MJGA News of 2016

July 26, 2016- Myers, Sharpe, Weed, Lagendyk, Mayhew, Baggett, Hinson, Logan , and Miller all lead after round  2

Canton, MS- After two rounds of the 2016 Boys and Girls Junior Amateur, Allie Myers leads the Division E girls after firing a second round +6. In second place is Karstyn Altese who shot a +6 as well. In the Division E Boys, Henson Sharpe has taken the lead with his second round +2. He holds a 4 stroke lead over Grayson Hale. In Division D Girls, Avery Weed shot a +6 today to take the overall lead. Avery has a three stroke lead over Emerson Blair. In the Division D Boys, Brady Lagendyk fired a +4 to break the tie for the tournament lead. He was tied with Jacob Blanton who is now eight strokes behind Lagendyk.

In Division C, Wells Williams had the lowest round among his division with a +2 (74). Hayes Hinson still has the overall lead at +2 but Wells is only five strokes behind now. In the girls 13-15 division, Riley Ann Mayhew shot an +9 (81) to remain in the lead for the tournament. Avery Pool remains in second place after the second round after shooting a +13 (85). In the Girls 16-18, Presley Baggett added to her lead by shooting a +5 (77). After her second round +8 (80), Karley Whittington trails right behind Baggett for second place. Sam Lee shot an even par 72 today in Division B for the low round of the day in his division. He is currently tied for second with Simms Abney with a two round total of +2 (146). Hunter Logan is still in first place and has a one stroke lead over Lee and Abney. In the Division A boys, Charlie Miller continued to add to his lead by shooting a -2 (70). Cecil Wegener also shot a -2 (70) and is just 3 strokes behind Miller overall. We will crown champions in each division tomorrow after play and look forward to the final round of the 2016 Boys and Girls Junior Amateur Championship. For complete round 2 results, click here.


July 25, 2016- Miller in line for a Three-peat at the 2016 Boys and Girls Amateur

Canton, MS- The rising temperature was not the only thing that was hot at the first round of the 2016 Boys and Girls Junior Amateur. Charlie Miller, of Jackson, was the winner of the Carr Haskins Medalist Award, and this has also put him in position for a third championship win, with a low score of 68. Some other contenders for the win are Jack Gnam, Cecil Wegener, and Cameron Clarke, all -1 after 18 holes. In the Boys B division, Hunter Logan is -2 putting him in good standing going into the second round. C.J. Easley (Even) and Simms Abney (+1) are both in contention for the division win as well. Hayes Hinson is the leader for the Boys C division after the first round, shooting -1. Riley Ann Mayhew leads the Girls 13-15 division, shooting +5, and Presley Baggett leads the Girls 16-18 with a score of +2.

For the nine hole divisions, Jacob Blanton and Brady Lagendyk are tied for the lead the Boys D division with a score of +5. We have another tie in the Boys E division between Henson Sharpe and Grayson Hale with even par. Avery Weed and Emerson Blair are both tied in the Girls D 10-12 division. shooting +10. And Allie Myers leads the Girls E division with a score of +7.

For Round 1 results, Click here.


July 19, 2016- Wedgeworth and Mcsweyn take titles at Norman Puckett Junior Championship

Natchez, MS- Duncan Park Golf Course was a true test for our golfers this week at the Norman Puckett Junior. One player under par through 36 holes, Jackson Wedgeworth, of Soso, to win the overall 14-18 Division Championship. Wedgeworth is gulf coast community college bound this fall and we wish him well throughout his college career. The runner up in the A division goes to Will Marble, who improved by 2 strokes in the final round.

A familiar name in the Norman Puckett junior, Lucas agent, came out on top for the B division, with a second round score of 77. Division B runner-up, Wilson Palmertree, of Vicksburg, shot 82, 85. For the girls division, the Mcsweyn sisters, Carrie and Katie, were tied going into the final round. Carrie pulled ahead and took the number one spot, with Katie one stroke behind her.

William Marshall, of Madison, held onto his lead over both rounds to win the D division. Coming in second place of the Division D Boys was Miles Felder, of Summit, who shaved five strokes off from the first round to shoot 45 in the final 9 holes. Malone Richardson won the title for Boys E division, with a final round score of 46. Hannah and Harper Hinckley, another sister duo, won each of their divisions. Hannah squeeked by Frances Thames by shaving eight strokes after they started the final round all tied up. Harper Hinckley was the champion of the Division E girls and improved by two strokes in the second round. Many congratulations to all the golfers this week. 

