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Griffin shines in Sertoma

SEBRING - Kendall Griffin was as hot as the weather in Thursday's Sertoma Junior Golf Tour event at Sebring Golf Club. Griffin, an incredibly talented 14 year old, carded a record-setting 6-under 66 to cruise to first place in the girls 14-18 age group. "That's a pretty strong score," said Sertoma Junior Golf Tour director and Sun 'n Lake Golf Club professional Andy Kesling. "She was playing from the red tees, but I don't care where you play from, 66 is fantastic. "That's a record low score for a girl in a Sertoma Junior Golf Tour event. "Kendall is an outstanding player and an important thing that she does is to set goals and then works very hard to achieve those goals."
The one-day tournament attracted a field of 63 golfers who battled the course and the humid conditions. Former Sebring High standout golfer Sarah Liles placed second with a 75, Meghan Griffin was third after shooting an 86, Lindsey Moffat fired an 88 and Chloe Nelson came in with an 89. "That's a fine round by Sarah," Kesling said. "That's her lowest score in a Sertoma Junior Golf Tour event." In the boys 17-18 age group, Cole Berger of Lakeland tied for first with Jonah Brown after each shot a 77. "Cole is playing well and that's one of Jonah's lowest rounds in a Sertoma event," Kesling said. "This is Jonah's last year on the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour and it's good to see him playing his best golf." Colin Walkup finished third in the 17-18 division with a 79, Austin Tracey shot an 80 and Will Bennett came in at 83. Sam Rogers shot a 77 to win the boys 15-16 age group, Andrew Wally placed second with an 80, Cory Franks carded an 83, Sam Weber-Callahan had an 84 and Jason Cannon finished with an 85. "There is a lot of talent in that division," Kesling said. "There are a lot of kids in that age group that can break 80 on any given week." In the boys 13-14 division, Scott Hamilton finished first with a 53 for nine holes, while Seth Hamilton placed second at 63, Michael Curran came in with a 75 and L.J. Pepper shot an 83. Alyssa Armentrout finished first in the girls 11-13 age group with a 62 for nine holes. Beckham Donovan won the boys 11-12 division with a 46 for nine holes, while David Herbert was second with a 48, Eli Fautheree came in third place with a 50 and Jon David Spiegel shot a 64. "This is another real competitive age group," Kesling said. "Beckham is getting used to carrying his golf bag and playing with older guys." In the boys 9-10 age group, Jaxson Davis and Billy Carol tied for first after each shot 52 for nine holes, Clay Jacobs shot a 54 and Griffin Hall came in at 59. "It's good to see us getting more players in these younger age groups," Kesling said. "We're getting some new blood and the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour is going to be strong for a long time to come." Parker Griffin won the boys/girls 6-8 age group, which play from 200 yards out, with a 29, Brody Hall placed second at 33, Jack Barben shot a 34 and Jack DuPriest carded a 36. "There's a lot of talent up and down this age group," Kesling said. "Those are some real solid scores for this age group." The Sertoma Junior Golf Tour is for ages 6-18 and the next tournament is set for Monday at The Bluffs golf course. "We're looking forward to playing at The Bluffs on Monday," Kesling said. "We moved it up to Monday because of July 4. "We're off to a great start to the summer and I'm sure we'll see some low scores on Monday." mpinson@highlandstoday.com 863-386-5837