City Amateur play underway

UPDATE: Former City amateur champions Jim White and Jared Paddick teamed with Jim Tredway and Bill Theobald to rout the field in the Am-Am Friday at the Mt. Carmel Golf Course. The team carded a 266, good for a 13-shot victory. Play in the Amateur is now underway with the first foursomes going off at around 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

Emma Kieffer qualifies for world class junior golf tourney

DECATUR, Ill. — Mt. Carmel junior-to-be Emma Kieffer has landed a spot in the prestigious Optimist International Junior Golf Championships.

The tournament will be played July 24-29 at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Kieffer shot a 2-day total of 164 to tie for fourth place and earn a spot along with six other Illinois girls who met the qualification cut off of 170 or better. One of the girls, Pojjana Mesombat, earned an international entry.

Tim Bell does it again

Tim Bell has hit the fourth hole-in-one of the year at the Mt. Carmel Golf Course.

Monday he hit a 5-iron on the 170-yard 10th hole to record the ace, witnessed by Steve Kemper, Bob Simms and Bob Larkin.

It is not the first hole-in-one for Bell. On Nov. 19, 2012, he struck gold on No. 10 as well, though that report did not indicate which club he used off the tee.

Other holes-in-one in 2014 have been recorded by: Nick Deisher (March 22 on No. 10 using a 6-iron), Ryan Bobbitt (April 12 on No. 2 using a 6-iron) and Allen York (April 27 on No. 10 using a 7-iron).

Golfin Buddies tourney draws 27 teams

At one level, Sunday’s Golfin’ Buddies tournament at the Mt. Carmel Golf Course was all about having fun with adults paired with junior golfers for a round of nine holes.

But, make no mistake. This Jr. Golf fundraiser was more important than even the competitive aspect.

“This is part of building the program,” said Mt. Carmel golf coach John White, who along with Lady Aces coach Karin Kelsey helped coordinate the tourney along with Jr. Golf and West Berwick Golf Club.

“I’m starting to see more enthusiasm, more people talking about their kids getting an opportunity they might otherwise not have had.”

Junior Golf clinics, tourneys scheduled

Mt. Carmel Junior Golf, which has helped fuel a youth talent surge in the community in recent years, is once again hosting clinics for beginning and intermediate players.


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