Dave Walsh: Tri-State Junior Golf Tour looking forward to 2014
"Thanks for playing."
"See you next season."
"Get more players to come with you."
Those were three of the most used phrases Friday when the Tri-State Junior Golf Tour completed its 31st season with its final event at Guyan Golf and Country Club. Jason Van Deusen, director of the circuit, and his dad, Joe, did all the talking after devoting nearly two months conducting tournaments at Tri-State golf courses in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.
In 2013, the Van Deusens added two divisions -- age 6-under and age 7-9. Players in both groups played nine holes.
"It went well. We hope things pick up," Joe Van Deusen said of getting younger players hooked.
Tournament fields varied in number. Two had more than 50 players including the Guyan Golf and Country Club stop. The average was 35 to 40 players.
After play and lunch, Jason Van Deusen passed out player of the year awards. Where those players live show how this tour reaches out into the Tri-State.
Age 7-9 Division, Cameron Phillips, Portsmouth.
Age 10-12 Division, Brynden Roark, Portsmouth.
Age 13-15 Division, Derek Lemley, Chesapeake (repeat winner).
Age 16-18 Division, Drew Burke, Ashland.
After the awards ceremony, Joe Van Duesen stressed this point: "We'll be back next year."
CHAMPS: Kenny Frye got to spend quality time last weekend with his son, Reid.
They met at The Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, W.Va., and once again competed in the West Virginia Father Child Championship.
The Frye team had a share of the lead after round one with a 9-under 63 on the Cobb Course (seven birdies and an eagle). On day two, they moved over to the Stonehaven Course and shot 67 to win the pro division with a 130 total. For two days, they racked up 12 birdies, one eagle and had no bogeys. They played the par 3s even, the par 4s eight under and the par 5s six under.
"I'm enjoying spending time with him," said Frye, who operates Orchard Hills Golf and Country Club in Barboursville.
"That's the intent. Reid played well both days. I didn't have a good day Sunday."
BETTER WITH AGE: Charlie Stone, 75, shot one less than his age with a 74 in a Saturday round at Guyan Golf and Country Club. The witnesses were Jim Freeman, Jim Cyrus and Gary Woodrell.
WHAT A SHOT: Chung Dik Kim, 75, made his second eagle of the summer Thursday at Esquire Golf Course. He made three on the par-5 sixth hole. His first eagle was a 2 on the par-4 11th hole on June 12. G.B. Berry saw both eagles.
RONNIE KOUNS MEMORIAL: The 17th fund-raiser for the Huntington YMCA is Aug. 16 at Riviera Country Club. Entry fee $100. Sponsorships available. All proceeds benefit the Phil Cline Family YMCA. Call 304-697-7113, 304-525-8127 or visit www.huntingtonymca.org for more details.
HEATING UP THE GREENS: Fundraiser for Hospice of Huntington is Aug. 19 at Guyan Golf and Country Club. Shotgun start at noon. $1,000 for four-person team. Sponsorships available. Proceeds benefit Hospice of Huntington, Inc. Call 304-529-4217 or 1-800-788-5480.
RIVERSIDE TWO-MAN: The popular Riverside Two-Man Best Ball is Aug. 25 at Riverside Golf Course in Mason, W.Va. Entry fee $140 (per team) and includes practice round (Aug. 19-23). Championship flight has either player with USGA GHIN handicap of under eight. Any team with players without handicap must play in the championship flight. First flight has both players with GHIN handicaps of eight or above. In second flight, both players must have handicaps of 13 or higher. Starting tee times are 7:30-9:30 a.m. for second flight, 9:40-11:00 for first and 11:10-1:30 p.m. for championship. More information available at www.riversidegolfclub.com or call 304-773-5354.
EAGLE RIDGE TURNS 10: Eagle Ridge Golf Course at Yatesville Lake State Park in Louisa, Ky., is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a tournament on Sept. 14. Format is two-man scramble. Entry fee $80 per team. Shotgun start 9 a.m. Contact pro Missy Kennedy at 606-673-4300.
OFF TO SOUTH KOREA: The 2015 Presidents Cup will be played at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea, marking the second time in a row that a course designed by the 18-time major championship winner will be the host for the competition. This year's Presidents Cup is set for Oct. 3-6 at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea served as host for the Songdo Championship in 2010 and 2011, and the 2012 Korea Women's Open on the Korean LPGA Tour. The biennial competition matches its the United States against an International side comprised of players from everywhere outside of Europe.
David Walsh is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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