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Teens Vie for Titles in Summer Golf Tours

Teens Vie for Titles in Summer Golf Tours

A group of talented teen golfers brought fame and pride to their home school as they led Payson High School to honors in the Division 3 State Tournament last school year. They are Mason Ridley, Jeffrey Kelley, Deqan Harpe, Tod McCarthy and Katie Schouten.

Ridley has a very promising future in the world of golf, making a score of 83 and staying five strokes ahead of his competitor in the 15-to-18-year-old division at the Antigua Junior Tour White Mountain District Golf Tournament. Just a few days prior to this event, Ridley placed third among his group with a score of 85 at the Silver Creek Golf Club, and placed 7th with a 92 score at the PGA Junior Series Tournament.

Kelley is committed to the sport and striving hard to be an outstanding golfer, following in the footsteps of his older brother Brandan, who stood out in high school and eventually landed a collegiate scholarship as a golf athlete. The younger Kelley spent his summer competing in six tournaments across Arizona. His best performance was a tie for first place at the Yuma City Junior Championship, held at the Desert Hills Golf Course.

Harpe also actively engaged in golf tours during the summer, including playing in the Thunderbird Junior Classic, where he ranked 9th with a tie. He also competed in four other JGAAA events in the same season.

Another junior golfer, McCarthy, placed 10th in the PGA Junior Series Tournament and managed to bag the second spot at the tournament held in Pinetop Lakes Country Club. Schouten, however, emerged as the champion in the 15-to-18-year-old girls’ tournament on the Antigua Junior Tour. The event was held at the White Mountain Country Club.

The young golfers from Payson are enjoying another busy and constructive summer, hoping to record new winning scores in the White Mountain Tournament and the Antigua Junior Tour Championship.

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