Golf Plus | Ranch's Walker to compete in Jones Cup Junior Invitational

December 19, 2013 

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Lakewood Ranch's Danny Walker tees off during the 20th annual Donald Ross Memorial Invitational golf tournament Monday at the Sara Bay Country Club. GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald

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NOTEWORTHY

• Lakewood Ranch senior Danny Walker will tee it up this weekend at Sea Island Golf Club in Georgia for the annual Jones Cup Junior Invitational.

The event got started in 2009 as an extension of the Jones Cup, a prestigious amateur competition that has seen past participants such as current PGA Tour stars Luke Donald, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson.

Walker's first round gets started off the first hole at 8:30 a.m. Friday. The tournament concludes Sunday.

• Justin Martinson is the hottest player going on the West Florida Golf Tour after he picked up his second victory in a week with Monday's playoff win at Bradenton Country Club. Martinson fired a 3-under-par 68, before besting Derek Chang and Alex Medinis in sudden death to claim the $800 first place prize. On Dec. 11, Martinson won $830 for his first-place showing following a 65 at Southern Dunes in Haines City.

• IMG Academy alum Kelly Tan is heading to the LPGA Tour in 2014 after a 7-under-par 353 total over five rounds at LPGA Q-School earlier this month. Tan tied for 13th to gain her tour card at Daytona Beach's LPGA International course. Only the top 20 gained full status for the upcoming LPGA Tour season.

HOLES-IN-ONE

• On Dec. 5 at Peridia, Marlene Saum aced the 133-yard 7th hole with a driver. Witnesses were Al Duell, Jeff Duell, Peggy Butkier, June Anderson and John Saum.

• On Dec. 6 at The River Club, Peggy Kunkle aced the 86-yard 8th hole with a pitching wedge. Witnesses were Jerry Woodward, John Izzo and Dee Izzo.

• On Dec. 12 at University Park, Mary Baker aced the 96-yard 5th hole with an 8-iron. Witnesses were Sally Holden, Joan Wexler and Lynn Wallin.

• On Dec. 12 at River Run, Steve Grossman aced the 134-yard 8th hole on the Pirate Course with a 7-iron. Witnesses were Ed Bancs, Harry Samuels and Rober Lubbs.

• On Dec. 15 at University Park, James Long aced the 172-yard 11th hole with a 5-iron. Witnesses were Ian Nicolson and Fred Parshley.

-- Jason Dill,Herald sports writer

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