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Jack Mayle makes waves at First Tee of Canton Junior Tour event

Cliff Hickman
cliff.hickman@cantonrep.com
Grace May putts on the 17th green during the First Tee of Canton Junior Tour at Raintree Country Club on Monday, June 29, 2020. She won the girls 16-18 age group.

GREEN Sweltering heat. Tricky greens. An abundance of water traps.

Those three factors caused scores to run high for many of the First Tee of Canton Junior Tour players at Raintree Country Club on Monday.

Louisville freshman Jack Mayle was impervious to all of it. Mayle made three birdies and shot a 1-over 73 to win the boys 13-15 age group.

“I hit the driver well,” Mayle said. “I was using my irons well. My putting was on today. Playing off the gold tees definitely helped me. I was able to reach the green in two strokes in a lot of cases.”

The greens in particular caused golfers to struggle. In the early morning, the greens were playing soft and not giving golfers favorable rolls on chip shots.

“That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to get on the greens as quickly as possible,” Mayle said. “I wanted to be aggressive and attack them. I thought the greens were rolling well by the time we started but they definitely weren’t fast. You had to adjust.”

Mayle has won both of the First Tee of Canton Junior Tour tournaments he has entered this season.

“It feels really good to come out and win again,” Mayle said. “I’ve been playing in some other tournaments a little bit farther away and have not had the same luck in those. I have definitely played my best in these tournaments. I think being closer to home helps me out mentally.”

MAY I HAVE ANOTHER?

Mayle was far from the only repeat winner on Monday. Hoover standout Grace May won her second consecutive First Tee of Canton Junior Tour event by shooting a 78 to top the girls 16-18 division.

“My chipping and putting really helped me out today,” May said. “I struggled with the irons, so it helped that I was able to tap some things in when I reached the greens.”

Though May posted the best girls score of the day for any age group, it wasn’t without some issues.

“I had some trouble with my approach shots,” May said. “I hit one shot in the water. I had some bogeys.”

May played in one of the first groups of the day when the greens were at their softest.

“I just couldn’t get my approach shots to roll,” May said. “If you left a shot short, it would just stick. The course was in great condition so that wasn’t an issue. You had to know that and alter your approach, though.”

Despite all of that, May still posted an impressive score. Standards are high for the three-time state qualifier, though.

“I could have done better,” May said. “I’m happy that I was able to break 80, but there is always room for improvement.”

TWICE IS NICE

Green golfer Ava Pulley added her name to the list of two-time winners this summer on the First Tee of Canton Junior Tour.

Pulley won the girls 13-15 group with an 83.

“I’m feeling good,” Pulley said. “It’s nice to win. It could have been a cleaner round, but I’ll take the end result.”

Pulley struggled with many of the same issues as the other winners.

“I had trouble on the greens,” Pulley said. “They were running a little slower than usual. I also went out of bounds once. I also had to hit out of the high grass on a couple of occasions. There were some challenges. You really had to play smart and try to drive it as close to the pin as possible.”

Pulley was also thankful for the opportunity to start her round earlier in the day before temperatures soared.

“It was a beautiful day for golf,” Pulley said. “It’s hot now but it wasn’t that bad when I started. It had a little bit of an effect but not much. I’d say we started at the perfect time.”

FLYING HIGH

The list of winners was rounded out by Alliance senior Matthew Eversdyke. He shot a 94 to win the boys 16-18 group.

None of the three players in the age group were particularly enthused to turn in their scorecards.

“There were some rough spots today for all of us,” Eversdyke said. “It was really hard to judge the distance for me in particular. I think all of us had trouble because we couldn’t count on getting a roll after a shot.”

The victory was still an exciting occasion for Eversdyke whose primary goal entering the day was not necessarily winning.

“I was just out here to have some fun and get experience in a tournament setting,” Eversdyke said. “I’ve been trying to get out as much as I can during the pandemic. Sometimes I play five to six times a week. I have some room for improvement and my biggest goal is to just get better every day.”

The high school season is more than a month away from starting. There are still questions about what a fall season may look like. Eversdyke is not letting any of those questions cloud his mind.

“I’m just hoping for an opportunity to play,” Eversdyke said. “I think we all are. Everybody around the team is acting like a fall season is going to happen right now. We’re not thinking about anything else at the moment. I think all of us are just looking to have a big year and peak at the right time.”

EARLY BIRDS

Hayden Higgins won the boys 10-12 group with a 49. Ellie Hutzler won the girls 10-12 group with a 42. Players in the 10-12 age group play only nine holes.

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First Tee of Canton Junior Tour

at Raintree Country Club

Age group results

Boys

10-12 1, Hayden Higgins 49; 2, William Nolan 53; 3, Brock Shocklee 71

13-15 1, Jack Mayle 73; 2, Nathan Raymond 80; 3, Daniel Gambone 80; 4, (tie) Fletcher Clark 81, Raffaele Scassa 81; 6, Brady Treibal 87; 7, William Bopp 88; 8, Blake Howard 91; 9, (tie) Conner Battershell 93, Andrew Arway 93; 11, Grant Price 94; 12, Evan Jordanides 95; 13, Caden Severson 97; 14, Ben Sibert 98; 15, (tie) Anthony Morabito 102, Evan Raymond 102; 17, Sam Boyles 104; 18, Kaden Schans 110; 19, Anthony Capobianco 111; 20, Seth Anderson 133; 21, Mathew Chamblee 141

16-18 1, Matthew Eversdyke 94; 2, Maddox Kruger 96; 3, Noah Pasek 100

Girls

10-12 1, Ellie Hutzler 42; 2, Kamdyn Hershbergeer 58; 3, Ava Potashnik 64; 4, Brooke Shocklee 65; 5, Angelina Boyles 67; 6, Ava Schoeppner 70; 7, Gia Remark 88; 8, Meghan Steigerwald 88

13-15 1, Ava Pulley 83; 2, Jayden Mitchell 86; 3, Katelyn Potashnik 86; 4, Erin Strouse 87; 5, Hannah Higgins 89; 6, Nina Shaffer 90; 7, Kylie Porter 96; 8, Ava Kemp 101; 9, Sydnee Shocklee 106; 10, Anna Eversdyke 144; 11, Mia Steigerwald 161

16-18 1, Grace May 78; 2, Sophia Rosa 79; 3, Rachel DiDonato 85; 4, Olivia Swain 86; 5, Campbell Young 87; 6, Madison Gruber 89; 7, (tie) Katie Bice 90, Emily Liptak 90; 9, Abigail Davis 93; 10, Abigail Blackburn 94; 11, Lauren Petro 95

Ava Pulley putts on the 17th green during the First Tee of Canton Junior Tour at Raintree Country Club on Monday, June 29, 2020. She won the girls 13-15 age group.