We saw great success moving from an 18 hole to a 36 hole championship this season. We look forward to seeing a great field in next year's tournament. Many thanks

to the staff at Duncan Park and superintendent, Greg Brooking, for their tireless efforts in creating a stellar championship. 

For complete results, click here.


July 18, 2016- Wedgeworth Fires the Low Round in Natchez

Natchez, MS- Natchez proved to be another test for our junior golfers this year at the 2016 Norman Puckett Junior Championship. Jackson Wedgeworth fired the low round of 69 at Duncan Park Golf Course. Wedgeworth sits seven strokes ahead of the competition. where the par for the course is 71. For Division B, 14-15 boys, Wilson Palmertree, of Vicksburg takes the lead with an 82 in the opening round.

The Mcsweyn sisters are neck and neck here in the opening round. Carrie and Katie both shot 99 to put them at the top of the leaderboard and in a good position for the final round.

The nine hole divisions had a great day with William Marshall in the lead of the Boys 10-11 with a score of 45. Miles Felder, of Summit, is only five strokes behind William. Malone Richardson of the 9 and under boys division is the only in the division but he is playing great golf with a 48 to open the championship.

For the Girls Division 10-12, Hannah Grace Hinckley and Frances Thames, are tied for the lead with 54. Harper Anne Hinckley takes the solitary lead of the 9 and under girls division after posting a 43 to start the championship.

Best of luck to all competitors in the Norman Puckett Junior Championship. Duncan Park has proved to be a good test for our junior golfers and we look forward to the final round where we will award our champions.

For complete results, click here.


July 13, 2016- Atkins, Logan, Rush, Mayhew, Todd, and Blair are Your Pros of Tomorrow Champions

Tupelo, MS- Another successful Pros of Tomorrow junior tournament at Tupelo Country Club is in the books. We started out the morning with our younger divisions. In the boys 11 and under division, Carson Todd, of Lakeland, TN, kept his lead with a second  round score of 48 and a two day total of 91. Coming in second was Jacob Blanton who shot a two day total of 94. In the girls 12 and under, Emerson Blair shot a second round 49 to keep her lead and win her division. Not far behind her was Callie Mobley who shot a 96 for the tournament. In Division C, Tripp Rush secured his victory by shooting a round two 77 and a 150 for the tournament. Coming in second was Wells Williams with a two day total of 155. In the Girls 13-18, Riley Mayhew improved her first round score by six strokes shooting a 73 and won her division with a 152 for the tournament. Coming in second was Megan Ward with a 172 overall. In Division B, Kye Meeks shot a second round 68, but it wasn't enough to beat Hunter Logan. Logan shot 71 to go along with his Round 1 72 to give him a 143 overall edging out Meeks by one stroke to win Division B. In Division A, Hunter Atkins consistent play lead him to a one stroke victory over Brandon Walker. Atkins shot a 70 both rounds to secure a 1 stroke victory over Walker in Division A. Atkins was also the Boy's Overall Champion. Thank you to everyone who participated and we look foward to seeing everyone at future events. For complete results, click here.

 

Winners:

Boys Overall & Division A: Hunter Atkins-West Point, MS

Division B: Hunter Logan-Steens, MS

Division C: Tripp Rush, Philadelphia, MS

Boys 11 & Under: Carson Todd-Lakeland, TN

Girls 12 & Under: Emerson Blair-West Point, MS

Girls 13-18- Riley Mayhew-Plantersville, MS


July 12, 2016- Walker Goes 5 Under Par for the Lead in the 1st Round of The Pros of Tomorrow

