Local junior golfers dot the field at the North Florida PGA Junior Championship this week. The medalist for boys and girls ages 13-18 at the tournament, which began Wednesday and concludes Thursday at the Tom Watson Independence Course at the Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, qualifies for the National PGA Junior Championship.
Bradenton's Ashleigh Angelo (girls 12-and-younger), Bradenton's Drew Angelo (boys 13-15), Bradenton's Mark Bruton (boys 12-and-younger), Bradenton's Matthew Bruton (boys 13-15), Bradenton's Caitlin Cotterill (girls 13-15), Bradenton's Courtney Cotteril (girls 16-18) and Parrish's Matthew Berg (boys 13-15) are competing.
IMG Academy golfers Jaravee Boonchant and Mika Liu are competing at this week's American Junior Golf Association Rolex Tournament of Champions event in Sunriver, Ore.
Boonchant fired 69 and 71, and Liu carded 72 and 71. Boonchant is one off the pace, and Liu four behind leader Hannah O'Sullivan of Chandler, Ariz. The 72-hole tournament concludes Friday.
Manatee County is well represented at this week's Florida State Amateur with nine players in the field.
Those players include Bradenton's Philip Knowles, who is heading to the University of North Florida; Bradenton Christian alum and Florida Gulf Coast golfer Jordan Miller; Saint Stephen's alum and South Carolina golfer Sean Kelly; Braden River alum Andrew Hammett, who is heading to Ferris State; IMG Academy's Michael Butler; Bradenton's James Leadbetter; Bradenton's Jeffrey Meltzer; Bradenton's Tyler Carlson and Bradenton's Charles Wang. Sarasota's Eric Muslawksi, who played at Saint Stephen's, also is in the field.
The men's amateur is slated to begin Thursday in Ocala. The 98th State Amateur features players competing at Golden Ocala and Ocala National Golf Club for the first two rounds. Following a cut for the low 70 scores and ties, the final two rounds will be held at Golden Ocala.
Bradenton's Ferguson McLeod (boys 7s), Bradenton's Zheng Yi "Louie" Liu (boys 10s), Bradenton's Alyssa Mercado (girls 12-14s) are competing at the fourth annual U.S. Kids Golf Florida State Invitational this weekend at Walt Disney World's Magnolia, Palm and Oak Trail courses.
Following Tuesday's 18 holes of qualifying for the U.S. Girls' Junior at Palm-Aire Country Club, five players were set to battle in a sudden-death playoff for the two alternate berths. That got washed out due to lightning and rain. On Wednesday, those berths were decided with Longwood's Mimi Chen snagging the first alternate position and Japan's Yuki Nakayama securing the second alternate berth.
On June 19 at Peridia, Barbara Wendrich aced the 122-yard 9th hole with a driver. Witness were Judy Kartsonnes and Pat C. Jackson.
On June 17 at River Wilderness, Steve Sherwood aced the 168-yard 17th hole with a 5-hybrid. Witnesses were Ben Klein, Doug Cleland and Jim Henry.
-- Jason Dill, Herald staff writer