2018 News Articles

November 11, 2018 - Fulton Country Club Wins John Bryan Cup After 21 Years

West Point, MS - Another cold challenging day would prove to be the case for the final day at the 2018 John Bryan Cup Team Club Championship.  Sunday morning would consist of a two-tee start off of holes 1 and 10 beginning at 9:00am.  All teams would come back ready to go for a chance at winning this year's John Bryan Cup.

Fulton Country Club would wind up holding on to their lead with a two day total of 600, winning by only a single stroke over Deerfield Golf Club.  They would score the lowest total of round 2 at 293, and finish at 601 overall for the tournament.  Only 1 stroke behind them in third place was Canebrake Country Club who totalled at 602 for the weekend.  Richard Reed of Old Waverly Golf Club would be the tournaments individual winner by shooting 144 over two days.  We thank everyone who came out and battled the cold weather conditions this weekend, we certainly appreciate your support.

  Old Waverly Golf Club and staff were fabulous hosts for this very traditional event.  Congratulations to Fulton Country Club!

For complete results, click here.


November 10, 2018 - A Cold Snap for the Opening round of the John Bryan Cup Club Team Championship

West Point, MS - As teams gathered around the practice putting green this morning, announcements were made for the opening round of the 2018 John Bryan Cup Club Team Championship. Temperatures dropped drastically following Friday morning rains but the sun made an appearance early Saturday morning to burn off the frost. Eleven Member Clubs were represented this year for the annual championship.

Fulton Country Club took the lead with the low team total of 296. Following Fulton, teams are stacked up close behind to make for a championship for any team. Canebrake Country Club is five strokes back at 301 total followed by Greenwood Country Club at 303.

We look forward to the final round to determine the championship club of the Mississippi Golf Association.

For complete results, click here.


November 4, 2018 - Coleman/Adams Bring Home First Mixed Team Title in Over 15 Years

Madison, MS - With heavy rain all night carrying over into the morning, the decision was made, before the first round began, that 9 holes would be the maximum amount of play for the final round of the State Mixed Team Championship.  As rain continued to fall, the shotgun start would begin at 9am, with players up to the challenge to compete in the wet conditions.  Our day 1 leaders, David Coleman and Shannon Adams, would continue their strong play by shooting 33 in their second round.  This would bring them to 91 total and proved to be enough to win the overall championship by 2 strokes over Lucy Nunn and Glenn Partick who finished at 93.  In the first flight, Alan and Lou Hart ended with a two day total of 99 to win the flight over David and Grace Sinclair who totalled at 102.  Dana and Wyatt Koerner would win the second flight by 1 stroke, scoring 32 in round 2 to bring them to 105.  This would be just enough to hold off Eddie and Robin Steele, who finished at 106.  Congratulations to David Coleman and Shannon Adams on being our first State Mixed Team champions since 2002, and to everyone on their great play this weekend!

This was a very special event this year and we were extremely excited to bring it back to Mississippi golf.  We look for this event to grow every year and become something every golfer looks forward to in the future.  We would like to thank Nick Bailes, Steen Wansley, Dave Henninger, and everyone at Annandale Golf Club for being such great hosts for our championship.  We appreciate everyone that came out and joined us for another great championship! Final Results are posted HERE.


November 3, 2018 - Coleman/Adams Take Strong Lead After Day 1 of State Mixed Team Championship

Madison, MS - After 16 years, the State Mixed Team Championship made it's first appearance back into the schedule since 2002.  22 Teams, consisting of 1 male and 1 female, arrived at Annandale Golf Club to compete in the 2-person scramble beginning at 1:00pm with a shotgun start.  David Coleman and Shannon Adams would shoot the lowest score today at 14 under par, 58, to take a 3 shot lead over the field.  Coming in second after round 1 would be Glenn Patrick and Lucy Nunn who scored a solid 11 under par, 61.  And right behind them was Jack and Sheila Haynes who posted a 63, 9 under par.  Shot of the day would come from Ron Bolen who had a hole in 1 on hole #8!  Teams have been flighted for tomorrow's final round and we look forward to crowning two new State Mixed Team champions!

A special thank you goes to Annandale Golf Club and staff for being so gracious in letting us use their course for this event and all of their hard work to make it happen!  Tomorrow's round will start at 9:00am with a shotgun start.  We are looking for more good weather just like today! We applaude all of our teams on their outstanding play today as well! Round 1 results and Round 2 pairings are posted HERE.


October 18, 2018 - Final Day at WSGA Senior Championship

Madison, MS - With our first sight of sunshine all week this morning, all of the ladies knew it was going to be a great opportunity to get out on the course for the final round of play.  With two flights in the Championship Division and four flights in the Flights Division, many winners were to be named at the end of the day.  In the Championship Flight, Anna Shultz would continue her dominant play shooting the lowest score of the week, 71, to bring her total to 225 and win the overall tournament.  Jewell Malick would win the First Flight with a total score of 248 over Brenda (AR) Alexander who finished at 250.  For the Second Flight, Pam Posey would finish with a total of 232 to win the flight by 6 strokes.  Susan Stevens would post a total score of 250 to win the Third Flight by 6 strokes as well.  In the Fourth Flight, Eliza Robinson would come out on top with a total of 267 to win over Sha Carter, B.A. Needham, and Suzanne Tinsley who all finished at 270.  The winner of the Fifth Flight would be Penny Autenreith who scored a total of 277 to win by one stroke over Paweena Bennett.  And for the Sixth Flight, Kathlyn Smith would place first with a total 3-day score of 284.  Congratulations to all of the winners this week!

It was great to see some fantastic golf played from all of the ladies this week, and we are especially proud of our Mississippi members for representing our state during the tournament! Reunion Golf and Country Club could not have done a better job hosting and we can't thank them enough.  Congratulations to the WSGA on an oustanding tournament!  Final Results are posted HERE.


October 17, 2018 - Shultz Takes Lead Going into Final Day of WSGA Senior Championship

Madison, MS - After getting some heavy rain overnight and into the morning, course conditions were still to be wet and challenging going into Round 2 of the WSGA Senior Championship.  We were very fortunate that rain held up before play started so that there was no delay to begin the round.  With another shotgun start at 8:30 this morning, play was soon to get going.  In the Championship Division, Anna Schultz, who shot 76 today, took a 4-stroke lead over Mimi Hoffman, who shot 78.  Tied for 3rd place in the division going into the final round is Kathy West and Sheila Haynes who sit at 160 for a two-day total.  In the Flights Division, Pam Posey would score a 76 today to bring her total score to 155 to lead the division.  Behind her is Dianne Yelovich at 157, and Brenda Baril at 158.  Going into tomorrow's final round of play, each division will be flighted with two flights in the Championship Division and four flights in the Flights Division. Tomorrow, a Senior and Super Senior Champion will be named from the Championship Division.

The WSGA has been great to work with this week and appreciate them bringing such a great tournament to one of our fantastic member clubs in Mississippi.  Thank you again to Reunion Golf and Country Club for all of their hard work this week.  We hope to see a Mississippi Native crowned a Champion tomorrow!  Round 2 results and Round 3 Flights and Pairings are posted HERE.


October 16, 2018 - Tough Conditions for First Day of WSGA Senior Championship

Madison, MS - With a high today of 61 degrees and heavy rain coming in early this morning before play began, Reunion Golf and Country Club was bound to be set up for cold and soft playing conditions.  With a shotgun start beginning at 8:30am, all 102 players were soon to be up for the challenge for the first round of the WSGA Senior Championship.  In the Championship Division, Anna Shultz would take the lead with a score of 78 over Kathy West, Sheila Haynes, and Carolyn Pazara who all shot 79.  However, our lowest score of the day would come out of the Flights Division.  Sissy Kern posted the lowest score of 74 for Round 1.  Behind her in that division was Dianne Yelovich with a 76, and Pam Posey and Lisa Horsley with a 79.  All of the ladies showed great heart and courage today and are looking forward to the next couple of days out on the course.