Tupelo, MS- Today at Tupelo Country Club the First Round of the 2016 Pros of Tomorrow began with combination of junior golfers from all over Mississippi, and even a few from other surrounding states. First off of the tee this morning was our Boys 11 & Under/Girls 12 & Under Division.  Carson Todd, of Lakeland, TN, has the lead in the Boys 11 & Under Division with a 9 hole score of 43 (+7).  Next, in our Girls 12 & Under Division Emerson Blair, of West Point, MS,  took the lead with a 9 hole score of 45 (+9).  The C Division is lead by Tripp Rush, of Philadelphia, MS, with an 18 hole score of 73 (+1).  The Girls 13-18 Division leader is Riley Mayhew, of Plantersville, MS, with an 18 hole score of 79 (+7).  In Division B Hunter Logan, of Steens, MS, posted an even 72 for the lead in Round 1.  And in Division A Brandon Walker, of Vardaman, MS, posted the overall lowest score of the day with an 18 hole score of 67 (-5) to take both the Division A lead as well as the overall tournament lead after Round 1.  Looking foreward to another great day of golf tomorrow at Tupelo Country Club.  

Click on a Division to see complete Round 1 Results:

Division A/B

Division C/Girls 13-18

Boys 11&Under/Girls 12&Under


July 7, 2016 - Final Round at Hickory Hill Junior

Gautier, MS - Another hot summer day on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for the final round of the Hickory Hill Junior Championship. Juniors were eager to get on the course this morning to complete the tournament.

In the Boys 16-18 division, Hamp Fairey, of Hattiesburg, held onto the lead with a 74 today to take home the championship. Fairey's opening round of even par (72) was a great start. Coming in runner-up was Vincent Almerico, of Diamondhead, who was two strokes back from the lead at one over par in the second round.

With a great field for the girls division, Tristan Cooley,of Sumrall, came back from three strokes back to win the division. Cooley posted a final round of 80. Coming in as runner-up for the Girls Division was Sydney Cato, of Ocean Springs. Cato heads to William Carey University this fall to begin her college golf career. Great to see another Mississippi Junior Golf Association player attend a great Mississippi University.

For the Boys 12-13 year old division, Harrison Todd Bruce was the sole survivor. Harrison, of Madison, posted a 99 and 100 for the two rounds and was awarded the championship.

We witnessed great play from the nine hole divisions this week and look forward to what the future holds for these young golfers. In the Boys 10-11 division, Hayden Hall, of Biloxi, shaved six strokes off in the second round to take the lead. Hall finished at fourteen over to win. Following Hall was William Marshall, of Madison, who also shot fourty in the final round.

The Division D, 10-12 girls, began their round with tee shots right down the middle as they played the back nine for the second round. Avery Weed, of Ocean Springs, finished with a 41 in the second round and was awarded the championship trophy. Following Weed was Paige Gibson, of Saucier, who finished with a final total of 103 for the eighteen hole tournament. Coming in third place was Gracelyn Cooley, of Sumrall, with great playing in the second round (53) shaving seven strokes off from the first round.

Many congratulations to the youngest players out at Hickory Hill this week. The Division E, 9 and under boys finished strong today with Henson Sharpe, of Hattiesburg, taking the championship with a 41 and 40. Coming in runner-up place for the division was local player, Gage Anderson, of Saucier. Anderson finished with a 45 on the second nine holes. Congratulations to all the players for their dedication and hard work this week.

Many thanks to the staff at Hickory Hill Country Club for their hospitality over the week and continued support of junior golf in Mississippi and on the gulf coast. We look forward to future partnerships with the Fayard's Marathon Gulf Coast Junior Tour and Tournament Director, Tommy Snell. It will be great to return to the coast in the 2017 season.

For complete results, click here.


July 6, 2016 - Opening Round at the Hickory Hill Junior

Gautier, MS - Today at Hickory Hills golf club in Gautier the players had to battle not only the difficult course conditions, but also the excruciating heat.  Hamp Fairey, of Gulfport, fought his way to a three stroke lead after an excellent first round score of even par (72).  He was followed closely by Vincent Almerico (75) in division A.  Harrison Bruce leads division C after a solid opening round of 99.  Hayden Hall jumped out to the opening lead after a 46 in division D.  Henson leads division E after an opening round of 41.  Leading the girls in division D is Avery Weed (45).  Finally, Sydney Cato leads division G after opening with a 78.  All of the divisions are highly competitive and we look forward to a great finish tomorrow.

For complete results, click here.


