12-Year-Old Continues Rise On National Golf Links


Move over Tiger Woods. Tyler Apps is swinging a mean club.

Evidence of the 12-year-old's links prowess turned up June 21 and 22 at the Southwest Junior PGA Westfield Championships at the Cottonwood Country Club near Sun Lakes.


Tyler Apps shows the form that helped earned him a tie for third place at the Southwest Junior PGA Westfield Championships held at Cottonwood Country Club.

There, Apps managed to tie for third place, while competing against some of the state's finest golfers.

Competing in the boys' 12-years-and-under division, Apps carded a tally of 71 to dead knot with Thomas Felling of Florence, who finished with an identical score.

The age division champion, Anthony Quezada of Phoenix, swung his way to a 69.

During the first round of the tournament, Apps posted a 34, which was second only to Mike McGilton's sizzling 31.

On the second day, Apps finished at 37.

In addition to entering the prestigious Westfield tournament, which is considered one of golf's major championships and a fray where the best in the world get their start, Apps competes on the Southwest Section Antigua Junior tour-White Mountain District One circuit.

During week two of play at River Run, Apps swung his way to top honors with a 39. The tally was three strokes better than runner-up Kordell Chee.

Michael Marreel also represented Payson in the 11-12-age division with a third place finish.

During the first week's play at Silver Creek, the tournament was cut short due to inclement weather. Apps eventually was awarded second on a scorecard that had to be adjusted to a 14, due to the postponement.

Chee was given first place with 12.

Payson's Blake Cannon was third (15) and was fifth (16).

Apps said he plans on playing in the final two junior tour events -- July 9 at Snowflake and July 17 at Pinetop Lakes.

Apps also competes on the U.S. Kids Golf tour during the summer months.

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