Only one of the 25 linksters gathered for the Tennessee Golf Association Junior Tour stop at Waterville Golf Course Thursday broke par, and she was one of the youngest participants.
Nine-year-old Kyndall Shamblin completed the back nine of the newly renovated local course in just 35 strokes, one stroke under par. The Prospect Elementary student shot a 2-over 38 in the TGA tour event at Chatata Valley last week.
Firing the best half-round of the day gave Shamblin the win in the 8-11 Micro Division, outdistancing Kinsley Skiffin of Chatsworth, Ga., who tied for the fourth lowest score of the event with a 5-over 41.
A pair of locals battled it out for the Boys 13-under Masters crown with Parker Gray, edging out Ocoee Middle School teammate Nicholas McCracken by a stroke. Gray carded a 4-over 40, while McCracken was right on his heels with a 41. Another Cleveland linkster, Gage Brakebill, finished third in the same division with a 53.
Matthew Marino, who also plays for OMS, tied for second place in the Boys 10-13 Tour Division with a 9-over 45, just two strokes back of Casey Tull, from Dalton, Ga. Jack Fortune also shot a 45 to match Marino. Seth Neighbors finished eighth in the division with a 52.
Kassey Gregg, another Ocoee Middle golfer, earned fifth place honors in the Girls’ 12-18 Tour Division, carding a 53, which was just one shot back of McCall Price and two of Madalyn Hembree, both of Chattanooga.
Ooltewah’s Lydia Campbell shot a 9-over 45 to win the division, while Taylor Gardner, of Signal Mountain, took second with a 47.
Peyton Ogle, also from Signal Mountain, won the Boys 8-9 Micro with a 4-over 40, while Jack Cawood of Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., was second.
In the Boys 10-11 Micro, Carter Bell of Ringgold, Ga., took top honors with a 10-over 46, while Dayton’s Cooper Kinney and Benjamin Burns, of Signal Mountain, tied for second with 50s.
The TGA Junior Tour will make one more stop locally, with the Cleveland Country Club playing host on Monday.