June 30, 2016 - State Games Championship comes to a close

Flowood, MS - The second and final round of the State Games finished up today at The Refuge Golf Course. With hot and humid conditions, and after playing in some wet areas Round 1, the participants were ready to get in some air conditioning. There were some great results from this tournament. Jacob Berry came in first for the Boys Division A and Boys Overall all with a total score of 148. Avery Pool also came in first for the Girls 13-18 Division and Girls Overall. For the Boys B division, there was a playoff for first place that lasted 4 holes. In the end, Jake Kight came out on top.

Tripp Rush had a great 2 rounds at the Refuge, shooting -1 the first round and even the second, which put him in first for the Boys Division C. William Marshall came in first for the Boys Division D, with a total score of 91. And Allie Myers came in first for the Girls Division E, with a total score of 90.


June 29, 2016 -2016 State Games Championship Round 1

Flowood, MS -  Round one of the 2016 State Games Championship got started this morning at The Refuge Golf Course in Flowood.  Jacob Berry is our leader in the A Division with an 18 hole score of 70 (-2).  In the B Division Tate Dickerson has the lead with a score of 80 (+8).  Tripp Rush is leading the C Division with a score of 71 (-1). In the Girls 13-18 Division Avery Poole has the lead with an 18 hole score of 79 (+7). In the D Division William Marshall leads with a 9 hole score of 44 (+8), and in the Girls E Division Allie Myers is leading with 9 hole score of 51.  We are looking forward to an exciting Championship Round tomorrow at The Refuge! For complete Round 1 results click here.


June 21, 2016 - Big I State Championship

Canton, MS- The Big I State Championnship for junior golfers started today at Deerfeld Country Club. This two day tournament will take the top qualifiers from the boys and girls divisions to the national championship which will be held at Del Paso Country Club in Sacremento, CA. After the first round today, the leaders for the Boys A/B Division are Brice Wilkinson (-3), Griffin Agent (-2), and Simms Abney (+1). The leaders for the Girls Division are Karley Whittington (+1), Hannah Levi (+3), and Blair Stockett (+4).

The Boys C Division has 2 leaders, Jacob Germany and Carson Butler (+6). For both the Boys D Division and Girls D Divisions, we have Emerson Blair (+6) and William Marshall (+14) in the front runnings. Lastly, we have the Boys and Girls E Divisions. Boys E Division: Malone Richardson (+10); Girls E Division: Allie Myers (+5).

For all Round 1 Results, click here.


June 20 - Maria Hoyos and Conner Beth Ball are on the road to New Jersey's Ridgewood Country Club

Canton, MS - Maria Hoyos posted an early 71 and began to wait anxiously as scores rolled in today at Deerfield Golf Club for the US Girls' Junior Amateur Qualifier. Hoyos traveled from Howey in the Hills, Florida to compete in the qualifier and it was certainly a good trip to make. Following play, Conner Beth Ball and Brooke Tyree, proceeded to the tenth tee to begin what would be a three hole playoff for the second position. Ball, of Madison, won on the third playoff hole. Ball will represent Mississippi and the Mississippi Junior Golf Association as a long time member and junior golfer in Mississippi.

We wish all competitors the best in their future golfing careers and thank Deerfield Golf Club for hosting the qualifier.

For complete results, click here.


June 8th & 9th- Marble Wins Okatoma Junior

Collins, MS- Okatoma Golf Club was the host for the Okatoma Junior event this week.  Will Marble of Brandon, MS won overall and division A with a 36 hole score of 155.  Patric Langley of Waynesboro, MS was the division A runner-up with a 36 hole score of 163.  Jais Norman of Raymond, MS won division B with a score of 162, and the division B runner-up was Zaccheus Spann of Jackson, MS with a score of 169.  Division C was won by Chip Barber of Tupelo, MS, with a 36 hole score of 179.  Katelynn Altese of Diamondhead, MS won the Girls 13-18 division with a 36 hole score of 178.  William Marshall of Madison, MS won divison D with a 18 hole score of 95. Our final division, the E division, was won by Malone Richardson with a 18 hole score of 90.

For complete results click on the division: Division A/B, Division C/G, Division D/E.


June 22, 2016 - Wilkinson and Stockett take top honors at Deerfield Golf Club for the Trusted Choice Big I Qualifier

Canton, MS - Another great Mississippi Junior Golf Association tournament hosted by Deerfield Golf Club. Seventy-four junior golfers began the tournament with 41 males and 11 females eligible to qualify for the National Championship to be held at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento, CA.

