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July 30, 2012

Glenn wins 9-11 age group at Eskimo Joe's Stillwater Junior Championship

STILLWATER, Okla. — Jack Glenn waited nervously in the Lakeside Golf Course clubhouse, as Lakeside’s head golf pro Michael Henderson slowly posted scores as they came trickling in during the Eskimo Joe’s Stillwater Junior Championship Monday. Rarely does Glenn come home with anything but first place, but for the Stillwater native, Monday’s tournament meant a little more.

Glenn’s 3-over-par 38 held up, edging Medford’s Gabriel Gonzales by one stroke for the Boys 9-11 championship.

“It’s not my first, but it feels pretty good,” Glenn said. “I think I had a little bit of an advantage (over the other kids). It’s not my home course here, but I’ve played it a few times.”

Whether it was the familiar course or not having to spend a night in a hotel, Henderson said he was impressed by how well Stillwater’s junior golfers competed in the largest tournament on the South Central PGA Tour — noting that even the 100-plus degree temperature didn’t affect them.

“The junior high girls play here, and we’ve opened up the course to many of the juniors here in town so they are very familiar with the golf course,” Henderson said. “They’re at a little bit of an advantage over some of the kids that didn’t come in and play a practice round.”

Along with Glenn, Eric Schuessler tied for third in the Boys 9-11 division with a 46, while Mackenzie Enmeier took second in the Girls 12-14 division after shooting a 43, two strokes behind Bartlesville’s Faith Hopkins. Enmeier — who has won two tournaments earlier in the year and hopes to compete for Stillwater High School next year — said she would have liked to take home first, but she was pleased with the way she played considering the competition she faced.

“I knew I had an advantage coming in,” Enmeier said. “I’m just glad I pulled through it. It should get me prepared (for high school).”

Making the moment even more special for the two Stillwater golfers was the fact that Mayor John Bartley was there to pass out the trophies.

“I’ve known Jack since he was about 2 years old and I know Mackenzie’s family,” Bartley said. “I was really excited to be able to hand her a trophy for her hard work paying off here at home. It’s just such an honor to be a part of it and to just see the joy on the golfer’s face seeing that they’ve won a trophy and that their hard work is paying off. It’s an honor to participate and it’s extra fun with it being a local Stillwater girl or boy.”

Henderson said the mayor’s presence at the tournament shows the importance of the event not only to Stillwater but to those who travel across the state to play in the tournament.

“I was tickled that he got to see us and take part in the ceremonies,” Henderson said. “It means a lot to both myself and the recipients of the trophies. When they come out and the mayor of Stillwater hands them their trophy, it’s a big deal. No other junior stop has done that this year. ... I’m just happy that he wants to be here and is encouraging our junior program and wants to keep it going.”

Among some of the older kids, Stillwater’s Brendan Worley tied for third with a 78 in the Boys 12-14 division.  Clay Tunin was one stroke behind him, finishing tied for fifth with a 79.

Chickasaw’s Cody Burrows won the overall tournament, shooting a 1-over-par 71 in the Boys 15-18 division. Leading the way for Stillwater in the 15-18 division was Hunter Northern, who finished tied for 27th after shooting an 85.

Mounds native Cerra Linn took the Girls 15-18 division with an 84, edging Tulsa’s Kate Goodwin and Cassidy Herbster by one stroke.

Oklahoma City’s Sydney Mason was the only one to complete the course in the Girls 9-11 division, taking home the title after shooting a 58.

But even though trophies were tough for both Stillwater and non-Stillwater residents alike, Henderson said the tournament was a huge success.

“We had a popsicle stand sponsored by our Oakley rep Eric Grudgel,” Henderson said. “Any time you get kids this age, popsicles are always a big hit — especially when it’s as hot as it was out there. That’s something you don’t see at many tournaments. ... Our main goal is to make sure the kids have fun because that’s what it’s all about.”

For Glenn, he’s already looking ahead at defending his title next year.

“I hope I can defend my title,” Glenn said. “I just have to keep working and keep trying to get better.”

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