Reunion Golf and Country Club have been great hosts for the event and have been great for all of the ladies to cooperate with.  The course is in great shape and we are hoping for even better weather in the next couple of days to compliment it! First Rounds Results and Round 2 Pairings are posted HERE.


October 14, 2018 - Several Champions Named on Final Day of 2018 Randy Watkins Junior

Madison, MS - On our final day of play at the Randy Watkins Junior, windy conditions were soon to provide a tough challenge for our Junior golfers.  Going into Round 2, Jake Kight only held a 1-shot lead over Kye Meeks in Division A.  Kight ended up holding that lead and winning the Division, and the overall Boys tournament, by 3 shots with a total score of 141.  Both Kye Meeks and Sam Lee ended up in a tie for second place with a total of 144.  For Division B, Connor Gee posted a great second round score of 72 to win the Division by 6 strokes with a total of 147.  Collins Trolio and Walker Wise would tie for second place in Division B with a total score of 153.  With a 6-shot lead going into the final round, Jacob Blanton would continue his strong play by posting a solid 72 to finish with a total of 147 to win Division C.  The second place finisher was Jackson Cook with a total of 159, and Grayson Davis placed third with a 162 total score.  A tight finish in GIrls Division B, Katelynn Altese would come out on top by 1 stroke with a combined score of 160 over Chandler Grace Sinclair who finished at 161.  Third place in Division Girls B was Ella Cress with a total score of 168.  Emma Smithers would hold on to her lead in Division Girls A, posting a total of 155 over 2 rounds over second place finisher Sarah Johnson (158), and third place finisher Kayla Starr (172).  The Champion in Boys Division D (9-Hole Division) would be Carson Daniel with a total of 71.  Right behind him would be Tucker Gutierrez (73) and John Markow (80).  In Boys Division E (9-Hole Division), first place would be Wright Taylor with a total of 78, second place was Cameron Knight (87), and third place was William Ollie Mohamed.  Emerson Blair would prove to be our winner in Girls Division D (9-Hole Division) with an overall score of 77.  She would win over Harper Hinckley (83) who placed second, and Natalie Blanton (92) who finished third.  We are extremely proud of all of our Junior golfers for their play this weekend and look forward to seeing them compete more in the future!

We appreciate all of our Junior golfers' parents for their outstanding cooperation this weekend and all they do to make the MJGA successful.  Another special thank you to Kyle Sisk, Randy Watkins, Thomas Watkins, and all of the staff at Lake Caroline for all their hard work and hospitality.  Congratulations to all of our winners this weekend! We hope to see you again soon!

Click HERE for Final Results.


October 13, 2018 - Randy Watkins Junior off to a Great Start

Madison, MS - With the state of Mississippi finally getting it's first taste of fall weather this week, it was bound to be a perfect setting for this year's Randy Watkins Junior Tournament.  Junior golfers from all over Mississippi arrived at Lake Caroline Golf Club early Saturday morning eager to get a head start on earning 2019 Player of the Year points.  With players starting on both 1 and 10 tees this morning, it didn't take long for action to get going.  In Division A (Boys 16-18), Jake Kight was our lowest scorer shooting 70, and right behind him was Kye Meeks posting a score of 71.  Walker Wise took a 3 shot lead in the first round, scoring a 72 over Connor gee who shot a 75 in Boys B (14-15) Division.  In Division C (Boys 12-13), Jacob Blanton holds a 6 shot lead over the rest of the field with a score of 75.  For our Girls (13-15) Division, Chandler Grace Sinclair had the lowest score of 81, with Ella Cress and Katelynn Altese posting scores of 82.  Plenty of great performances from our Junior golfers in the 9 Hole Divisions (Boys D 10-11, Boys E 9 & Under, and Girls D 10-12).  Carson Daniel posted a solid 34 in Boy's D, with Tucker Gutierrez one shot behind at 35.  For Boys E, it was Wright Taylor with a score of 38 and a 6 shot lead over the rest of the field.  In our final division, Girls D, Emerson Blair had the lowest score with a 34.  Five shots behind her in second place is Harper Hinckley with a nice score of 39.  Exceptional play from all of Junior golfers today.

We want to thank Lake Caroline Golf Club and the Randy Watkins staff for putting together such an outstanding setting for our Junior golfers.  The MJGA is always appreciative of it's member clubs and all of their support. We are very excited to crown many champions amongst all of our Junior divisions!  Round 1 results and Round 2 pairings are posted online under the Randy Watkins Junior in the Junior "Schedule of Events."

For complete results, click here.


September 27, 2018 - Gallagher to be Inducted into 2019 Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame

Jackson, MS - Thursday afternoon the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame announced six new members to be inducted for their Class of 2019.  One of the inductee's included one of our former multiple State Champions, Cissye Gallagher.  Gallagher had a prestigious career within the sport of golf.  After being a star athlete at Pillow Academy in Greenwood, MS, she would go on to compete on the LSU Women's Golf team.  She played one year on the LPGA tour, won 12 Women's State Amateur Championships, won 2 Junior Girls Championships, and won the State Women's Senior Amateur Championship.  She has also qualified to play in several USGA Amateur events.  We are extremely proud of Cissye's accomplishments and the way she has represented her state!

The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame induction for the Class of 2019 will be held on August 2nd & 3rd of 2019.  The link to see the MSHOF's announcement this afternoon is HERE.


September 23, 2018 - Team Louisiana Takes the Cup Back Home on Final Day of the Junior River Cup

Canton, MS - After a long day the day before, an early morning of cool weather at Deerfield Golf Club was the setting for the final day of match play at the Junior River Cup.  The format for Sunday's morning play was Singles match play.  Players were paired against each other the night before at the Junior River Cup dinner, that was put on by the fantastic staff at Deerfield Golf Club.  With players starting their rounds on both #1 and #10 tee, play was soon to begin for both Team Lousiana and Team Mississippi.  Team Louisiana added to their lead by winning the Singles matches 15 to 5 over Team Mississippi.  This meant Team Lousiana would go on to win the Junior River Cup with a overall total score of 30 to 10 over Team Mississippi and would hold onto the Cup for the third consecutive year.  

We want to applaud all of our Junior golfers on their great play this weekend and look forward to seeing them competing again in the future.  We are extremely proud of their commitment and sacrifice to this great game and for supporting both the Mississippi Golf Association and Lousiana Golf Association.  We want to thank Sam Crader and everyone at the Lousisiana Golf Association for all of their hard work in helping us put together this special event for our Junior golfers as well.  Lastly, another moment of gratitude goes out to Deerfield Golf Club for being such great hosts for our event, we certainly couldn't do this without the support of our member clubs.  Congratulations to Team Lousisana on winning the 2018 Junior River Cup, we look forward to making the trip next year to Louisiana to compete again! Final results are posted HERE.


September 22, 2018 - Team Lousiana Takes a Strong Lead After First Day at the Junior River Cup

Canton, MS - As players from both Lousiana and Mississippi came together in Canton, MS at Deerfield Golf Club early Saturday morning, we were soon to begin our first day of action for this year's Junior River Cup.  Each team consisted of 20 of the best juniors from each respective state based on age division.  The age divisions for each team were Boys 10-11, Boys 12-13, Boys 14-15, Boys 16-18, and Girls 13-18.  Saturdays match play consisted of a morning round of Four-Ball matches, followed by an afternoon round of Foursome match play.  During our morning round of Four-Ball, Team Louisana didn't miss a beat and took a surging lead of 8 1/2 to 1 1/2.  In the afternoon round of Foursome matches, Team Louisiana added to their lead, winning by 6 1/2 to 3 1/2.  Team Lousiana now stands with a total lead of 15 to 5 going into Sunday's final round of Singles match play against Team Mississippi.  We look for solid play from both teams tomorrow to conclude this year's 2018 Junior River Cup and are excited to see which state ends up on top.

Like today, we look for more great weather for our Junior golfers to continue their outstanding play tomorrow.  A big thank you goes out to all of our Junior golfer's parents for their support and sacrifices in having our golfers ready to play.  Course conditions have been great and we thank Billy Allen and all of Deerfield Golf Club's staff for all their hard work behind the scenes that make our Championship fantastic for everyone to enjoy.  We look forward to crowning a Team winner from either state tomorrow.  Final results from Saturday's play is posted HERE.


