December 18, 2013 - MJGA Feature Player of the Week, Jonathon Newman
Jonathon Newman is the son of Barbara and Michael Newman and is from Summit, MS. Jonathon has been a part of the MJGA since 2011. Since then he has built up quite the resume in a short period of time. Jonathon has won three time and has nine top ten finishes in only 21 events. In many of those that he did not finish in the top five he was in the top ten.
He has been a part of the past two Mississippi vs Louisiana Cup teams, as well as a member of the MJGA Junior cup team. "The MJGA has meant a lot to me these past few years," claimed Newman, " I have had the opportunity to travel a good bit and play some really good courses. I have made some of my best friends on the MJGA tournaments and look forward to playing many more. The MJGA is a great place to play golf, the staff is great and I get to meet new people every time I play.
Before Jonathon played with us on the MJGA tour he played primarily on the US Kids tour. In the fall of 2011 he won quite a few tournaments and won the player of the year in his age group. Playing US Kids allowed him to travel to several nice tournaments that also included playing in the US Kids Teen World Championship in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Jonathon is a Junior at North Pike High School. He grew up playing baseball and not until his seventh grade year did he really start to focus on golf. After taking his team to district, he knew they could do more. He then carried his team to state the next three years. In his freshman year he finished in second place individually in the 4-A All-State Medalist. That was the motivation that he need for the next year when he came back to the state tournament and won.
Jonathon still has two more years of high school to complete but he plans on playing MJGA and AJGA this coming year and after high school would love the opportunity to play Division 1 college golf. No matter where golf takes him, he will always have great memories to fall back on with the game he loves. We look forward to having Jonathon around the MJGA tour for the next two years!
December 11, 2013 - MJGA Player of the Week, Grant Renegar
Grant is the son of Lisa Lewman and Chris Renegar and is from Summit, Mississippi. Grant has been a member of the MJGA since 2011. Over this time grant has made his impact on the MJGA tour in a short amount of time. Grant has one win and seven top five finishes in just eighteen attempts. He has been a part of the past two Mississippi Junior Cup teams. He has represented the state of Mississippi twice this year being a big part of the winning Mississippi team in the River Cup, against the state of Louisiana; and being a part of the Southern States Junior Cup Matches, against Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas. In these two different match play events he did not lose a single match. "The MJGA has probably been the biggest part in my junior golf career", explained Renegar, "this past season was my best with the one individual win and the two team wins. The competition that came with the MJGA has pushed me to become the player that I am today.
Nationally, Grant has played in the American Junior Golf Tour and also had the opportunity to play in this year's Trusted Choice Big I National Tournament at the Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Although he missed the cut by just two shots, it was a great learning experience that many kids do not get the opportunity to take.
Grant is a senior this year at Parklane Academy in McComb, Mississippi, where he is part of their golf team. As for his future Grant is currently visiting colleges, but does not know where he will take his game to the next level quite yet. With one more summer left to play on the MJGA tour we look forward to watching what is next in his young and promising career on and off the golf course.
December 4, 2013 - MJGA Player of the Week - Austin Rose
Austin is the son of Tina and Jim Rose and is from Tupelo, Mississippi. He has been a part of the MJGA since 2008. Over that time he has quite the record. Austin has three wins and thirteen top five finishes in just 27 events. He has been a part of five MS Junior Cup Teams, and was a part of the winning Mississippi team in the 2012 Mississippi-Louisiana Cup Matches.
"The MJGA has meant a lot to my golf career", stated Rose, "the MJGA was what started my junior career off and I could not be more thankful for the playing opportunities the MJGA has provided for me and the other juniors around the state of Mississippi. The staff has done a phenomenal job in the development of the MJGA and MGA and I take pride in the relationships that I've made with junior all over the state."
Austin has also been a part of arguably the best high school golf dynasty in the state of Mississippi. If you know anything about Mississippi High School golf, you know that Tupelo High School has won six state championships in a row. This past year Austin was able to capture the 6A state individual title after shooting 66-68, to win by five shots. Austin is a senior this year on the Tupelo High School golf team and he hopes to make it two in a row. Nationally, Austin has played in several AJGA events where this past summer he never finished outside of the top 20.
As for Austin's future in golf, he will be signing his scholarship to play for the Mississippi State University golf team in the fall of 2014. He hopes to become a great SEC golfer and play professionally after he finishes college. We look forward to watching Austin this coming summer in his last season with the MJGA, and going into his college career. We wish Austin nothing but luck with all of his goals in life and with the game of golf.
November 27, 2013 - MJGA Player of the Week, Wilson Furr
Wilson is the son of Denise and Bill Furr and is from Jackson, MS. Wilson has been a part of the MJGA since 2008. Over the past six years Wilson has five MJGA wins and fifteen top ten's in only seventeen tournaments. He has been a part of five different MS Junior Cup teams and was on the inaugural Mississippi vs Louisiana cup team. Wilson was our 2012 Boys Overall Player of the Year when he was just 14 years old.
"The MJGA has taught me to play golf, and I have made some really good friends over the years", said Furr. Wilson's national record this year was very impressive as well. He finished in 2nd place at the AJGA Jr. All-Star Invitational by NikeGolf in Oklahoma, represented the USA in China in the USA vs China Youth Match where he went 3-0, finished T17 in the 2013 US Junior Amateur in Truckee, CA, he won his second age group title at the 2013 Future Masters in Dothan, AL, top 10 in the Bubba Conlee, top 10 in the AJGA McArthur Tournament, and shot 68 at the local US Open Sectional and plus 1 over 36 hole to finish in a tie for 27th. Currently Wilson is ranked 2nd in the GolfWeek Junior World Rankings for the class of 2017. Wilson is only in the 9th grade at Jackson Academy, where I am sure opposing golf coaches around the state are ready to see him graduate. As for his future, he hopes to play Division 1 college golf and see where the game might be able to take him. We wish Wilson nothing but good luck as he goes through these next chapters of his life.
Final Round Update 11/26/2013, 6:14AM: The Final Round of the Thanksgiving Junior Classic has been cancelled due to inclement weather.
The course has taken on too much water for the conditions at Deerfield to be playable. Congratulations to all who completed their round yesterday. The results of the tournament are official and awards will be mailed to individuals who placed at the top of their divisioin. We sincerely thank you for your participation and look forward to seeing you in 2014! We wish you all a safe and Happy Holiday Season.
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November 26, 2013 - Thanksgiving Junior Goes on Through Winter Conditions
Gluckstadt- We have completed round one of the 2013 Thanksgiving Junior Classic. Through some harsh conditions we had some really good scores in all divisions. In the A division Colin Troxler from Luling, Louisiana came in with our 18 hole round of the day, with a 2 over par 74. In a tie for second place we have Camden Backel of Madison and Triston Powell of Calhoun, Louisiana, who both came in with a 4 over par 76.
In our B division, John Chase Bryan on Ridgeland is our first round leader with an 81. We also had a tie for second place in this division between Madison’s Matthew Scoville, and Soso’s Jackson Wedgeworth, who both shot 89. In the C division, Brewer Hughes is in the top spot, after his first round 85. Jacobi Polk of Hattiesburg is three shots behind, in second with his 88. In the D division we have a really tight race. Cohen Trolio, of West Point, has a one shot lead after shooting an opening round of 45. Right behind him is David Beard III, of Madison, who shot a 46. Meridian’s Stone Blanton is right behind the other two, after he shot an opening round 48. In the E division, Collins Trolio has a commanding lead after his stellar even par 36. William Marshall, of Madison, is in second place with a 56. In third place is Reid Beach who shot a 73. Please check your emails over the next couple of hours and in the morning. We will try to keep you as up to date as much as we possibly can about tomorrow’s second round. We will try our best to get the second round completed. For complete scores click here.
Feature MJGA Player of the week- Charlie Miller
November 20, 2013- Charlie is the son of Caroline and Ken Miller and is from Jackson, MS. Charlie has been a part of the MJGA since 2006. Over the past eight years, Charlie has totaled fourteen age group wins, one overall MJGA win and 36 top five finishes.
He has not played a tournament with the MJGA in the past two years where he has finished outside of the top 5 in his age group. Charlie was our Boys C Division Player of the Year in both 2011 and 2012. He has been a part of three MS Junior Cup Teams and Two River Cup teams, where he represented team Mississippi. “The MJGA means a lot to me,” claims Miller, “ it’s where I first started tournament golf and I am very appreciative to the MJGA staff for all of their hard work to put the tournaments on. I have made some of my best friends on the MJGA tournaments and look forward to continuing to play with my friends on the MJGA.
On the national scene Charlie has made quite an impact. He has one win and several top five’s on the Arrowhead Junior Tour, a top five on both the SJGT and Rocky Mountain Junior Tour, one win in a Golfweek Junior Tour event and won the title for his age division at the Pepsi Titan Little People’s Chamoionship when he was only 12. More recently, he has played very well on the AJGA where he has finished: 10th at the Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All Star in Ringold, Georgia, 3rd at the Harvey Penick Junior All Star in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, and a 3rd place finish at the Under Armour/ Scott Stallings Open presented by True Temper at TPC Southwind in Memphis, TN. With these finishes he is now fully exempt for 2014 AJGA events. He was also one of four Mississippians to be invited to the Nike Junior All Star Invitational in Norman, Oklahoma.
