Young Rim Golfers Gaining Reputations

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A trio of young Rim country golfers, Dean Harpe, Jeffrey Kelley and Tyler Apps, continue to build solid reputations as outstanding young linksters.

All three are showing well on the Junior Golf Association of Arizona tournament trail and plan to continue playing through the spring and summer months.

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Dean Harpe, 8, a second-grader at Frontier Elementary School is among the Rim country youth playing on the Junior Golf Association of Arizona tournament trail.

At the JGAA Spring Classic April 16 at Aguila Golf Course in Laveen, Harpe finished second in his division with a 35 on the par 27 course.

Harpe, Kelley, Apps and their fathers participated in a Parent-Junior JGAA Team Scramble the following day at Lone Tree Golf Club in Chandler.

In JGAA parent-junior play, the team competes in the age group of the junior player.

Competing in the 12-and-under age group, Apps and his father, Marc, tied for first place with two other teams. All three teams finished with identical cards of 62.

Kelley and his father, Kevin, were third in the 13-years-and-under group, one shot out of first place with a 63.

Jeffrey is 10 years old, but because there was a vacancy in the older age group, officials moved the Kelley team up a division, Kevin said.

Harpe and his father, Tom, competed in the 10-years-and-under division finishing with a 68. Although they did not place, both agreed they had a good deal of fun and picked up some valuable playing experience.

Dean Harpe also competed in the boys 10-years-and-under division of a Spring Stableford tournament held at Las Colinas Golf Course in Queen Creek. There, the young linkster swung his way to a ninth-place finish. In the tournament, the 8-year-old Harpe, a second-grader at Frontier Elementary School, was competing against players two years older than he, who had much more tournament experience.

Next on the JGAA Boys Club Tour for the young golfers is a parent-son shoot-out May 21 at Talking Stick Golf Club near Scottsdale.

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