PGA junior tournament draws 26 golfers to Natchez
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 29, 2006
NATCHEZ &8212; Twenty-six aspiring golf stars flocked to Beau Pr/ Country Club Tuesday for the first round of the Gulf States PGA Thanksgiving
Will Black of Calhoun City and Charles Valluzzo of Baton Rouge took the overall lead, each shooting a 75 on a day of stiff winds and hard greens.
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Holly Jenkins of Boyce, La. leads the girls&8217; 14-18 division, Jacob Ross of Brookhaven leads the boys&8217; 12-13 division and Hannah Schorr of Broussard, La. leads the girls&8217; 10-13 division.
Dwayne David, PGA professional at Beau Pr/, said the tournament has always been a good way to wrap up the golf year.
&8220;We&8217;ve had it the past couple years,&8221; David said. &8220;It&8217;s a good tournament. We have it on the holidays so it gives the kids something to do. It&8217;s a good time, the parents come out and get to spend some time with their kids. It&8217;s a good way to kind of end the season.&8221;
Jackson Bryant, 15, of Natchez, a Trinity 10th-grader, shot an 84 to sit nine shots back of Valluzzo.
&8220;I felt like I did bad,&8221; Bryant said. &8220;I&8217;ve shot a lot better. If I hadn&8217;t four-putt on No. 2 I would&8217;ve done better.&8221;
While Bryant was unhappy with his score, he and several other members of his group all said they enjoyed their round.
&8220;We had the best group, and we had fun,&8221; said Travis Wilmore, 15, of Alexandria, La. We played good, we were all calm and we just had fun. We weren&8217;t joking around or anything, we were serious when we needed to be.&8221;
&8220;We were serious, but we had fun,&8221; said Valluzzo.
While Valluzzo is tied for the lead, he still felt he could have done better.
&8220;I didn&8217;t do great on the front,&8221; he said. &8220;I got more relaxed and had a good time on the back nine. I could&8217;ve done better. I&8217;ve shot a 70 before.&8221;
With a day to go, Bryant was unsure he would be able to catch Valluzzo.
&8220;He&8217;s good,&8221; Bryant said. &8220;He&8217;s a tough player.&8221;
Not only will it be tough for several players to come back to the front of the back, the course conditions have made it even tougher, and with a frost expected this morning, things could be interesting in today&8217;s final round.
&8220;I&8217;ll have to light it up to catch up,&8221; said Don Breaux, 14, of Baton Rouge.