With the Arkansas State Golf Association season winding down, local golfers are among the leaders in six of the eight Player of the Year races.
The junior races are over with the season having concluded two weeks ago with the ASGA Junior Match Play Championship. Maumelle’s Ryan Spurlock, 16, is the Junior Boys Player of the Year, having earned 779.5 points. Garrett May of Hope finished second with 430 points, followed by Whit Parker of Conway, 355; Fisher Vollendorf of Fayetteville, 349; and Peyton Wilhoit of Searcy, 335. Wilhoit was the 2013 Junior Boys Player of the Year.
Four local girls are among the top eight in the Junior Girls Player of the Year race. Elizabeth Moon of Forrest City earned her first Player of the Year award with 958 points, but Maumelle golfers finished second, fourth and sixth and a Sherwood junior was eighth. Josie Roberson, 13, finished second to Moon with 600 points. Casey Ott of Conway was third with 460, followed by Allie Weiner, 15, of Maumelle, 441; Christian Barrett of Camden, 430; Taylor Loeb, 16, of Maumelle, 425; Hanna Brauburger of Bella Vista, 349; and Hannah Bakalekos of Sherwood, 339.
Mimi Evans of Maumelle is second in the standings for Senior Women (50+). She has 262.5 points, behind Carrie Hall of Bismarck (425) and ahead of Lulong Radler of Fayetteville (250). No more Senior Women’s events are on the schedule this year, according to www.asga.org.
With four events left on the Men’s, Mid-Senior (40+), Senior (55+) and Super-Senior (65+) designated schedules, Chris Jenkins of Little Rock, who plays out of the Country Club of Arkansas, is second in the Men’s Player of the Year standings, behind Wes McNulty of Pine Buff (444.5). Trey Schaap of North Little Rock, who tied for second in last week’s Pine Bluff Country Club Stroke Play with 72-68—140, a stroke behind Chris Dixon of Sheridan, is third with 323 points. Also at Pine Bluff, Brent Cook of Maumelle tied for ninth with 75-72—147.
In the Super-Senior race, David Lawrence of Sherwood is fourth with 340 points, behind Sam McAllister of Bryant (520), Oscar Taylor of Hot Springs Village (430) and Glen Talbert of Sheridan (420). Lawrence finished second in the Super-Senior division at Pine Bluff Country Club over the weekend with 79-75—154, six strokes behind McAllister
In the Senior standings, Jim Balch of Maumelle is 10th with 179 points, behind Stan Lee of Tumbling Shoals, 570; Bobby Baker of Little Rock, 550; Ronnie Johnson of Hot Springs, 421; Ron Richard of Fort Smith, 396; John Tetens of Conway, 379; Bruce Dickey of Paragould, 330; David Shirey of Camden, 290; Bev Hargraves of Little Rock, 250; and Frank Ramey of Little Rock, 190.
The only two Player of the Year categories without local golfers among the top 10 are Mid-Senior, where Tracy Harris of Little Rock is rolling (840 points to second-place Billy Blackburn of El Dorado, 475) and Women, where Julie Oxendine and her niece, Libby Croom, both of Russellville, are tied for the lead with 340 points. Nora Phillips of Hot Springs is third with 255.
Remaining events on the ASGA schedule are Men’s, Mid-Senior, Senior and Super-Senior divisions at Big Creek Country Club in Mountain Home this weekend; the ASGA Match Play Championship at The Greens at North Hills Aug. 14-17; the Rice Belt Classic at Stuttgart Country Club Aug. 23-24; and the Harbor Oaks Men’s Stroke at Pine Bluff Aug. 30-31.
A women’s tournament at Fayetteville Country Club is set for Sept. 11.
The final ASGA event of the season, the Arkansas Open at Burns Park Sept. 12-14, will count as the first tournament for the 2015 men’s Player of the Year races.