Murphy top female golfer
LINKLETTER – Owen Hall likes the challenge of golf, and there was certainly a high degree of difficulty for participants in the Summerside Golf and Country Club’s annual junior championships.
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Elizabeth Noonan presents the Future Star boys club champion plaque in memory of her husband Richard Noonan to Owen Hall. Hall was recently the overall winner of the Summerside Golf and Country Club’s junior championship. Also taking part in the presentation is club general manager Dallas Desjardins.
The one-day event was held in very windy conditions on Friday, but Hall carded an 84 score through 18 holes to win the overall club championship by one stroke over last year’s winner, MacKenzie Clow.
“It was difficult,” said Hall in describing the conditions. “You have to flight the ball lower.”
Hall, who is from Summerside, is the 15-year-old son of Sandra Zarvie and Mike Hall. His father introduced him to the sport eight years ago.
“I like the challenge of always getting better,” said Hall, who won his first club championship. “It feels good.”
Hall, who will enter Grade 10 at Three Oaks Senior High School this week, credited his iron play in the club championship as a key to his success.
“It helped me hit more greens,” he said.
An active member of the Amalgamated Dairies Limited P.E.I. development team, Hall generally golfs 18 holes “five or six times” a week, and says the biggest improvement he’s seen with his game over the years is his short game – chipping, putting and around the greens.
Lexi Murphy of Kensington won the club’s junior female championship after shooting a 55 through the nine-hole event. She finished one stroke ahead of Reese MacDonald.
“She is new this year and is a really good athlete,” said Summerside Golf and Country Club general manager Dallas Desjardins in referring to Murphy. “She is hitting the golf ball really well.”
Murphy was unable to attend the awards presentations due to another commitment.
The championship plaques for the top junior male and female golfers are presented in memory of Richard Noonan, who was a longtime member at the Summerside course and a strong supporter of its junior program.
“I like the challenge of always getting better. It feels good.” Owen Hall
Noonan’s widow Elizabeth Noonan was on hand to make the presentation to Hall.
Over 100 competitors
Desjardins was delighted with the junior club championships, which attracted 103 competitors.
“It was a very good day,” said Desjardins. “That much wind makes it extremely challenging for them.
“Overall, it was great to see that great of a turnout.”
Summerside Golf Club junior championships:
Jayden Gallant 28
Madison Dyer 31
Lauren Johnston 31
Marleigh-Jayne Smallwood 31
Lexi Murphy 55
Reese MacDonald 56
Sofia Campos 61
Emma Dyer 61
Mya Chisholm 67
Drew Drummond 18
Josh Pridham 22
Carson Griffin 22
Ted Laureijs 22
Reece Cameron 42
Sheldon Blanchard 42
Connor Gallant 42
Rankin Noye 43
Ethan Gallant 43
Sam McNeill 85
Colby MacArthur 86
Brandon Ramsay 88
Landon Clow 97
Steven Smallwood 97
Owen Hall 84
MacKenzie Clow 85
Malone MacArthur 86
Brodie MacArthur 88
Matt Thompson 90