Area junior golfers shine at GSGA sectionals

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

HAWKINSVILLE -- Led by Albany brothers Tyler and Jacob Joiner, the Southwest section outlasted a lengthy weather delay to run away with the 37th annual GSGA Junior Sectional Challenge Match, which took place at Southern Hills Golf Club and ended Thursday.

The Southwest trailed the Northwest section by less than a point after day one, but surpassed the first-round leaders to win by nearly six points.

After his 70 on Tuesday, Tyler once again carded the low round of the day Thursday with 1-under-par 71 to win the boys' 12-13 division.

Jacob, meanwhile, finished tied for second in the boys 14-15 division after rounds of 72 and 79. Jacob also led his age group in driving with an average of 322 yards, while Tyler was second in his age group at 289 yards.

Other local golfers who competed, and their finishing spots, included: Moultrie's Von Stripling (T9 in boys 16-17); Donalsonville's Hudson Hanna (T22, boys 16-17); Moultrie's Braden Taylor (T3, boys 12-13) and Tifton's Cam Tucker (10th, boys 11-and-younger).

The Junior Sectional Challenge Match is a statewide competition that brings together the top performers from the summer-long GSGA Junior Sectional Program.

The Junior Sectional Program began in 1974 and was established by the Georgia State Golf Association as a grassroots effort to provide juniors across the state with the opportunity to experience competitive golf.