Charlie is only in the 9th grade at Jackson Preparatory School, so he has many more years to continue to make an impact on the state of Mississippi. After high school he plans on going to play division 1 college golf. We look forward to watching Charlie throughout the remainder of his golf career.
Feature MJGA Player of the week- Griffin Agent
November 13, 2013- Griffin is the son of Lisa and Henry Agent and is from Madison, MS. Griffin has been a part of the MJGA since 2009. Over those years we have been able to watch Griffin grow up to be one of the best golfers in our association. Griffin has won five times on our tour and had twenty-two top five finishes over the past five years.
He has been a part of three MS Junior Cup teams, a part of this year’s winning Mississippi team at the River Cup, and was a part of the Mississippi team in the Southern States Junior Cup Matches. The highlights of his short MJGA career so far has been winning the 2013 Player of the Year award and qualifying the 2013 Trusted Choice Big I National Tournament, where he made the cut and finished in a tie for 53rd. “My favorite thing about the MJGA is the friends that I have made”, said Agent, “I have experienced a lot good memories in competing against them for the past few years. I have also enjoyed working with my two coaches Dave Cowger and Jon Howell in preparation for MJGA events”
Nationally Griffin finished 4th in the American Junior Golf Association All Star at Gray Plantation, 16th at the 2012 Future Masters, and made the cut in this year’s Future Masters.
High School coaches will be watching him for three more years, since he is just in the 10th grade at Madison Ridgeland Academy. His goal for his game in the next few years is to continue to play well locally and nationally, and one day receive a Division 1 college golf scholarship. We are looking forward to watching Griffin continue to grow as a person and as a golfer and wish him nothing but the best of luck as he continues to chase his dreams.
Feature MJGA Player of the week- Carlee Nanney
November 6, 2013- Carlee is the daughter of Christi and Michael Nanney. She is from the town of Fulton, MS. Fulton has produced some of the state's most talented golfers such as: four time Mississippi State Amateur Champion Clay Homan, 2008 MJGA Boys Player of the Year Chad Ramey, and 2007 and 2010 MJGA Girls Player of the Year Ally McDonald. Carlee has been a member of the MJGA since 2010 and already made quite an impact on junior golf in the state of Mississippi. Through the past four years Carlee has racked up seven wins and fourteen top five finishes in just seventeen tournaments. That record alone is almost as good as it gets. Another thing Carlee has done was made friends with just about everyone else on our tour. " One thing that I have really enjoyed about the MJGA so far was the opportunity to make so many new friends and also get the chance to travel around the state to places I have never been before." Carlee's biggest achievement came this year on the MJGA summer tour, when she became our 2013 Girls Overall Player of the Year. She finished the summer with a total of 950 points, which was 260 more points then anyone else in her division. Carlee has played in a few Southeastern Junior Golf Tour events while playing with us and plans on to continue playing more national tournaments as she gets older.
Opposing high school coaches will have to plan against her for the next three years, because Carlee is only in the 10th grade. I believe it's safe to say that her best golf is still in front of her, with many low rounds still to be completed.
As for her future plans for the game of golf, Carlee plans on just focusing everyday on different ways to improve her game and see where it might ultimately take her. She wants the opportunity to play college golf at the highest level. We look forward to watching Carlee continue to grow as a person and as a golfer for the next few years.
Feature MJGA Player of the week- Andy Ogletree
October 30, 2013- Andy is the son of Melissa and Jim Ogletree, and is from Little Rock, MS. Yes, you read that right. Not Little Rock, Arkansas, I am talking about a small town in between Philadelphia, MS and Meridian, MS.
But in this small town, stands a junior golfer that is second to nobody. Andy Ogletree is 15 years old and has already accomplished a lot of things that most junior golfers will never accomplish in their lifetime. Andy has been a part of the MJGA for 10 years now, and over that ten years has posted some amazing scores. He has won his age group 24 times and finished in the top five 41 times. He has won his age group title in the MS Junior Amateur when he was 7,8,9,10,11,12, and 15 years old. He has been a part of 4 Mississippi Junior Cup Teams and a part of team Mississippi on two separate occasions in the Mississippi/Louisiana Cup Matches, (also known as the River Cup Matches), in 2011 and 2013. In which, he has only lost twice out of 13 matches. "The MJGA is where I learned to play the game, make great friends that will last a life time and prepared me for major junior tournaments," claimed Ogletree, " the staff has always been helpful, without the MJGA I would have never gotten the experience that has helped me throughout the years." He is not helping opposing high school coaches out either considering he has won his State Championship the past two years and he has 3 more years of high school left.
Nationally, Andy has done just fine as well. He has played in the Callaway Junior World Championship, five US Kids World Championships, played in two Pepsi Little People Championships (2nd place as a 12 year old), five Future Masters (20th place overall this year), finished in 16th place in Bubba Conley this year, two top 3 finishes on the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour, had two Optimist International appearances with a 6th place finish as a 12 year old. This year right after winning the 2013 Future Tour Championship in Greenville, he traveled overnight to capture his first American Junior Golf Association win at the Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star at Wing Stone Golf Club in Ringgold, GA.
Over the past several weeks Andy has had the opportunity to visit several highly profiled Division 1 golf programs. After viewing the selected few schools, he has decided to commit to play for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets after he completes high school. We wish Andy nothing but good luck as he goes through high school and into college, and we look forward to watching him play on the MJGA for the next three years.
Feature MJGA Player of the week- Ross Bell
October 23, 2013- Ross Bell is the son of Cindy and Chuck Bell. He is a senior at Germantown High School, in Gluckstadt, MS. Ross has had quite the junior golf career while growing up in Madison, MS. He has been a part of the MJGA since 2009.
Since then he has had three tournament wins, and also racked up eleven top five performances. He has been a part of two Mississippi Junior Cup Matches where he has only lost one match. He was a big part of the inaugural Mississippi/ Louisiana Junior Cup Matches where he was one of just four players to win all six points for the weekend. "The MJGA is my favorite stage to play on," explained Bell, "I enjoy playing against the same people each week, and getting to build relationships with them. Unlike other sports, golf gives you the opportunity to get to know your opponents on a personal level and I love that. Some of my best friends, I would have never met if it wasn't for the MJGA." When asked about his favorite MJGA moment he recalled the feeling on the 18th fairway during the 2012 Sonny Andrews/State Games Invitational. "I stood 241 yards out in the fairway and watched my, at the time high school teammate Griffin Agent, make birdie for a stellar second round of 65. Knowing I needed eagle to force a playoff, I did just that and won the playoff."
Bell has also represented the state of Mississippi on the national stage in several events. The Trusted Choice Big I National Tournament, which was played at the Country Club of North Carolina, in Pinehurst, NC, where he shot 77-73-75-72-297, to finish in a tie for 18th. He has also competed in the 2012 AJGA at TPC Southwind, 2012 and 2013 Future Masters,in Dothan, AL, 2012 Tommy Moore Memorial, and won the 2011 SJGT at Rock Creek Country Club.
Ross has verbally committed to play for the Mississippi State University Golf team following the end of his high school career. "I hope to play in the top five all four years that I am in Starkville. I know it will be hard work, but I know with enough hard work I can do it. After that if it's part of God's plan for my life, I will try to play professionally."
We look forward to watching Ross grow as a person and as a golfer for many years to come. We wish him nothing but the best as he finishes up high school and transitions into college.
Feature MJGA Player of the week- Kathleen Gallagher
October 16, 2013- Kathleen Gallagher is the Daughter of Cissye and Jim Gallagher. She is on her way to being one of the most decorated junior golfer to come through the state of Mississippi, boy or girl. She has learned from the people she has grown up around her whole life.
Her dad played on the PGA tour and was on the 1993 US winning Ryder Cup team, her mom has won the Mississippi Women's Golf Association State Amateur Championship 11 times and also played on the LPGA tour, and her older sister, Mary Langdon Gallagher, was a fantastic junior golfer, won her own MWGA State Title and has never missed a tournament as a member of the Mississippi State University Women's Golf Team."My parents are the reason I play golf," explained Gallagher, "they have taught me so much throughout my life and without them or my older sister, I would not be the player I am today." Kathleen for her self has had her fair share of winning golf tournaments. She has won seven times in three years on the MJGA tour, including a two time winner of the Future Tour Championship. She has qualified for the Trusted Choice Big I National Tournament the past two year's where she has never finished out of the top 10. She played in the 2012 US Girls Junior Amateur where she at one time had the lead. Kathleen this year had the opportunity to play in the USGA Women's Team Championship with Megan Roberts, and who else but her mom Cissye. " The last two summers I have played a lot of National Junior PGA. I missed the cut last year, but this year I finished in the top 20 and got to meet Donald Trump." "Winning the State Am and the Junior Am in the same year has been my greatest accomplishment in junior golf so far." She has been a part of four MS Junior Cup Teams and was also a part of the inaugural MS/LA Junior Cup Matches. Kathleen was also the recipient of the 2013 MJGA Sportsmanship Award.
