Maverick Linkster Swings To Silver

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A Rim Country Middle School sixth grader continues to star on the Junior Golf Association of Arizona tournament trail.

Tyler Apps' most recent accomplishment occurred March 26 at the JGAA Spring Stableford fray played at Los Colinas in Queen Creek.

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Tyler Apps (center) might be the smallest player in the photo, but he played huge March 26 in a JGAA Spring Stableford tournament at Queen Creek.

Participating in the 11- and 12-year-old boys division, the 11-year-old Apps finished second, carding a one-over-par 36 in the nine hole event.

In the Stableford format, points were awarded entrants on each hole. Birdies were worth three points, two points awarded for a par, one point for a bogey and no points for a double bogey or over.

Apps finished with 17 points, just one behind the winner, Tanner Landry.

The top three finishers in the age/sex division were 11 years old. Fourth and fifth places went to a pair of 12-year-olds.

Also for Payson, Jeffrey Kelley was 12th with four points. In the 10-years-and-under boys division, Dean Harpe was tenth with two points.

In addition to Apps staring on the JGAA circuit, the youngster showcased his skills the past two months on the U.S. Kids Golf Winter Tour series in Phoenix. He eventually earned a fourth place finish in the battle for Player of the Year honors.

That effort earned him a berth in the tour championship held Feb. 11 and 12 at Aguila Golf Club.

In the field with Apps were qualifiers from Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Arizona.

"The talent level was unbelievable," said Tyler's father, Marc Apps. "The 11 year olds played the course from over 5,400 yards and the scores were low."

Apps finished third in the elite field, carding a two-day total of 168 (87 and 81).

"Considering the level of competition, he was thrilled," Marc Apps said.

Next up for Apps is the JGAA's Parent/Junior tournament to be played at Lone Tree Golf Club in Chandler.

Harpe is also expected to participate.

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