Kids Amateur introduces golf to youngsters

Kids Amateur introduces golf to youngsters

The 7th Portage County Kids Amateur again defined the future of golf with more than 35 junior golfers competing in, what was for many, their very first tournament.

Playing holes 19 through 27 at Sunny Hill Golf Course in Brimfield, the golfers ranged in age from second grade to ninth grade.

Golfers played four, six or nine holes with the help of Bryan Harvey and Larry Picicco, coaches of Kent Roosevelt girls teams and volunteer high school golfers, including: Rootstown’s Blake Bower, Cole Hostetler and Mason Bartholomy, Ravenna’s Abigail Retherford, Field’s Devon Carpenter and Southeast’s Alaina Goldstein and Taylor Blazek.

The Kent Roosevelt girls team has always been a part of the Kids Am with Maren Seaholts, Sydnie Leavery and Morgan Bauza serving as volunteers.

Youth golfers were given medals for first place and certificates for competing in the event.

The event emphasizes the fun of golf as well as basic rules, how to keep score and etiquette.

Grandparents and parents follow the junior golfers around the golf course, cheering for every shot whether the ball travels 3 feet or 30 yards.

The Amateurs would like to thank Harvey and Picicco, the volunteers, Robin Liggett and the staff at Sunny Hill and Mike Jenior for the professional scoreboards highlighting the juniors.

Registration for the 8th Portage County Kids Am will be available in January 2022.

Kenny Novak Championship

The Northern Ohio PGA ends the junior golf season of tournaments with the annual Kenny Novak Championship at Club Walden in Aurora.

Juniors are invited to the tournament following their outstanding golf during the season.

Local golfers competing in the event include Brooklyn Millard, Parker Barrett, Max Devins, Chris Pollak and Gracyn Vidovic of Aurora; Emily Burling, Sherry Du, Sam Fauver, Callahan Lawler, Clark Nemer, John Pethel, Julia Van Bokkelein and Andrew Yard of Hudson; Madolyn Kost, Sydnie Leavery and Maren Seaholts of Kent; Devon Carpenter of Mogadore; Joseph DeSimone, Gabriella Berlingeri, Liam Curtis and Dylan Dunn of Stow, and Abigail Retherford of Ravenna.

The golfers compete in the 36-hole tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday to determine champions by age division.

The Olive Tree Family Foundation

Troy Luckinbaugh of Uniontown is often a competitor in the Portage County Amateurs as well as many other golf events and tournaments throughout the area.

This season, he, along with his wife, Joy, started the Olive Tree Family Foundation to provide “go bags” for abused and displaced children.

Children removed from their homes often do not have any personal items. Go Bags include duffel bags with age-appropriate stuffed animals, fleece blankets, coloring books and crayons or colored pencils, puzzle books, journals and pens and toiletry items.

The Olive Tree Family Foundation is holding its inaugural golf outing Friday at Raintree Golf and Event Center. Registration is $100 per person for the four-person scramble and includes green fees, golf cart, use of driving range and practice putting greens, lunch at the turn, beer/pop/water, buffet awards dinner at the conclusion of play and entry into a grand prize drawing.

The shotgun start begins at 10 a.m. with registration at 9 a.m.

For information, to register or to become a sponsor call Troy Luckenbugh (330-671-8073) or Joy Luckenbaugh (330-671-1729).


(At Sunny Hill Golf Course, Brimfield)

BOYS GRADES 8-9: James Morgan (medalist, North Benton), Tommy Kashack (Kent), Trentan Sines, Ryan Fontaine (Twinsburg).

GIRLS GRADES 8-9: Ashlyn Leavery (medalist, Kent). Cassidy Singer (Kent), Jessi Mix (Diamond), Lydia Kashack (Kent), Margaret Putt (Akron), Ella Houk (Brimfield).

BOYS 6-7: Dakaota Powers (medalist, Mantua), Landon Shaffer (Mogadore), Jaxon Turner (Kent), Luke Beatty (Stow).

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