September 20, 2018 - Gulf States PGA Mourns Death of James Ray Carpenter

The Gulf States PGA is saddened to inform you of the passing of PGA of America Past President, Gulf States PGA Past President and Hall of Fame Member James Ray Carpenter.  JR passed away Wednesday, September 19th at 91 years of age.  

His leadership and sense of humor will forever be a part of our Section!

Memorial services for J.R. Carpenter will be conducted all at Hardy Street Baptist Church, 1508 Hardy Street, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39401.

Visitation is Friday, Sept. 21, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. CT, and Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

The Memorial service is Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Full article on PGA.org

 

 


September 13, 2018 - Exciting Finish in our Final Round at the Women's Senior Amateur Championship

Meridian, MS - A warm and rain-free Wednesday night helped course conditions dry out for our shotgun start on Thursday morning.  Going into our final round, Sheila Haynes of Ridgeland held a three shot lead over Lou Hart of Meridian in the Senior Division, and DeRina Usher of Meridian also held a three shot lead over her competitor, Margaret Carver of Meridian, in the Grand Lady Division.  For the Grand Ladies, Usher would continue her exceptional play by posting a final round score of 78, and a total of score of 166, to win her division by 8 strokes.  Carver ended up finishing in second place with a second round score of 83, a final total score of 174.  A lot more drama was to come out of the Senior Division on the final day.  With Pam Posey of Bailey and Lou Hart both within striking distance of Sheila Haynes, anything was bound to happen.  Posey ended up posting another solid score of 75, with a total score of 149.  However a good score, it was not quite enough to put her at the top of the leaderboard.  Going into the final hole of the day, Hart and Haynes were all tied up at 3 over par for the tournament, with the last hole being the deciding factor.  While Haynes finishes the hole with a par, Hart sinks the last putt to make birdie and win the tournament by a single stroke over Haynes.  It was a very exciting finish to what was a great day.

We congratulate both of our winners, Derina Usher and Lou Hart both from Meridian, MS, for their outstanding play this week.  We want to thank all of the women golfers that participated in this week's Championship and appreiciate their support of the Mississippi Golf Association. Lastly, another big thanks to Northwood Country Club for all of the great hospitality this week.  Final results are posted HERE.


September 12, 2018 - Haynes and Usher Top the Leaderboard after Round 1 at the Women's Senior Amateur

Meridian, MS - A hot sunny morning provided for a good start to our Women's Senior Amateur Championship at Northwood Country Club as tee times were pushed back one hour due to wet playing conditions.  A few light sprinkles began to move in during the afternoon but ended up clearing out while play was completed.  In the Grand Lady Division, Derina Usher of Meridian sits at the top of the leaderboard with a score of 88.  She has a three shot lead over Margaret Carver of Meridian, who posted a score of 91.  Two players are tied for third in the Grand Lady Division with scores of 93, Ann Villeret of Byram and Wanda Hutto of Waynesboro.  For the Senior Division, Sheila Haynes of Ridgeland shot a low score of 70, being the only player to score under par.  Falling right behind her in the next places was Lou Hart of Meridian, who posted a solid score of 73, and Pam Posey of Bailey who scored a 74.

Tomorrow's final round of the Women's Senior Amateur will begin at 9 AM with a shotgun start.  We look forward to crowning two winners from the Senior and Grand Lady Divisions.  Special thank you to Billy Pomeroy, Tyler Daniels, and all of Northwood Country Club's staff for being such great hosts for our Championship.  Round 2 pairings are posted here.


August 26, 2018 – Brooking, Pippin, and Sanford become First Time Champions at the 65thSenior Amateur Championship

Hattiesburg, MS – An exciting day of golf was put on display for our final rounds of the Senior Amateur at Timberton Golf Club.  Round three brought us three new champions within each division.  Lynn Pippin of Ocean Springs had a four-shot lead going into Sunday in the Grand Masters division.  He continued to carry his consistent play with him posting a final score of 80, doing just enough to withstand our second-place finisher, George Hinman of Brandon, who posted a 79.  Lynn Pippin became a first time State champion winning his division by three strokes and posted a total score of 221 for three rounds.  In the Super Senior division, the leader going into the final round was Robert Willis of Grenada, a past champion of the 2012 Senior Amateur Championship.  He held a two-stroke lead over past champion, Ricky Sims of Canton.  In what was a tight race in the Championship flight of the Super Senior Division, Greg Brooking of Natchez posted an outstanding low score of 67, coming back from a four-stroke deficit to defeat Robert Willis, who posted an even par 72, by one stroke.  Brooking posted a total score of 214 for three rounds to also become a first-time champion.  For our Senior division, Robert Sanford of Meridian looked to continue his hot streak going into Sunday.  Posting another round under par of 71, Sanford became a first-time champion winning by six strokes.  For three rounds he posted a total score of 209.  Our second-place finisher of the Senior division was Michael Hammett of Hattiesburg who posted a final round score of 72, and a tournament total of 215.

Congratulations to our three winners Greg Brooking, Lynn Pippin, and Robert Sanford on their outstanding play this weekend.  Sanford and Brooking are now both leading their respective divisions in our rankings for Player of the Year this season.  They have also both earned a spot on the 2019 Governor’s Cup team as well.  A huge thank you goes out to Ron Hickman, Richard Walsh, Doug Martin and the entire Timberton Golf Club for being such great hosts of our championships this weekend.  Final results will be posted HERE.


August 25, 2018 - Familiar Names Moving into the Final Round at the Senior Amateur Championship

Hattiesburg, MS - Another championship day of golf here at Timberton Golf Club during the second round of the Senior Amateur. Many familiar amateur names atop the leaderboard in each division. With two rounds under par, Robert Sanford of Meridian, took a three stroke lead moving into the final round. Sanford is six under for the tournament. Paul Hunt of Eupora, has also had two impressive rounds with potential to follow with another low round. Hunt is three strokes back in the final pairing of the Senior Division. Six years after a Championship title in the Senior Division, Robert Willis will be in a familiar spot on Sunday in the Super Seniors. Willis of Grenada, fired an even par round today to place him one under for the tournament. Another Past Champion, Ricky Sims, is two strokes back from Willis in the Super Senior Division. Lynn Pippin brought the heat from Ocean Springs this morning in the Grand Masters Division. Pippin posted a 70, one stroke better than his opening round. George Hinman of Brandon, shaved one stroke off in the second round to place him in the sole spot of second place to begin the final round.

The Mississipi Golf Association looks forward to crowning the Senior, Super Senior and Grand Masters Champions in Sunday's final round.

Pairings are posted here.


August 24, 2018 - Pippin, Willis, and Horsley at the Top of the Leaderboard in the 65th Senior Amateur Championship After Round 1

Hattiesburg, MS-Low scores came in today in the opening round of the Men's Senior Amateur Championship at Timberton Golf Club.  The weather was fantastic for the start of championship weekend for our Senior Amateur Championship. Lynn Pippin of Ocean Springs leads the Grand Master's Leaderboard at one under par 71. Two strokes back in second place is George Hinman of Brandon at 73. Rounding out third place is Richard Mathis of Hattiesburg, at 2 over par, 74.  Robert Willis of Grenada  sits atop the Super Senior Leaderboard at one under par 71. Billy McWilliams, Gary Cooper, Houston Smith and Peter Marks all fired an even par 72,  for a four way tie for second place. Three players are two strokes back at 73. Stewart Horsley of Jackson, the 2013 Senior Amateur Champion, leads the Senior Division, after firing 5 under par-67 in the first round. Robert Sanford of JoMeridian is one stroke back at 4 under par-68. Joey Sumrow, Paul Hunt, and Rickey Riley are tied at 3 under par-69 to round out the top 5 spots on the Senior Leaderboard.

