MJGA News of 2017

October 7-8, 2017 - Fantastic Two Days at the 2017 Randy Watkins Junior, Meeks and Johnson Victorious

Madison, MS- The Randy Watkins Junior has always been a very successful Junior Event.  This years tournament had 97 Juniors from around the state and even a few from out of state come to Lake Caroline golf Club to compete in this championship.  Tee times began on Saturday morning at 7:30am and there were some impressive scores posted at the end of Round 1.  In the Boys E Division Henson Sharpe (Hattiesburg) and Jackson Knight (Eupora) were all tied up after 1 round of 9 holes with a score of 38 (+2).  In the Girls D division Emerson Blair (West Point) took the lead in the first round with 9-hole score of 35 (-1).  For the Boys D Division Grayson Hale (Meridian) fired a 36 (even) to take the lead in the first round.  Katelynn Altese (Diamondhead) was the first round leader in Girls 13-15 with an 18-hole total of 81 (+9), and in the Girls 16-18 Sarah Johnson (Florence) and Avery Pool (Steens) were tied for the lead at 77 (+5). Brady Lagendyk (Meridian) took the first round lead in Boys C at 77 (+5).  Round 1 leader in Boys B was Wells Williams (West Point) at 71 (-1), and in Boys A Kye Meeks (Walnut) posted a very impressive 67 (-5) to have the lead.  With Hurricane Nate taking a eastward turn overnight the second round got off wiithout a hitch.  after another great day of golf in Madison there were champions crowned in every divison.  The Boys E division wasw decided by a two-hole playoff where Jackson Knight won to claim the Division E Champion title.  In the Girls D division Emerson bliar held on to her first round lead to claim her title.  Grayson Davis (Madison) used his home course knowledge to overcome the 1-stroke lead that Grayson Hale (Meridian) had, and Davis took home the Boys Division D title. Katelynn Altese maintained her lead and won the Girls 13-15 Division.  In Boys Division C Connor Dunnigan (Madison), another Lake Caroline Member, pulled off a comback over Brady Lagendyk and claimed the victory.  In Boys B Wells Williams won by 9-strokes with a two day total of 145 (+1).  The Girls 16-18 division as well as this year's Randy Watkins Girl's Oveall Champion is Sarah Johnson with a 2-round total of 159 (+15).  Kye Meeks Posted another under par round of 69 (-3) to bring his total score to 136 (-8), and is now the Boys A divsion winner as well as the 2017 Randy Watkins Junior Overall Boys Champion.   

September 23-24, 2017 - 2017 Junior River Cup Matches at Squire Creek Country Club

Choudrant, LA - Twenty of Mississippi's top junior golfers ranging from the ages of 10-18 traveled to Squire Creek Country Club to face a team of twenty junior golfers from the state of Louisiana. Team Mississippi was lead by its two captians Margo Coleman and Nick Callahan.  Team Louisisna was led by its captain Logan Ray.  Both teams showed up hoping to take the Junior River Cup Trophy for their home state.  There were three stages in these cup matches: 4-Ball, Foursome, and Singles.  The first was on saturday morning where each team paired their players by age in groups of two to play a 18-hole round (for 12-18 year olds) or a 9-hole round (11 & Under) of 4-ball format.  At the conclusion of the morning session on Saturday team MS trailed Team LA by 2 points.  the teams were sent back out that afternoon for the second stage of the matchplay, foursomes.  Team Louisiana came out strong in the foursome matches taking an 8 point lead over team MS.  At the conclusion of the day on Saturday Team Louisiana hosted a dinner at the Squire Creek Clubhouse where the Singles Matches were announced live by Logan Ray and Nick Callahan.The final stage of the matches, singles, began sunday morning.  Team Louisiana maintained their lead and claimed the Junior River Cup Trophy for the second year in a row.  Next years matches will be hosted by Team Mississippi, and we will be looking to reclaim the Trophy from Louisiana.

August 3, 2017 - 2017 Southern Junior Cup Finishes With More Beautiful Weather

Oxford, MS- The second day of the 2017 Southern Junior Cup had each team sending out all of their players to compete in singles matches. It started with each state having the opportunity to grab enough points to take home the trophy. After the matches were completed, Team Alabama were the ones who finished on top. They compiled a total of 19.5 points over the two days, while Team Mississippi and Team Arkansas each had 10.5 points at the end. Team Missouri finished in fourth with a total of 7.5 points. We would like to thank all of the states for coming to Mississippi for the event. Also thank you very much to Country Club of Oxford for hosting a fantastic event and accommodating all of the great junior golfers that were on display. 

