Two of the county’s most prominent names in girls’ golf are at it again this summer, making waves on the local and national levels.
Madison Easterling, 11, has earned a repeat trip to the U.S. Kids World Championship.
She secured that invitation by topping her age bracket in a recent event on the West Virginia tour.
Easterling also topped her age division in the Precision Pro Championship, a junior tour based out of Lexington. She shot nines of 41 and 45 for a solid total of 86 in the 12-and-under division, then won her age group in a playoff at Lakeside.
In another event on the Bluegrass Golf Tour this past Saturday, Easterling set a personal best with a score of 38 for nine holes.
The world championship tournament will be held Aug. 1-3 in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
“She will compete against girls her age from all around the world,” said Ann Easterling, Maddie’s mom. “She is excited to represent her town and her state at the event.”
It’s also shaping up as another exciting summer for Rylea Marcum, a high school rising senior who makes the move from Scott County to Great Crossing this year.
Marcum recently finished as runner-up in the Kentucky Girls’ Junior PGA Championship, an event held over two days at the University Club of Arlington in Richmond.
The first-round leader with a 71, Marcum shot 74 the second day and fell victim to Laney Frye’s charge down the stretch. Frye finished with six birdies in the final round, including three of the last six holes, to notch 69 and win by one shot.
Frye and Marcum each qualified for the national Girls’ Junior PGA Championship, which will be held July 9-12 at Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford, Connecticut.
On Monday, Marcum tried to punch a second ticket to the national stage by competing at a U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur qualifier in Owensboro.
Marcum shot 77, good for a four-way tie for fourth place but one spot out of a qualifying berth.
She carded birdies on No. 3 and 16 at Owensboro Country Club to counter seven bogeys.
Frye (75), Mexico’s Arantza Armas Stenner (75) and Phoebe Brinker of Wilmington, Delaware (76) were the three qualifiers. Frye won in a playoff.
Marcum is the defending champion in the state girls’ amateur next Monday and Tuesday. It will be held again at her home course, Cherry Blossom.
Georgetown’s Wise makes cut
at Kentucky Amateur in Paducah
Scott County High School athletics hall of famer Tony Wise continued his successful run on the regional golf circuit by once again making the cut in last week’s Kentucky Amateur.
Wise sandwiched two rounds of 76 around a 79 for a three-day total of 231 at Country Club of Paducah from June 18-20.
He tied for 54th place. Louisville’s Nick Johnston (212) won in a playoff.
A pair of birdies in each round anchored Wise’s card on Tuesday and Thursday.
The only other Georgetown player in the field was Brody Webb, who will play at Morehead State after graduating from SCHS in May.
Webb shot 79 and 80 and missed the cut.
Bennett fifth at Junior PGA
Georgetown’s Alex Bennett finished fifth in the 14-and-under age group of the boys’ state Junior PGA championship, held at Gibson Bay.
Bennett bounced back from an opening-day 84 with a 73 for a two-day total of 157.
Two other county golfers were in the mix.
Landon Bergman was 18th in the 14U class with a 186.
Wyatt Merkins shot matching nines of 48 to finish eighth in the 12U division.
Bennett also improved from 79 to 74 and wound up eighth in his flight at Lakeside’s Precision Pro event.
Ethan Flanders, a rising junior who will be a key player for the Scott County High School team this fall, shot 82 and 78 for 160 and a tie for 17th overall in that same tournament.
Alex Asbridge (177) finished 25th.
Bergman shot 84 to take third place in the 14U ranks Monday in a tour event at Kenton County Golf Course.
Four locals participated in a Players’ Series event at Nevel Meade Golf Club in Prospect.
Bryce Bowling’s 89 placed him 14th in the 15-16 division. Jake Caudill (103) and Brock Taylor (109) also played in that group. Ashton Cochran tied for 20th in 14U with a 92.
Georgetown players notched four of the top 15 spots in the 15-16 division of a Players’ Series tour stop at Old Bridge Golf Club in Danville.
Bowling led the way in a tie for sixth with 86. Asbridge (89, tied for ninth), Taylor (103, 12th) and Caudill (105, 14th) followed.
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