Pace of play was a winner today, as the field kept a consistent pace at just over under 4 hours. The fall like weather this morning, provided much needed relief from the oppressive heat from the past few weeks. The cooler temps helped to keep everything moving smoothly. A special thanks to Ron Hickman and Richard Walsh of Timberton Golf Club and their members for their hosptiality in hosting our championships this week. Complete Results and Pairings are posted HERE.


August 13, 2018 - Two Low Scorers Qualify for US Mid-Amateur Championship at Annandale

Madison, MS - The US Mid Amateur Championship was the goal for all 46 amateur golfers that teed it up at Annandale Golf Club on Monday. As play began all players were aware that only 2 would be granted the invitation to travel to Charlotte, NC for the Championship in September. The players traveled to Madison from several states.  As the morning progressed there were quite a few golfers in contention for the qualifying positions. When the final scores were posted there were 2 players tied at the top for the low score. Joel Myrick (Hattiesburg, MS) and Steve Johnson (Rock Springs, GA) both posted a 18-hole score of 69 (-3) for the day and will both advance to Charlotte, NC. Behind the two leaders was a three-way tie for the two altenate postions. The ties for the alternate positions must be broken by a on-course, hole-by-hole playoff. The three players: Trey Denton, Clint Provost, and Victor Kyatt all teed it up for a very entertaining playoff.  The three player all tied the first playoff hole, but on the second hole Kyatt was eliminated. The Third hole was the deciding factor for the altenates, as Trey Denton (Madison, MS) defeated Clint Provost (Birmingham, AL). Denton is the first alternate postion for the Annandale Qualifier, and Provost is the second.A big thank you goes out to the Annandale Golf Club for be such a great host site for this qualifier. Congratulations to Joel Myrick and Steve Johnson for qualifying for the 2018 US Mid-Amateur we will be lookng forward to keeping up with you on September 22-27 in Charlotte.


August 8, 2018 - Bill Byrne Punches Ticket to US Senior Amateur in Oxford

Oxford, MS – On a beautiful, sunny day in Oxford 20 golfers teed it up for their chance to earn a spot in the 2018 USGA US Senior Amateur Championship in Eugene, OR. The Country Club of Oxford was the perfect setting for qualifying, and it set up for a great test of golf.  After the all of the players had made the turn at hole 9, there was a one stoke difference between Bill Byrne, of Natchez, MS, and Robert Willis, of Grenada, MS. Byrne posted a front-nine 33 (-3), and Willis was right behind him at 34 (-2).  The back-nine proved to be a little tougher as both Willis and Byrne tied for Low Score, both posting 73 (+1) for their 18-hole total.  After all scores had been posted, Willis and Byrne stood on the hole-1’s tee-box awaiting the playoff to determine who will punch their ticket to Oregon.  After a close match-up on the first hole Byrne came out on top after making par to defeat Willis.  Bill Byrne will represent the great state of Mississippi as he travels to compete in the USGA US Senior Amateur on August 25-30 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, OR. A big thank you goes to Country Club of Oxford for being a great host site and assisting with the qualifier. Congratulations Bill, we look forward to following your journey in the US Senior Amateur this year!


August 4-5, 2018 - Naaman Clutch Down the Stretch to Secure a Victory

Grenada, MS - The Grenada Invitational started out with a bang as Hunter Logan came out firing during the first round. His 65 for the day bested the field and gave him the lead after the first round. Jon Wilson was not far behind as he was able to shoot a 3 under 68 to keep Hunter within range. Ricky Sims, Michael Naaman, and Cade Lott all shot 69 after the first round was said and done. These low scores would set the stage for a great second day at the Grenada Invitational.

Day 2 in Grenada brought more low scores as the day carried on. As the tournament came to a close, it came down to the last hole of the day. Michael Naaman sank a clutch par putt on 18 to secure the victory over Hunter Logan. Naaman's par  on 18 gave him a great score of 66, this was low enough to bring the trophy home. Logan shot an even par 71 to fall into second place. Griffin Agent shot a 2 under 69 to secure third place. This tournament was filled with great golf on a beautiful course, and we are looking forward to coming back next year.


July 26, 2018 - Abney and Baggett Make History at Junior Amateur Championship

Madison, MS - The Mississippi Junior Golf Association witnessed the future of golf this week at the Junior Amateur Championship and is pleased with the direction it is taking. As over one hundred junior golfers gathered at the Country Club of Jackson on Monday evening for the Player's Dinner it was evident that we were going to witness history this week at the championship. It was an honor to have six collegiate level coaches join us for dinner and take part in the coach's panel led by Reunion Golf & Country Club Head Golf Professional, Tim Basel. Players and guests heard firsthand the importance of key components of an athlete. Attributes such as a strong character, an academically excelling student, and how one manages defeat may often times outweigh the importance of the score that is posted at tournaments. Many thanks to Bob and Kay Abney who made this evening possible for junior golf. 
 
Presley Baggett's summer has been nothing short of spectacular as she prepares for her future as an LSU Tiger this fall. Presley's win at the Mississippi Women's State Amateur in June followed by several other championships was a significant foreshadowing of what would occur this week. Presley opened the championship with a 67 to jump ahead of the field. Following this, 73 and 68 in the final round was enough to secure the championship title as the 2018 Girls' Junior Amateur Champion. The tournament staff congratulates Presley on this honor.
 
As many gathered around the eighteenth hole the final pairing of Boys was headed for their final hole. Simms Abney began the final round with a commanding lead following his second round of 64, low for the tournament. The birdies continued to fall for Simms coming down the stretch, birdies on holes 13, 14 and 15 made him unstoppable. He finished the championship at 16 under total, certainly one of the lowest in history. Simms Abney joins his father, Luke Abney (1990 Champion) on the Ted Schroder Memorial Trophy. The Alabama Men's Golf Team has picked up this championship golfer and we congratulate Simms on his performance this week.
 
The Carr Haskins Memorial Medalist was also awarded to the low opening round in the Boys Division. Matt Billingsley of Saltillo and Jake Crosson of Columbus jumped into the Championship firing a 70. Billingsley and Crosson will be added to the Memorial Trophy for their accomplishment.

Many thanks to Reunion Golf & Country Club for hosting the Junior Amateur Championship. The preparations of the staff both on and off the course did not go unnoticed. The Mississippi Junior Golf Association staff and members thank Head Golf Professional, Tim Basel, for his efforts in the coach's panel during the player's dinner,  securing volunteers to make live scoring possible and keeping players well-hydrated during the Mississippi summer heat. Thank you to General Manager, Casey Smith, for all his help in preparing the staff of Reunion Golf & Country Club. Superintendent, Charley Crell, is due a great deal of thanks as well for his commitment to the golf course. Crell and his staff prepared a championship course and it was an honor for the future of golf in Mississippi to experience golf on this level. Many thanks to all and we look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

For complete results, Click Here for Division A/B, Click Here for Division C/G, Click Here for Division D/E.


July 25, 2018 - Abney Takes Junior Amateur Lead After Sensational 64

Madison, MS - Another gorgeous day at Reunion Golf and Country Club led to even more great scores during round two of the 2018 Junior Amateur Championship. Going into the final round we are sure to see some great golf and some worthy champions crowned after 54 hole are completed.

As mentioned above, Simms Abney leads the Boys A Division as he posted a great round of 8 under par 64 to sit at 135 through two days. Rounding out the top three are Jake Kight, who sits at 2 under par and Jack Gnam who is currently at 1 under par. In the B Division, Cohen Trolio shot a 68 on Wednesday to total 140 through two rounds. While Wells Williams and Drew Wilson both ended the day at 145 to finish 5 strokes back. Boys C Division is still being lead by Collins Trolio as his second round 77 gives him a two shot lead over Brady Lagendyk going into tomorrow.

In the Boys D Division, John Markow shot an impressive 2 under par 70 through two rounds for a three shot over Grayson Davis and his 73. While Boys E Division is currently being led by George Decker and his two day total of 74. That was good enough for a two shot lead over George Bryan and his back to back rounds of 38.

