Locals vie in junior events
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
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Etowah’s Nick Budd led local players after two days of the Georgia Junior event, with his 147 six strokes behind the leaders at The Farm in Rocky Face.
<BR>Staff file photo by Laura Moon
Etowah’s Nick Budd led local players after two days of the Georgia Junior event, with his 147 six strokes behind the leaders at The Farm in Rocky Face.
Staff file photo by Laura Moon
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Rain over the past three days made for challenging conditions at a pair golf courses where young players have been competing this week.

Under way this week are the Georgia Junior and Georgia Girls’ championships. Both events are 54-hole tournaments spread over three days.

Waynesboro’s Carter Mobley and Dunwoody’s Marcus Byrd led the field of the Georgia Junior Championship with two-round totals of 3-under par 141. Rain delayed the afternoon tee times Tuesday in Rocky Face at The Farm.

In contention is Nick Budd (147). The rising junior at Etowah shot 71 on Monday and followed with a 76 on Tuesday — when most golfers saw their scores rise.

Brady Keran, who will enter his freshman year of high school in the fall, is a shot behind Budd at 148 (75-73).

Woodstock’s Kevin Burns struggled to 165 (83-82) and failed by two shots to make the cut for today’s final round.

The top eight finishers will represent the state at next month’s Georgia-South Carolina Junior Challenge Match in Columbia, S.C. The winner will receive an exemption to compete in the Georgia Amateur Championship, which takes place July 11-14 at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw.

In the Georgia Girls’ Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, rain disrupted play on both Monday and Tuesday.

In the opening round, one group was unable to finished play and was forced to make up the difference Tuesday. During the second round, play was halted for nearly an hour due to standing water on the course.

Be it the wet weather or the challenging, PGA-level course at which the event is being played, just two players were under par after two rounds.

Norcross’ Bailey Tardy led with a two-day total of 5-under 139 (68-71). Two strokes back is Roswell’s Rinko Mitsunaga (72-69).

After Mitsunaga, the next-closest golfer is another eight shots back.

Recent Creekview graduate Whitney Stevenson, the 2013 Cherokee Tribune Girls Golfer of the Year, is leading local participants with a 172 and is tied for 27th.

Also competing in the event are Etowah’s Tyler Dawson (181) and Melanie Talbott (182), Woodstock’s Madison Blackburn (186), Creekview’s Claire Roop (186) and Woodstock resident Abigail Bolt (184).

The top four finishers are invited to represent Georgia in August’s Georgia-South Carolina Girls’ Junior Challenge Match in Seabrook Island, S.C.
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