Maumelle golfers ruled in the Tom Millikin Memorial Junior Stroke over the weekend, sweeping the boys and girls divisions.
Ryan Spurlock, 16, won his second tournament in as many weeks and fourth overall this season with an even-par 74-70—144 finish ahead of the boys field at Harrison Country Club. Brandon Coale of Fordyce finished second, three strokes back.
Maumelle golfers finished 1-2 in the girls tournament. Allie Weiner, 15, shot 78-77—155 to win; Josie Roberson, 13, finished at 81-76—157.
“Maumelle represented real well,” Spurlock said.
Spurlock, who was tied for second, two strokes back, after the first round, said he liked being the stalker.
“It’s so much better than having the lead,” he said.
With the pairings by age group, he did not play in the same round as the first-round leader, Wil Gibson.
“I got off to a great start and was four-under after the front nine,” Spurlock said. “Most greens there are drivable, and I’d hit close and then chip up and make birdie. I didn’t know where I stood until I had a parent tell me on (No.) 15 I had a four-shot lead. That made me feel comfortable.”
Weiner, who at press time stood fourth in the Junior Girls Player of the Year race, won her first tournament of the season.
“I’ve been waiting for this,” she said. “I’ve been playing pretty well, but I’ve been waiting to actually win a tournament.”
She trailed Hanna Brauburger of Bella Vista by a stroke after the first round. They were paired together for Sunday’s final round.
“I started to get ahead of her, but then Josie (who was playing ahead) started to play really, really well, so I knew I had to play consistent and well to win,” Weiner said. “I was not playing very good, but I started getting it together.”
She birdied the final two holes, and she needed both to survive her Maumelle neighbor.
“It was very nerve-wracking,” Weiner said.
At press time, Roberson stood second in the Junior Girls Player of the Year race.
All three Maumelle golfers played in the Randy Beaver Memorial at Rolling Hills in Cabot on Tuesday and Wednesday. At press time, Spurlock and Weiner were definites and Roberson a maybe for the Greers Ferry Junior Stroke at Red Apple Inn in Heber Springs on Thursday and Friday. The junior designated schedule winds up next week with the ASGA Junior Match Play Championship at Eagle Hill in Little Rock, and all three will be there.
Spurlock is aiming for that event after falling in the second round last year.
“I like match play,” he said. “I make a lot of birdies, but I might make a triple bogey also. I’m excited.”
He has extended his lead in the race for the Junior Boys Player of the Year to about 200 points with the three tournaments left.
Weiner, too, has had the Junior Girls Match circled for a year.
“Last year I did not play very well at all,” she said. “I didn’t even qualify. I’ve been working really hard and I’m excited about it. I hope I can shoot in the 70s on that course.”
Jenkins, Zimmerman tie for third
Little Rock’s Chris Jenkins, who plays out of the Country Club of Arkansas, and Nick Zimmerman of North Little Rock tied for third at last week’s Arkansas State Golf Association Stroke Play Championship at Texarkana Country Club.
Jenkins, the 1999 champion, shot 68-74-71—213. Zimmerman fired 71-71-71—213; they tied with Wes McNulty of Pine Bluff, a six-time champion who had won the last two (73-70-70—213).
Seth Garner of Hot Springs, a junior at Arkansas State, won his first title (69-69-70—208), three strokes better than Chuck Gardner of Texarkana (66-73-72—211).
Charly Jones and David Lawrence, both of Sherwood, placed fifth and eighth, respectively, in the Super-Senior division (age 65 and up). Jones shot 78-80-80—238; Lawrence finished with 81-81-84—246. David Waddle of Texarkana won the Super-Senior division by four strokes after carding 74-77-77—228.
Tracy Harris of Little Rock breezed to a 10-stroke win in the Mid-Senior division (40+) with 69-75-67—211. Bobby Baker of Little Rock took a two-stroke win in the Senior division with 71-71-69—211.