Backspin Volume 3, Issue 8 - Page 27

Olsen and Thornberry Qualify for USGA US Amateur out runner-up Edward Wall, of Brandon, who shot 140 (-4). Rodney Boswell, of Lyon, came in third with a 143 (-1) and Joel Myrick of Hattiesburg shot an even 144 for the weekend. Sixty-five amateur golfers gathered at Tupelo Country Club to try to qualify for the prestigious USGA U.S. Amateur Championship. Zachary Olsen and Braden Thornberry will advance to the 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Aug. 15-21. Golfers had to play 36 holes and the top two scores would advance to Oakland Hills. After the first 18 holes, Cameron Clarke (Pittsboro, Mississippi), Braden Thornberry (Olive Branch, Mississippi), and Zachary Olsen (Cordova, Tennessee) were all tied after shooting a -4 (68). After 36 holes, Olsen and Thornberry were atop the leaderboard with an impressive -10 (134). Jackson Dick (Starkville,Mississippi) finished in 3rd at -5 (139) and was the first alternate. Cameron Clarke (Pittsboro, Mississippi) and T.J. Morgan (Calhoun City, Mississippi) had to go to a playoff to decide the second alternate position after both finishing at (-4) 140. Morgan won the playoff over Clarke and earned the second alternate position. For complete results, click here. Three Mississippi Juniors Qualify for USGA Jr. Amateurs Lampley crowned 2016 Greenwood Invitational Champion Greenwood, Mississippi – Josh Lampley of Gulfport is the 69th Greenwood Invitational Champion. Lampley shot a two round total of 139 (-5) to edge Three Mississippi juniors have qualified for their respective USGA Junior Amateur Championships. Conner Beth Ball came out victorious after a three hole playoff and will represent Mississippi at the 2016 U.S. Girls Junior Championship on July 18-23 at Ridgewood Country Club in Parumus, New Jersey. After two rounds, Brice Wilkinson of Madison posted a 140 (-4) and secured himself a spot in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship for winning the qualifier. The USGA Girls Jr. Amateur was held at Deerfield Golf Club in Canton and included players from around the U.S. There were two spots up for grabs into the USGA Girls Junior Championship. After play had ended, there was a tie for second place between Conner Beth Ball, of Madison, and Brooke Tyree, of Louisiana. Ball and Tyree headed to the 10th tee to begin a playoff to see who would get the last spot into the Girls Junior Championship. The USGA Boys Jr. Amateur Qualifier was held on the coast at Grand Bear. Also a competitive field, there were players from all around the U.S. competing for just two spots into the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. Coming in second place and earning the final spot in the U.S. Boys Junior Amateur was Cecil Wegener, of Ridgeland. Cecil shot a two round score of 141 (-3) to earn his spot in the Boys Junior Amateur. Brice and Cecil will represent Mississippi in the 2016 US Junior Amateur Championship on July 18-23 at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tennessee. Greenville, Hood and Graeber take the titles at the Greenville Invitational Leaders from the first round continued to play well through the final round of the Greenville Invitational. Alan Ellis of Greenwood began the Invitational as the only past champion in the field, and he soon proved that he could win it a fourth time. A 68 and 69 in the final round kept Ellis at the top of the leaderboard to win the Invitational by seven strokes over runner-up Duke Simmons who finished at even par for the tournament. In the Super Senior division, Ken Graeber held onto his strong lead to also finish seven strokes in the lead. Mike Brown was the runner-up finishing four over par. The MGA also congratulated Senior Division champion Bill Hood and thanked Greenville Golf and Country Club for hosting the event. For complete results, visit http:// missgolf.org/node/2103 Ellis Graeber 27