In Girls 16-18 Division, Presley Bagget continued her great play with a round of 73 today for a total of 140. Sarah Johnson is her closest competitor at 143 after a 74 today. Girls 13-15 has Avery Weed at the top after a two great rounds have her at a 150 total. Girls D Division rounds out the field with Emerson Blair posting an impressive 2 under par 34 today to secure a 7 shot lead going into the final round of the 2018 Junior Amateur.


July 24, 2018 - First Round of the Junior State Amateur Championship

It was a beautiful day here at Reunion Golf and Country Club to kick off the first day of the Junior State Amateur. Over 100 kids flocked to this spectacular course to participate in one of the MJGA's biggest events of the year. As the week goes on these players will look to shoot their best scores, not only to have a chance to win, but to impress collegiate scouts who are looking to find the best junior golfers in the state.

After round one the Boys A division is lead by Matt Billingsley and Jake Crosson who shot a 2 under par 70. Not far behind, tied for third place is Jake Kight and Simms Abney who both shot a 1 under par 7. In the Boys B division two players are tied at the top shooting an even par 72, Connor Gee and Cohen Trolio. Following behind in solo third place is Drew Wilson who shot a one over par 73. Boys C division is being lead by Collins Trolio who shot an even par 72 today. In second place is Connor Dunnigan with a 2 over 74, and in third place is Jacob Blanton who shot a 3 over 75 today.

The Boys D division is lead by John Markow who shot a one under par 35 on 9 holes. In second place shooting and even par 36 is Grayson Davis and tied for third place Grayson Hale and Cole Flesher who both shot a solid 39 today. George Decker is leading the Boys E division, he shot a one under round of 35. Following close behind in second place is Jackson Knight shooting a 37, and in third place George Bryan who shot a great score of 38.

Girls 16-18 division saw some great golf today as the top 3 golfers shot even par or better. Leading after the first round is Presley Baggett of Canton, she fired a 5 under par 67. Sarah Johnson sits in second place, she shot a 3 under 69, and in third place shooting even par is Karley Whittington. Girls 13-15 division is being lead by Avery Weed who shot a 1 over 73. Sitting in second shooting an 83 is Madeline Yu, and following behind in third place Chandler Sinclair shooting an 89.

Girls D division saw some great golf, Emerson Blair leads the pack, she was able to shoot a 2 over 38. In second place is Harper Hinckley, she shot a solid 4 over 40, following Harper in third place is Allie Myers who shot a 42 after 9 holes.


July 18, 2018 - Bloor and Ramey take Home the Championship Title at Women's State Four-Ball Championship

Hattiesburg, MS - Ramey and Bloor used their local course knowledge to take home the championship title. USM alumni Heather Ramey and Kayla Bloor were the solo leaders going into the final round after shooting a first round of four under par, followed by Lisa Horsely and Paige Phillips' one over par round. Ramey and Bloor second round of three under par and a total of 137 (-7) was enough to take the winner title. Lou Hart and Pam Posey took home the second place with a total score of 141 (-3).
 
The winners in the first flight were Nell Bradford and Jan Lacy after shooting one-over par in their second round to make total score of 158. The runner ups were Kathy Cooley and Karen Wells with a total of 162. Followed by Kathleen Bannister and Denice King with a total of 165 (+21).
 

In the second flight Brenda Alexander and Bonnie Bunch-Glover were tied with Rhonda Pearson and Debbie Scholl at an overall score 0f 170. The team of Karen Deavenport and Rachel Harmount took home the third place with a score of 173.

 Results Click Here


July 17, 2018 - Women's State Four-Ball Championship

Hattiesburg, MS -The weather was on our side today, as clouds parted to provide chamber of commerce weather conditions on the course. USM alumni Heather Ramey and Kayla Bloor  teamed up to fire a 4 under par 68  in the opening round of the Women's State Four-Ball at Hattiesburg Country Club. Holding on to the second position is Lisa Horsley and Paige Phillips with a one over par 73. Defending champions, Pam Posey and Lou Hart shot 2 over par, 74 to remain in contention for a repeat. Tied with the team of Posey and Hart in third place, is the team of  Shelia Haynes and Shannon Adams at 74.  

Leading the First Flight, there is a tie at a score of 84 by the teams of Ann Calhoon & Mary Shapley and the team of Kathey Cooley & Karen Wells.  The teams of Betty Bowen & Cassadra Godbold  and Jan Lacy & Nell Bradford are tied in 3rd place just one stroke back with a score of 85. Rounding out the leader board in the Second Flight we have a tie for 1st place by Brenda Alexander & Bonnie Bunch-Glover and Debra Allen & Maggie Clark at a score of 88. The team of Rhonda Pearson & Debbie Scholl and the team of Margie Edwards & Becky May with a score of 89, hold the third spot.
 
A special thank you to Hattiesburg Country Club and its staff and members for hosting the Women's State Four-Ball Championship. We look forward to the final round on Wednesday  in a 8:30 am Shotgun start. GOOD LUCK!!!

Pairings and Results Click Here


July 17-18 2018 - Sonny Andrews Jr. Championship

Cleveland, MS - It was an exciting couple of days at Cleveland Country Club, as juniors battled it out to be crowned Sonny Andrews Jr. Champion in their respected divisions. Great golf and a perfect course lead to many good scores and lots of fun for everyone in the field.

After two days of play in the Boys E Division, Henson Sharpe of Hattiesburg was the champion with two great rounds of 36-39 for a two day total of 3-over par 75. While in the Boys D Division, Grayson Hale of Madison was able to end the day on top after posting a 4-over 76.

Moving to the Boys C Division, William Marshall of Madison continued his stellar play from the first round and posted a second round 79 to finish at a total of 159 for two days. In the Boys B Division, Spence Davis of Madison was the champion. Thanks in part to his great 2-under par 70 in the opening round led to a two day total of 146 and 5 shot win over Wesley Pippins who finished at 151 after two rounds. And in the Boys A Division, Connor McKelroy of Hernando had to outstanding days at Cleveland, posting a 2-under par 70 in the final round for a 142 total and a 2 shot victory over Ethan Dyess from Laurel.

The Girls D Division saw Harper Anne Hinckley named champion with back to back rounds of 41 for a total of 82. While in the Girls (13-15) Division, Madeleine Yu of Hattiesburg was able to separate herself from her closest competitor Hannah Grace Hinckley and finish with a two day total of 182. Finally in the Girls 16-18 Division, Camille Blaylock of Belden beat Carly Havens of Bolton in a scorecard playoff to be named champion.

Thank you to all the players that participated and another big thanks to Cleveland Country Club for being a fantastic host.


July 13-15 2018 - Greenwood Invitational

Greenwood, MS - It was a great weekend of golf as 175 players from all over Mississippi flooded to Greenwood for the 71st annual Greenwood Invitational. This tournament shares a huge role in Mississsippi golf history as it is the second oldest tournament in the state. Great weather and a fun competitive atmosphere lead way to a wonderful weekend of golf.

Round 1 of the Greenwood Invitational was highlighted with low rounds and outstanding golf as Joel Myrick fired a 62 to take the lead on the first day. However, Myrick's great play did not seperate him from the pack. Josh Lampley was able to shoot a 63 to keep things close. In third place after round 1 was complete was Justin Elliott who shot a wonderful 6 under par 66. Justin not only played a great round of golf, but also had a hole-in-one, the only one of the tournament.

Great play continued in round 2 of the Greenwood Invitational with 15 players coming into the scorer's tent under par. Cade Lott had the low round of the day with a 66, followed by Michael Naaman who shot 68.

The final day of golf was filled with a competitive atmosphere as the championship flight was set to tee off. Joel Myrick and Josh Lampley were tied at 12 under heading into the final round, followed by Justin Elliott at 7 under and Smithers and Boswell at 6 under par. As the day unfolded Josh Lampley was able to secure victory and take the title of Greenwood Invitational Champion. Josh fired an under par 70, he was the only player this week to shoot three consecutive under par rounds. Second place was taken by Joel Myrick who shot 72 and in third place Justin Elliott who shot 72 as well.

