Sun Country Junior PGA tees off at Tech

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Youth from around the region competed in the Sun Country Junior PGA tournament, a South Central Section Professional Golf Association’s

Photos by Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: Dustin Anderson watches his shot on the 18th hole at New Mexico Tech Golf Course on Monday during the Sun Country Junior PGA tournament. Anderson tied for first in his age group.

junior golf tournament held at New Mexico Tech Golf Course in Socorro on July 15 and 16.

The SCSPGA Players Tour is a series of two-day events held at premier golf facilities within the South Central Section PGA borders. All events are nationally ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard and introduce tour members to a professional tournament experience. The 36-hole events throughout the series provide members an opportunity to build their golfing resume and prepare for the college golf experience while competing against the best of their peers on the best golf courses.

To ensure top fields and the highest competitive environment, players are required to verify their abilities meet minimum handicap requirements (Boys — 9.1 or lower, girls — 18.1 or lower). Players will be given the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to produce appropriate scores during single-day Junior Tour events. All SCSPGA Players Tour members will have the ability to participate in all SCSPGA Junior Tour events in addition to the Players Tour series.

Tyrone Thomas putts into the hole on Hole 1 at the New Mexico Tech Golf Course on Tuesday during the Sun Country Junior PGA tournament. Thomas took first place in his age group.

Boys and girls ages 7 through 12 played a round of golf on Monday. In the boys age 7 through 9, Peyton Jones came in first with a score of 46; Hurley Breedyk took second place with a 51, and Joshua Walsh placed third with a 52. Erica Williams placed first in the girls age 7-9 age group. In the 10-12 year-old boys group, Dustin Anderson and Lorne Fishburn tied for first place with a score of 40, and Roman Romero took third with a 51. Autumn Bjorklund came in first with a score of 50 in the girls 10- to 12-year-old group, with Presley Jackson taking second with a 52, and Kaylyn Gallagher in third place with a distant 68.

Boys and girls ages 12-18 played their tournament on Tuesday. The 13-15 year-old girls top three included Dominique Galloway in first with a 71, Jacquelyn Galloway in second with a 79, and Ashlee Garrett in third with an 84. Boys 13-15 winners included Brett Anaya in first with a score of 76, Ricky Silva Jr. in second with a 78 and Brett Hudson in third with a 79. In the 16-18 age group, girls Shelby Turner took first with a 78, Linda Cisneros came in second at 91 and Candis Secatero was third with a 102; boys Tyrone Thomas came in first with a score of 75, Cooper Jackson was second at 76 and Colby Kerr took third with a 77.