High Point’s Davis Womble overcame steady rain and chilly temperatures to shoot 3-under-par 69 and take the lead Saturday at the 21st annual Carolinas PGA Charles Tilghman Junior Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Womble, a junior at Wesleyan, said it was all about being “prepared” for the conditions. His putter carried him to the clubhouse with only one slip-up — a double-bogey on the par-5 seventh hole. (if only he’d had an hour at golf lessons south manchester before the tournament…!)
“Weather was definitely the toughest part about today, but I was able to make some putts,” said Womble, who leads by two strokes heading into today’s final round.
In the girls division, Greensboro’s Morgan Cranford struggled to a round of 17-over 89. The Grimsley senior is 18th, 21 strokes off the lead.
The Second Annual BMW Guam USA Junior Open is scheduled for Dec. 19 and 20 at the Starts Guam Golf Resort in Yigo.
Tee time on both days is 10:30 a.m. Tournament chairman Rene Ong said he is pleased that Guam is hosting a tournament to give some of the island’s junior golfers more exposure to an international level of play. “You get the experience without paying the airfare,” Ong said.
Junior golfers from the Philippines, Japan and Korea are expected to compete in the tournament. About 50 participants have signed up, but Ong is hoping the number will increase as the junior open approaches.
Based on the Calloway format, Ong said a local representative from the United States Golf Association would also be on hand to oversee the action. “Everything will be by the book,” he said.
Ong added that last year’s tournament was quite competitive so he is looking forward to seeing some of the island’s best junior golfers go head-to-head against international competition again. “It’s amazing when you see kids that young play so good,” he said.
The registration fee for the tournament is $125 and includes a practice round on Dec. 18 as well as a welcome dinner on that day. An awards ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 20 at the Fiesta Resort in Tumon.
YOUNG golf ace Jordan Edge is already playing on the British Junior Golf Tour and has been runner-up at two tournaments as well as having his own website and a sponsor — not bad for an eight-year-old!
Jordan is a member at Droitwich’s Gaudet Luce Golf Club and has been part of the academy programme for two years. He’s already won some Wimbledon Hospitality tickets in a regional comp, and is now on his way to the big time.
He has completed level six of the Young Masters scheme at the club’s Russell Adams Golf Academy.
The youngster has this year played on the British Junior Golf Tour (BJGT) and has gone from strength to strength, culminating in him beating 80 others players to win Gaudet Luce’s academy flag competition. Jordan started playing golf in 2009 and joined the BJGT this year.
With runner-up trophies at Wharton Park GC and South Staffordshire GC, his first year on the tour has been a successful one.
Adams said: “Jordan has just won the flag competition we held in academy at Gaudet Luce. He went the furthest around the course out of 80 children.
“I have worked with Jordan for the last two years and he has now reached level seven in the Young Masters Golf (YMG) coaching programme.
“I am really enthused by his talent and dedication even though he is only eight years old.”
Jordan’s progress can be followed via his website — thewinningedge.yolasite. com