For Kathleen's near future she hopes to continue playing golf in college and seeing where it might take her after she receives her degree. We look forward to watching Kathleen continue to grow in the game of golf in the years to come.
Feature MJGA Player of the Week- Hayden Buckley
October 9,2013- Hayden Buckley is the son of Kim and Bob Buckley. Hayden was introduced to the game of golf at the age of 6 and has been a big part of the MJGA for over 5 years now. Over the past years Hayden has reached levels that most kids dream of as kids.
Hayden is from Tupelo, MS and plays golf for Tupelo High School. This school has now won the 5 and 6A Golf State Championship six times in a row. Hayden has been a part of three of these teams, finishing 5th, individually, in 2010 and 3rd, individually, in 2013. As a senior he hopes to make it seven team titles in a row and finally capture that individual title as well.
As for his junior golf career outside of school
Hayden has made quite a name for himself. He has racked up five age division titles and two overall division titles in only 22 events in five years. In 2010 and 2011, Hayden won the B division title at the Pros of Tomorrow, held at Tupelo Country Club. The past two years he has won the Overall Title. In 2012 he finished 2nd at the State Junior Championship at the Country Club of Jackson. He has been a part of our Junior Cup Matches for the past 5 years, and was on the Mississippi Team at the MS/LA Junior Cup Matches in 2012. " I played a lot of AJGA tournaments over the past few years, ranging from Richmond, Virginia to Sarasota, Florida. I've played in the Southern Junior, which was by far one of my best experiences, being able to play against some of the best golfers in the world. The MJGA was where it all started and where I have been able to meet some great people. From the MJGA staff to my playing competitors, I have always loved the MJGA, and it will be greatly missed", explained Buckley.
Hayden has recently committed to play golf for the University of Missouri. Joining the Tigers and the SEC next season will be a tough task, but one that he is looking forward to. " I'd like to play in the top 5 for all four years at Missouri, and of course help them win a National Championship, and after college we will see what I can do professionally. If that doesn't work out I will most likely go into the medical field." Hayden has always been a first class guy on and off the golf course. A great competitor, but also a great friend to all of his competitors. We wish him nothing but the best as he goes into his final high school season, and as he goes into his college career.
October 6, 2013 - Team Nicklaus Leaves Tupelo Victorious From the MS Junior Cup Matches
According to the weather reports prior to the second round of the MS Junior Cup Matches, it didn’t look very promising that we would be able to get all of our singles matches completed. However, after facing some rain in the beginning, the weather actually cleared and allowed for all 26 matches to finish. Yesterday’s score stood with the Nicklaus Team winning with 9 points, while the Palmer Team had 4 after the four-ball matches. With a 7:30 start and 8 minute intervals, the singles pairings got off to a great start. As the matches began to come in, the field was starting to even itself out. Benjamin Nelson of Madison the Palmer Team brought in a hole-in-one on number 8 to pump the Palmer Team up even more. His match versus Matt Liddon of Yazoo Ciity was the final one to come in for the day. Today’s singles point totals came within one point of each other, with the Palmer Team taking home 12 ½ points, and the Nicklaus Team picking up 13 ½ points. That brought the overall total to 16 ½ points for the Palmer Team, and 22 ½ points for the Nicklaus Team. Captain of the Nicklaus Team, Kyle Sisk of Madison, was thrilled to take home the win as this is his third year representing as a team captain and can finally say he leaves the tournament victorious. Both Kyle and Ian McAdams, Captain of the Palmer Team, were so proud of all of their players and how hard they fought to the end on both sides. The Cup Matches are always a great time for the players to see their friends and get to compete, with and against each other, but still being able to enjoy it all regardless of the outcome. We would like to thank Tupelo Country Club for having us, as well as Jim Kwasinski and Chris Harder. Thanks to all our players and parents who came out and made this year’s Cup Matches such a special time! Can’t wait for next year already!
October 5, 2013 - Nicklaus Team Stepping Up to the Plate Early at Tupelo Country Club
Tupelo, MS- Beautiful skies met the Junior Cup Teams as they gathered on the putting green. The anticipation to get on the course was evident on the faces of the Palmer and Nicklaus teams. Four-Ball matches began at 10:00am off the first tee. As matches began to come off the course, the Nicklaus team took an early lead winning the first four matches. The team continued to show strength and finished with 9 total points. The Palmer Team began to warm up mid-day and won every Ladies match on the course. The team finished with 4 points total.
Nicklaus Team Captain, Kyle Sisk, had this to say about his day, "Our Guys really showed a lot of heart and played well today. We are prepared to get the job done tomorrow." Palmer Team Captain, Ian McAdams, sees the potential in his players, "I am happy with how we performed today and I hope that our momentum continues into the singles matches tomorrow."
Tournament Director, Don Hershfelt, was pleased with the condition of the course and felt the teams showed a lot of heart and were pleased to be at Tunica Country Club.
Many thanks to the Tupelo Country Club staff for the continuous hospitality and help in making the Junior Cup Matches a success. Special thanks to Superintendent and Interim General Manager, Jim Kwasinski. We look forward to the singles matches to begin at 7:30 Sunday morning.
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Feature MJGA Player of the Week - Parker Rutherford
October 2, 2013- Parker Rutherford the son of Tammy and Chris Rutherford, is our MJGA feature player of the week. To Parker, golf is more than just a game, it is an opportunity to get out and meet all kinds of people and make new friends.
That is what the MJGA has done for him over the past ten years. “I have been able to make some great friends and have met some great people over the years. I also was able to learn so much about the game. The MJGA helped me to grow as a person and as a competitor.” Parker was able to have great success on the MJGA tour, compiling seven age group wins and two overall tournament wins. His main focus every year, however, was to do whatever it took to be a part of the MJGA Cup Matches. Parker did just this each year, being a member of every cup team since 2007. “My most memorable times out on the MJGA tour all come from the Cup Matches. I got to be teammates with some guys that I normally wasn’t able to be teammates with. It was just a lot of fun.” Parker was also a part of the inaugural Southern States Cup Matches, which features a team from Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. He was a member of the 2012 MS/LA Cup team as well, where team Mississippi won for the second straight year. Parker is now a student at Nicholls State University and is a member of the golf team. He is looking to improve his game and get a good education while in school. After school is over he will look and see where the game of golf might take him. Although not having Parker at this year’s cup matches will be different, we wish Parker nothing but the best, and look forward to watching him grow as a golfer and as a person.
Feature MJGA Player of the Week- Jacob Ross
September 25, 2013- When thinking about a great junior golf career it’s hard to picture one going any better than Jacob Ross’s did. The son of Ronny and Elizabeth Ross, Jacob grew up in Brookhaven, MS, learning the game from his father. Jacob has been a member of the MJGA tour since his debut on the tour in 2003.
“The MJGA is where I got my start in junior golf, and where I learned how to play tournament golf. This tour means a whole lot to me.” Jacob has won his age group 22 times, and won the Overall division 5 different times. Jacob has also been our Boys Player of the year twice, in 2009 and 2011. Ross was also a big part of the winning Mississippi team in the inaugural MS/LA Cup Matches. He was our Mississippi Junior Amateur Champion in 2011 and 2013.“This year’s Junior Amateur was my most rewarding junior golf win. I struggled a lot this summer, but was able to focus and battle down the stretch.” Jacob also had the chance to represent the state of Mississippi in the 2012 US Junior Amateur at the Golf Club of New England, where he made the top 64 cut and into the match play section of the tournament, and also in the Big I National tournament twice in 2010 and 2011. At the age of 14, he played in his first Mississippi State Amateur where he finished in a tie for 25th. Opposing high school coaches are happy to see him graduate, since he has won the AA High School State Championship 4 straight times as a member of Brookhaven Academy’s golf team. He is now in college as a freshman on the Ole Miss Golf Team. “Everything is on another level in college golf. It takes some adjustment, but it’s been a lot of fun so far. I want to be an All-American here at Ole Miss, and one day play on the PGA Tour.” If Jacob is able to have any success like he has in his previous junior years, he should have no problem attaining these goals. We wish Jacob the best of luck and we look forward to following him through the rest of his golf career.
September 15, 2013 - Mississippi Takes Third Title in Junior River Cup
Calhoun, LA- Team Mississippi hit the range and practice putting green early this Sunday morning, knowing they had a day of work ahead to prove their dominance. Following the Four-Ball and Foursome Matches on Saturday, Louisiana had a four point lead with the total being 12 to 8.
Teams enjoyed the player’s dinner at Calvert Clubhouse Saturday evening where teams were paired live for Sunday’s singles matches. Singles matches were played for three points (one point for the front nine match, one point for the back nine match and one point for eighteen hole match) and Team Mississippi came out strong in the first nine holes. Following the first nine, Team Mississippi raised the bar to 20.5 to Louisiana’s 19.5 points. We continued to gain momentum through the morning although Louisiana was in no position to give up. Team Mississippi showed determination in every match and come out ahead with 34 total points in the singles matches to the 26 of Team Louisiana.
