Rim Country Rookies Shine In Junior Golf Play


The Junior Golf Association of Arizona Team Spring Scramble brought on the best in four fledgling Rim country golfers.

Tyler Apps, Jeff Kelley, Jordan Henderson and Dean Harpe showed well in the JGAA spring circuit tournament May 8 at Augusta Ranch in Mesa.

In the format that included pairing a 15-18-years division player with one from the 12-years-and-under division, Apps and Billy Pritchard teamed up for a 58 and a first-place finish in Flight B. Apps represented the younger age group.

Also in the flight, 11-year-old Kelley and his playing partner Trevor Kaahanui were fourth with a card of 64.

Harpe, an 8-year-old second-grader who sometimes competes in the 12-years-and-under division, joined forces with Steven Rodriguez for a 70 and a eighth-place showing in B flight.

In C flight, Henderson and Caleb Cox churned out a 63 and a fifth-place showing.

Apps, Henderson and Harpe attend Frontier Elementary School. Kelley is a student at Julia Randall.

Weeks prior to the team scramble Apps, Harpe Kelley and their fathers competed in a JGAA Parent-Junior Team Scramble at Lone Tree Golf Course

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

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

Kelley is 10 years old but because there was a vacancy in the older age group, officials moved he and his father up an age division, Kevin Kelley said.

Harpe and his father, Tom, finished at 68 but did not place.

Next on the JGAA agenda is the Milt Coggins Arizona Junior Stroke Play championships to be held June 1-3 at Maryvale Golf Course.

Also coming up is the Phoenix City Junior Championships June 7-8 at Cave Creek Golf Course.

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