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June 13, 2012

Young guns in swing

NORMAN — Last week, Turner Howe finished 14th at the Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament, long one of the biggest junior events in the Southwest and the nation.

While 14th may not sound like much, it’s not bad at all when you’re 16 and playing against 18-year olds and there’s 145 golfers in the field.

Tuesday brought a smaller tournament, an 18-hole South Central PGA Junior Tour event at Westwood Park.

Howe fired off a 2-under par 68 in a fairly big wind, two strokes better than both Preston Lovett and Garrett McDaniel and more strokes better than everybody else.

“It was playing harder than I thought it would. The wind was difficult,” Howe said. “I really took advantage of my length on this course.”

Howe, a sophomore-to-be at Norman High, who shot a very respectable 77-83-80 for the Tigers at the Class 6A state tournament at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, made birdie at No. 1, a par 5, and followed with birdies at Nos. 7, 15 and 16.

He hit 14 greens and suffered no three putts.

There were a few golfers at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club who may have been glad Howe wasn’t playing over there, trying to qualify for the U.S. Junior Amateur.

“I was going to do that,” Howe said, “but I didn’t sign up in time.”

So he went out and beat everybody in the one he did enter on time.

Next week, he’ll be at Brent Bruehl Memorial Golf Course in Purcell for another South Central event.

On a roll, he may be hard to beat.

Also at Westwood: Southmoore’s Taylor Peden, with an 80, won the girls 15-18 event Tuesday at Westwood, four strokes in front of Nicole Lenaburg.

Among the boys 12-14 field, Dustin Hasley won a playoff for the top prize over Logan McAllister. Both shot 75, one stroke better than Kason Cook.

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