Golf Plus | Lakewood Ranch's Danny Walker sixth at Jones Cup

December 26, 2013 

NOTEWORTHY

• Lakewood Ranch senior Danny Walker tied for sixth in the Jones Cup Junior Invitational held at Sea Island Golf Club in Georgia this past weekend.

Walker posted rounds of 74-71-70 for a 5-over-par 215 total and finished six shots behind Joshua Seiple's winning mark.

The tournament was an American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) ranked event and was in its fifth year.

• Bradenton Christian alum Jordan Miller had the best finish among area participants in the men's division of the 83rd Dixie Amateur Championship that concluded Sunday at Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs.

Miller finished in a tie for 17th place with a 2-under-par 286 total, 13 shots behind Coral Springs native Curtis Thompson, who won his second Dixie Amateur title by defeating St. Petersburg's Jack Maguire in a playoff.

Other top finishers in the men's division were Bradenton's James Leadbetter (T-29th, 290), Lakewood Ranch High senior Ramsey Touchberry (35th, 291) and Bradenton's Charles Wang (T-41st, 293).

The women's event was held last week and wrapped up Friday.

Bradenton's Mika Liu (T-7th, 287) and Manatee High alum Jennifer Neville (T-40th, 303) finished behind champion Shannon Aubert's 280 winning total. Aubert, of France, also won her title in a playoff over Windermere's Simin Feng.

• The Florida State Golf Association's Florida Junior Tour conducted its Tour Championship earlier this month at the famed TPC Sawgrass, where the PGA Tour's Players Championship is held.

Several Bradenton junior golfers competed in the boys 16-18 age division.

Barry McDonnell tied for seventh place with a 2-over-par 148 total. Saint Stephen's Jack Tianyi Cen snagged a tie for 12th with a 151 total.

Bradenton Christian's Philip Knowles (T-18th, 155) rounded out locals that cracked the top 20.

Meanwhile, Bradenton's Zong Fan Li recorded a second-place finish in the boys 13-15 age division.

Li's 149 total, highlighted by a 72 in the first round, gave him the runner-up spot just one shot from Palm Beach Gardens Andrew Kozan's winning score.

HOLES-IN-ONE

• On Dec. 4 at Pinebrook/Ironwood, Marge Hebert aced the 13th hole with a 3-hybrid. Witnesses were Hedy Matechak and Dot Simons.

• On Dec. 12 at Peridia, Butch Buchinsky aced the 133-yard 5th hole with a 5-wood. Witnesses were Walter Rackley, Bill Shade and Bob Baisel.

• On Dec. 14 at River Wilderness, Jim Norwood aced the 7th hole with an 8-iron. Witnesses were Ed Garger and Stuart Hinkley.

• On Dec. 16 at Peridia, Don Robinson aced the 134-yard 4th hole with a 5-hybrid. Witnesses were Andy Carbery and Glenn Gerber.

• On Dec. 10 at IMG Academy, Dave Howard aced the 106-yard 17th hole with a 5-hybrid. Witnesses were Jim Mather and Jim Adams.

-- Jason Dill,Herald sports writer

Bradenton Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service