Mississippi gathered around the eighteenth green to watch as matches were finishing and cheer on our team. The day ended with Team Mississippi celebrating another victory, taking 42 points to Louisiana’s 38 points. Competition was close in the third annual series of matches as each team continues to gain strength.
Great showing from team Mississippi: Carlee Nanney, Karley Whittington, Anna Fletcher, Anna Phillips, Parker Daily, Jack Gnam, Edward Lee, Cameron Mobley, Andy Ogletree, Benjamin Nelson, Matthew Scoville, Gabriel Riveros, Sims Dixon, Carson Butler, Cohen Trolio, Hayes Hinson, Phillip Hickam, Walker Whitehead, Grant Renegar and Jonathon Newman.
Many thanks to the staff at the Calvert Crossing Course for their hospitality and hosting of the Junior River Cup. The Matches began in Calhoun in the fall of 2011 and we were thankful to be back to a great facility. Certainly a special thanks to General Manager, Chuck Brazzeal, and his staff. Team Mississippi also thanks the Louisiana Golf Association, Carr McCalla, Logan Ray and Lee Rainwater, for their hospitality in welcoming Team Mississippi to their state. Mississippi will host matches in 2014 and we look forward to the opportunity to welcome Team Louisiana back to Mississippi.
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September 14, 2013 - Junior River Cup Matches
Calhoun, LA- When the players arrived at the course this morning, the weather they faced could not have been more perfect. It was upper 70s and just the right amount of sunshine. After a team meeting and a picture, the juniors were ready to start their four-ball matches.
For the Boys 10-11, Team Mississippi won one match 2 up and had another end on All Square. Team Louisiana took both points in their matches to beat out Team Mississippi in the Girls division. Our Boys 12-13 unfortunately didn't clinch the win in their two matches, so Team Louisiana took those points also. The 14-15 Boys in Team Mississippi clenched the win in their matches to bring in two points for Mississippi. Finally, the 16-18 Boys Division ended with Louisiana taking home 1 and 1/2 points, while Mississippi walked away with 1/2. Going into the Foursome matches in the afternoon, Team Mississippi had 4 points while Team Louisiana had 6. The juniors had a short turn around time to go into their alternate shot foursome matches. Team Mississippi came away with 1/2 a point from the Boys 10-11, 1 and a 1/2 points from the 12-13 pairings, and 2 points from the Boys 14-15. Team Louisiana brought home wins in the Girls division from both matches, and the Boys 16-18, along with split points in the other divisions, putting them at a total of 6 points for the afternoon. Team Mississippi took home another 4 points in total for the afternoon, so as the day wrapped up, Team Mississippi has 8 points and Team Louisiana has 12. Tonight the players will attend a coat and tie dinner in which the pairings for the Singles matches will be chosen.
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September 8, 2013 - Parker Brooks Edges Ross Bell to Win the Randy Watkins Junior
Madison- It was another great day out at Lake Caroline for the second and final round of the Randy Watkins Junior Invitational. We saw a lot of great golf played, and the juniors thoroughly enjoyed getting to spend an opportunity to play and gain points for the 2014 season.
In our A divison, Parker Brooks of Belden took home the win after shooting two stellar under-par rounds of 71 66 to go for a total of 7 under for the weekend. His score of 137 was just enough to edge Ross Bell of Madison who posted scores of 71 72 and finished at 143 in second place. Coming in third was Blake Harris of Tupelo who also played well this weekend and carded a first round 71 and second round 74 for a tournament total of 145. These boys all fought hard after shooting the same first round score of 71. In our B division, Jackson Wedgeworth of Soso finished in first place with scores of 71 74 total of 145. Behind him we had a three way tie for second that was determined by a scorecard playoff. Once this was checked, Hayden White of Benton, LA won the playoff and carded scores of 75 71 for a total of 146. Benjamin Nelson finished behind him at third with scores of 73 73 for a total of 146. In our Girls division, Conner Beth Ball of Madison claimed the first place title after carding scores of 78 79 for a total of 157. Coming in second was Blair Stockett of Jackson who shot 81 86 for a 167. Finishing in third place for the girls is Karley Whittington of Vicksburg who carded scores of 86 82 for a 168 total. In our C Division, C.J. Easley of Batesville took home first place after firing rounds of 74 73 and then winning a one-hole playoff. He beat out Moak Griffin who also shot a total of 147 for the weekend, posting scores of 72 75. In third place was John Michael Miller of Gulfport who posted 77 73 for a total of 150 for the weekend. For first place in our D Division, Hayes Hinson of Meridian came away with the win after shooting a round of 40 and then 4 under 32 today to finish at 72 for the weekend. Behind him is Cohen Trolio of West Point who shot 37 36 for a 173 total. Also from West Point in third place is Wells Williams who carded 39 38 for a total of 77. In our E Division Boys, Collins Trolio of West Point played great and shot scores of 35 37 for a total of 72 for the weekend. In our E Division Girls, Callie Mobley of Brandon shot 54 56 for a total of 110. Congratulations to all our players! We certainly appreciate you spending a weekend with us, Lake Caroline, the staff, and Randy Watkins. A huge thank you to Randy for making this tournament special and being willing to host it! We are very excited about the future tournaments with the Randy Watkins Golf Group!
September 7, 2013 - Wilkinson Takes the Early Lead in Madison
Madison- After a hot day on the golf course here at Lake Caroline Golf Club, Madison’s own Brice Wilkinson is our solo leader. Wilkinson made the turn at even par and lit it up on the back nine to take a two shot lead.
In second place in our B division is Soso’s Jackson Wedgeworth,who shot an opening round one under par 71.
In third place, also from Madison, is Benjamin Nelson who shot a one over par 73. In the A division we have a host of players two shots off the overall lead and in the lead in the division. Ross Bell of Madison, Parker Brooks of Belden, and Blake Harris of Tupelo, all shot an opening round one under par 71. Tomorrow’s final round is garunteed to be filled with excitement coming down the stretch.
In the Girls Division, Madison’s Conner Beth Ball has taken the lead with after she shot a six over par 78. Two shots behind her Jackson’s Blair Stockett shot a 9 over par 81. In third place with a score of 86, is Vicksburg’s Karley Whittington.
In the C Division, Moak Griffin of Columbus has taken the first round lead. Griffin fired a opening round 72. In second place with a score of 2 over par 74, is Batesville’s CJ Easley. John Michael Miller of Gulfport, is in third place after an opening round 77.
In the D Division we have four players within three shots of each other. Cohen Trolio of West Point, is our first round leader after posting a 1 over par 37. In second place we have a tie. Carson Butler of Clinton, and Wells Williams of West Point each fired a three over par 39. Right behind them Hayes Hinson of Meridian shot a 4 over par 40.
In the Boys E Division Collins Trolio shot a great score of one under par 35. Callie Mobley, in the girls E division shot a great round also with a nine hole score of 54.
Good luck to all competitors going into tomorrow’s final round. We look forward to seeing everyone in the morning. Click here for all the scores and round two tee times.
July 31, 2013 - Oklahoma Takes the Cup at Country Club of Jackson
Jackson - The 2013 Southern States Junior Cup matches are in the books with the Cup returning to Oklahoma. The heat and humidity were brutal as the players completed their final Singles matches. Oklahoma managed to keep their composure and win 4 and split one their boys matches and won 4 of their girls matches. This boosted their team total to 18 and 1/2 points.
Arkansas takes second after winning 4 and splitting one boys matches and winning 3 and splitting a girls match. This brought their team total to 16 and 1/2 points. Mississippi and Missouri both tied at team totals of 6 and 1/2 points to finish tied for third in the tournament. Griffin Agent of Madison and Grant Renegar of Summit won their matches with Sanders Ott of McComb finishing all square in his match bringing the boys total to 2 and 1/2 points. Vicksburg's Laura Phillips won her match in the girls singles bringing the team total to 3 and 1/2 points for the day. Missouri split one of the boys matches and won 3 and split one of the girls matchs bring their team total for the day to 4 points. We would like to extend a special thank you to Jason Prendergast and all of his staff at the Country Club of Jackson for all of their hard work and dedication to this event. We would also like to thank the teams and parents of the players for participating in this event. For complete results click here.
July 30, 2013 - Oklahoma Takes a Strong Lead at Soutern States Cup
Jackson- Southern States Cup Matches are off to a solid beginning at Country Club of Jackson. Following an enjoyable Practice Round on Monday and the evening team dinner, teams were pumped and ready to begin their matches. Following the afternoon matches of Foursomes, Team Oklahoma has the lead with 10 points as Arkansas trails only 1.5 points behind.
Mississippi struggled in the foursome matches but plans to return for the singles matches with renewed strength. Missouri is one half a point behind and is sure to play strong in singles matches on Wednesday.
In the second annual Southern States Cup Matches, Mississippi is pleased to host the event for the surrounding states. The Country Club of Jackson has gone above and beyond their commitment to welcome teams of six from Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. CCJ has provided a great atmosphere in which the 48 junior amateurs are able to compete. Many thanks to all involved. We look forward to the final round of singles matches in the morning.
