Four-person scramble, $100 per person, olivetreegolf.com, olivetree@olivetreefamily foundation.org)
July 22: Big Brothers/Big Sisters Golf Outing, Sugar Bush Golf Course, Garrettsville. (Four-person scramble, 18-holes, 95 per person. Call 330-805-0266.)
July 24: Ravenna Gridiron Club, Windmill Lakes Golf Course, Ravenna. (Four-person scramble/$500 per team.)
July 31: 4th Annual Adaptive Sports Ohio Golf Tournament, Olde Dutch Mill, Lake Milton.
Aug 19: 36th Hattie Larlham Golf Classic, Sugar Bush Golf Club, Garrettsville. (Four-person scramble, 18-Holes. Morning/afternoon flights.)
JUNIOR GOLF CALENDAR (Tournaments, clinics and events)
June 14: 18-Hole NOPGA Jr. Series, Ellsworth Meadows, Hudson. (thenorthernohiopga.com.)
June 24: 18-Hole NOPGA Jr. Series and 9-Hole Futures, Tannenhauf, Alliance. (thenorthernohiopga.com.)
July 6-8: Good Park Junior Tournament, Good Park Golf Course, Akron. ($65, goodparkgolf.com, 330-375-2092.)
July 8: 18-Hole NOPGA Junior Series, and 9-Hole Futures Fox Den, Stow. (thenorthernohiopga.com.)
July 9: Drive, Chip and Putt Local Qualifying, Windmill Golf Center, Macedonia. thenorthernohiopga.com.)
July 12: Drive, Chip and Putt Local Qualifying, Lake Forest, Hudson. (thenorthernohiopga.com.)
July 13-14: 18-Hole NOPGA Junior Series, Windmill Lakes, Ravenna. (thenorthernohiopga.com.)
July 15: Greatest Junior Golfer In the Valley Junior Series, Olde Dutch Mill, Lake Milton. (330-654-4100.)
July 22: 9-Hole Futures Tour Championship, Mud Run, Akron. (thenorthernohiopga.com.)
July 25: Ohio Girls Golf Foundation Showcase, Avon Oaks Country Club, Avon. ($60/18 holes. firstname.lastname@example.org, 440-479-9579.
July 26-27: NOPGA Junior Tour Championship, Club Walden, Aurora. (thenorthernohiopga.com.)
Aug 8: NOPGA Collegiate Preview, Alliance Country Club, Alliance. (thenorthernohiopga.com.)
USGA LOCAL QUALIFYING (United States Golf Association Championship Applications)
Monday: US Junior Qualifying, Silver Lake Country Club, Silver Lake.
Friday: US Girls Junior Qualifying, Chagrin Valley Country Club, Chagrin Falls.
July 5: US Women’s Amateur Qualifying, Lake Forest Country Club, Hudson. (Entry deadline June 15.)
July 7: US Amateur Qualifying, Weymouth Country Club, Medina. (Entry deadline June 22.)
July 28: US Senior Amateur Qualifying, Sand Ridge Golf Club, Chardon. (Entry deadline July 6.)
Aug 11: US Mid Amateur Qualifying, Avon Oaks Country Club, Avon. (Entry deadline July 6.)
Aug 25: US Women’s Mid-Amateur Qualifying, Portage Country Club, Akron. (Entry deadline July 27.)