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June 21, 2013

YOUTH GOLF: Juniors tee off

Summer tours chance to make friends, hone skills

NAPPANEE — Youth golfers on the Elkhart County Junior Golf Tour come out for different reasons.

Some are there just to have fun; others are there to work on their ghame for next season.

And some are just looking to play a little golf before they move on to the next phase of their lives.

That’s the case for former Elkhart Memorial golfer Nick Foy, who win the boys 16-18 division of Thursday’s event at McCormick Creek Golf Course in Nappanee with a 1-under-par 71.

For Foy, competitive golf has pretty much come to an end: He will attend Ohio State University in the fall and major in business.

But this summer, he’ll enjoy a few tournaments here and there.

“Then, it’s out into the real world,” Foy said with a smile.

But on Thursday, it was time to enjoy a round of golf and share some camaraderie with players he toiled against during the high school campaign.

It was a pretty consistent round for Foy, who was 1-over-par through the first eight holes, then birdied three of the first four holes on the back nine.

It was only the second time Foy had played the course.

Brayden Glaser and Payton Grubbs both shot 72s to tie for second. Broc Maurer of Jimtown shot a 73.

Maurer and several other players play the Elkhart County Junior Tour and another area summer junior tour, the Mountain Dew Tour, which is more widespread across Indiana.

“The Mountain Dew tour is more competitive,” Maurer said.

Goshen’s Michael Chupp, a rising junior, said he enjoys getting to play on a less competitive level with some of the players he goes head-to-head with during the high school season.

“You get a chance to get to know guys a little better,” Chupp said.

For some area prep golfers, the summer tours are a chance to work on their gamer in preparation for the coming prep seasons.

One such golfer was Wawasee’s Mikayla Mawhorter, who shot a 95 on Friday at McCormick Creek.

Mawhorter shot a 53 on the front nine and improved sunstantially with a 42 on the back.

“That’s how my game has been lately,” Mawhorter said. “It takes me about nine holes to get in gear.”

Mawhorter is hoping to work on her driving and putting this summer.

The next Elkhart County Junior Tour event is next Wednesday at Timber Ridge.

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