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July 29, 2013- Agent Sets Norman Puckett Scoring Records
Natchez- Griffin Agent, of Madison, knowing that to win the 2013 Norman Puckett Junior, he would have to shoot a low round.
And this is exactly what he did. Agent opened up his round with nine straight pars, and managed to get two birdies on his last nine holes. His two under 69 is the lowest round ever in the Norman Puckett’s four year history. Agent, in the B division, won his division as well as the overall division. Coming in second in the B division and Overall Division was Yazoo City’s Matt Liddon. Liddon, like Agent, had nine straight pars to start his round. He managed to only grab one birdie on his way in to claim second place. Gabriel Riveros, of Vicksburg, was our third place winner with his six over par 77.
In the A division, Philip Heine, of Madison, came in with a one over par 72 to claim the top spot. Heine turned at two over and shot a nice one under par one the last nine holes to win by one shot. Barely missing out on the first place spot was Will Whitehead of Meridian. Whitehead had a very solid round at two over par 73. Coming in third place was William Lee of Brookhaven. Lee was playing his last MJGA event, before entering college and went out with a nice three over par 74.
Our C division came down to the wire with a final putt determining our winner. Edward Lee of Canton knocked in a lengthy putt on his 18th hole to shoot a round of three over par 74. Just getting edged out was Jackson’s Jack Gnam. Gnam played solid on his last holes, and came in with a four over par 75. We had a tie between Cameron Mobley and Parker Daily for our third place prize. The two shared the third place prize.
In our Boys D division, Sims Dixon of Madison, was our winner. Sims shot a great nine hole score of 45 to win the division. Coming in second place was Chase Kaiser of Natchez, who shot a 55 on the last nine holes. In third place, Sam Mosbey was barely edged out for second place, after coming in with a 56.
We had two E division players, in the boys division, Blake Bullock had a great round with a four over par 38. In the Girls Division Callie Mobley also had a great round with her 48.
We want to extend our thank you to Greg Brooking and all of his staff at Duncan Park. The course was great and the tournament was too. We look forward to seeing you next year in Natchez.
July 25, 2013-Final Round Finishes Strong, Jacob Ross Wins Another Title
We finally accomplished one day of golf without any rain, and delays. This morning the players who got caught out on the course last night restarted their second round at 8AM and continued playing. Once their round was over, they had a small break before hitting the course again to complete their third round eighteen holes.
We knew it would be a close call, and due to the delays we experienced this week, for the third round our Boys divisions A and B had to play foursomes instead of our preferred three. In our Boys Division E, we had a two-way tie for first. Rawson Polizzi of Meridian and Wells Williams of West Point got sent to a play off. Wells ended up pulling out the win. Hayes Smith of Senatobia finished third. For our Division E girls, Piper Davis of Columbus took home first place. Our second place winner was Dovie Jane Suggs of West Point, and our third place winner was Kate Emma McElhinney of Columbus. For the Division D Boys, Hayes Hinson of Meridian took home first. Our second place winner, Cohen Trolio of West Point was not far behind. In third place was Gulfport’s Sam Lee. For our Girls Division D, Sara Hederman of Jackson played three great rounds of golf to win. Congratulations to all our 9 hole winners and players! We enjoyed having you come out. We had a great turn out for our C Division Boys. We had Old Waverly set up hard, but fair for them and they played great rounds, even with the rain delays. Simms Abney, our reigning champion brought his best again this year to shoot a tournament total one over par, 217 and keep his title for 2013. Jack Gnam of Ridgeland placed second after shooting a tournament total of 227. Behind him was Cameron Mobley of Brandon who shot a 228 to place right behind Gnam. For our Girls Division, the 13-15 year old group placed Karley Whittington of Vicksburg in first place with her score of 265. In second was Carlee Nanney of Fulton who shot a 270. Coming in third was Jackson’s Blair Stockett who shot a 275 for the tournament. In our 16-18 Girls Division, Kathleen Gallagher of Greenwood took home the win, as well as the overall girls champion after shooting 75-75-73 to place her at a three-day total of 223. In second place was Poplarville’s Paige Spiers, shooting a tournament total of 265. In third place from Vicksburg was Anna Fletcher who shot a three day total of 284. The girls were some of the players who did not get to finish their second round yesterday, so they really brought it home today and finished strong. As always, the A and B Boys Division holds many great players who were ready to play, despite all the rain challenges they have faced this week. The hole cutter was right behind our last group today finishing their second round, and he was being chased by our first group back out on their third round. The boys, rather exhausted, still managed to have smiles on their face as they enjoyed their final round at Old Waverly. Our B Division ended in a two hole playoff between Andy Ogletree of Little Rock and Griffin Agent of Madison. Andy managed to take the lead, giving him a first place win over Griffin. He shot a tournament total of 223, as well as Agent did. Charlie Miller of Jackson finished in third place with his tournament total of 225. Coming into the third round, our defending champion, Braden Thornberry of Olive Branch held a one-stroke lead above the players in his group. As Jacob Ross of Brookehaven, Hayden Buckley of Belden and Austin Rose of Tupelo battled it out on the course, it came down to Jacob and Braden’s score on 18. Jacob hit his second shot way right of the green and was facing a blind, roughly 60yd shot to hit the green. After many practice swings, Jacob placed the ball right on the edge of the green. He made a bogey to secure his one-shot win over Braden. His tournament total was a 4 under, 212. Braden finished at 213 for the week. Coming in third place was Hayden Buckley, and Phillip Hickam of Olive Branch with both shooting a tournament total of 218. We are so grateful to all the players, parents and Old Waverly staff for their patience as we dealt with our weather challenges this week, but overall I think everyone enjoyed being in West Point at the beautiful course of Old Waverly. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our junior golf tournament this week. Thanks again to Old Waverly and their staff! We look forward to next year!
June 24, 2013 – Rain continues to plague the Junior Amateur
Old Wavely – Mother Nature continues to disrupt play here in West Point as the rain continues to fall. There was one rain delay early in the afternoon for about two hours and another that later that has suspended play until 8 tomorrow morning. Even though the rain continues to disrupt play, the juniors came eager to post some low rounds for round two. The A division was suspended yesterday afternoon until 8 this morning but they recovered from the suspension nicely with Braden Thornberry of Olive Branch firing a 3 under 69 and then continuing to hold his lead with a 1 over 73. He is closely followed by Brookhaven’s Jacob Ross and Tupelo’s Austin Rose who are both sitting at 1 under after round two. Simms Abney of Madison continues to hold his lead in the C division after firing a second round 71 to finish with a second round total of 1 over par. Canton’s Edward Lee and Jack Gnam are tied for second with a two round total of 8 over par. In the D division, Hayes Hinson of Meridian continues to hold the lead after carding a 6 over par 42 for round two. Sam Lee of Gulfport holds second with a two round total of 11 over par and Cohen Trolio of West Point is in third at 12 over par. Sara Hederman has the lead in the Girls D division with a two day total of 27 over par. The Boys E division is led by Wells Williams of West Point after firing a second round even par to have a two day total of 3 over par. Rawson Polizzi of Meridian is in second with a two day total of 5 over par and Senatobia’s Hayes Smith is in third with a total of 8 over par. Dovie Jane Suggs of West Point and Piper Davis of Columbus are tied for the lead in our Girls E division. Suggs and Davis are both tied at the top with a two day total of 51 over par. Kate Emma McElhinney of Columbus is currently in third with a two day total of 58 over par. Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate for the final round tomorrow and we look forward to an exciting finish here in West Point. For complete results click here.
July 23, 2013- West Point, MS State Junior Amateur
West Point- The 2013 Mississippi Junior Amateur began today under cloud skies, that eventually produced a 3 hour and 40 minute rain delay. Our morning wave of tee times were able to complete their rounds today, but our A division, in the afternoon, were not so lucky.
In our Girls division our first round leader is Kathleen Gallagher of Greenwood, MS. Gallagher got off to a slightly slow start, but managed to come back after the delay to finish the day with a 3 over par 75. Paige Spiers of Poplarville, and Anna Fletcher of Vicksburg are tied for second in the Girls 16-18 year old division, after their opening round 89's.
In the Girls 14-15 Year old division Karley Whittington of Vicksburg is our leader. Whittington fired an opening round 86. One shot behind her is Blair Stockett of Jackson who shot a first round 87.
In our Boys B division Griffin Agent of Madison is our first round leader, after carding a one over 73. Right behind him is Isaiah Jackson of Golden, MS, who shot a two over 74. Charlie Miller of Jackson and Brice Wilkinson of Madison are two shots behind with a first round 75.
In the Boys C Division, Simms Abney of Madison is our leader with an opening round 74. He is followed by Jack Gnam, also from Jackson, who carded a three over 75. In third place Edward Lee of Canton started his 2013 Junior Amateur with a four over 76.
Hayes Hinson, of Meridian, is our opening round leader in the D division, after shooting a nice 2 over par 38 today. Sam Lee, of Gulfport, is just two shots behind him, after shoot a four over par 40, in the first round.
