News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE Kendall Griffin hammers through this tee shot on her way to a 6-under 66 in Thursday's Sertoma Junior Tour event at Sebring Municipal.
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published: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Competition continues to heat up on the Sertoma Junior Tour
By LAUREN WELBORN
The sweltering sun was not the only thing heating up Sebring Thursday afternoon as more than 60 blazing Sertoma golfers took to the Sebring Municipal for some intense competition.
Leading the way was stand-out Kendall Griffin, who dominated the girls' 14-18 year old division with a record-breaking 66.
Of course, talent carried her to this accomplishment.
But there was a little added fuel on the fire for Griffin.
At stake on this day was a precious, tiny turtle - one that was promised to her if she could shoot below a 68.
Griffin took the wager and ran with it, tearing up the course at a pace her new turtle would not hope to be able to keep up with.
"It was a lot of fun and I had a pretty good day," she said in a phenomenal understatement.
Still proving the fierce competition was fellow Sertoma veteran Sarah Liles, who is finishing out her last season strong by carding a 75 on this day.
"Well yesterday was full of ups and downs. I haven't been practicing much, so my hopes of shooting well were low," shared Liles.
"I had a rough start. Five over within the first four holes so I knew I had to turn things around.
"My positivity, patience and perseverance allowed me to go 2-under on the last 14 holes. Shooting an even par on my second nine and eagling the par 5 number 18 hole," she recounted. "At the start of the day shooting a 75 did not seem possible, but by the end I was proud of my score and my new personal record."
Meghan Griffin and Lindsey Moffat trailed the two with cards of 86 and 88, respectively, to round out the division.
Another battle took place in the boys' 17-19 division, with a round of 77 earning a first-place title for both Cole Berger and Jonah Brown.
Not far behind was Colin Walkup with a 79 and Austin Tracey with an 80.
Sam Rogers set the pace for the 15-16 boys with his 77 as well.
Andrew Wally finished second with an 80, just before Cory Franks' 83 and Sam Weber-Callahan's 84.
A battle of the brothers seeded Scott Hamilton in first place with a 53 under Seth Hamilton with a 63 in the 13-14 boys category.
Trailing their efforts were Michael Curran with a 75 and LJ Pepper with an 83.
Alyssa Armentrout single-handedly took on the 11-13 girls division, carding a substantial 62 for the day.
The 11-12 boys continued to showcase the neck-and-neck level of play so characteristic of Sertoma golfers.
Beckham Donavon took another win with his score of 46 as David Herbert nipped at his heels with a 48 for second.
Eli Fautheree wasn't far behind with a 50, finishing just before Jon David Spiegel's 64.
Another tie took place for fifth as Josh Bible and Colby Gadsen turned in 66s.
Again, you cannot watch a Sertoma match without seeing sparks fly.
Proving this was the tie for first in the 9-10 boys category between Jaxon Davis and Billy Carol with rounds of 52.
Not so far off was Clay Jacobs' 54, followed by Griffin Armentrout's 63.
Parker Griffin led the little tykes of the 6-8 year old category, which includes both boys and girls, with his score of 29.
Brody Hall finished a close second with a 33, with Jack Barben giving him a run for his money with a 34 and Jack Dupriest keeping the competitive action rolling with a 36.
The mass of talented golfers has a quick turnaround as the Sertoma season continues Monday, July 1, at the Bluffs Golf Course in Zolfo Springs.
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