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Baker and Westmoreland Shoot 73;
Tie for Low Round at SouthWood GC

TALLAHASSEE, FL—It’s been said, “Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.”

Or a fourth.

Or a fifth.

Especially, that is, if you are 12-year-old Bennett Baker and are talking about birdies.

Baker shot a career-low 73 Saturday at SouthWood during the second Red Hills Junior Tour event of the year. He carded five birdies on the way on holes 4, 6, 10, 11, and 18. Close behind were Tallahassee’s Chewie Young and Carter Thompson, both of whom fired 79s during very clear but very cool conditions on the Fred Couples-designed layout. Eli Hendricks shot 83.

In the Boys 13-14 flight, Henry Westmoreland tied Baker’s 73 with one of his own, as he topped Spencer Cokely, 78, and Chase Burkhalter, 79, all of Tallahassee. Panama City’s Tildon Spikes shot 83.

For the second event in a row, Hinson Arwood, Thomasville, led the Boys 15-16 with a consistent performance as he carded a 74, narrowly beating Jack Hartsfield’s, 77. Emerging player Alex Kitsos, also from Tallahassee, finished third with a solid 81.

Callie Kitchen, who is preparing for an appearance at the Florida Junior Tour (also at SouthWood on Feb. 28–March 1), shot 83 to lead the Girls 15-16 flight, beating out Panama City’s Ginny Shipman and Tallahassee’s Katie Ballard.

A frost delay earlier in the day slowed play just enough to force the last group of players Haley Hill and Jodi Henley (Girls 13-14) to finish under extremely difficult circumstances as darkness fell over the course. In a back-and-forth battle, Hill finished just one stroke ahead of Henley.

Tallahassee’s Bryce Johnson relied on a solid short game on the way to a nice 38 to edge out Live Oak’s Will Bozeman, 45, for the second straight Red Hills event in the Boys 9-10.

According to Bryce’s caddy (and dad) Bryan Johnson, “Bryce just kept chipping and pitching the ball right where he wanted to give himself birdie and par chances.”

The turning point for Bryce was the par 3 sixth hole.

As he walked up to the tee box he told his dad, “if I can birdie one or two of the last four holes, I can have a chance.”

He did just that, finishing the last four holes one-under.

Moultrie’s Elizabeth Funderburk shot an impressive 42 for the Girls 9-10, as did Red Hills’ youngest player, Sam Barrett.

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