Our Boys E Division is shaping up to be a very competitive division after today's first round. Rawson Polizzi, of Meridian, is our leader, after his opening round two over 38. Right behind him at three over, is West Point's Wells Williams. In third place, Hayes Smith of Sentatobia, shot an opening round four over 40.
In our Girls E Division, Dovie Suggs, of West Point, is our first round leader after shooting an opening round 61. She is followed by Columbus's Piper Davis, who shot an opening round 62. In third place, Kate Emma McElhinney of West Point is right behind them after her opening round 64.
Sara Hederman of Jackson, shot a first round 48 to lead the Girls D division.
We want to say a big Congratulation to Matthew Scoville of Madison had a Hole in One today on hole number 3. Matthew hit a 6 iron on the par three and watched it role into the hole. Congratulations Matthew and good luck in the rest of the tournament.
We will resume play tomorrow morning at 8:00am. For tee times for every division except for the A division click here.
July 18, 2013-Tristan Hernandez Wins the MJGA Canton Event After a One-Hole Playoff
Our one-day MJGA Canton Event turned out to be very successful with a total of 59 players joining us today. Although it looked like a possible weather delay this morning, we got lucky and missed the storms.
In our E Division girls, Callie Mobley of Jackson finished a strong 9 holes shooting a 50 to win her division. Our E Division boys winner, Rawson Polizzi of Meridian shot a 42 on his 9 holes. In the D Division Girls, Sara Hederman from Jackson shot a 46 to beat her opponent Carly Havens of Bolton who shot a 57. Our D Division Boys winner was Sam Lee of Gulfport after shooting a 36. In second was Carson Butler of Clinton with a 42. Sims Dixon of Madison and David Beard of Madison both tied for third after shooting a 48.We had two girls play today in the older girls division. Anna Fletcher of Vicksburg shot an 85 to place her on top ahead of Jeshanah Johnson of Madison who shot a 99. In our C Division, Edward Lee of Canton shot a 7 under 65 to shoot his lowest round ever at his home course and win the division. Moak Griffin of Columbus shot a 75 to place him in second, while Cameron Mobley of Jackson shot 76 to finish third. For our B Division, Matthew Scoville of Madison shot a 69 for his win over Griffin Agent of Madison. He shot a 70 to place second, and Charlie Miller of Jackson came in with an even par 72 for third place.Our A division winner won the spot after a one-hole playoff. Tristan Hernandez of Carthage shot a 2 under 70, as did our second place winner, Brandon Carpenter of Coldwater, but Tristan birdied the playoff hole and Brandon made par. Ross Bell made a big comeback on his front 9 and shot 40-31 to bring his total to a 71 for third place. Congratulations to our Overall Boys winner who came from our B Division, shooting a 69, Matthew Scoville of Madison.
July 10, 2013 - Buckley Comes From Behind to Defend His Title
Tupelo- The 2013 Pros of tomorrow has come to an end, and just like last year our boys Overall winner is Belden's own Hayden Buckley. Buckley came into today's round 6 shots behind the first round leaders, but managed to shoot a final round 69 to get his total score back to even. Coming in second place in the A division was another Tupelo native Blake Harris. Harris was one shot off the round of the day, that was set by Buckley, with his two under par 70. Harris was also tied for second place in the overall division. One of our opening round leader Camden Backel finished in third. Madison's Matthew Scoville shot a final round 75 to go with his first round 72, to claim tied for second place in the Overall and First place in the B division. Scoville finished ahead of Parker Brooks and Charlie Miller who tied with a 153 two day total. Charlier Miller was awarded the second place medal after winning the scorecard playoff over Brooks.
In our Girls Division, Carlee Nanney had one of her best rounds of the summer after firing a 6 over par 78 to take home the top spot. Coming in second was Mary Grace Caldwell, who shot a two day total of 180. Our third place winner was Michaela Bryan who came in with a two day total of 181.
Our Boys C Division was once again won by Canton's Edward Lee. Lee started his tournament off yesterday with an even par 72, and followed that up with a four over par 76. Coming in second was Batesville's Cj Easley. Easley shot a two day total of 151. Followed three shots behind him was Cameron Mobley of Jackson.
In the boys D Division Will Klecka of Huntsville, Alabama left the state of Mississippi as our winner. Klecka shot a two day total of 80. Behind him in second place was West Point's Cohen Trolio and Meridian's Hayes Hinson who both shot a two day total of 86. Trolio was awarded second place after winning the scorecard playoff.
We want to send out a special thanks to Chris Harder and his staff for all the help this weekend. Also to Jim Kwasinski and his staff, the golf course was in perfect shape for this event.
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July 9, 2013 - Reeder and Backel tied at the top
Tupelo – The 2013 Pros of Tomorrow is underway here at Tupelo Country Club. It was a warm sunny day as the players took the course eager to compete. Tupelo’s own Kirk Reeder and Madison’s Camden Backel share an early lead after firing a pair of 3 under 69’s in the opening round.
The B division is led by Matthew Scoville of Madison who carded an impressive opening round of even par 72. The Girls division has a very good turnout this week with Carlee Nanney of Fulton taking an early lead by shooting an opening round of 10 over par 82. The C division has a very close leaderboard with Canton’s Edward Lee out in front with an even par 72. Will Klecka of Huntsville Alabama leads the D division. Klecka fired a 3 over par 39 to take the early lead. For complete results of the first round click here.
July 3, 2013- Renegar Hold on to Claim the Title
Cleveland- It was another unseasonably cool day in Cleveland as the players took the course for the final round of the 2013 Sonny Andrews Jr. Championship. Grant Renegar of Summit managed to hold off the field on his way to a final round of 2 under par 70 to take home the win.
He was closely followed by Carthage’s Tristan Hernandez who fired the low round for the day with a 4 under 68. In third, with a total of even par for the two days, is Sanders Ott of McComb. The Girls A division had a great turnout this week with Fulton’s Carlee Nanney taking the win with a final round of 91. In second, with a final round of 89 is Blair Stockett from Jackson. Anna Fletcher of Vicksburg took third with her final round of 89. Matt Liddon of Yazoo City took the win in the B division by firing a final round of 77 to finish the week at 12 over par. In second, with a total score of 13 over par, is Vicksburg’s Gabriel Riveros. Cole Winstead of Yazoo City took third with a total score of 15 over par for the week. The C division had a very competitive finish with Ridgeland’s Jack Gnam coming out on top with a final round of 74 to win by one over Edward Lee of Canton. Lee finished the week with a pair of 75’s to finish at 6 over par. Martin Bell of Senatobia took third with his final round of 83. Sara Hederman of Jackson finished the week with a total score of 99 to take first place in the Girls D division. Hayden Howard of Cleveland took the for our Boys D division by firing a total of 108 for the week. In second, with a total of 128 for the week, is Cleveland’s Matthew Woo. We would like to say a special thank you to Sam Dunning and the staff at Cleveland Country Club for their dedication and support for Junior Golf.
July 2, 2013 - Renegar Off to An Early Lead
Cleveland- Grant Renegar of Summit, MS got the 2013 Sonny Andrews Junior Invitational off to a great start. Renegar shot an opening round 4 under 68. The four shots clear of the next player. We have a three way tie for that next spot between, McCombs Sanders Ott, Carthage's Tristan Hernandez in the A division, and Vicksburg's Garbriel Riveros in the B division after all three shot an even par 72. Yazoo City's Cole Winstead and Matt Liddon share second place in the B division after an opening round 77.
In the C division we have a tie at the top between, Jack Gnam of Ridgeland, and Edward Lee of Canton. Both players started their tournament with a three over par 75. Martin Bell of Senatobia, is three behind them after his opening round 78.
In the Girls Division, Carlee Nanny finds her familiar spot at the top of the leaderboard after her opening round 87. Blair Stockett is in second place 4 shots behind after her first round 91. Vicksburg's Anna Fletcher is in third place after shooting 93 in the first round.
In the Boys D division Hayden Howard is our leader with a first round 51. He is followed by Cleveland's Matthew Woo, who shot 66. In the girls D division Sara Hederman shot an opening round 47 to take the top spot. Tomorrow's second round will begin at 8:00am.
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June 27 2013 - Rutherford Wins in a Playoff
Diamondhead- Although a little warm and humid, we could not have asked for better weather this week as our junior golfers took the course for the 2013 Diamondhead Junior Invitational. The course was in excellent condition and provided some great scoring conditions as the juniors gladly accepted the challenge. After finishing their final rounds today tied at 7 over par, Parker Rutherford of Vicksburg and Will Whitehead of Meridian proceeded to number one tee box for a sudden death play-off.