August 2, 2017 - Chamber of Commerce Weather Opens First Day of 2017 Southern Junior Cup Matches

Oxford, MS- Southern Junior Cup opened up yeserday evening with a Parings Dinner Party hosted at the country Club of Oxford.  Teams enjoyed a wonderful meal, and the team captains Andy Priest (Alabama), Bryant Fortin (Arkansas), Scott Hovis (Missouri), Margo Coleman (Mississippi) announced their matches live at the dinner.  Teams departed the dinner, all with hopes of taking the Southern Junior Cup back to their home state.

Beautiful weather was in place this morning at CCO for the first round of the cup mathces to begin. After the morning round of 4-ball was complete Team Alabama and Team Arkansas were tied at 4 points heading into the Foursome Alternate-shot Second round in the afternoon.  Team Mississippi sat right behind them with 3.5 points, and Team Missouri in 4th with .5 a point.  At the conclusion of the Foursome Round Team Mississippi slid into 2nd place only trailing leader, Team Alabama, by 1.5 points. Team Arkansas gained 2 points putting them in 3rd place with a total of 6, and Team Missouri came back strong in the second round stacking up 3 points in the second round to put them at a total of 3.5.

July 27, 2017- MJGA Coast Championship Field Overcomes the Conditons

Gautier, MS- Before the start of the MJGA Coast Championship, everyone was talking about if the tournament would be able to be completed due to the weather. But with the help of mother nature, who held off long enough for the scheduled 36 holes to be played, and the great staff at Shell Landing Golf Club we were able to finish on schedule. In the Boys A Division Hayden Green, of Biloxi, was champion with a two day total of 151 (+7). That was good enough to edge out runner-up Garret Herring, of Laurel, and third place finisher Matthew Ryals, of Purvis. Matt Billingsley, of Saltillo, won the Boys B Division with his 36 hole total of 147 (+3), The runner-up was Matt Wilkinson, of Ridgeland, and third place went to Hunter Robinson, of Purvis. And in the Boys C Divison, Jack Edens, of Brandon took home champion honors with his two round total of 180 (+36) Moving onto the Girls Divisions. In the 16-18 agre group Callee Brelan, of Bay Saint Louis, posted 156 (+12) after two days to hold onto her lead. Runner-up was Maggie Pearce, Vancleave, and third place was Andre Huguenin, of Biloxi. The 13-15 age group champion was Madeleine Yu, of Hattiesburg, who shot 79 in the final round for a 36 hole total of 17 (+30), to beat runner-up Jenna Belton, of Brandon, and third place finisher Abigail Wickham, of Vancleave. Finally in the Girls (10-12) age group. Avery Weed, of Ocean Springs, shot 75 (+3) over the two days to be crowned champion. Thank you to all of those who participated in the championsip and To Shell Landing Golf Club for hosting such a successful event. For complete results, click here.

July 20, 2017- Junior Amateur Comes to a Close, New Champions Crowned

West Point, MS- Today the 2017 Mississippi Junior Amateur Championship came to a close here at Old Waverly Golf Club.  5 players manged to stay under par to finish out the championship.  The D/E Divisions were the first to complete their rounds this morning. For the Girl's E Division Allie Myers, of Pearl, got the victory with an eight stroke lead and a 27 hole total of 136 (+28).  In the Boy's E Division Henson Sharpe, of Hattiesburg, came from behind to get the one stroke win over John Markow. Sharpe's 3-day total was 112 (+4).   In the Girl's D Division Avery Weed, of Ocean Springs, won with a 27 hole total of 117 (+9).  For the Boy's D Division West Point native Jacob Blanton gets the victory at his home course with a 3-round total of 130 (+22).  Another West Point native, Wells Williams, took the win in the Boy's C Division with a 54-hole total of 221 (+5).  In the Girls 13-15 Division Plantersville's Riley Ann Mayhew held on to her two day lead to win with a 3 round total of 235 (+19).  In the Girl's 16-18 Division Presley Baggett, of Canton, claims the Division as well as the title of 2017 Girl's Overall Mississippi Junior Amateur Champion with 3 consecutive rounds under par for a total of 208 (-8). The final divisions to finish today were the Boy's A/B Divisions.  In the B Divison West Point's Cohen Trolio Fired a 71 (-1) today to keep his 3 day total under par, 214 (-2).  Hunter Logan, of Steens, continued to play well today as he added another red score, 71 (-1), to his 3 round total score of 206 (-10). Logan won the Boy's A Division, and is the new Mississippi Boy's Junior Amateur Champion.  Hunter also recieved the Carr Haskins Medalist trophy for his first round low score of 66 (-6).  A huge Thank you goes out to the Old Waverly Golf Club for hosting such a great event.  Congratulations to all of our champions, and thank you to all who participated and made this Junior Amateur such a success.  For complete results click here: Divisions A/B, Divisions C/G, Divisions D/E

