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Kerns, Holtzapfel, Morgan win top honors

PORTSMOUTH — When the final putt dropped, three local youth golfers were atop the leaderboard.

Nathan Kerns in the 16-18 age division, Andy Holtzapfel in the 13-15 age group, and Brent Morgan in the 10-12 age bracket came away as the Players of the Year in the final Tri-State Junior Golf Circuit standings.

The tour finished its summer tournaments with the Monster Energy Drink Classic Monday at the Portsmouth Elks Country Club.

Holtzapfel tied with Nick Saunders at 81 for first-place in the first flight. Overall, Holtzapfel was the easy Player of the Year champion with 157.5 points to runner-up Saunders 82.5 total.

Kerns did not play in Monday’s tournament. He is currently playing in an American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) tournament in Mississippi.

Kerns, who also won the top award last year in the 16-18 age group, had 92.6 points to finish ahead of Brian Corder who had 75 points.

Morgan was another back-to-back Player of the Year champion as he won the top honor in the 10-12 age group again.

Morgan racked up 155 points to easily outdistance runner-up Bobby Welch who had 99.5 points.

Morgan tied for second in Monday’s tournament with a 48, one stroke behind winner Jacob Albrecht.

Josh Zornes, a teammate of Kerns and Holtzapfel on the Ironton golf team,celebrated his first year competing on the TSJGC by finishing third in the 13-15 division.

Monster Energy Drink Classic

ELKS COUNTRY CLUB

Monday’s Results

First Flight

10-12 Age Division

Par 36 (9 Holes)

First Flight

Jacob Albrecht 47, Dares Hamid 48, Darby High 48, Brent Morgan 48, Chris Heiner 49, Bobby Welch 49

Second Flight

Shane Stevens 56, Taae Hamid 56, Andy Tao 64, Joseph Armburgey 66

13-15 Age Division

Par 72

First Flight

Andy Holtzapfel 81, Nick Saunders 81, Josh Zornes 85, Cody Bussler 88

Second Flight

Kent Shepard 77, Trevor High 87, Jack Burden 87, Webb Ballard 91, Adam Pollitt 93

Third Flight

Joseph Dempsey 105, Chuck Heiner 111

16-18 Age Division

Par 72

First Flight

Brian Corder 75, David Sager 79, Ryan Hines 79, Justin Dials 85, Donald Pritchard 100

Second Flight

Corey Lawhun 78, Cameron Wechsler 79, Tyler Blankenship 85, Joe Freeman 95, O’Brien Robbins 96

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Final Standings

16-18 Age Division

Nathan Kerns92.6

Brian Corder 75

Corey Lawhun 72.5

David Sager III 57.5

Justin Dials 57.5

Josh Holmes 50

Tyler Blankenship 32.5

Ryan Hines 30

Taylor Fry 27.5

Andy Barrett 22.5

Craig Jagers 15

Brett Buskey 15

Cameron Wechsler 10

Mason Weisgarber 7.5

13-15 Age Division

Andy Holtzapfel157.5

Nick Saunders 82.5

Josh Zornes 65

Kent Shepard 60

Brooke Bellomy 50

Chase Wheeler 27.5

Kelli Garrett 22.5

Drew Rothenstein 22.5

Eli Carr 20

Billy Sager 20

Adam Pollitt 5

10-12 Age Divison

Brent Morgan155

Bobby Welch 99.5

Chris Heiner 79.5

Dares Hamid 77.5

Mitchell McFarland 65

Colten Brumfield 30

Trey Gustin 25

Nichole Carper 10

Taae Hamid 7.5