Congratulations to Josh Lampley as Greenwood Invitiational champion and thank you to all the men who played in this wonderful tournament.


July 2, 2018 - MJGA Patrick Farms Junior Tournament

Pearl, MS - It was an exciting day at Patrick Farms Golf Club as 32 junior golfers in all age groups set out to play the MJGA Patrick Farms Junior tournament. The conditions could not have been better, and the tournament was able to offer much fun and excitment for all of the junior players involved. As the day wore on our juniors gave their best efforts to post low scores and created a fun and competitive tournament to be a part of.

The Boys A division champion was Garrett Herring of Laurel, MS who posted a wonderful score of 75, followed by our 2nd place finisher Landon Draughn of Petal, MS posting a 76, who was nipping at the heels of Garrett all the way to the finish. Following right behind them, Nathan Slack posted a 78 to take home the 3rd place trophy.

Spence Davis of Madison, MS took the outright lead in the Boys B division with a 5 stroke lead over the field and posted a 2 over par 74 to become champion. Following behind Spence was Connor Gee of Madison, MS who shot a 79 to take 2nd place and Joseph Berry of Braxton shot an 81 to secure the 3rd place trophy.

The Boys C division champion was William Marshall of Madison who posted a fantastic 76 to beat out the rest of the field. The 2nd and 3rd place trophys were taken by Braden Lagendyk of Meridian and Noah Harkins of Madison. Braden and Noah posted respectable scores 78 and 86 to secure there podium spots.

Grayson Davis of Madison shot a 3 over 39 to take the first place trophy home in Boys D division, followed by John Markow of Ridgeland and Tucker Gutierrez of Ridgland. John posted a 9 hole score of 40 and Tucker posted a score of 43 to take home 3rd place.

The Girls A division saw close competition but Sarah Johnson of Florence was able to rise to the top with a low score of 78. Jenna Belton of Brandon posted an 87 to take 2nd and Abigail Wickham of shot a 91 to take the 3rd place trophy.

Katelynn Altese of Diamondhead came out the winner of the Girls B division by posting a solid score of 85. Hannah Hinckley of McComb posted a 92 to take 2nd place and Mattie Granberry shot a 97 to secure the 3rd place spot in her division.

Harper Hinckley of McMomb shot 39 to grab the 1st place trophy in the Girls D division. While Allie Myers of Pearl and Lucy Cook of Madison took 2nd and 3rd place by shooting 9 hole scores of 52 and 55.

The Boys E divsion was won with a score of 50 by Wil Collins of Flowood and the Girls E division was won by Karstyn Altese of Diamondhead who shot a solid 9 hole score of 40.

Thank you to all of our junior golfers who played and made this a fun and exciting tournament.


June 27-28, 2018 - Five Players Advance to Big I National

Canton, MS - After two exciting days at Deerfield Golf Club, a total of five golfers earned their way to the upcoming Big I National that will be held at the Daniel Island Club in Charleston, SC from August 6-9. There were also many deserving champions crowned in both the Boys and Girls divisions who fought through hot conditions to finish on top.

After the first day of golf, the Boys A Division had a three-way tie at the top as Hamp Fairey, Jackson Mills, and Reeves Johnson all shot rounds of 4 over par 76. Spence Davis found himself leading the Boys B Division after a 1 over par 73 gave him an eight shot lead over his closest competitors. Moving to the Boys C Division, William Marshall was able to end the day with a five shot cushion over Harlan Yerger after he posted a round of 84. Karley Whittington was atop the Girls (13-18) Division after an opening 4 over par 75. John Markow finished three ahead of the field in the Boys D Division after his one over par 37 and Allie Myers round of 43 gave her the overnight lead in the Girls D Division. Lastly in the Girls E Division, Karstyn Altese had a great round of even par 36 sit in first place.

The second and final round of play brought much of the same excitement and low scores as everyone was vying for a spot at the Big I National and also a win in their respected division. Karstyn Altese was able to stay atop of the Girls E Division after her second round 41. In the Girls D Division, Harper Hinckley had a great second round of four over 40 to catapult herself into first place, while John Markow maintained his lead in the second round with a score of 43 to win the Boys D Division. William Marshall continued his stellar play as he and Noah Harkins both finished with two day totals of 168 that resulted in a playoff that Marshall would eventually win giving him the Boys C division title. In the Boys B Division Spence Davis followed up his opening 73 with an 85 for a total of 158 and a two shot victory. Lastly we have the two divisions that produced the qualifiers for the upcoming Big I National. Karley Whittington was able to continue her dominant play with a second round 74 that gave her a two day total of 149, this gave her the first spot at the Big I and also the Girls (13-18) Division title. She was followed up by Avery Weed who shot 78 in the final round to secure the second qualifying spot for the Girls.  Katelynn Altese and Madeleine Yu rounded out the top 4 and were awarded with the two alternate spots. Finally in the Boys 16-18 Division, Connor Targonski shot up the leaderboard on the last day with a one-under par 71 to finish with a total of 148 this gave him the Boys 16-18 title and the first of three qualifying spots. He was followed up by Jackson Mills who finished four shots back after his final round 74 gave him a total of 150. Finally the last spot in the Big I had to be decided by a playoff as both Christopher Baker and Reeves Johnson finished tied at 154. Baker would win the playoff on the first hole to grab the last spot.

Deerfield Golf Club was a fantastic host and we thank them for giving all the players a great test of golf. Congrats to all those who qualified and good luck at the Big I National in August.


June 26, 2018 - Ford Clegg captures a victory in The Junior US Amateur Championship Qualifier

Canton, MS - Ford Clegg of Mountain Brook, Alabama was able to outshine the field at Deerfield Golf Club with a victory and secure his spot in this year's Junior US Amateur Championship on July 16 - 21 at Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, NJ. Conditions were not ideal as the heat index soared as the day went on, but Clegg was able to battle the elements and post a satisfying 3 under par 69 to capture the lead. Deerfield Country Club was in fantastic condition and offered players a fair but challenging layout with fast greens and demanding pin locations.

William Wann of Birmingham, AL posted an under par 70, and Karsten Bryan of Golden, MS posted an even par 72. These two great young players will act as alternates to Clegg if he is unable to make the Junior Amateur Championship. As the Championship approaches Ford Clegg will have the opportunity to etch his name in Junior Amateur history next to the likes of Jordan Speith and Tiger Woods. The Junior Amateur Championship is no doubt a trying test of skill for all of the players involved but the event is an integral part of golf's amateur history.


June 24, 2018 - Furr Wins 2nd State Amateur Championship Title

Vancleave, MS - Wilson Furr of Jackson, captured his second Mississippi State Amateur Title on Sunday at The Preserve Golf Club. Furr expanded his 6 stroke lead to 10 after the first 9 holes of the final round and finished the championship at 12 under par (272).  Austin Rose of Tupelo, fired a final round 67 to  move into a tie with Ben Snow of Hattiesburg in the runner-up position at one under par (283).

The Charles Green Team Trophy went to The Country Club of Jackson with a combined team score of 275. Jake Bradley and Wilson Furr were the low team players for the Country Club of Jackson. CCJ edged past Deerfield Golf Club by 2 strokes, as Trey Denton and Scott Rhodes had a combined score of 277.

The Preserve Golf Club was in premium, championship condition this week with lush fairways and firm, fast greens. The wind was a direct factor the first three days, while very warm and muggy conditions were key in the final round. Jeremy Stevens, head golf course superintendent and his staff worked extremely hard this week during the championship and the weeks leading up to the championship. Head PGA Golf Professional, Chris Champagne and his golf operations staff made everything run very smoothly this week, as they met everyone in the parking lot with a friendly smile and provided impeccable service. Stephen Miles, general manager, and the entire staff at The Preserve Golf Cub, should be applauded for their hard work in hosting the 103rd Men's State Amateur Championship! A huge thank you to the volunteers for helping us make this one of the BEST State Amateur Championships. Congratulations to Wilson Furr on his second Men's Amateur Title!!  We look forward to seeing evereyone in 2019 at Hattiesburg Country Club for our 104 Men's State Amateur Championship.

