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Nightmare hole can't hold back young Key

By By Marty Stamper
July 30, 2001
Easton Key, 9, of Meridian made a remarkable comeback to win his age group in a junior open at The Refuge last Monday-Tuesday.
Key trailed by seven strokes with just three holes remaining in regulation after taking a disastrous 15 on his sixth hole.
Key shook off the nightmare hole and was tied for the lead at the end of regulation. He then sank a 25-foot putt on the second playoff hole to win the 8-9 year-old division.
Key shot a 45 in the first day and had a 53 on the second day for a 98 total. His division played nine holes each day.
Ivy places third at Shreveport: Joshua Ivy of Quitman finished third at the Southern Trace Junior Classic held last week in Shreveport, La.
Ivy was in 11th place after the first round with an 82, but fired the tournament low 73 the second day to move up eight places and capture third place with a 155.
Andrew Loupe' of Baton Rouge, La., was the tournament winner with a 152 and Jamie Harris of Deridder, La., was second with a 154.
Thirty-five players competed in the 12-13 age group including the reigning Louisiana state junior amateur champion, who finished in a tie for sixth.
Frankie Wagner Benefit set for Sept. 21: A benefit tournament for Frankie Wagner will be held on Sept. 21 at Briarwood Country Club.
Entry fee for the four-person scramble is $400 per team or $100 per person. Entry fee includes dinner and the opportunity for door prizes.
The first 25 teams to enter will be accepted.
Checks may be made payable to: Frankie Wagner Cancer Fund and mailed to Briarwood Country Club, Box 3250, Meridian, MS 39303 or turned in at the pro shop at Briarwood. Donations can be made at any Citizens National Bank.
For more information, contact Robert Sanford at 485-0688, Jack Combest at 482-1220, Anna Thompson at 679-1323, or Ken Flynt at 681-4201.
Boys' Junior State Am at MSU: The 2001 Mississippi Golf Association Boys' State Junior Amateur is slated for Tuesday-Thursday at the Mississippi State University Golf Course at Starkville.
Just around the corner: The 2001 Men's Mid-Amateur Championship is set for Aug. 3-5 at Windance Country Club in Gulfport. Contestants must have reached their 25th birthday prior to the first day of the tournament. For more information, contact the Mississippi Golf Association at 601-939-1131.
Decatur Country Club will hold club championships for ladies, juniors, and seniors Saturday-Sunday with the men's club championship on Aug. 11-12.
Dancing Rabbit Golf Course near Philadelphia will play host to the U.S. Amateur Qualifier on Aug. 6-7 at the Azaleas course. For more information, contact Dancing Rabbit pro Mike Reynolds at 601-663-0011.
The 15th-annual Briarwood Country Club Mixed Scramble is on tap for Aug. 11-12. Entry fee is $150 per team which includes a practice round and mulligan, but not cart rental. The field is limited to the first 100 teams. For more information, contact Briarwood pro Rob McGraw at 601-681-6185.
The annual Philadelphia Country Club Four-Ball Tournament is slated for Aug. 17-19. For more information, contact PCC pro Michael Novorot at 601-656-8512.
Those who would like to have their tournaments, holes-in-one, club champions, or other golf information listed in this space should fax that info to 601-485-1275, attention Marty Stamper.
Marty Stamper is a sports writer for The Meridian Star. Call him at 693-1551 ext. 3234 or e-mail him at mstamper@themeridianstar.com.