Dr. Roy G. Meyers loved to golf and encourage youngsters so his family continues to promote those things.
Summerville Country Club hosted its 20th annual Junior Open in memory of Dr. Roy G. Meyers July 12. The individual stroke golf tournament featured more than 20 junior golfers participating in four divisions.
Meyers was a standout baseball and track athlete when he was young. Later in life, he took up golf and it became one of his primary passions.
A long time Summerville Country Club member, the optometrist became renowned for his love of golf and efforts to inspire children and young adults to be active. His support of junior golf programs inspired club officials to name their annual junior golf tournament in his honor. Since his passing in 2011, the tournament is hosted every summer in memory of the man who helped launch it.
A.J. Martino, 14, took the top prize for the 2019 tournament. He claimed his third consecutive Meyers Junior Open title by shooting a one-under-par 70 from the white tees. Louis Thompson had a round of 72 to finish as runner-up. Third place went to Payne Rutherford, who had a round of 79, and Jackson Reed placed fourth after shooting an 80.
In the Ladies Division, Aubrey Merryman defended her 2018 title by shooting 89. Olivia Reed was runner-up with a 96 score. McKenzie Driggers claimed third place with a 111 score.
Cash Blanton, 12, shot a 48 from the red tees to win the age 11-12 division.
The age 7-10 division featured a large field golfers this year. Cas Yingling finished with a nine-hole round of 49 from the special tees to place first in the field. Boze Blanton had a score of 51 to claim runner-up honors for the division and Scott Baker shot 53 to place third. Trailing in the division were Mason Garrison (56), Franklin Philipp (61), Mary Bryce Nye (61), Hampton Weatherford (66) and Jay McElheney.