Purcell claims Meyers Junior title in playoff

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Andrew Purcell chips a shot onto the green of the 18th hole Friday. ROGER LEE/JOURNAL SCENE


Andrew Purcell parred the third hole of a sudden death playoff Friday to win the 2013 Roy Meyers Junior Open.
“I hit the ball pretty good today,” Purcell said. “I didn’t putt that well, but because I was hitting good everything worked out.”
Purcell, a rising junior for the Green Wave golf team, and Pine Forest golfer Spencer Warner both finished their round at Summerville Country Club with a score of 79 to tie for first place in the age 16-18 (championship) division for the 10th annual junior tournament held in memory of Dr. Roy Meyers.
The playoff began on Hole 6 and neither golfer had a good start. Purcell landed his tee shot under the trees to the right of the hole and Warner landed his to the left in a rough on a hill just in front of the hole’s sand hazard. However, both hit a nice chip shot onto the green and birdied the hole.
Both found the hole on the next green in four shots so the playoff continued. Purcell then caught a break as he landed his tee shot for Hole 8 on the edge of the green while Warner’s shot sailed right, landing in the rough between the green and the hole’s water hazard.
In two shots, Warner placed his ball within four feet of the hole. But Purcell needed only one shot to get even closer and then sank a two-foot putt to win the tournament.
Purcell has been a member of the Green Wave varsity golf team since his eighth-grade year. Two of his high school teammates played in his group Friday and if they would have performed just a little better they could have participated in the playoff round. Dylan Bunch carded an 80 to place third in the tournament and two-time Roy Meyers Junior Open Champion Christian Woods finished with a round of 81 to place fourth.
“Playing with those guys makes it fun,” Purcell said. “I think I was 10 when I first starting playing in this tournament and I always enjoy it.”
In the younger age divisions, Luis Thompson stole the show by carding a 2-under-par 34 to win his third consecutive Roy Meyers Junior 10U Title. Tyler Brown finished at 43 to place second and Noah Kessler finished at 47 to place third.
Price Lenoir shot a 50 to win the age 11-12 division. Joseph Evans (57) place second and Lauren Fix (58) placed third.
Max Kastenholz shot an 83 to win the age 13-15 division. Ky Matsumoto (87) placed second and Brodie Blanton (92) placed third.
About Dr. Roy Gene Meyers
Dr. Meyers was a baseball and track star in high school. He took up golf in his 40s and often played his age until he stopped playing in his late 80s.
Dr. Meyers flew combat missions in World War II, but his primary occupation and interest was behavioral optometry. His career allowed him to help improve the vision and development of countless children and adults.
In 2004, Summerville Country Club officials founded the Roy Meyers Junior Open Golf Tournament as a way to thank Dr. Meyers for his passion for golf and the support he gave junior golfers at the club.
Each year up until his death in 2011, Dr. Meyers presented the trophies and other prizes at the club’s annual junior tournament. Those duties have now been passed down to members of his family.
Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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