With former Rim country youth golf stars like Brandan Kelley, Billy Bob Hoyt and Troy Marrs now plying their wares on the collegiate scene, the doors are open to a new group of aspiring linksters.
The up-and-coming group is expected to include Brandan Kelley's younger brother, Jeffrey, as well as Blake Cannon and Jordan Henderson.
All three had the opportunity to further their reputations at the Junior Golf Association of Arizona Desert Mashie championships held March 14 and 15 at Phoenix Encanto Golf Course.
Of the three, Cannon turned in the best showing easily winning the championship of the boys 10-and-under division.
On a par 30, 1,710 yard 9-hole course, Cannon was a model of consistency shooting a 32 during the first round and a 31 on the second. His card of 63 was three strokes better than runner-up Kyan Palmer of Gilbert.
Also in the boys 10-and-under division, Kelley finished 12th with a two-day tally of 92. On the first round, he finished at 49. He improved to a 43 on the second.
Henderson competed in the boys 11-12 division on the 18-hole, par 60 Encanto course. With a 162 (80 and 82) he was ninth overall.
The boys were the only Rim country youths to participate in the JGAA event.