By Mike Deak
NAPPANEE – The Lifestyle Junior Golf Tour made a stop locally, taking on McCormick Creek Golf Course on Thursday. A host of area golfers were among the 12 male and female age divisions, including some familiar faces to McCormick atop the leaderboards.
A trio of NorthWood golf legacy were among those claiming medalist honors in their respective divisions. In the college men’s division, Sean Hogan returned home and posted a 77 to sit six shots ahead of Wawasee graduate Zach Leedy. Wakarusa’s Nick Sherk was tied for fourth at 93. On the college women’s side, Summer Stillson walked through her backyard to fire a 75 to win the group, besting former Lady Panther Abby Slabaugh by 14 strokes for honors.
In the 16-19 girls group, Summer’s younger sister, Cybil, shot the round of the day with a one-over 73 to take medalist honors. NorthWood teammate Breanna Goss, using her head coach, Adam Yoder, as caddy, posted a 79 to land second in the group. Graduated teammate Kirsten Schrock was tied for fourth after turning in an 85.
One step lower, Riley Kitson represented NorthWood in the 14-15 age group with a 96 to win the group.
Addie Davis of Nappanee finished seventh in the 12-13 group with an 84.
Moving back to boys groups, the 16-19 division had three NorthWood golfers among the lot. Kyle Cripe tied for ninth at 84 and both Cooper Wiens and Ben Vincent fired 93s to tie for 13th on the card.
Nappanee’s Earl Williams shot a 77 to tie for second in the 14-15 division.
A host of area golfers competed in the 12-13 group. Syracuse’s Preston Scherer was ninth at 103, Silver Lake’s Wes Parker was 10th at 106, Nappanee’s Caleb Vincent was 11th at 108 and Nappanee’s Collin Goss was 12th at 120.
Claypool’s Tanner Glennie was 11th in the 10-11 group with a 62.