Local golfers head into Missouri Junior Tour championship

By Jeremy Jacob, Sports Editor
Posted 8/6/22

After months of play this summer, three area golfers head into the championship tournament.

Mexico’s Aidan Knipfel and Centralia’s Kennedy Dickerson and ReaLee Smith played July 27 at …

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Local golfers head into Missouri Junior Tour championship

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After months of play this summer, three area golfers head into the championship tournament.

Mexico’s Aidan Knipfel and Centralia’s Kennedy Dickerson and ReaLee Smith played July 27 at Redfield Golf Course in Eugene in the final Missouri Golf Association junior tour event before the tour championship in Eldon on Sunday and Monday.

In the 16-18 boys group, Knipfel improved from his previous eighth-place finish at Lake of the Woods in Columbia but fell a spot to fifth in the tour standings after tying for seventh in Eugene. He shot a 79, or seven-over par, to be locked in the same spot as Jefferson City’s Blake Meredith and Cole Camp’s Tyler Howard.

Knipfel began the front nine with two bogeys but had four more the rest of the day, sinking pars on every other hole. He had a score of 39, or three-over par, on the front nine and a 40, or four-over par.

Eldon’s Teagen Hull maintains his 46-point lead in the tour standings — compiling 155 points — after tying for first with Jefferson City’s Dylan Bryan at Redfield with a 70, or two-over par. Knipfel has 76 points in the standings.

In the 16-18 girls group, Dickerson and Smith didn’t budge in the standings, sitting in seventh and eighth, respectively. Jefferson City’s Camryn Swinfard goes into the championship with a 30-point tour standings lead, with 175 points, after winning in Eugene with a score of 81, or nine-over par. Dickerson and Smith have 77 and 76 points, respectively.

Smith tied for her tour-best finish in fourth place at Redfield — was fourth at Lake Valley Golf Club on July 11 in Camdenton — after shooting a 93, or 21-over par. Dickerson nabbed her fourth seventh-place finish in July after shooting a 109, or 37-over par.

On the front nine, Smith had one par but improved on the back nine with three pars in four holes. Dickerson finished with one par on the day on the par 3 third hole.

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