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Par for the Course: Junior golfers will take center stage in July

Par for the Course: Junior golfers will take center stage in July


By Susan Jenior

Staff Writer


It is a busy three days for junior golfers with the 10th Kids Am at Sunny Hill on July 21 and the 18th Matt Mishler Junior Portage County Amateur set for July 22-23.

Junior Amateurs from the 2023 tournament in the 13 to 15 age division included (left to right) Aubrey Varga of Palmyra, third; Jenni Mix, Diamond, runner-up; and Casidy Singer of Kent, champion. All three will be on the fairways this fall for their high school golf teams.

The Junior Am tees off at Windmill Lakes in Ravenna on July 22 with girls and boys in three divisions competing for their first nine or 18 holes.

The event concludes at Raccoon Hill Golf Club in Kent, where awards are presented to the top three in each division: Boys and girls ages 16 to 19, 13 to 15 and 12-and-under.

Deadline to enter is July 19.

Junior golfers in divisions 13 to 15 and 16 to 19 play 18 holes each day. Juniors in the 12-and-under play nine holes each day. Junior golfers may always play up an age division if they are skilled and would like tougher competition.

Registration fees are $60 for the 13 to 19 age divisions and $45 for 12-and-under.

Champions of the 17th Junior Amateur were: Lucas Butler of Mogadore (boys 16-19), Ashlyn Leavery of Kent (girls 16-19), Jack Flynn of Kent (boys 13-15), Cassidy Singer of Kent (girls 13-15), Mason Dillon of Rootstown (boys 12 and under) and Sia Kohara of Cuyahoga Falls (girls 12 and under).

For information, log onto www.pcagolf.net, stop by host golf courses or call/text 330-206-9083 or email golffam2@gmail.com.



Did readers have the opportunity to watch the National Drive, Chip and Putt championships at Augusta last Sunday?

There were two golfers from Northeast Ohio that competed: Preston Tolnar of Canfield (boys 7-9) and Flynn Lewis of Pepper Pike (boys 10-11). Each finished in fifth place in their respective age divisions at the home of The Masters in Georgia.

The quest to compete at the Drive, Chip and Putt National Championship in 2025 begins at the local level as youth golfers advance to subregional and regional competitions.

Local qualifiers include: July 6 at Windmill Golf Center in Macedonia, July 13 at Mill Creek Golf Club in Boardman,

Visit www.drivechipandputt.com for registration and additional information.



Register at host golf courses, online at pcagolf.net or via mail. For info call/text 330-206-9083, email golffam2@gmail.com, or log onto the Portage County Amateurs Facebook page.

July 21—10th Portage County Kids Amateur, Sunny Hill Golf Course, Brimfield.

July 22-23—18th Matt Mishler Portage County Junior Amateur, Sunny Hill Golf Course, Brimfield and Windmill Lakes Golf Course, Ravenna.

July 27-28—94th Portage County Amateur, Windmill Lakes Golf Course, Ravenna and Raccoon Hill Golf Club, Kent.

Aug. 24-25—54th Portage County Senior Amateur, Windmill Lakes Golf Course, Ravenna and Raccoon Hill Golf Club, Kent.



(To add an event to the calendar, text or call 330-206-9083 or email golffam2@gmail.com.)


(Register for NOPGA Junior Events at northernohiopga.com)

May 5—NOPGA Junior Series, Trumbull Country Club, Warren.

May 28—NOPGA Junior Series at Lake Forest Country Club, Hudson.

July 15-16—48th Ohio Junior Girls Championship, Marion Country Club, Marion. (WOSGA.org)

July 22—Ohio Girls Golf Foundation High School Showcase, Avon Oaks Country Club, Avon. (Sponsored by NOPGA)

July 15-16—NOPGA 36 Hole Jr. Series, Windmill Lakes, Ravenna.

July 30-31—41st NOPGA Jr. Tour Championship, Club Walden, Aurora.



TODAY—Masters Fantasy Pro-Am, Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course, Lake Milton. (330-654-4100)

April 27—Spring Scramble, Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course, Lake Milton (330-654-4100)

May 5—Twin Lakes Spring Two-Player Scramble, Fairways at Twin Lakes, Kent. (330-673-7888)

May 11—2nd Annual Chubbs Peterson Memorial Golf Classic Scramble, Olde Dutch Mill, Lake Milton. (330-654-4100)

June 1—The Golden Flash Bash, Fairways at Twin Lakes, Kent. (KentStateSports.com/FlashBash).

JUNE 8-10—Northeast Ohio Amateur Championship, Windmill Lakes Golf Club, Ravenna. (Register at Northeast Ohio Golf Association at www.noga.org)



June 6-8—Ohio Women’s Open, Heatherwoode Golf Club, Springboro. (ohiowomensopen.com)

June 8-10—Northeast Ohio Amateur Championship, Windmill Lakes Golf Club, Ravenna. (Register at www.noga.org)

July 22-25—101st Women’s Ohio State Amateur Championship, Belmont Hills Country Club, Clairsville (WOSGA.org)

July 22-25—8th Women’s Mid-Amateur, Belmont Hills Country Club, St. Clairsville. (WOSGA.org)

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