Rutherford won the playoff and claimed the title with a par on number one. Whitehead took second while Grant Thames of Madison took third after beating Walker Whitehead of Meridian in a score card play-off. Paige Spiers of Poplarville is our winner in the Girls division after posting a final round of 80 to finish at 21 over par. In second with a total score of 24 over par is Anna Fletcher of Vicksburg. Olivia Ross of Brookhaven takes third with a total score of 68 over par for the week. Patrick Powers of Gulfport took the win in the B division by firing a final round of 79 to round out the weekend at 23 over par. Taking second is Cameron Washburn from Brandon who finished the weekend with a total of 208. Our C Division winner was Edward Lee of Canton after shooting a round of 77 to bring him to a tournament total of 147. Following Edward was Cameron Mobley of Brandon who shot a 76 today to bring him to a total of 159. John Michael Miller of Gulfport finished third with a total of 160. The D Division was up for the challenge of the Pines Course here at Diamondhead, and posted some nice final rounds. Gulfport’s Sam Lee took the win in the D division after posting a final round of 43 to finish the weekend at 15 over par. Coming in second with a total score of 19 over par is Sims Dixon of Madison. Blake Bullock of Monticello carded a final round of 46 to take the win in the E division for the week. We would like to thank the staff at Diamondhead for their support and dedication to the tournament this week. For complete results click here.
June 26, 2013 - 2013 Diamondhead Junior Invitational is Underway
The first round of the Diamondhead Junior Invitational is finished. Blake Bullock of Monticello is leading the E division with a score of 48. Sam Lee of Gulfport is the leader of the D division after shooting a 44.
His competitor Sims Dixon of Madison is only 2 strokes back. These boys will face the back nine tomorrow. For the Girls division, Paige Spiers of Poplarville is in the lead after posting a score of 85. For the C division, Edward Lee of Canton ran away with a 2 under par 70 round to put him in the lead. Patrick Powers of Gulfport is leading the B division with an 88. Walker Whitehead of Meridian is currently in the lead with his score of 74 today. One shot behind him is Parker Rutherford of Vicksburg. The juniors will continue to play the Pine course here at Diamondhead Country Club and we look forward to what the juniors can do tomorrow.
June 20, 2013 - Ott Holds on to Claim Top Honors at Greenwood Junior
Greenwood- Today featured hot temperatures and one player set that aside and claimed his first MJGA victory. Sanders Ott of McComb fired his second consecutive two under par round to win the 2013 Greenwood Junior Invitational. Going into today's round Ott had a one shot lead over B division's Charlie Miller. Miller came in with a four over par 76 to finish second overall.
Alex Bedwell finished strong on the final nine holes today to shoot an even par round of 72. He claimed second place, while Oxford's Alan Larson rounded out the A division in third.
Matt Liddon was our second place finisher in the B division after shooting a final round 77. Gabriel Riveros of Vicksburg was our third place winner after his final round 79.
In the Girls Division Carlee Nanney added another tournament to her resume with a two day total of 173. Madison's Blair Stockett was our second place finisher with a two day total of 179.
In the Boys C Division Jack Gnam of Ridgeland took top honors with a two day total of 149. He won by 4 shots over Batesville's CJ Easley who came in 153. Canton's Edward Lee was our third place finisher with a two day total of 160.
In our Boys D Division Sam Lee of Gulfport won with a two day total of 85. Sam was followed by Clinton's Carson Butler. Butler fired a final round 42 for two total of 91. Madison's Sims Dixon was fighting off sickness to fire a two day total 93 to finish third.
In the E division Blake Bullock of Monticello fired a great two day total of 97 to take the top spot. He was followed by Jackson's Preston Daily who fired a 120 for two days.
Congrats to Sara Henderman who was coming off an injury and won the Girls D Division with a two total of 105.
We want to say Congratulations to all of our players for another great event. Also a big thank you to Randy Bensley and all the Greenwood CC staff for all you do for the MJGA. We look forward to another great tournament next year.
June 19, 2013 - Greenwood Country Club Plays Host to the Greenwood Junior Invitational
Greenwood- Today began the first round of the 2013 Greenwood Junior Invitational. This is the 8th year the MJGA has returned to Greenwood Country Club.
The field contained a total of 66 players. Our top 3 finishers in our D/E Division were Sam Lee of Gulfport with a score of 42, Sims Dixon of Madison following with a 46, and Carson Butler of Clinton with 49. These kids enjoyed a great first round on the front nine and will be playing the second nine tomorrow. For our C/G Division, Jack Gnam of Jackson has taken the lead after shooting a score of 73 today. Following Gnam is CJ Easley of Batesville three strokes behind at 76. Parker Daily of Jackson is right behind him with a score of 78. For our B Division, Charlie Miller of Jackson has climbed to the top of the board shooting a one under par round of 71. Second in our B Division is Matt Liddon of Yazoo City only two strokes behind him at 73. Gabriel Riveros of Vicksburg is in third after shooting a score of 75 today. The A Division leader is also our overall leader with a score of 70. Sanders Ott fired a 2 under par round at 70 today to put him in the front of the pack. Following Ott is Alan Larson of Oxford with a two over par 74. Cooper Dunn of Greenwood is in third for the A Division after shooting a 76. We are excited to see how our second round plays out here at the Greenwood Country Club.
June 13, 2013 - Ross Finishes Strong at the 2013 State Games
Meridian- Brookhaven's Jacob Ross comes away with the win at the 2013 State Games Championship after finishing the day with the only under par round of the week. Ross fired a 1 under 70 to take the win in the A division and the overall tournament.
Madison's Camden Backel, who finished his tournament with a 6 over 77, claimed 2nd place in the A division and in the overall tournament as well. There was a tie for 3rd place in the A division at 13 over par for the week between Baldwyn's Clayton Gray and Madison's Grant Thames, but Thames took the medal in a scorecard playoff. Fulton's Carley Nanney came away with the win in the girls division with a final round of 86 to finish the week with a total score of 29 over par. Claiming second place with a final round of 95 is Blair Stockett of Madison. Finishing the week in third with a final round of 100 is Hattiesburg's Tristan Cooley. The B Division had some very competitive scores this week with Vicksburg's Gabriel Riveros taking the title in the division and third in the overall tournament by shooting a 4 over 75 and finishing the week at 12 over par. Second place in the B division goes to Madison's Matthew Scoville who finished with a 5 over 76 to end the week at 13 over par. There was a third place tie in the B division as well between Meridian's Lance Strickland and Madison's Matthew Perry. Perry took third in a scorecard playoff. Parker Daily from Jackson comes out on top in the C division after finishing the day with a score of 8 over par 79 and 11 over par for the tournament. Second Place was claimed by Canton's Edward Lee who fired a 12 over 83 to finish the tournament at 15 over par. Jackson's Jack Gnam took third with a closing round of 13 over par 84 and 24 over par for the week. We had great turnouts for the week in the D & E divisions with Meridian's own Hayes Hinson taking the title in the D division. Hinson fired a 3 over 39 to finish the week with a total score of 4 over par. Second place was claimed by Sims Dixon of Madison who finished the week with a final round of 7 over 43 and ending the week at 19 over par. A tie for third between Carson Butler and Eli Mitchell of Meridian rounded out the D division. Clinton's Butler took the bronze in a scorecard playoff. Meridian's own Rawson Polizzi took the gold in the E division with a final round of 3 over par 39 to finish the week at 12 over par. The silver medal was claimed by Madison's Owen Abney who fired a final round of 12 over par 48 and finished the week at 20 over par. Coming in third with a final round 9 over 45 and finishing the tournament at 25 over par is Blake Bullock of Monticello. The Mississippi Golf Association would like to give a special thank you to Northwood's staff, Jimmy Gamblin, Clifton McDonald, and Brent Pollock for hosting another great event. We look forward to returning to the Meridian area for State Games in 2014.
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June 13, 2013 - Backel and Gray Take the Early Lead
Meridian- The first round of the 2013 State Game Junior Championship has come to a close. After day oe we have two players sitting at the top of the A division. Camden Backel of Madison and Clayton Gray of Baldwyn both shot a two over par 73.
Tomorrow's final threesome with be rounded out by Brookhaven's Jacob Ross who is one behind them after his opening round 74. We also have a tie in our C division between Edward Lee of Canton and Parker Daily of Jackson. Both players shot a three over par 74. In the D division Hayes Hinson has a ten shot lead after his one over par 37 on the front nine. He managed to get a few shots back after a double bogey on the first hole. Carlee Nanney of Fulton is our leader in the Girls division. Nanney shot an 85 in today's opening round. She has a comfortable 18 shot lead going into tomorrow's round. Our E division is going to come down to the wire tomorrow. Owen Abney of Madison has a one shot lead over Rawson Pollizi. Abney fired an opening around of 44 and Pollizi was right behind him with a 45.
Today's opening round featured some great golf and some very high temperatures. We hope all players get some rest and stay hydrated. Tee times are posted for round three. The E and D division will start at 8:30 on hole number 10. All other divisions will tee off on hole number 1 starting at 8:30. Good luck to all competitors for tomorrow's final round.
June 1, 2013 - The 18th Annual Future Tour Championship Has Come To A Close
Greenville, MS- The second round of the 2013 Future Tour Championship has come to a close, ending the day with much better weather than yesterday. Tee times began at 7:00 this morning and the last tee time went off at 1:40 this afternoon so it has been another full day of golf, especially for the ones that had to finish their first round this morning, then turn around to get back out there to start the second round.
