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Arwood, Young Heat Up First Red Hills Event

THOMASVILLE, GA—When play begain on Saturday, Jan. 24, things started cool and overcast and there was no indication much would change. The forecast called for rain all day.

Radar showed most of Alabama covered in clouds and heading east towards Thomasville, GA, site of the first Red Hills Junior Golf event at Glen Arven Country Club.

But Thomasville's Hinson Arwood (16) let the light rain roll off his back on the way to a nice 77 to lead the field of junior players.

Following close behind was first-time junior tournament player Matthew "Chewie" Young (13) from Tallahassee who carded a solid 78 on the 6000+yard layout. This was Young’s first appearance in official competitive play. He led a strong group of golfers beating out Carter Thompson's 81, and Bennett Baker's 83.

Panama City entries included Ginny Shipman who led the girls 15-16 age group. Thomasville's Madison Manning shot 89 to lead the 13-14 girls, just ahead of Jodi Henley and Haley Hill.

Karson Stone shot 49 to win the girls 11-12 division.

Bryce Johnson (9) of Tallahassee heated up the front nine with a 45, and junior golfing veteran (at 7 years old) Sam Barrett of Thomasville shot 43 to take the 8 and under boys flight.

Saturday's event was the first of ten monthly junior golf events sponsored by Red Hills Junior Golf, an organization dedicated to the development of junior golfers in the Southeast.

In addition to Tallahassee and Thomasville, dozens of junior players from Valdosta, Destin, Moultrie, Wacissa and Live Oak braved the stormy forecast and were rewarded with ideal conditions once play started.

Junior golfers from 6-18 can join the Red Hills Junior Tour at anytime throughout the year.

Red Hills Junior Golf was founded by Tallahassee businessman John Baker and PGA Professional Chris Stahlnecker. For more information, please read see the About Us page.

Click here for Glen Arven Results