Several locals are representing the state this week in the sixth Southern Junior Cup Matches, a competition among teams from Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Alabama, at The Country Club of Oxford in Oxford, Miss.
The team comprises six males and six females. Connor Gaunt of Cabot, the Arkansas State Golf Association’s Junior Boys Player of the Year, leads the boys team. Joining him are Blaine Calhoon of Ward, Jackson Marseilles and Logan Greer of Harrison, Noah Minton of Jonesboro and Josh McNulty of White Hall.
Four locals are on the girls squad — Josie Roberson and Alexis Montgomery of Maumelle, Hannah Bakalekos of Sherwood and Mackenzie Lee of North Little Rock. They join Elizabeth Moon of Forrest City, the ASGA’s Junior Girls Player of the Year; and Sydney Staton of Fort Smith.
Arkansas captains include Ryan Spurlock of Maumelle, the 2014 and ‘16 Junior Boys Player of the Year and a three-time member of the Southern Junior Cup team; and Bryant Fortin, director of junior golf for the ASGA.
“This week is something I look forward to year-in and year-out,” Fortin said. “The entire competition is a blast for the kids, parents and any guest who attends.”
Play will follow a Ryder Cup format with four-ball, foursome and individual match play rounds. Four-ball and foursome matches will consist of two-person mixed teams. Singles matches will conclude the three-day event Thursday.
Selection was based on point standings on the ASGA’s Junior Player of the Year races and four captain’s picks.
ASGA WOMEN’S MATCH PLAY
Maumelle Country Club played host to the ASGA Arkansas Women’s/Senior Women’s Match Play Championship last week.
Nora Phillips of Hot Springs beat Taylor Reed of Little Rock in the championship flight final, 5 and 4.
Pat Elliott of Hot Springs won the senior championship bracket over Rebecca Huber of Hot Springs Village, 3 and 1. Liz Bartels of Cabot lost to Huber in the opening round, 2 and 1. Also in the first round, Pam Evans of Maumelle fell to Cassandra Groh, 3 and 2.
Linda Carter of Camden won the senior flight 1 over Beth Foster of Pine Bluff, 5 and 4. Carter beat Kathe Parson of Maumelle in the semifinals, 4 and 3. Parson had knocked off Wanda Jett of Maumelle in the first round, 2 up. Foster beat Janie McNeill of Maumelle in the first round, 5 and 3.
In the consolation finals, Jo Crews of Benton beat Jett, 6 and 5; and Evans knocked off Katie Speer, 2 up.
Big Creek Men’s Stroke, Big Creek CC, Aug. 5-6; ASGA Match Play, Lost Springs, Rogers, Aug. 10-13; RidgePointe Men’s Stroke Play, RidgePointe CC, Jonesboro, Aug. 19-20; U.S. Mid-Amateur qualifying, Paradise Valley, Fayetteville, Aug. 28.