We saw great playing in the nine-hole division this week. In the Division D, 10-12 year old girls, Emerson Blair, of West Point, came in first by shooting a 46 in the final round for an 88 total. Avery Weed came in as runner-up finishing the tournament with a final round of 47.

For the boys Division D, 10-11 year olds, William Marshall of Madison, came in first with a one-hundred total. Mason Shoemaker finished up in runner-up for the tournament with a 127, eighteen hole total.

For the Division E, nine and under division, Malone Richardson took a strong lead after the first round with a 46 and 44 following that. Richardson was awarded the Division E championship. Malone was followed by runner-up, Prentiss Furr, who finished with a 102 final score for the two nine hole rounds.

For our one Division E Girl, Allie Myers, it was an easy win but she still gave it a good fight. Allie improved by one stroke from the first nine holes, shooting a 41 in round one and a 40 in round two.

In the Girls Division, Blair Stockett of Jackson, played consistently both rounds to earn a spot to the National Championship. Stockett won by one stroke over Hannah Levi, of D'Iberville. Stockett and Levi both played great and finished seven and eight over, respectively.

For the Division C, 12-13 year old boys, Hayes Smith, of Como, won his first tournament by four strokes. Smith finished thirteen over with Jacob Germany and Carson Butler finishing tied for runner-up.

For the Boys 14-15 Division B, Simms Abney took the lead in the final round posting 71, the low score for this division. Abney finished at even par for the tournament and earned a place to the National Championship for coming in third for the overall championship. Brookes Hudson, of Tupelo, finished as the runner-up posting a 151 total.

In the Boys 16-18 Division, Brice Wilkinson won in a one hole play-off over Griffin Agent. Wilkinson and Agent were tied at one-under for the tournament. They proceeded to the tenth hole where Wilkinson won with a birdie. Coming in third place was Matthew Scoville.

Wilkinson, Agent and Abney earned a place to the Trusted Choice Big I National Championship. Congratulations to all juniors who competed this week and best of luck on the remainder of the 2016 golf season.

Many thanks to Deerfield Golf Club for opening their doors to the golfers of the future. Big thanks to Golf Course Superintendent, Bryan Deweese, for preparing a championship course. Thank you again to the staff at Deerfield Golf Club, Golf Professional, Billy Allen, and the entire staff for their hospitality throughout the week.

For complete results, click here.


June 21, 2016 - Big I State Championship

Canton, MS- The Big I State Championnship for junior golfers started today at Deerfeld Country Club. This two day tournament will take the top qualifiers from the boys and girls divisions to the national championship which will be held at Del Paso Country Club in Sacremento, CA. After the first round today, the leaders for the Boys A/B Division are Brice Wilkinson (-3), Griffin Agent (-2), and Simms Abney (+1). The leaders for the Girls Division are Karley Whittington (+1), Hannah Levi (+3), and Blair Stockett (+4).

The Boys C Division has 2 leaders, Jacob Germany and Carson Butler (+6). For both the Boys D Division and Girls D Divisions, we have Emerson Blair (+6) and William Marshall (+14) in the front runnings. Lastly, we have the Boys and Girls E Divisions. Boys E Division: Malone Richardson (+10); Girls E Division: Allie Myers (+5).

For all Round 1 Results, click here.


June 20 - Maria Hoyos and Connor Beth Ball are on the road to New Jersey's Ridgewood Country Club

Canton, MS - Maria Hoyos posted an early 71 and began to wait anxiously as scores rolled in today at Deerfield Golf Club for the US Girls' Junior Amateur Qualifier. Hoyos traveled from Howey in the Hills, Florida to compete in the qualifier and it was certainly a good trip to make. Following play, Conner Beth Ball and Brooke Tyree, proceeded to the tenth tee to begin what would be a three hole playoff for the second position. Ball, of Madison, won on the third playoff hole. Ball will represent Mississippi and the Mississippi Junior Golf Association as a long time member and junior golfer in Mississippi.

We wish all competitors the best in their future golfing careers and thank Deerfield Golf Club for hosting the qualifier.

