Monday, July 14, 2014
Golfers from three different high schools claimed the top spots for the 2014 Summerville Country Club Roy Meyers Junior Open.
Fort Dorchester rising senior Dane Henderson came in with a 1-over-par 72 to win the 15th annual junior tournament held Friday. Summerville golfer Christian Woods carded a 74 to place second and Pinewood golfer JR Stark finished at 80 to place third in the age 13-18 Division. Trailing in the division were Jackson Trigiani (81), 2013 Roy Meyers Junior Champion Andrew Purcell (82), Barron Knight (84) and Jay Franko (98).
“I was pretty steady today,” Henderson said. “I didn’t hit the ball very well but my short game worked. I didn’t have a single bogie on the front side, which was our backside today.”
The two golfers in Henderson’s group, Trigiani and Stark, pushed him in the early rounds. As the day progressed, he got word that one of the golfers in the other group was having a lot of success.
“Jackson started off real well so we were competing and then I found out Christian was tied with me and that made me concentrate harder,” Henderson said.
He made three birdies and several pars on his way to claiming the trophy.
Earlier this month, Henderson placed fourth at a junior golf event at Snee Farm Country Club and seventh at an event held at Rivertowne Golf Club. In 2013, he had several Top 10 finishes including a first-place finish at Snee Farm.
Price Lenoir shot a 41 Friday to win the Roy Meyers Junior Open 11-12 Division. Players in the division tee off from the white tees. Luis Thompson, who won the 10U Division for the tournament the past three years, carded a 46 to claim runner-up honors in his first summer competing with the 11-12 group. Trailing in the division were Brock Connelly (50), Andew Kaslick (52), Joseph Evans (53), Pierce Bullock (65) and Savanna Mapes (72).
This year, golfers in 10U Division were broken into two groups with eight playing nine holes and five playing five holes. Tyler Brown carded a 40 to win the nine-hole group.
Trailing were Noah Kessler (43), William Wimberly (46), Aiden Sealander (48), Jesse Snyder (51), Kamp Gary (59), Brooks Moore (60) and Sky Thompson (60).
Barnwell Myers carded a 36 to win the five-hole group. Trailing were Ethan Yzaguirre (38), Jahnz Myers (39), Talan Champ (41) and Sally Clarke Wimberly (46).
The annual tournament is open to male and female golfers.
Dr. Roy Gene 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.