For the complete results, click here.


June 22, 2018 - Two at Five Under Following Second Round of State Amateur Championship

Vancleave, MS - Two past champions, Trey Denton and Wilson Furr, are tied following the 36 hole cut this evening at The Preserve Golf Club. Following difficult wind in the second round scores were on average a few strokes higher than yesterday’s opening round. Typically the wind is more noticeable for the afternoon players however today the wind started in the early morning and carried on through the entire day. This was not enough to keep well-known amateurs from scoring. Denton fired a one-under, 70 and Furr posted a 69. 

The field was cut to the low sixty players which was decided at fifteen over par, 157. All those over 15 will not be staying to play in the final two rounds that will take place on Saturday and Sunday. 

Congratulations to all those competitors who have witnessed a true test of golf here at the Preserve Golf Club. 

For the complete results, click here.


June 21, 2018 - Mississippi Amateurs Fire Low Rounds in State Amateur Opener

Vancleave, MS - As a crowd gathered around the first tee for the opening round of the Men's State Amateur Championship, many spoke of the pristine condition of The Preserve Golf Club. The staff and competitors alike were enthused to kick off the first round of the 103rd State Amateur with a Ceremonial Tee Shot from local amateur golfers, Tommy Snell and Bobby Mahoney. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College coach, Tommy Snell, was recently awarded Community College Coach of the Year following his win at the National Championship. Mahoney, owner of the the historic Mary Mahoney's gulf coast restaurant has been a long time supporter of Mississippi Amateur Golf and a friend to the game for many years. Both hit drives down the fairway just as they do in their weekly games.

The Preserve Golf Club has been preparing for this championship week for many months as have the 104 amateurs. Twelve finished the day under par with two notable players who will receive the Mike Magee Medalist Trophy. With his return to the amateur golf scene, Trey Denton, was the leader in the clubhouse for most of the morning with a first round score of 67. Rickey Riley, of Fulton, followed shortly thereafter with the same score of 67. Four others sit one stroke back with 54 holes left in the championship.

The Mississippi Golf Association spent the evening preparing for the remainder of the championship. All are eager to award another State Amateur Champion this Sunday on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

For the complete results, click here.


June 11-14, 2018 – Outstanding Performance of Future LSU Tiger, Presley Baggett, at the Women’s State Amateur.

Greenwood, MS - For the first time, the Mississippi Golf Association administered over the annual Women’s State Amateur Championship and witnessed the talent of female amateurs in Mississippi. The event was held at the 73-par 5300-yard Course at Greenwood Country Club in Greenwood, MS. The tournament format was 18-holes stroke play followed by a 54-hole Mmtch play.

After the first 18 holes qualifying round several medalist were awarded. The Junior Medalist and Championship Division Stroke play winner was Presley Baggett with a 73 even par. Marsha Stewart became the Regular division Medalist after posting a score of 77.

The following were Medalist in their respective division: Cissye Gallagher (Senior Medalist), Sheila Haynes (Super Senior Medalist), Sissy Kern (Grand Senior Medalist), Charlene Hughes (Super Grand Senior Medalist). Sheila Haynes earned the Putting Trophy after her impressive 24 putts on the 18 hole qualifying round. Steel Magnolias (Angela Peterson, Marsha Stewart, Deborah Bailey, and Elsa Foley) won the Team Trophy. The Senior Team Trophy was awarded to Northwood Country Club members, Lou Hart and Pam Posey.

Following an intense 54-holes of Match Play Presley Baggett won 5 and 3 over Kathleen Gallagher to become the 2018 Women’s State Amateur Champion. Kathleen is a current LSU Women's Golf Team member and Presley will join the Tigers this fall - what a great match that was. In the first flight, Shannon Adams won 3 and 2 over Lisa Horsley. In the second flight, Angela Peterson defeated Deborah Bailey 4 and 3. Ann Calhoon won 2 and 1 over Tracie Tolbert to become the third flight Champion. Mary Graham won the Fourth Flight title after winning 2 and 1 over Ann Villeret.

Greenwood was a fabulous host of the Championship and we look forward to returning in the future. Many thanks to Greenwood Head Professional, John Pielemeier and the entire staff for their constant hospitality and welcoming spirit.


June 6 – 7, 2018 – The Junior Golf Season is Picking up Speed

Gautier, MS- The State Games Junior Championship was played at Hickory Hill Country Club. In the different divisions the juniors battled throughout a 36-holes Championship format. In the Girls 9 and under division Karstyn Altese won with one under par 36. Greyson Hale shot 4-over to become the medalist for the Boys (10-11 division). Harper Hinckley became the medalist for the Girls (10-12 division) after posting two rounds of 8-over. The medalist in the Boys (12-13 division) was William Marshall with a 2-round total score of 173. Madeline Yu was the two-day leader and medalist in the (12 – 13) Girls division after two rounds of 81 and 78. Mcconaughey Hickman won the Boys (14 – 15) division. Abigail Wickham and Sam Lee were the two overall 16-18 Boys and Girls (13 – 18) division medalist.

Many thanks to Hickory Hill Country Club for hosting the junior coast tournament. We look forward to returning the coast for future junior golf tournaments.


May 10-12, 2018 - Mississippi and Arkansas Face-Off in 13th Annual Governor's Cup Matches

Natchez, MS- Teams of 20 amateurs from Mississippi and Arkansas met at Beau Pre Country Club in Natchez, MS for the 13th playing of the Governor's Cup Matches on May 11-12. This event has a history that dates back to 2006 where the first Governor's Cup was played at Reunion Golf and Country Club in Madison, MS which resulted in a Mississippi Win. 

Going into this year's competition the record was tied at 6-6.  Arkansas started off strong in the Four-Ball matches Friday morning, taking an 8.5 to 1.5 lead over Team Mississippi. Friday afternoon in foursome matches Mississippi managed to claim 3.5 points from Arkansas to bring the Day 1 totals to Arkansas 15 - Mississippi 5.  Knowing that there was work to be done on Saturday morning in the Singles matches, Team Mississippi gathered their composure and came prepared to make a comeback for Singles matches.  There was a lot of buzz around the clubhouse that the members of Team Mississippi were making up some ground on their competitors from Arkansas.

Mississippi claimed the win for the Singles matches 11-9, but it was not enough to overcome the Day 1 deficit. Arkansas claimed the overall victory and took the Governor's Cup back to their home state for the year. Next year Arkansas will host the 14th Annual Governor's Cup, and Mississippi will be looking for their second straight road victory to reclaim the Cup.


April 28, 2018 - Low Scores and 2 Holes in Ones during the First Two Rounds of the State Four-Ball/Bill Cass Senior Four-Ball

Hattiesburg, MS- The 2018 Championship Season is off to a great start this spring at Hattiesburg Country Club with our State Four-Ball/ Bill Cass Senior Four-Ball. The Grand Masters Division is a new addition this year and the team  of Steve Lary and Tommy Morgan (-2) have a one stroke lead over the team of George Hinman and Chris Wilson ( -1). Rounding out third place in the Grand Masters Division is the team of Don Coleman and Ronnie Crowser at even par 144. The perfect weather has been a welcome for everyone, as previous year's weather has been very rainy and stormy. Nothing but compliments have been heard throughout the week by competitors and spectators. 

A round of 9 under par, 63 by Michael Hammett and Larry Boyd on Saturday, gives them a two day total of 129(-15) a 2 stroke lead over the team of Stewart Horsley and Terry Mobley who sit in second place at 131 (-13) and leading the Bill Cass Senior Division.  Scott Morgan and David Ray lead the Bill Cass Super Senior Divison at 134 ( -10) and Harris Gholson and Mario Alfonso sit in second place alone at 133 (-9). Three teams are tied in 3rd place at 132 (-8) Fred Brister/Mike Taylor, Houston Smith/David Smith, and Greg Brooking/Bill Bryne.

