Junior golf tourney set to tee off


Hope Bishop putts during last year’s Etowah County Junior Golf Tournament. (Photo by Gadsden Times | File)


The 2013 Etowah County Junior Golf Championships is scheduled to tee off next week.

The three-day tournament put on by the Gadsden Junior Golf Association begins at Gadsden Country Club on July 22. The next morning, players will take on Briarmeade Golf Club in Glencoe.

On July 24, younger players will finish the tournament at Wills Creek in Attalla, while the 13- to 18-year-old divisions play at Silver Lakes.

There will be an awards banquet July 25 at the Gadsden Senior Activity Center and, the next morning, the top 10 players from the tournament compete in the Champions Shoot-out.

Friday is the deadline to enter the tournament, and no late applications will be accepted. An application to enter the tournament can be found at www.alagolf.com. />
Since Joe Harper won in 1948, the Etowah County Junior Golf Tournament has been one of the most prestigous youth golf events for more than six decades.

Gadsden City’s Bo Hayes won the overall boys championship last year. Hayes came from behind on the final day at Silver Lakes to win, beating Harrison Martin by four strokes for the title.

Jesse Force was third at 10 strokes off the pace, while Riley Wilson was fourth overall.

Hayes graduated last year so there will be a new champion of the 2013 event.

Glencoe’s Hope Bishop could return to defend her girls title.

She cruised to the championship last year with her nearest competitor 20 strokes behind.

Last year, Martin won the Champions Shoot-out, a highly anticipated event each year. The Champions Shoot-out features the 10 players from the tournament in a sudden-death format. The player with the highest score after each hole is eliminated until only one remains.