75th Junior Fall Cities Championship: Recap and Results

LOUISVILLE, KY MAY 20-21, One of Kentucky’s oldest golf tournaments added another chapter in its storied history this weekend at Shawnee Golf Course. First contested in 1945, the 2023 chapter included a bit of a rainy start on Saturday with early morning players experiencing a heavy rain and some standing water. In true Spring, Kentucky fashion, the sun began to shine bright concluding a spectacular round one.

The most exciting finish came from the Boys 13-15 Division ending in a 5-man playoff. It was Luc Kelty’s hybrid shot into the 10th hole that sealed the deal, finishing the hole with an eagle. Layton Richey won the scorecard playoff for the runner up spot to Winston Zhuang, Wyatt Merkins and Jacob Rafferty.

Prospect native, Parker Conover in the Boys 16-18 Division fired an even par 70 in Round 1 and hung in with four consecutive pars in the final four holes for a two-shot victory over Tanner Lorms who finished round two with a solid even par 70.

The boys 11-12 Division was wire to wire with Louisville native, Luke Elliot grinding it out for the win with an impressive two day total of 73. Jackson Burrice claimed second place in a scorecard playoff with Greyson Cloern after both finishing up at +3 (75).

Abigayle Buchanan in the Girls 16-18 Divison remained consistent for the two days, finishing with two +10 rounds and winning by 33 strokes.

Mary Clayton Rodgers is dominating the 2023 season in the girls 10-12 Division so far rounding out her 6th win in as many starts. Rodgers fired a final round score of 36.

After an impressive first round -2, 34 in the first round, Matthew White claimed the Boys 10 & Under Division. Max DeHaven finished in the runner up spot after two solid rounds of 37.

In yet another playoff, Braden Hendricks won on the first hole in the Boys 8 & Under Division defeating Brighton Thompson. The final champion was in the Girls 9 & Under Division with Jocelyn Majors taking home the hardware.

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