July 19, 2017 - Junior Amateur Continues to Impress Going Into Final Round

West Point, MS- After the completion of the second round of the Junior Amateur, we have seen lots of impressive play from all of our divisions. Going into the final round John Markow, of Ridgeland, holds a one stroke lead in the Boys E Division. Allie Myers, of Pearl, continued her stellar play with a 39 today and a nine stroke lead going into tomorrow. Moving to the Girls D Division, Avery Weed, of Ocean Springs, sits at a seven over total for the two days and one ahead of Emerson Blair, of West Point. William Marshall, of Madison, and Jacob Blanton, of West Point, share the lead in the Boys D Divison and both look to separate themselves from the rest of the field. In the Boys C Division Collins Trolio, continued to use his home course knowledge as he remained in front and looks to continue for the third round. The Girls 13-15 Disvison is still led by Riley Ann Mayhew, of Plantarsville, who shot 81 today. Continuing her dominance in the Girls 16-18 Division was Presley Baggett with another strong round of 69. Similarly to his brother, Cohen Trolio, lead the Boys B divsion with a one under par total. And finally in the Boys A Division, Hunter Logan of Steens, kept his low numbers coming as he sits at nine under par after 36 holes. For complete results, click here.

July 18, 2017 - Ten Under Par in the Opening Round of the Junior Amateur at Old Waverly Golf Club

West Point, MS- Ten juniors will begin the second round under par here at the Junior Amateur at Old Waverly Golf Club. Hunter Logan, of Steens, took a strong lead after firing a 66 today, four strokes ahead of four competitors at two under, 70. Cohen Trolio, of West Point, took advantage of his home course knowledge in posting an opening round of 70 to lead the Division B age group of 14-15 players. Taking a strong lead in the Girls 16-18 division was Presley Baggett with a score of 68. The Girls 13-15 Division is led by Riley Ann Mayhew, of Plantersville, who shot 78. Boys 12-13 is led by Collins Trolio who also fired a 70 to open the amateur at his home course.

In the nine hole divisions we are witnessing great competition for the future of golf in Mississippi. The Boys D (10-11) is led by Jacob Blanton who shot a 42. Boys E (9 and under) is led by Henson Sharpe after an even par. Rounding out the girls divisions is our Girls 10-12 division with the final under par score, Avery Weed with a one-under par. Allie Myers, of Pearl, will begin the second round with a four stroke lead after her 46 on the second nine that was played by the 9 hole divisions.

Many thanks to all those who have gotten the Junior Amateur off to a great start. Thanks to the preparations that have been made by the Old Waverly Golf Club to welcome these 135 junior golfers of Mississippi.

For complete results click here.

July, 12, 2017 - 2017 City Auto Sonny Andrews Jr. Championship is Complete With Schoalrships Awarded to a Few Top Finishers

Cleveland, MS- The final round of the City Auto Sonny Andrews Jr. Championship came to a close today, and there were champions crowned in each age division.  In the Boy's 9 & Under Division Jackson Guest, from , took the victory with a two-day, 18-hole total of 94 (+22).  In the Girl's 10-12 Division West Point's Emerson Blair won with a 18-hole total of 78 (+6).  In the Boy's 10-11 Division Andrew Miller, of Saltillo, won with a 18-hole score of 81 (+9). Hayes Smith is now a 2 time champion in this event in the Boy's C (12-13) Division, his two-day, 36-hole total is 150 (+6).  Emma Smithers, from Ellisville, won the Girl's 13-15 Division with a 36-hole total of 173 (+29).  Florence's Sarah Johnson won the Girl's 16-18 Division as well as the Girls Overall title with a 36-hole score of 151 (+7).  Johnson along with Karley Whittington and Emma Smithers recieved scholarships from the Sonny Andrews Jr. Championship Sponsors.  In the Boys 14-15 Division Reeves Johnson, of Canton, won with a total of 160 (+16).  Garrett Herring, from Ellisville, took the Boy's 16-18 Division as well as the Boy's Overall with a two-day total of 142 (-2).  Herring along with Will Marble, Austin Lauderdale, and Martin Bell also all recieved scholarships from the Sonny Andrews Jr. Championship sponsors. Over $5,000 worth of scholarships were awarded to the top finishing players in the Boy's and Girl's Overall Divisions.  A huge thanks goes out to Sam Dunning and the rest of the Cleveland Country Club staff for hosting this great event! 

