Golf Plus | Lakewood Ranch's Kyle Jarrett medalist at two tournaments in one weekend

May 22, 2014 


• Lakewood Ranch's Kyle Jarrett had quite a weekend.

First, the home-schooled eighth-grader snagged medalist honors with a 3-under-par 33 at Laurel Oak Country Club's East Course in Saturday's Middle School Golf Championships.

Jarrett, playing as a member of Nolan Middle, led the school's white team to a second-place 159 total alongside teammates Alyssa Mercado (39), Sophia Warren (41) and Matthew Berg (46).

Jarrett followed that performance with a nifty even-par 72 in Sunday's Greater Sarasota Golf Association's Winter Tournament Series event at the Meadows Country Club. Jarrett's score won him the boys 13-15 age division.

Haile Middle took third in Saturday's event with Drew Angelo (38), Matthew Bruton (40), Riley Neal (42) and Thomas McClellan (52) producing the 172 total.

Pineview won the event with a 155 total. Only the top four of five scores counted for the team.

Angelo finished in a tie for sixth place with an 83 in Sunday's tournament.

Saint Stephen's Jack Tianyi Cen (73) and Parrish's Cole Johnson (78) grabbed first and second, respectively, in the boys 16-18 age division.

Lakewood Ranch's Katie Kroos-Roberts won the girls 13-15 age division with an 81, while Lakewood Ranch's Theresa Morrissey finished second with an 85. Bradenton's Rachel Carlson (86) was third.

Lakewood Ranch's Matthew de Heus won the boys 12-and-younger division by two shots with a 76.

• Area junior golfers who plan to compete in the PGA Drive, Chip & Putt Championship at Bobby Jones Golf Club next month have the chance to sharpen those skills with a free boot camp this Saturday and on May 31.

The camp is limited to children ages 7-15 with a maximum of 45 participants. The boot camp is held from 9-10:30 a.m. with a secondary session possibly added at 1-2:30 p.m., if necessary.

It is designed to hone players' skills ahead of the local qualifier at Bobby Jones on June 7.

The camp will divide players into groups based on age and a PGA professional will instruct on the three basic golf skills: driving, chipping and putting. Skill stations give participants 30 minutes to practice before rotating to the next one.

The Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club, a nonprofit organization, is underwriting the cost of range balls, refreshments and staff time to put the camp on for free.

To register, contact the golf shop at 941-954-4163 or via email at


• On April 28 at Esplanade, Ian Thomas aced the 168-yard 6th hole with a 6-iron. Witnesses were Chris Stallard, Jill Stallard and Pravat Mazumdas.

• On May 6 at Esplanade, Dianne Atkinson aced the 94-yard 15th hole with a 6-iron. Witnesses were Carolyn Munto, Jan Davis and Hazell Miller.

• On May 8 at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club, Betsy Jordan aced the 98-yard 6th hole on the Cypress Links course with an 8-iron. Witnesses were Barb Shaw and Beth Edwards.

-- Jason Dill,[SoftReturn]Herald sports writer

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