For complete results, click here.


June 8th & 9th- Marble Wins Okatoma Junior

Collins, MS- Okatoma Golf Club was the host for the Okatoma Junior event this week.  Will Marble of Brandon, MS won overall and division A with a 36 hole score of 155.  Patric Langley of Waynesboro, MS was the division A runner-up with a 36 hole score of 163.  Jais Norman of Raymond, MS won division B with a score of 162, and the division B runner-up was Zaccheus Spann of Jackson, MS with a score of 169.  Division C was won by Chip Barber of Tupelo, MS, with a 36 hole score of 179.  Katelynn Altese of Diamondhead, MS won the Girls 13-18 division with a 36 hole score of 178.  William Marshall of Madison, MS won divison D with a 18 hole score of 95. Our final division, the E division, was won by Malone Richardson with a 18 hole score of 90.

For complete results click on the division: Division A/B, Division C/G, Division D/E


MWGA Hosts Jr Girls Tri-State at Old Waverly June 8-9

West Point, MS- The Junior Tri-State Tournament is a 2-day match play event between Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas Junior Girl golfers.  It was organized in 2005, with Arkansas being the first Host State.  Initially, there were 6 girls on each team, with Day 1 including morning Four Ball Matches, and afternoon Alternate Shot Matches, and the second day including Singles Matches.  In 2009, the by-laws were changed, and the number of girls per team was changed to 8, keeping the same format. 

     Winning the Tri-State Cup proved to be very cyclical the first nine years of the competition.  Louisiana won the first three years, Mississippi won the next three years, and then Arkansas followed with wins the next three years!  Louisiana won in 2014, and and Arkansas edged Louisiana by 1/2 point in 2015! 

     Mississippi is the 2016 Host, and the event will be played at Old Waverly in West Point on June 8-9.  We are very excited about our Mississippi Team this year!  We have a great group of girls.  Our team this year includes:

Presley Baggett and Conner Beth Ball from Madison, Sydney Cato from Ocean Springs, Lucy Martin from New Albany, Riley Mayhew from Plantersville,

Carlee Nanney, Fulton, Blair Stockett from Jackson, and Karley Whittington from Vicksburg.  


May 26, 2016- Future Tour Championship ends with a playoff

Greenville, MS- 170 junior golfers made the trip to Greenville this weekend for the annual Future Tour Championship. Junior Golfers from all over the country made up the field. The weather cooperated and the only rain that hindered the tournament was on Friday during the practice rounds. Greenville Golf and Country Club do an outstanding job hosting this tournament every year. They truly care about promoting junior golf and this tournament is all about the kids. They pull out all the stops for the golfers and make them feel like royalty all weekend. Saturday and Sunday were filled with competitive golf. In our overall division, it came down to a sudden death playoff between Garrett Johnson, Kimberly, AL, and William Wann, of Birmingham, AL. After a few holes Garrett Johnson, a Mississipppi State signee, won over William Wann. Johnson took home the overall trophy for the 2016 Future Tour Championship. Congratulations to all of our winners in each division:

 

Overall and Boys 16-18: Garrett Johnson (Kimberly, AL)

Boys 14-15: Gavin Noble (Cartersville, GA)

Boys 12-13: Dean Greyserman (Boca Raton, FL)

Boys 10-11: Cy Norman (Benton, IL)

Boys 8-9: Grayson Hale (Meridian, MS)

Boys 5-7: Alexander Robertson (Greenville, MS)

Girls 13-18: Hannah Levi (D'Iberville, MS)

Girls 10-12: Emerson Blair (West Point, MS)

Girls 9 & under: Trinity Beth (Calvert City, KY)

 

For complete results click here.


May 26, 2016- Greenwood Final Wraps up with Deserving Champions at the top of the Leaderboard

Greenwood, MS- Consistent play from some of the first round leaders proved to be enough to take home the title. Benjamin Nelson fired the low round 70 in the 16-18 division again in the second round to secure the title and win by eight strokes. The runner-up of this division, Cameron Mobley, shaved off a few strokes and carded a 73 today to put him four over total for the championship.

