NORMAN — There is the South Central PGA Junior Tour and, this year, there is the South Central PGA Players Tour.
The Players Tour demands better play and will actually chase players off who prove too uncompetitive. The Junior Tour still take all comers, competitive players capable of going low, as well as youngsters newer in the game looking to compete.
On either tour, though, it’s a pretty good bet nobody had a better day than Montana George.
Playing in the 15-18 girls division, George did not win. She shot 82, six strokes back of winner Ashley Moore, who topped Samantha Denison in a one-hole playoff after both fired a 6-over par 76 at the Westwood Junior on Tuesday at Westwood Park, a South Central PGA Junior Tour event.
In fact, of the 16 girls competing in the division, George was seventh. A strong field, there were five rounds in the 70s.
But none of them, nor any of 80 other juniors at Westwood Tuesday, did what George did, pulling a wedge on the short par 3 second hole and knocking it in the cup.
“I felt awesome, I was in shock, I just couldn’t believe it,” George said. “I said to my mom, ‘My life is complete now, I’ve had a hole in one,’ because I’ve been golfing my whole life.”
She is 16 years old, will be a junior at Hinton High School when the fall rolls around, and she can play.
The No. 3 player on her golf team this past spring, Hinton has won the last two Class 2A girls state golf tournaments at Trosper Park. In the coming school year, George will likely play No. 1. And she’ll have at least one hole in one in her back pocket.
The hole was playing 103 yards and the pin was well left, visible to the left of the bunker that guards the left-center section of the green.
“I could see it go in,” George said. “It bounced on the green and I could see it go in the hole.”
She thought she could have easily finished in the 70s, but not enough putts fell. Indeed, she didn’t think the ace threw her off her game at all. Had it, she probably wouldn’t have flirted with driving the green on the short par 4 third hole.
Some days, apparently, your destined to shoot in the 80s. And it’s always nice to have a hole in one to show for it.
“I’ve texted my family and talk to my friends and talked to my golf team,” George said. “Everyone I know is really excited about it.”
For George and junior golfers all over the state, the summer is just beginning. George will tee it up again Tuesday in McAlester and June 19, at Kickingbird in Edmond.
There, she’ll be competing against fields large and small. Amongst her family, her ace has her atop the leaderboard.
“My parents and both my brothers, my whole family plays,” she said. “But I have the first hole in one.”
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