Payson Youth Golfers Are Tournament Heavy Hitters

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The one-two links punch of Tyler Apps and Jeffrey Kelley is heating up the Junior Golf Association of Arizona tournament trail.

Most recently, in a PGA Southwest Section contest July 11 at Snowflake, Apps won the 10-year-old age division championship, carding a one-under-par 35. Kelley garnered runner-up honors with a 43.

A week earlier in a southwest section tournament at Pine Meadows in Heber, Apps and Kelley also finished one-two. Apps turned in a 38 and Kelley posted a 45.

In the Four Club Challenge at Mountain Shadows in Paradise Valley, Apps played his way to fifth place and Kelley was seventh.

The pair racked up additional honors July 5 and 6 at Riverview Golf Course in Mesa where Apps copped a seventh-place showing and Kelley was 11th.

Also from Payson in the 10-year-old age group, Dean Harpe swung his way to ninth.

In the 15-18 years of age boys group, Payson High School senior Brad Meyocks took seventh; among the 15-18-years girls, Casey Griffin took seventh.

During a U.S. Kids Club tournament at Orange Tree in Scottsdale, Apps -- the lone Payson entrant --ook fourth.

Next on the JGAA calender is the Tucson City championships July 19 and 20 at Randolph and Dell Urich courses.

Also on the agenda is the invitation-only PING Arizona Junior Masters to be held July 26 and 27 at Talking Stick Golf Club.

Apps has been asked to compete in the prestigious tournament and says he and his parents have decided to accept the request.

Apps said he received the coveted invitation because he has been playing well on the JGAA summer circuit.

Since last summer, Apps as won seven of the eight tournaments he has participated in on the southwest section tour.

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