Finishing in the lead of the 14-15 division was Matt Billingsley, of Saltillo. Matt also played a consistent game here in Greenwood with two scores of 79. Finishing seven strokes behind was Eli Mitchell, of Meridian, who finished 82 and 83 in the final round. In the lead of our 12-13 division was David Beard. Beard finished strong and came in with 75 in today's round. Runner-up of the C Division was Jacob Germany of Madison who improved by six strokes in the second round

The Girls Division had only two competitors. Caton Blackburn and Frances Thames, both of Vicksburg, were accustomed to playing together since they play at the same club. Blackburn posted a 104 in the final round to put her in the lead as champion of the girls 13-18 division. Thames was the runner-up for the division and posted a 122 in the final round.

William Marshall easily took hom the trophy in the boys Division D tournament with a 41 in the first round and 47 in the second round. Nine hole division played the second nine of Greenwood CC for the second round and it proved to be a true test for some competitors. The Girls D division was awarded to Emerson Blair, of West Point. Blair shot a 47 in the second round and the runner-up Callie Mobley, shot a 55. Coming in third place in this division was Hannah Hinckley who also returned a 55 for the final round.

Making a good start to his MJGA career, John Markow, of the E Division finished strong to win this division. He consistently shot 40 on the front and back nine to win the championship. Comingin runner-up of the E Division was Malone Richardson, of Kosciusko, who finished with a 98 for the championship. 

Rounding out the nine hole division was Harper Hinckley who was crowned champion of the girls nine and under division. Hinckley shot 45 in the  final round.  

Many thanks to new Head Golf Professional, Robert Smith, who hosted another great Greenwood Jr Invitational. Greenwood Country Club's hospitality and welcoming of these juniors never goes unnoticed.

For complete results, click here.  


May 25, 2016-Greenwood Junior Championship Day 1

Greenwood, MS- The 2016 MJGA Golf season got underway with the first round of the 2016 Greenwood Junior Championship. We had a total of 48 juniors competing this week. In Division A, Benjamin Nelson, Madison, was medalist shooting a first round score of 70 (-2). Following behind Nelson was Cameron Mobley, Brandon, with a 75 (+3). In Division B, Matt Billingsley had the low round with a 79 (+7). In Division C, David Beard fired a 77 (+5) to take the first round lead into round 2. In the 13-18 girls division, Caton Blackburn is leading Frances Thames after round 1. After round 1 in Division D, William Marshall has the lead after his first round score of 88. In our Girls division D, Emerson Blair has the lead over Callie Mobley and Hannah Hinckley. In our E Division, John Markow is leading the boys with a first round score of +4 and Harper Hinckley leads the girls division with a +9. We look forward to another great day of golf at Greenwood Country Club tomorrow! For complete results in each division for round 1 click below:

Division A/B

Division C/G

Division D/E


May 21, 2016-Greenwood Junior Championship Kicks Off the 2016 MJGA Season

We are excited for the 2016 season of the MJGA to kick off this week in Greenwood, MS at the Greenwood Junior Championship.  Our junior golf program has grown and more opportunities have become available for our juniors.

As we enter our 16th season we have made a few adjustments to the MJGA Junior Tour. We have added a full time position to our MGA staff to manage our tournaments and promote junior golf. Payne Hall was a PJ Boatwright Intern in the fall of 2015 with the MGA/MJGA. Payne brings a strong background in event management and sports administration. We are excited to add him to our crew and work alongside Emily Sullivan, Don Hershfelt and myself. 

  • The first change is that we are now calculating points and awarding player of the year awards to the following divisions: Boys Overall 14-18, Boys Division A, Boys Division B,  Boys Division C, Boys Division D, Boys Division E, Girls Overall 13-18, Girls 10-12, and Girls Division.  
  • The second change is having a minimum number of players per division in order to award full points. Some events have traditionally had smaller fields, and we want to continue to support and sanction these tournaments. If the full field is not met, the points will be pro-rated based on the number of players in the field. This change was made to the MGA men's player of the year points system in 2013 and it has proven to be successful. The attached document outlines the points structure. This information is also indicted on the website in the points distribution section.
  • The last change for this season, is that all of the registration will be through the MGA/MJGA website and our office. In the past, there was some confusion on where to send entry forms. Our hope is this makes it easier for the parents and tournament staff. We have online registration open for all of the sanctioned events and MJGA hosted events. Onsite registration will NOT be allowed the deadlines will be strictly enforced.

