GOLF NOTEBOOK: Moss leads local contingent of successful players

LOCALS LEADING THE WAY: Peyton Johnson, who tied for fourth at the 103rd Louisiana Amateur Golf Championships, is one of many local juniors enjoying success on the course this summer.

By HARRIET PROTHRO PENROD, Journal Sports

Local golfers have been very busy, and very successful, at different events around the Ark-La-Tex over the past couple of weeks.

The most successful was recent Byrd graduate Sydney Moss, who finished in a tie for first and took co-medalist honors at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Qualifier held Wednesday at Tamahka Trails Golf Club in Marksville.

Moss, who will play at the University of Memphis next year, shot a 1-over 72 to finish in a tie with Emerson Blair of West Point, Mississippi. Benton’s Abigail McWilliams shot a 12-over 83 to finish in a tie for 14th.

“Today (Wednesday), I played a pretty solid round of golf,” said Moss, whose co-medalist finish qualifies her for the U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship. “I had five bogeys and four birdies, which I think speaks a lot for my comeback abilities. It’s okay to mess up and make mistakes because it’s golf. Mistakes are bound to happen. But the way we approach those mistakes and try to recover from them, truly shows our abilities as a golfer.”

Three local boys finished in the Top 10 at the U.S. Junior Amateur (also held Wednesday at Tamahka Trails). Shreveporters Charlie Bell tied for 4th place with a 1-over 72 and Peyton Johnson finished in a tie for 10th with a 3-over 74 while Benton’s Noah McWilliams finished in a tie for 8th with a 3-over 73. Hudson Greene of Bossier City finished in a tie for 31st with a 12-over 83 and Benton’s Cason Toms shot a 13-over 84 to finish in a tie for 33rd.

Byrd’s Grant Reagan, who finished the first round of the TJGT event at Water Chase in Fort Worth on Wednesday in a tie for 4th, is hoping for better conditions for today’s final round.

“I played okay, but it was super windy out there,” Reagan said after finishing the first round. “I haven’t been hitting the ball that well, but I’m working on it. I was sick a few days last week and didn’t get to play.”

Reagan will be playing plenty over the next week. After playing in this weekend’s City Amateur Golf Championship at Huntington, he will travel to Canton, TX, for a Legends Tour event that will include 36 holes on the first day followed by 18 holes on Day Two.

At the 103rd Louisiana Amateur Golf Championships held at TPC Louisiana in Avondale earlier this week, recent Byrd graduate and Louisiana Tech signee Peyton Johnson shot 3-under and finished in a tie for 4th place. Johnson opened with a 67 and followed with rounds of 75-71-72.

Other Shreveporters competing were Payne Johnson and Taylor Netherton (tied for 21st) and Billy Joe Tolliver (60th).—

At the GSPGA Junior Championships at Beau Chene Country Club in Mandeville last week, Bell finished in a tie for 6th while Xan Walker took 12th place and Charles Valiulis tied for 15th.

The 2022 City Amateur Golf Championships at Huntington, which will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, is a match play tournament open to all male amateur golfers. Championship and President Flights will play two matches Friday, two matches Saturday, and one match Sunday. Final matches will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday.

All other flights will play one match each day with Sunday’s final round beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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Photo by JOHN JAMES MARSHALL