Royal Links Golf Club hosted our 7th event of the 2018 Nevada RecruitLook Junior Golf Tour on July 24-25, 2018. An absolute amazing golf course — in a true links style setting, Royal Links gave the players an opportunity to play in conditions reminiscent of last weeks British Open, only difference, the course conditions were perfect. Royal Links was in as good condition as any course we have played in the valley, with perfectly manicured fairways and greens. The only set back was the temperature, both days, the scorching heat took its toll on the players. Even allowing them to ride, all the players appeared drained as they hit the scoring table.
Tyler Smerz, (smurf as all the boys call him) took top honors in the Boys 15-18 with steady play for the 36 holes. Four over par after nine holes, Tyler played the last 27 holes even par 74-74/158, to finish two ahead of points leader Jackson Parrish 75-75/150. Jackson recovered nicely on day two after playing the front nine in 41. With three birdies on the back nine, Jackson secured second place and holds an 1,150 to 775 lead over Tyler in the points race. Third place went to Rashon Williams with rounds of 82-76/158.
Andrew Hawk, Boys 13-14 finished first with rounds of 82-81/163. His 3rd win in four tour starts this year. With his victory, Andrew currently leads the Player of the Year race with 1400 points to second place Diachi Molde with 950 points.
In the closest match of the event, Bradley Bourn narrowly defeated newcomer Skylor Taylor 166 to 167. All tied up heading into the last hole — Bradley made the crucial putt on the last hole to win by one. Bradley now leads the Player of the Year race with 1,800 points to second place Wade Arcella 1,100.
Lee Howland, Boys 9-10, took advantage of points leader Eli Marshall not playing and took first place with rounds of 99-93/192 playing from the Red tees. His regular tees are the green tees, which are 1400 yards shorter, way to go Lee!
Yana Wilson, playing in the Girls 15-18 though only eleven years old, won for the first time in this challenging age group. Fresh off of an 18 under par performance at the World Stars event at Paiute (she won by a whopping 20 strokes), Yana is proving she’s comfortable at the longer distances on this tour. Tied for the lead with Crystle Querol after day one with a 78, Yana shot another 78 to finish at 156, two ahead of Rebecca Oertel (79-79/158). Crystle finished third with rounds of 78-81/159. With this win, Yana has moved to second place in the Player of the Year race, only 90 points behind leader Rebecca. It’s a packed points leaderboard with six players only separated by 270 points in this competitive age group.
Cienna Cabrera, Girls 11-12, took first place with rounds of 87-89/176 and is also the points leader with 1,700 points. This marks Cienna’s third consecutive RLJGT win! Can anyone stop her? Way to go, Cienna!
In the Girls 9-10, Rivers Abigail Common, has made it two in a row, but it wasn’t easy. She battled all day long with Emmerson Hinds but managed to secure a one-shot victory 101 to 102. With the victory, Rivers leads the Player of the Year race with 1,250 points.
Our next event is scheduled for August 6-7, day 1 at Dragon Ridge, day 2 at Southern Highlands, two of our finest private clubs in the state.