For the 16-18 Boys Division, the top 3 finishers ended up with under-par totals. Logan Watkins of Covington, TN took home first place with his scores of 69-72-141 for a tournament total. Garrett May, Hope, AR and Jacob Wyatt, Bossier City, LA landed the exact same scores of 73-69-142, but a scorecard playoff put Garrett ahead of Jacob for second place. The 14-15 year old Boys Division brought in our overall winner as well as the winner of his division. Andy Ogletree, Little Rock, MS shot 72-67-139 to end up with a tournament total of five-under par. Addison Nix, Auburn, AL finished second with scores of 79-70-149, and Charlie Miller, Jackson, MS followed with one stroke behind him, shooting rounds of 73-77-150 for third place.
Kathleen Gallagher of Greenwood, MS took home the girls overall title. She fired a final round 78 to take home the 2 shot victory. Elizabeth England of Oakland,TN came in second with her 80-76-156 total. Kirsten Garner of Hot Springs, AR was our third place finisher with her 81-76-157.
For the Boys 12-13 Division, Edward Lee, Canton MS took home first place with his total scores of 70-69-139, a stellar 5 under par finish. Closely behind him was Brian Terlesky of Youngstown, OH finishing at 71-69 for a two-day total of 140, 4 under par. Placing third in this division was Simms Abney of Madison, MS with scores of 76-70-146 total.
Our winner for the Boys 10-11 Division, from Arlington, TN was Drew Miller, posting scores of 84-71-155 tournament total. Right beneath Drew was our second place finisher, Damin Strydom from Mandeville, LA coming in with scores of 77-79-156. Rounding out the top three winners is Will Patrick from Oneonta, AL with an 81-83-164 two-day total.
The Boys 8-9 Division ended up with all three winners coming in within one shot of each other. Our winner, Wells Williams from West Point, MS shot a one-under par overall score with 37-34-71. The second place finisher, Nicholas Dunlap from Memphis, TN came in overall even with rounds of 37-35 for a total of 72. Kal Kolar, St Louis MO ended up at plus one overall, shooting rounds of 35-38 to total a 73 for the tournament.
Is there anything cuter than our youngest divisions? The 5-7 year old Boys Division and our 10-12 year old Girls Divisions were great sports through the tournament and the weather. Phillip Taylor III, Clarksville, AR shot two rounds of 27 to total his weekend score at 54 and win first place. Connor Cassano, Alexandria, LA shot a 26-29 for the weekend to total him at 55 for second place. Our third place winner was Avery Coslet, from right here in Greenville, MS with rounds of 57-51-108 total. For our girls, Rachel Heck, Memphis TN ended up with a 4-under par tournament total, bringing in scores of 33-35-68. Abby Daniel from Covington, GA shot 38-36-74 to come in second, while Riely Heaslip, Baton Rouge, LA finished with rounds of 37-40-77 to bring home third place.
June 1, 2013 - Rain Slows Down the Opening Round at Future Tour Championship
Greenville, MS- The first round of the 2013 Future Tour Championship was delayed for 2 1/2 hours, due to inclement weather. We had only a handful of players finished when mother nature made this year's tournament come to a screeching halt.
After the delay, the players were sent back out to finish as many holes as they could before dark. We have a few groups who will come back and finish in the morning at 7:00am. The pairing will be posted as soon as they come in.
Edward Lee of Canton is our leader in the Boys 12-13 year old division. Edward was one of two players in this division to shoot under par with a two under 70. He has a one shot lead over Brian Terlesky of Youngstown, Ohio, who came in with a one under par 71.
In the Boys 10-11 year old division Damin Strydom of Mandeville, LA has a one shot lead over West Point's Cohen Trolio after shooting an opening round 77.
In the Boys 5-7 year old division, Phillip Taylor III, of Clarksville AR, came in with the low round of the day of the six hole score 27. Connor Cassano, of Alexandria LA, is two shots behind headed into the last round.
In our Girls 10-12 Division Rachel Heck of Memphis, TN is three under par after the first round. Heck birdied the last four holes to come in with a 33. She has a four shot lead over Riely Heaslip of Baton Rouge, LA.
Our Girls 9 and Under Division is tight coming into the last round. First round leader Makenzie Lee of Little Rock, Arkansas, is at even par. Kamryn Plunkett, Sterret, AL, is three shots behind. Hannah Nimmo is also in the running after shooting a first round 29.
Good Luck to all competitor going into tomorrow’s final round.
May 31, 2013 - Agent Holds on and Three Others Qualify
Oxford, MS- After the first round Griffin Agent of Madison, MS had a one shot lead after firing a two under 70. It came down to the last hole and Griffin made a clutch par to finish just as he started. A one over 73 was all Agent needed to finish in front of the rest of the field. He was our only competitor to have a two round total under par.
Coming from behind, Ross Bell, also of Madison, came in with his own two under par round to finish the tournament at even par. Bell was our A division winner and our Overall second place finisher. Also finishing under par was Hayden Buckley of Belden, MS, who fired a one under par 71 to finish second in the A division and third overall. Rounding out our A division was Grant Renegar of Summit, MS, who shot 71-75 for his A division third place finish. In the B division we had a tie between Brice Wilkinson and Charlie Miller who both finished with a two day total of 148. Wilkinson took second place honors, winning the scorecard playoff. Agent, Bell, and Buckley will represent the state of Mississippi in the Trusted Choice Big I National Tournament, in Pinehurst, North Carolina. The round of the day came from Luther Thompson II who fired a 4 under par 68 and after his opening round 79, Thompson finished 5th overall. Renegar and Thompson will be the first and second alternate for the National Tournament.
In the C division CJ Easley of Batesville stole the show after firing a pair of 1 under par 71's to win by 7 shots. Coming in behind Easley was Cameron Mobley of Jackson, MS. Mobley fired a 72-77-149. In third place Edward Lee of Canton, MS shot 77-76-153.
The Girls division had a National Tournament spot up for grabs also. It came down to the last few holes, but Emily Ross of Diamondhead, MS was our winner and National Qualifier. Ross fired a 78-83-161 to take home the automatic bid. Coming in second was Conner Beth Ball of Madison, MS who shot 79-84-163. Connor Beth will be the first alternate for the National Tournament. Our third place finisher was Carlee Nanny of Fulton, MS who shot 82-85-167.
We had Preston Daily of Jackson, MS playing in our E division. We want to congratulate himm on his win, and also thank him for being such a good sport. Preston shot a 58-62-120.
Congratulations to all our winners. We had a great turnout and are looking forward to seeing everyone at the next event.
May 30, 2013 - Big I Qualifier First Round
Oxford, MS- The first round of the Trusted Choice Big I Qualifier posed a couple challenges for the players, including tough winds and some scattered showers towards the end of the day. Despite these however, Griffin Agent of Madison, MS stole the lead with a low round of 70. Following this lead is Grant Renegar of McComb, MS who finished with four straight birdies to total his round at 71.
For the girls division, Emily Ross of Diamondhead, MS is leading with her round of 78. Trailing Emily, with only a one stroke difference, is Connor Beth Ball of Madison, MS.
C.J. Easley of Batesville, MS from the C division fired an impressive one-under 71 to lead off the tournament for his division. Closely following C.J. is Cameron Mobley of Jackson, MS who is right behind him going into the second round. Cameron posted an even par score of 72 today. As the second round kicks off tomorrow, we are expecting a much better forecast with less wind and possible late afternoon rain. The Ole Miss Golf Course is in excellent condition and we expect an exciting finish here in Oxford, MS.
Girls Golf Season Has Started
Jackson- Do you know of a Girl, age 7 to 17 with an interest in learning the game of golf or getting more involved. The LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Jackson Chapter has kicked off the season and will have a series of events in June and July while summer is out! Check out our schedule or email us today to be added to the email correspondance, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our next event is Monday, June 3 at The Refuge for a par 3 play day and clinic. Let us know if you are interested in more details. Look forward to hearing from you! Follow this link to be directed to our complete schedule.
MS-LA Junior Championship Pairings are Posted
Wesson, MS-The field for the MS/LA Junior Champinship is set and the pairings are posted in the tournament section. Pairings and results will be posted after the round on Saturday. If you have questions about the tournament, please call Ronny Ross 601-754-3201. Good Luck to all the MJGA members this weekend!!
Future Tour Championship Entry Deadline Extended
Greenville, MS- The Future Tour Championship has extended its entry deadline to April 20th for its 2013 tournament. The FTC is one of the largest junior tournaments in the region. Players from over 20 states travel to Greenville to test their talent against other junior players. The deadline is enter is April 20th. This junior tournament is sanctioned by the MJGA for their player of the year points. Entry forms are available www. futuretourchamps.com.
January 25, 2013- MS/LA Junior Championship Moves to April
The MS/LA Junior Championship is moving to April.The tournament will start the 2013 MJGA Tour. Traditionally
this tournament has been in August. Ronny Ross, PGA Professional at Wolf Hollow GC is hoping to increase participation by moving to the spring. You should play in the age division for the age you will be on June 1 to have the MJGA points distributed properly. Online registration opened today. you can enter through online with the MJGA or mail your entry form to Ronny Ross. The MS/LA Junior Championship is open to all juniors 18 and under. For more information Ronny Ross: 601-643-8379.