Junior golfers post solid scores on third tour stop
A record number of low scores were shot on the third stop of the Truckee Tahoe Junior Golf Tour at Ponderosa Golf Course last week.
Ponderosa is one of the longer courses from the tees the junior golfers play, so the low scores were not expected. The excellent condition of the greens was a contributing factor to the great scores.
Two players shot one-under-par 34s — Coco Layton in the girls 10-11 age group from the junior tees and Jordan Fereira of the Truckee High golf team.
Fereira won the older boys competition, ages 14-17, which plays the middle tees.
Chase Sienkiewics won the boys 14-15 age group with a 38. Sam Willis and Max Wingard came in second and third, respectively, for the 14-15 boys with scores of 42 and 43. Cameron Rice and Quinn Earley earned TTJGT Cup points with their fourth- and fifth-place finishes.
Layton was followed by Sofia DeWitt for second place in the girls 10-11 group with a 43. Haley McCormick was third at 49, followed closely by Jordyn Jensen at 52.
Kylie Daniels of Tahoe City took first place in the girls 15-17 division with a score of 51.
Cozi Layton took first in the girls 12-14 group with another fine score of 36. She was followed in second by Lauren Hickam at 40. Montana Murphy and Courtney Engberg came in third and fourth place.
In the youngest girls division, 8-9, Kenzie McCormick won her third straight TTJGT event of the summer with a 51. She now has a commanding lead for the 2014 Cup, which she also won in 2013.
Stella DeWit had an outstanding round to come in second at 55 and has really improved her scores during the season.
In the 12-13 boys division, Aiden Mason shot a fantastic 38 to take first place. Isaac Mozen came in second at 49 despite hobbling around on an injured knee. Murphy Scott came in third place with a 53 and was followed closely at 54 by Derek LaFerrier and Koby Mattson.
Within the 52-player field, the boys 10-11 group had the most competitors with 14. Ethan Flynn led the age group with a 44. Jack Brown was second at 46.
Flynn has taken the lead in the Cup race, but Brown is the 2013 Cup winner and he is working hard to stay in position to win the Cup again.
Gabe Smith had an excellent round of 47 to come in third place. Smith has missed previous events due to baseball and swimming conflicts but quickly proved he could be a challenger in future tournaments with his strong round.
Patrick Volkman had another steady round of 52 to come in fourth. Robby and Jack Bryne tied for fifth place.
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