Clayton’s Makenna Hammer dominated the Tarheel Youth Golf Association’s one-day tournament scene earlier this month, winning back-to-back titles — both by 10-stroke margins — at Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course and the Country Club of Johnston County in Smithfield.
The Neuse Charter School graduate is about to begin her freshman season playing golf at Methodist University.
She got off to a tough start during the tournament at Goldsboro, but reeled off a string of 13 great holes to finish with a 79.
Hammer closed with a 35 on the back nine of the tourney at Goldsboro Municipal. She was 8-over par after her first five holes but then played the final 13 holes at 1-under.
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She carded a 76 in Smithfield.
In the tournament at the Country Club of Johnston County, Smithfield’s Ellen Watson was third in the girls 16-18 division as well, finishing with an 89.
Natalie Hill of Smithfield was second in girls 14-15, while Benson’s Alyssa Barbour finished third.
Len Chen of Clayton, Cole Howard of Benson and Parker Denning of Benson were second, third and fourth respectively among boys ages 8-11.
Clayton’s Nick Routhier was seventh in the 16-18 boys division, while Clayton golfers Matthew Hayes and Noah Kallam were third and fourth in boys ages 14-15.
Spencer DeLorme and Jake Linker, both also of Clayton, finished fifth and sixth in the 14-15 division.
Stephenson ties for second in Georgia: South Johnston High School rising senior Patrick Stephenson finished tied for second at the David Love III Junior Open at the Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga. on July 23. The Four Oaks native finished at 5-under-par for the 54-hole event. The individual runner-up at the NCHSAA 3A state championships this past spring finished two shots back of winner Colin Kober of Southlake, Texas.
One step closer to Augusta: Ashton Gupton of Smithfield advanced to the regional qualifying round of the 2015-16 Drive, Chip & Putt National Championships earlier this month. She will compete in Greensboro on Aug. 8 in the girls ages 12-13 division with a spot at the national finals at Augusta National Golf Club next April. The competition is held on the Sunday before the start of the annual Masters Tournament.
The daughter of Tony and Melony Gupton finished second at the sub-regional at Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill. She was first in the chipping portion of the event, putting all three of her chips within two feet of the hole.
Other players, finishes: Clayton’s Tyler Dechellis finished second in the first flight of the 19th N.C. Junior Boys 13-and-Under Championship at Asheboro Municipal Golf Club earlier this month. He won his nine-hole quarterfinal match on a playoff hole, then took a 1-up victory in his semifinal match. … Patrick Schweitz of Clayton won the boys 16-18-year-old division of the TYGA Jack Ratz Junior at Wildwood Green in Raleigh on July 20. He carded a round of 69. Routhier was tied for fifth and Brice Connors of Garner tied for 13th. … Garner’s Pat Brogden advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Carolina Women’s Match Play Championship in Stanley. … Leo Chen of Clayton finished second in the 11-and-under division of a Tarheel Youth Golf Association one-day tournament at Sanford Golf Club. … Clayton’s Brady Hooks finished tied for fourth in the 14-15 boys division of a TYGA one-day tournament at Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course. Chen was eighth in the 11-and-under competition at the same event. … David Germann, a Clayton High grad and University of Richmond golfer, tied for 35th in the 101st Carolinas Amateur Championship in Greensboro. Raleigh’s Carter Jenkins won the title, becoming the first first player to win three consecutive Carolinas Am titles since F.M. Laxton from 1921-23. … Clayton’s Hayes was sixth in a TYGA one-day tournament at Chapel Hill Country Club as well. …. Kallam shared the 14-15-year-old division win of a one-day event at Siler City Country Club with a 79. … Wheeless was second at a TYGA tournament at the Country Club of Whispering Pines. … Hill was fourth at a one-day tournament at Wildwood Green on July 20. … Watson finished second in the High Point Open, a 36-hole event at Blair Park Golf Club and Oak Hollow Golf Club on July 23.