For complete results click here:  Boy's 14-18, Girl's 13-18, Boy's 12-13, Girl's 10-12, Boy's 10-11, Boy's 9 & Under

July 11, 2017 - Solid First Round at the 2017 City Auto Sonny Andrews Jr. Championship

Cleveland, MS- Sunshine and blue skies were in place over Cleveland Country Club this morning to start the first round of the 2017 City Auto Sonny Andrews Jr. Championship.  44 Junior golfers teed it up this morning in Cleveland, 24 of them competing for college scholarships.  The top finishers in the Boy's 14-18 Division and the Girl's 13-18 Division will recieve scholarships from the Sonny Andrews Junior Championship and the local Cleveland community. After 18 holes of play Brandon's Will Marble and Laurel's Garrett Herring are tied for the lead in the Boys 14-18 Division at 71 (-1).  In the Girl's 13-18 Division Karley Whittington of Vicksburg has a 2 stroke lead with a First Round score of 75 (+3).  Hayes Smith, of Como, has the lead in the Boy's 12-13 Division with a First Round score of 76 (+4).  Smith won the Boy's 12-13 Division in this event last season, so his 12 stroke lead going into the Second Round is a good start for him to defend his title.  In the Girl's 10-12 Division, West Point's Emerson Blair posted a strong 9 hole score of 37 (+1).  With a 9 hole score of 43 (+7) in Boy's 10-11 Division, William Marshall from Madison has a 1 stroke lead over Saltillo's Andrew Miller, 44 (+8).  In the Boy's 9 & Under Division Greenville's Jackson Guest has the lead with a 9 hole score of 48 (+12).  Looking forward to a great Second Round tomorrow here in Cleveland! 

For complete First Round Results click here: Boy's 14-18, Girl's 13-18, Boy's 12-13, Girl's 10-12, Boy's 10-11, Boy's 9 & Under


July 6-7, 2017 - 2017 Pros of Tomorrow Champions Crowned

Tupelo, MS - Two rounds of stroke play at Tupelo Country Club were completed to determine the 2017 Pros of Tomorrow champions.  Andrew Miller of Saltillo, MS won the Boys 11 & under division with a 2 round, 18 hole total of 81 (+9).  In the Girl's 12 & Under division Harper Hinckley of McComb, MS won by 1 stroke over Hannah Hinckley with a 2 round, 18 hole total of 96 (+23).  West Point's Collins Trolio is the winner of the Boy's C Division with a 36 hole total of 151 (+7). Jenna Belton from Brandon took the win in the Girl's 13-15 division with a two round total of 175 (+19).  Sarah Johnson of Florence, MS is both the Girl's 16-18 champion as well as the Girls overall champion with a two day total of 150 (+6).  Kye Meeks from Walnut won the Boy's B Division with a two day total of 144 (even).  In the Boy's A Division Hunter Logan of Steens, MS took the victory as well as the Boy's Overall title with a two day total of 142 (-2) for the tournament.  Congratulations to all of the champions! For complete results click here: Divisions A/B, Divisions C/G, Divisions D/E

June 29, 2017 - Golfers Fight Off Rain To finish State Games Jr. Championship at The Refuge Golf Course

Flowood, MS- The State Games Jr. Championship proved to be a very exciting tournament for all of the divisions involved. It was two great days of golf, espcially the second day of play which had chances for storms and rain, but the field was able to play through the conditions and finish on schedule. In the Boys A/B Divison scores improved dramatically from the opening round to final day of play. Adam Files came with determination and know-how to improve. Files shot 80 in the first round and shaved off 12 strokes to finish with a 68. Files was the champion of the overall boys division and the Boys 16-18 year olds.

In the Boys 14-15 division, David Beard III also came back strong with a two-under par, 70 to finish and take the lead by one stroke over runner-up, Matt Wilkinson.


Many thanks to the Refuge Golf Course for hosting the State Games Junior Championship for the second year. The course was fanstastic and we thank the staff for their preparations to welcome the future of golf in Mississippi.

For complete results, click here.

