Thursday, July 3, 2014
Registration is open for Summerville Country Club’s 15th annual Junior Open Golf Tournament held in memory of Dr. Roy Meyers.
Scheduled for July 11, the tournament is formatted to appeal to a wide range of junior golfers.
“It’s good for any junior golfer looking to get some tournament experience in a fun setting,” Summerville Country Club Golf Pro Bray Blanton said. “It’s a good beginners tournament because there isn’t a lot of pressure but at the same time the competition for the top spots gets very competitive. We’ve also had good luck in the past with our sponsors coming through with some great prizes.”
Each year prizes are awarded in multiple categories. Four different sets of tees are used to accommodate golfers of varying experience and age.
The tournament is open to male and female golfers age 7-18. The registration fee is $25 per golfer and includes lunch and prizes following play. Club officials are asking interested golfers to register by July 8.
Golfers age 7-10 will play nine holes and use special tees. Golfers age 11-12 will play nine holes and use red tees.
Older golfers will play 18 holes with those age 13-14 using the white tees and those 15-18 using the blue tees.
Tee times, beginning at 8 a.m., can be scheduled by calling the Summerville Country Club Pro Shop. Practice rounds will be available at no charge (walking) July 9-10 and parents may play along those days for a $16 cart fee.
Summerville High School golfer Andrew Purcell does plan to defend the SCC Junior Open title he earned last summer by parring the third hole of a sudden death playoff to win the tournament.
Purcell 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.
Two of Purcell’s high school teammates played in his group 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.
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 began holding their annual junior tournament in his honor 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.