By George Bryan, III

Blake Dimsdale parred the second hole to earn medalist honors in a playoff to win the Corona Senior Classic at the Ponderosa CC, put on by Dru Nix, Girls and Boys Gilbert golf coach,

There were three players tied on the winning score at +2 at the end of regulation play.

Leiten Renner of Greenville and Sully Hooper of Gilbert were the other high school seniors in the playoff. 

Hooper bogeyed the second playoff hole while Renner made double so Gilbert locals finished first, and second place. 

“Blake and Sully are both my players so the Gilbert Golf family is happy,” said Nix.

Thirty-nine players competed in this independent junior golf tournament. 

“This tournament gave seniors a last chance to compete while in high school but it also gave moms a chance to watch their boys in a final event,” said Nix.

The field in the Corona Senior Classic was strong and each of the high school seniors in the playoff will play golf in college. 

“Dimsdale is going to Erskine to play. Sully to  Spartanburg Methodist to play and Renner to PC (Presbyterian College) to play. Renner is 5th ranked senior in the state,” Nix said. “Sully and Blake will be welcomed additions to Spartanburg Methodist and Erskine respectfully. Both possess much untapped talent. Can’t wait to see them excel as student athletes at the next level.”

There is more good local golf news. The first ever LRAC Family Golf Season will resume ‪July 1. This is a unique golf program that would look somewhat similar to t-ball  and coaches pitch in youth baseball. Parents are involved as guides, safety ambassadors, coaches, and they even participate in team formats.

There is a brand new Grow Golf Now Learn Through Play curriculum that is fun for all. The ages are 4 – 9, not excluding 10-13. For more information contact BJ Belville at ‪803-359-4048 ext 240. 

Also the Tri-County chapter of the SCJGA will operate with normally scheduled dates still in place. Go to ‪ to register now.

In closing, I listened to one of golf’s greatest teachers in West Point Mississippi talk about making golf easier.

“Visualizing shots and yourself playing golf is a great exercise for your mind,” VJ Trolio said during a clinic at Old Waverly. 

Trolio  invented the putting arc and teaches at the Golf Clubs of Mississippi, which include both Old Waverly and Mossy Oak which are located in West Point Mississippi. 

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