Finally catching a break from the rain, local golfers were able to play the Papa Johns Augusta Junior Golf Tour at Bartram Trail.
Previous event winners were part of the field of 14, including 11-year-old Alex Colligan and 12-year-old Madison Harwell, each of whom won their individual categories.
“We’d like a bigger turnout, but there’s other tournaments in the area and we try to get together and schedule where they don’t conflict, but it happens,” said Carlos Santos, AJGT tour director.
Colligan, from Evans, won the event for the second consecutive year, competing in the 10-12 category. He finished the nine holes Thursday with a low of 37, the day after getting in a practice round at his home course at Jones Creek.
On June 21, Colligan was first in the boys 10-11 category at a Drive, Chip and Putt qualifier in Albany, Ga., advancing to the regional qualifier in Atlanta, to be held Monday, Aug. 5. The top qualifier in each age/gender bracket will advance to the national championship on Sunday, April 6 at Augusta National Golf Club.
Harwell, also from Evans, just missed qualifying for Atlanta, finishing third in her age bracket at the Drive, Putt and Chip qualifier at the First Tee of Augusta on July 12. She recorded a first-place finish at Thursday’s event, shooting a 5-over 41.
Harwell, who said her short game was the best thing working, liked how the course was ready for play.
“It was really good,” she said. “Not a lot of water on the course to worry about.”
The same couldn’t be said for 15-year-old Drew Duffie, of Evans, who is a rising sophomore at Greenbrier High School.
“It was hot and rough out there,” said Duffie, who wasn’t pleased with his second-place finish after shooting an 80.
He said the greens were “hard and fast” despite of all the rain the past few days.
Daniel Nunn won the boys 14-18 category, firing an even-par 72.
Girls 9 and Under (9 holes)
1. Taylor Lawson, 55
1. Madison Harwell, 41
2. Rachael Wohn, 48
1. Alex Colligan, 37
2. Robert Gojda, 43
3. Connor Franco, 47
4. Seth Dewyea, 49
5. Preston Taylor, 62
1. Martin Longtin, 88
1. Daniel Nunn, 72
2. Drew Duffie, 80
3. Chase Rich, 80
4. Montgomery Harrison, 83
1. Emily Wilson, 86