AVON PARK — For Will Redding, the third time was indeed the charm on the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour.
Redding, who had lost in playoffs the last two weeks, managed to come away with a win in a playoff over Billy Carol on Thursday at Highlands Ridge North.
Both players shot 44 over nine holes on the challenging Highlands Ridge course, before Redding won the playoff to take first place in the boys 11-13 age group.
“Will winning the playoff was the highlight of the day,” said Sertoma Junior Golf Tour Director Andy Kesling. “He’s been in a playoff the last three weeks against different opponent’s and he made about a 30 footer to seal the win and you should have seen the smile on his face. That’s a real competitive division and it’s awesome to see these young players improving each week.”
Beckham Donovan came in third in the boys 11-13 division with a 46, Jackson Griffin shot a 48 and Zach Dooorlag finished fifth with a 53.
In the boys 16-18 division, Sam Rogers shot a 75 to finish first, while Ben Tubbs placed second at 77, Kade Damboise carded a 78, and Easton Davis and Nic Staffieri tied at 79.
“Those are some good scores and those boys are on the Sebring High School golf team,” said Kesling. “They have a lot of talent and this should be one of the best golf teams Sebring has had in a while.” Coleman Nelson won the boys 14-15 age group with an 81, Seth Hamilton fired a 90, Scott Hamilton had a 91 and Matthew Arnan and Jhett See tied at 96.
“That was a big win for Coleman,” Kesling said. “Matthew had won three events, but Coleman came through with a good round and extended his lead in that age group.”
Jack DuPriest continued his domination of the boys 9-10 age group with a 43 for first place, while Nolan Rasnake placed second at 51 and Parker Griffin, Lane Revell and Ian Frasier tied at 53.
“Jack has won seven of eight events and has a stranglehold on that division,” said Kesling. “He has a real good swing and has a bright future in the game.”
Brody Hall won the boys/girls 6-8 age group with a remarkable score of 29 for six holes from 150 yards out. Rebecca Kesling was second with a 38, JR Redding carded a 40, Nevaeh Bonecutter had a 41 and Colton Cord and Parker Rapp tied at 44.
“Brody played really well and was very consistent,” said Kesling. “Rebeccca didn’t hit it off the tee as well as she has, but she putted well and that always helps your score. All of those kids are improving and it’s fantastic to see kids taking the game up at an early age.”
Chloe Nelson won the girls 14-18 age group with a fine score of 78, Meghan Griffin placed second with an 83, Megan Crews had an 86 and Hannah Revell came in with a 103.
“Chloe played real well,” Kesling said. “She is rounding into form for the Junior Team Championship and it’s good to see.”
The Sertoma Junior Golf Tour has two events left on its schedule with the next tournament set for Thursday at Lake Wales Country Club.
“The season is winding down and we always look forward to going to Lake Wales Country Club,” Kesling said. “It’s a great course with some hills and undulated greens and it’s a good test for these young golfers.”
The summer season wraps up with the two-day Sertoma Tour Championship at Sun ‘n Lake Golf Club on Aug. 15-16.
“Most of the age group titles are up for grabs,” Kesling said. “There are only two events left for the kids to move up in the standings. “We’ve had a great summer of golf with good attendance at the weekly events and we’re looking forward to a big finish.”