Lakewood Ranch senior Ramsey Touchberry fired a final-round 70 to take third place in the boys 16-18 age division of the Florida State Golf Association's Florida Junior Tour event held this past weekend at River Wilderness Golf and Country Club in Parrish.
Touchberry finished the two-day, 36-hole tournament with a 1-over-par 145 total, which was four shots behind Daniel Whelan's winning total.
Whelan, of Coral Springs, pipped Valrico's Mark Nauert by one shot for the victory.
Parrish's Cole Johnson held a two-shot lead after a 68 in Saturday's first round. He ended up tying for fourth place following a 79 on Sunday.
Lakewood Ranch senior Danny Walker took fourth, while Bradenton's Zong Fan Li (tie for eighth), Bradenton Christian junior Philip Knowles (tied for 10th) and Saint Stephen's junior Jack Tianyi Cen (tied for 10th) rounded out top 10 finishes by area juniors.
Area courses will be hosting upcoming national and state tournament qualifiers. Here's a list of the upcoming events to check out in May and June: the Women's U.S. Open sectional (36 holes in one day with direct entry to the U.S. Open) takes place May 28 at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club; the Florida State Men's Amateur local qualifier is June 4 at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club; the Florida State Women's Amateur Championship is June 7-11 at Sara Bay Country Club; and the Florida Open local qualifier is June 23 at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club.
Marissa Steen is building off her 2014 Guardian Retirement Championship victory at Sara Bay Country Club last month. Since that maiden triumph on the LPGA Symetra Tour, Steen has remained No. 2 on the Volvik Race for the Card standings following a top-10 finish last week in South Carolina.
Steen posted an even-par 288 total for the 72-hole tournament, which garnered a tie for eighth place and close to $4,500 in prize money.
Steen now has collected more than $35,000 in seven events and seems a safe bet to remain in the top 10, where players gain LPGA Tour cards at season's end.
Andrew Allen pulled off a rare double-eagle April 25 at the new Esplanade Golf and Country Club in Lakewood Ranch. He used a hybrid club to knock in his second shot on the par-5 hole from 224 yards out. Witness was Jason Lazaris.
On April 22 at Corales Golf Club in the Dominican Republic, Bob Headlee of Parrish aced the 172-yard 17th hole with a 5-iron. Witnesses were John Byrd, Pat Cristy and Ron Toler.
On April 23 at Esplanade, Todd Stainbrook aced the 168-yard 12th hole with a 4-iron. Witnesses were Gary Brooks and Wayne Waltimyer.
On April 26 at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club, Jane Imperiale aced the 109-yard 4th hole on the Royal Lakes Course with an 8-iron. Witnesses were Barbara Monet and Ron Julie Lawson.
-- Jason Dill,Herald sports writer