Clearwater’s Ryan Gildersleeve diced up The Meadows Country Club during the West Florida Golf Tour’s 54-hole event this week so much that even a two-hour rain delay couldn’t prevent him from setting a course record on Tuesday. Playing the Meadows Course from roughly 6,800 yards, Gildersleeve carved out a 61 that included 10 birdies, one eagle and one bogey. It featured a blistering back nine of 8-under par 27. The last nine there play as a par-35. Gildersleeve sandwiched a 65 and 66 around the 61 for a 24-under par 192 and a 12-shot victory over runner-up finisher Daniel Hoeve, of Australia following Wednesday’s final round. The WFGT heads to Estero next week for a three-day tournament at Old Corkscrew Golf Club.
Bradenton’s Caitlin Cotterill, who trains at IMG Academy, fired a 71 in Wednesday’s final round of the Florida State Girls Junior Amateur Championship at The Oaks Club in Osprey to vault herself into a fourth place finish in the 16-18 year old division. Cotterill entered Wednesday’s action in a tie for 10th place. Manatee High’s Gabrielle Tomeo also jumped up the leaderboard, posting a second 72 in the event to improve from a tie for 14th to snag sixth place. Tomeo’s 223 was nine shots back of Seminole’s Alyssa Lamoureux, who capped the 54-hole tourney with a 70 for a four-shot victory. Bradenton’s Alyssa Mercado had the best finish among locals in the 13-15 division. Mercado posted her best round in the event on Wednesday, a final-round 72 for a three-day total of 227. That gave her a 10th place finish, 16 shots behind Howey-in-the-Hills’ Siyan Chen, who went wire-to-wire for the win.
The IMG Junior World Golf Championships might take place in California, but the tournament has a Manatee County flavor to it with several area junior golfers slated to participate. Saint Stephen’s Ryan Kinkead and David Gao are scheduled to play the boys 15-17 age division. Six other Bradenton juniors are in various age divisions for the tournament that runs July 12-15 in San Diego.
Former Saint Stephen’s and University of South Carolina golfer Sean Kelly has recorded three under-par rounds, including two sub-70 rounds, on this season’s PGA Tour Canada. But that hasn’t paid off just yet for Kelly as he’s yet to make a cut in three events during his rookie professional season. The next PGA Tour Canada is the Players Cup in Winnipeg on July 7-10.