June 21, 2017 - Tropical Storm Cindy No Match For Big I Qualifier

Pearl, MS- With many believing that weather would wipe out any chance for more golf to be played at the Trusted Choice Big I National Qualifier. After more then five hours of delays the players were able to head out and play 9 holes to make it officially a 27 hole qualifier. In the end the winner of the Boys A Division was Jake Crosson, of Columbus, who finished at 5 under par for a total of 103. The Boys B Divison winner was Karsten Bryan, of Golden, who posted a 6 over total for a one shot win. In the Boys C Division Mateo Jimenez, of Diamondhead, won finishing at 10 over par. Grayson Davis, Madison, came out on top in the Boys D Division with a 12 over par total and 6 shot win. And Finally in the Boys E Division John Markow, of Ridgeland, claimed the top spot. Moving onto the Girls Divisions, Blair Stockett of Jackson, won the (16-18) age group with a two day total of 3 under par. In the (13-15) Division Katelynn Altese, of Diamondhead finished in first posting a 6 over total on the final day. The Girls D Division (10-12) saw Hannah Grace Hinckley, of McComb, take home the title by two strokes. And in the Girls E Division Allier Myers, of Pearl, finished in first with a 12 over par total. In the end 7 players ended up earning a spot to the Trusted Choice Big I National. The four from the Boys Divisions were Jake Crosson, Matt Liddon, Hunter Logan, and Jack Gham; and the three girls moving on were Blair Stockett, Tristan Cooley, and Presley Baggett. Lastly a big thank you to Patrick Farms Golf Club adn their staff for hosting a great event.

June 21, 2017-MS Big I Qualifier Round 2 Update

Pearl, MS-
Please be at the Patrick Farms clubhouse at 11:30 am today, Lunch for the players will be available beginning at 11:30 am. We will make an announcement at 12:00pm. The MGA Tournament committee plans to begin the round at 12:30 pm and have two 9 hole stipulated rounds. If we cant play the second round, we will have awards at 12:45 pm. If the weather prevents us playing the course for any play offs, we will use the USGA Method for breaking ties.

We are monitoring the weather forecast and checking the course conditions.

Thank you,
MJGA Staff and Tournament Committee

June 20, 2017 - The Pace Has Been Set at the Trusted Choice Big I National Qualifier in Round 1

Pearl, MS- 83 junior golfers teed it up at Patrick Farms Golf Club on Tuesday a few divisions are hoping to qualify for a chance to play in the Trusted Choice Big I National Championship that will be hosted by Annandale Golf Club in Madison, MS on August 7-10.  The boys in Divisions A & B are competing for 4 qualifying postions, and the Girls in the 13-18 Division are competing for 3 qualifying positions.  Jake Crosson, of Columbus, and Matt Liddon, of Yazoo City, both turned in a First Round score of 68 (-4) to tie it up at the top of the leaderboard in the Boy's Overall Division.  Following not too far behind them is Jack Gnam, of Ridgeland, with a 70 (-2) for the first round, and Cameron Clarke, of Pittsborro, with a 72 (Even).  In the Girls 13-18 Division Blair Stockett, of Jackson, set the pace with a solid First Round score of a 70 (-2) to secure a 4 stroke lead going into the Second Round.  Sarah Johnson, of Florence, and Presley Bagett, of Canton, are tied at 74 (+2) sitting at T2 heading into Round 2.  In the Boy's C Division Matthew Frost, of Madison, has control of the leaderboard with a first round total of a 77 (+5), and a 1 stroke lead.  In the Boy's D Division Grayson Davis, of Madison, leads with a front 9 score of a 39 (+3). The Hinckley sisters from McComb, Harper and Hannah, are tied for first in the Girl's D Division with front 9 scores of 44 (+4).  In the E Divisions the boys are lead by Ridgeland's John Markow with a 9 hole total of 37 (+1), and the Girls are lead by Pearl's Allie Myers with a score of 41 (+5).  We are monitoring the weather situation for the Second Round, please keep an eye out for updates from our staff on our social-media and other outlets.

For full Round 1 results click here: Divisions A/B, Divisions C/G, Divisions D/E.

February 27, 2017 - Mississippi Junior Golf Foundation Partners with Gulf Resort Classic Birdies for Charity

Jackson, MS- The Mississippi Junior Golf Foundation has partnered with the Gulf Resort Classic Birdies for Charity program. Birdies for Charity is a fund-raising program designed to give participating charities the opportunity to generate contributions for their organization based on the number of "birdies" made by PGA TOUR Champions players during the 2017 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, March 30-April 2 at Fallen Oak.

Click here to make a donation today- thank you for your support.