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Par for the Course: Junior golfers continue to impress at tournaments

Par for the Course: Junior golfers continue to impress at tournaments


By Susan Jenior

Staff Writer



Since the last Par for the Course column, the Northern Ohio PGA hosted multiple tournaments at four sites around northeast Ohio as junior golfers of all ages continue to impress with their abilities and scores.

At the sites of the NOPGA junior tournaments, golfers competed in the Collegiate Series for men and women 18 to 22, the Junior Series in several divisions ranging in age 11 to 19 and the Futures Tour in several divisions ages 8 to 16.

The best finish by local golfers was Makenna Ward, of Kent, at Mill Creek in the Futures Tour. Ward won the event, firing a 42 in the girls 12 to 16 age division.

Nathan Kinter, of Rootstown, earned the runner-up spot at Turkey Foot Lakes Golf Course in the Futures tour boys 12 to 16 age division, carding a 79. Kinter followed that with an additional second-place finish at Mill Creek Golf Course in the same division.

Jacob Rainieri, of Mogadore, fired an 83 to finish third in the boys 14-15 age division at Wooster Country Club in the Junior Series. Raineri also finished ninth at Mill Creek in the same division.

Finally, Nicholas Pollak competing in te Junior Series at Mill Creek Golf Course landed in the top five, finishing 18-holes with a score of 78.

The juniors are enjoying a great summer season as they prepare to compete for middle school, high school and collegiate teams or just simply enjoy time on the links during the summer.



JUNE 10 Wooster Country Club, Wooster.

Junior Series — Girls 16-19: 9th Gianna Rodenhauser, Aurora 101; Boys 14-15: 3rd Jacob Rainieri, Mogadore 83.

JUNE 13 Turkeyfoot Lakes Golf Course, Akron

Junior Series — Boys 16-19: 23rd Tyler Pendergast, Mogadore 87; Girls 16-19: 20th Kathryn Ennemoser, Ravenna 115.

Futures Tour — Boys 12-16: 2nd Nathan Kinter, Rootstown 79.

JUNE 14 Mill Creek Golf Course, Boardman

Junior Series — Girls 16-19: 12th Gianna Rodenhauser, Aurora 92; 14th Adrianna Mineo, Kent 94; Boys 14-15: 5th Nicholas Pollak, Aurora 78; 9th Jacob Rainieri, Mogadore 80.

Futures Tour — Boys 12-16: 2nd Nathan Kinter, Rootstown 43; Girls 12-16: 1st Makenna Ward, Kent 42; Boys 10-11: 3rd Mason Dillon, Rootstown 43.

Collegiate Tour — Men: 3rd Ben Lansinger, Mogadore 77; Women 18-22: 13th Isabella Mineo, Kent 91.



The Kids Am and the Junior Am, the first two tournaments on the Portage County Amateurs calendar, are beginning to fill-up. The two tournaments regularly include more than 50 juniors competing at Sunny Hill Golf Club (Kids Am and Junior Am) and Windmill Lakes (Junior Am).

Be sure and go online at pcagolf.org to register online or call/email: 330-206-9083, golffam2@gmail.com for additional information. Registration is also available at host golf courses including Raccoon Hill, site of the Senior Am and Portage County Am with Windmill Lakes.



The first Portage Sports four-person scramble is less than two weeks away for golfers competing in the event with the chance to meet some of the best high school athletes in Portage County.

It will be so much fun to compete, have several of the high school athletes helping the scramble teams with their own unique skills and attempting to shoot low scores while also competing in long drive, closest to the pin and putting contests.

The event is set for June 29th. Email tomnader@portagesports.com for more information.





June 29 — Portage Sports Four-Person Scramble, Sunny Hill Golf Course, Brimfield. ($300 per team, email tomnader@portagesports.com to register a team or for sponsorship opportunities). Winning team awarded $500.



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.)


June 28 — Olde Dutch Mill Junior Tournament, Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course, Lake Milton. (Registration information 330-654-4100)


NOPGA Junior Events (register a at northernohiopga.com)

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.



SATURDAY — Night Golf, Fairways at Twin Lakes, Kent. $220 per foursome (Register by calling 330-673-7888).

JULY 1-3 — 103RD Ohio Open, Westfield Country Club, Westfield. (Entry deadline June 24, www.nopga.com.)

AUG. 4 — Nancy Cannon Memorial Golf Outing, Paradise Lake Golf Course, Suffield.

AUG. 10 — Camp Quality Charity Golf Outing, Paradise Lake Golf Course, Suffield. (Four-person scramble, $400 by July 4, $460 after July 4, Information at 330-968-8924 or ohio@campqualityusa.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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