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GSGA Juniors Boost Red Hills
Play at Kinderlou Forest

VALDOSTA, GA—Bolstered by the addition of eight new tour players from Valdosta, the Red Hills Junior Tour hosted its largest field to date as 42 players took on the long (and fast) Kinderlou Forest layout.

The new faces were largely the result of efforts by Georgia State Golf Assn (GSGA) Junior Golf Coordinator Dale Armstrong and his wife Vivian, who helped spread the word about the March 7, Valdosta event. The Armstrong's own juniors (Dowling, Dawson and Davis) took part as well.

Boys 13-14 standouts were Tallahassee's Spencer Cokely, 79, narrowly edging out Valdosta's Tyler Dallas and Tallahassee's Chase Burkhalter, 81. (Dallas heated up the back nine with a 2-under 34). Henry Westmoreland, Wacissa, shot 82.

Bennett Baker and Carter Thompson, Tallahassee, shared 77s and top honors to lead the Boys 11-12 division, but daylight ended up being their biggest challenge.

Both players finished the 18th hole in darkness, with no opportunity for a playoff.  They shared the co-champion title and points.  Chewie Young's 81, finished just ahead of Eli Hendricks and Jackson Bechtol, both of Tallahassee, who tied with 82.

Former Tallahassee player Trevor Tucker returned on his spring break from his new home in San Antonio to join the Kinderlou event, but was overtaken by Tallahassee's Jack Hartsfield (89) and Daniel Young (90). 

Prior to Tucker's move to San Antonio in 2008, all three called Tallahassee's Golf Club at SummerBrooke their home course.

New tour addition Carrillee Hiers, Quitman, took Girls 15-16 honors, while Haley Hill, Tallahassee, fired a superb 85 to take the Girls 13-14 division over Jodi Henley and Madison Manning, both of Thomasville. 

A playoff determined the winner in the Girls 11-12 as Thomasville's Karson Stone overwhelmed Tallahassee's Kolby McWilliams on the first playoff hole.

Both shot 53 during regular play and shared or traded the lead constantly throughout the round.

Dothan's Kyle Cornelius took the top spot in the Boys 9-10 division with a solid 45, edging out Bryce Johnson (48) and  Pelham's Brock Allen (51).

Julia Hilson, Thomasville, won over Moultrie's Elizabeth Funderburk and Alexis Griner, with a 9-hole total of 58 in the Girls 9-10.

Proving once again that he was up to the test of Kinderlou Forest's fast and tricky greens, Thomasville stand-out Sam Barrett's 45 won over Drew Bozeman, Live Oak.


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