MOUNT CARMEL — 37 aspiring golfers took to the greens of West Berwick Golf Course to compete in the annual SK Smith Junior Golf Tournament on Monday.
The tournament had boy and girl golfers divided into age groups, included ages 5-8, 9-12, 13-14 and 15-18 on the boys side, and 5-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-18 for the girls, with each age group tackling varying hole totals (3-18 holes).
On the boys side, Jarrett West (87) took first place from a field of eight competing golfers in the 15-18 age group. Owen Dougherty (87) tied with West and finished second, followed by Isaac Kieffer (88) in third.
In the 13-14 age group Kollin Kelsey (47) took home first place from a competing field of five golfers, followed by his cousin Zeke Swanson (47) in second, and Andrew Gillihan (49) in third.
The 9-12 age group had two golfers, Zane Wilcox (35), who finished first, and Wade Keepes (40), who finished second).
As for the youngest group, the 5-8-year-olds, Ridge Keepes (16) emerged in first among the seven competitors. James Brewer (19) finished second, followed by Maddon Ruphard (21) in third.
The girls side featured two members of the Lady Aces golf team — which finished as IHSA 1A State Runner-Ups this past year — competing in the 13-18 age group.
Mady Young (75), much like last fall, grabbed first place with a strong day and posted the lowest 18-hole score. Daisy Schrader (82) finished in second behind Young, followed by Maria Kennard (93) in third.
Three girls competed in the 11-12 age group, with Miley Kennard (52) seizing first place. Elyse Swanson (63) finished in second and Ruby Newkirk (68) rounded out the group in third.
Six girls competed through five holes in the 9-10 age group, a group which Miranda Kennard (30) earned first place in. Ella turner (31) trailed Kennard by a stroke and finished second, followed by Lola Meador (36) six strokes behind in third.
Lastly, Hattie Newkirk (30) and Emery Turner (30) tied in the 3-hole 5-8 age group competition.
Having 37 golfers compete — at varying age levels — seems to bode incredibly well for the future of Mount Carmel’s golf program, which has enjoyed immense success on both the girls and boys side in recent years.