The “cream of the crop” at Friday’s 10th annual Southaven Junior Golf Open tournament was a 14-year-old youngster from Germantown, Tenn.
Eric Webb not only won his 13-14-year-old division with a two-over par 35 for the nine-hole tournament, he outplayed every one who took part, regardless of age.
Webb will also add his name to the tournament record book by setting the mark for the best score ever in the history of the event with his 35 scorecard.
“It’s amazing for a 14-year-old to be shooting a 35,” tournament director Dave Dixon said of Webb’s play on Friday at the Southaven Golf Center, 8925 Swinnea Road.
“It was real fun,” Webb said of playing the Southaven tournament, adding his play around the greens was exceptional.
“It was the putting and the wedge play,” Webb said. “I was getting it up around within 5-6 feet of the hole.”
Friday’s Southaven Junior tournament had been scheduled in June as the final event for two free clinics Dixon, with cooperation of the nine-hole golf course, had offered. Rain, however forced postponement of the annual event until Friday.
Dixon said, while the number of players was lower than in past years, likely due to it having to be rescheduled, he thought the quality of play from the competition was at a higher level this year.
While only 14, Webb said he’s been around a golf course for a number of years.
“I started playing golf when I was five-years-old,” Webb said, adding that golf is a sport he would like to pursue and continue to get better at.
Other winners at Friday’s golf event included J.D. Harris in the 6-7 age group and Grant Marston in the 8-10 age group. Both of those divisions played only four holes.
Drew Groscost won the 11-12 age division with a 36 score and Grant Jenkins took the 15-17 age division with a 37.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.