Included is a document to help all of our members to review our policies and guidelines regarding eligibility, code of conduct, and our points system. The MJGA points system and eligibility is patterned after the Mississippi Golf Association's policies and procedures. In order to participate in State Championships or represent the State of Mississippi/Association in cup matches, you must be an active member of the association and a current resident of the state. In order for points to be awarded, you must be an active MJGA member and a  Mississippi resident. This is not a new change and has been in effective since the MJGA was founded in 2000.

Click here for MJGA Guidelines 2016

We are partnering with the Gulf States PGA section this year to sanction the PGA Junior Championship Qualifier June 12-13 to earn MJGA points. The PGA Junior Championship is a fantastic national event and we have had a number of MJGA players qualify over the years. There is a division for male and female junior players. A link to register is available on the MJGA Schedule online or click here. We also encourage those of you who are  eligible, to register for the Drive Chip and Putt (DCP) qualifier at Reunion Golf & CC on July 21. Click here for more information.

 

We want the best for junior golf in Mississippi and to provide the best experience for all of our juniors.Payne is submitting our results to the Junior Golf Scoreboard and the AJGA. The Boys and Girls Junior Amateur results are submitted to WAGR for World Amateur Golf Rankings. If we can ever help you or answer a question, please feel free to reach out to myself, Emily Sullivan or Payne Hall. We look forward to seeing everyone this summer on the BankPlus MJGA Junior Tour and wish you the best of luck.   

 

See you on the tee,

Margo Coleman

Executive Director


April 30-May 1, 2016-Junior Cup Team

Greenville Country Club was the site for the 2016 Mississippi Junior Cup Matches. Friday night we held our player draft and split the golfers into two teams: Team Palmer and Team Nicklaus. The Palmer team consisted of: Patton Kincaid, Joshua Larsen, Wells Williams, Jon Wesley Lovelace, David Beard, Tripp Rush, Eli Mitchell, Walker Gibens, Brandon Walker, Carlee Nanney, Griffin Agent, Cole Baggett, Benjamin Nelson, Brett Forman, Lucas Agent, and William Barrier. The Nicklaus Team was: Collins Trolio, Hayes Smith, Chip Barber, Connor Gee, John Henson, Matt Billingsley, Cohen Trolio, Carson Butler, Matt Liddon, Presley Baggett, David Mason, Cameron Clarke, Jake Crosson, Tate Dickerson, Martin Bell, and Channing Curtis.

Saturday was set for four-ball matches between the two teams, but mother nature did not cooperate and we were unable to play golf on Saturday. Saturday was not a complete wash because we were still able to have our team dinner and awards ceremony for our 2015 end of the year awards. We started out the awards by recognizing our graduating seniors: Griffin Agent, Brandon Walker, and Carlee Nanney. We also awarded the 2015 and 2016 Robbie Webb Awards, which is awarded to an individual each year for their contribution to junior golf in the state of Missisisppi. The 2015 recipient of the Robbie Webb Award was Dr. Bill Brozovich, Dr. Brozovich was unable to attend so his son, Billy Brozovich, accepted the award for his father. The 2016 Robbie Webb Award winner was Steven Driggers. Walker Gibens was awarded the Junior Sportsmanship of the year award. We ended the night by recognizing our 2015 players of the year:

Boys Overall and Division A - Griffin Agent

Girls Overall - Presley Baggett

Boys Division B - Tate Dickerson

Boys Division C - Tripp Rush

Boys Division D - Patton Kincaid

Girls Division D - Paige Gibson

We finally were able to play golf on Sunday. We played 9 holes of four-ball matches followed by 9 holes of singles matches. The Nicklaus Team beat the Palmer team with a total score of 17.5-6.5. The Nicklaus team won Four-Ball 6-2 and they also won singles 11.5-4.5. For a complete rundown of this weekends matches click here.


February 8, 2016-Future Tour Championship Entries are Open

The Future Tour Championship at Greenville Country Club June 4-5 has opened their entry process for 2016. We encourage our members to submit their entries early, as this is a very popular tournament with an entry deadline of April 15, 2016. The FTC is sanctioned by the MGA for MJGA points in the 2016 points series. Entry Form