The Regular Division is led by the team of Trey Denton and Hal Lusk III at (131) -13.  Justin Elliott and Edward Wall are three strokes back in second place(134) at -10 and rounding out the top three of the Regular Division is the team of Brian Gates and Josh Oller (135) at -9. Twenty-four players are under par in the Regular Division. Tee Times are set to begin at 7:30 am on Sunday with the Grand Masters Champions and Super Senior Champions being crowned after the morning wave. The Senior Division Champions and the Regular Division Champions will be crowned in the afternoon.

A special recognition to Mike Kelly of Brandon for making a hole in one on Friday on Hole #7 and Joe Mabry of Meridian made a hole in one on Saturday on Hole #2.

A very special thanks to Hattiesburg CC and its staff and members for hosting us this week. Good Luck to everyone in the final round on Sunday.


March 16, 2018 - Mississippi Golf Association Hires Nick Callahan as Tournament Director

Pearl, MS – The Mississippi Golf Association announces with great pleasure, the addition of a Full Time Tournament Director to its staff. The Mississippi Golf Association and the Mississippi Women’s Golf Association merged on January 1, 2018, and with the merger comes additional responsibilities and new championships to administer. The women’s championships, two new championships, an ever growing junior golf association and additional sanctioned events, have expanded the tournament offerings of the Association. “The tournament director position has become a full time tournament position, as the tournament workload and responsibilities continue to increase,” said Margo Coleman, Executive Director.

Don Hershfelt and William Earl Morgan have both worked for the MGA, as part time Tournament Directors and been vital parts of the association. “We could not be where we are today, without the support of Don Hershfelt, who stepped in when William Earl retired,” said Brother Sandifer, MGA President. “Don was a great Tournament Director and mentor to our PJ Boatwright Interns. His service as a MGA board member, MGA President, USGA Committee member, and part time tournament director has been immeasurable to the association,” said Sandifer. “I echo Brother’s sentiments, in how grateful we are to have had Don’s experience in making the MGA Championships better and better each year,” said Coleman.

Nick Callahan, of Houston, MS, a graduate of Mississippi State University, comes to the Mississippi Golf Association, as a former PJ Boatwright Intern of the MGA (2016-2017).  Nick brings a wealth of experience with junior golf and youth sports from his work with the Starkville Parks and Recreation, MSU Athletics and the MGA. “We are excited to have Nick join the MGA family and love the energy he brings to the association,” said Coleman. “Emily and I are both products of the PJ Boatwright Internship program, which the USGA funds through grants to AGAs, and we look forward to adding another ‘Boatwright Alumni’ to the staff,” said Coleman. Nick’s time spent with the association through the off season in 2017, as we prepared for the new year and his familiarity with tournament work during the summers has made the transition a smooth one. Nick took the reigns on March 1st and has hit the road running. Please help us in welcoming Nick Callahan to the MGA family.


February 27, 2018 - USGA Announces Revised Playoff Format Across All Open Championships

Two-Hole Aggregate Playoff to Determine USGA Open Championships in 2018, If Necessary

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (Feb. 26, 2018) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced a revised playoff format for all four of its Open Championships – the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Senior Women’s Open. Each championship will implement a two-hole aggregate playoff in the event of a tie at the end of 72 holes of stroke play, effective with the 2018 season.

“We know how important it is to everyone in the golf world to see play conclude on the Sunday of a major championship, and to award the trophy to the champion,” said USGA CEO/Executive Director Mike Davis, who made the announcement prior to online player registration for each USGA Open Championship, which opens next week. “After receiving input from a variety of constituents, including players, fans, volunteers, officials and our broadcast partners, it clearly came across as something that everyone valued, and would benefit from.”

“There is no right or wrong way to determine a winner in stroke play, but we’ve seen over the years how the aggregate playoff has served us well in both the U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open,” Davis added. “Two holes will allow a player to recover from any single mistake, and at the same time, provide a memorable, and perhaps dramatic, experience for all involved.”

In all four USGA Open Championships, the two-hole aggregate playoff will be used to break any ties after 72 holes of stroke-play competition. If the playoff results in a tie, the tied players would immediately continue to play off hole-by-hole (sudden-death format) until the champion is determined.

In its 117-year history, the U.S. Open has had 33 playoffs that have employed 18- and 36-hole formats. There have been 12 playoffs in U.S. Women’s Open history. A three-hole playoff was held for the first time in 2011. The U.S. Senior Open, which held a three-hole playoff for the first time in 2002, has had six playoffs in its championship history.

Online entry applications for 2018 USGA Open Championships will begin in the first week of March (https://champs.usga.org/index.html).

2018 USGA Open Championship Schedule

May 31-June 3  73rd U.S. Women’s Open, Shoal Creek, Shoal Creek, Ala.

June 14-17        118th U.S. Open, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.

June 28-July 1   39th U.S. Senior Open, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colo.

July 12-15         1st U.S. Senior Women’s Open, Chicago Golf Club, Wheaton, Ill.

About the USGA
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February 17, 2018 - Inaugural Celebration of Golf Dinner

As our state championship titles continue to grow and with the addition of the Women's Players of the Year in 2018, we created a night to celebrate their accomplishments. Tonight we celebrate our 2017 State Champions, 2017 Sanctioned Tournament Champions, and 14 players of the year. We will also be awarding our Robbie Webb Award to a deserving individul for their outstanding contribution and dedication to junior golf in Mississippi. One of our new state championships for women, is the Mid Amateur Championship and the perpetual trophy will be unveiled at dinner. We want to sincerely thank our sponsors for making this special evening possible and to the Country Club of Jackson for hosting the dinner.


February 7, 2018 - Women's Golf in Mississippi

As the 2018 Golf Season is upon us we wanted to take the time to  let you know what we have planned this year for women's golf.   We are very excited to announce that as a part of the 2018 golf season we are adding a Player of the Year points race.  In June we will establish the first MS Women's Mid-Amateur Championship at Canebrake Country Club for all female amateur golfers that are at least 25 years of age, a MS resident, and possess an active GHIN Handicap Index through an active MS member club.  Online registration will be available for all of the women's championships in 2018. All championships are open to female Mississippi residents who has an active GHIN Number with a Mississippi Club. The active GHIN Number is the only membership requirement. For a complete list of Championships - Click Here.


January 10, 2018 - Mississippi Golf Association Enters into a Partnership with the USGA

The Mississippi Golf Association is pleased to have entered into a new relationship with the United States Golf Association, becoming one of fifty-nine regional golf associations throughout the country named as new Allied Golf Associations (AGAs). The partnership aims to enhance the golfer experience at the state and local levels in the United States.

"We are excited to have a new partnership with the USGA," said MGA Executive Director, Margo Coleman.  "We are honored to be one of fifty-nine AGAs and look forward to our future together working with the USGA. More importantly, is the impact for our membership and all of the golfers in Mississippi and around the country.  We look forward to providing even more value added benefits to our member clubs as a result of this partnership."

As an AGA, the MGA will continue to administer the USGA Handicap and Course Rating Systems within its defined geographic area, the entire state of Mississippi. Additionally, it will serve as the region’s primary resource for USGA services such as championship qualifiers, governance, golf facility support, and programs that help grow and improve the long-term health of the game.

Mississippi will host its fourth USGA Championship in 2019, when the USGA brings the Women's Amateur Championship to Old Waverly Golf Club. Annandale Golf Club hosted Mississippi's first USGA Championship, when the Mid Amateur Championship was played in 1986. Old Waverly Golf Club hosted the 2006 WOmen's Mid Amateur Championship and the 1999 US Women's Open Championship.  Mississippi is also host to several USGA qualifiers each year.

“Regional golf associations are the lifeblood of the golf community and the USGA,” said Mike Davis, USGA CEO. “We felt that now was the best time to formalize this new alliance, in the spirit of working together on grassroots programs, improving how we can serve golfers and providing a healthy foundation from which the entire golf community can grow.”

AGAs were identified through a nearly year-long process that encouraged collaboration among existing golf organizations within each state and region. The alliance marks the latest step by the USGA to more deeply engage the local and regional golf community.

For a full release and more information from the USGA, including a complete list of AGAs, click here.



 

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