A double-bogey on his final hole was the only cloud for Whit Parker on a hot, sunny afternoon at Conway Country Club.
The day was scorching as well as Parker’s round
Parker, a Conway eighth-grader, was 3-under going into his 18th hole.
He still finished with a 1-under 69 and the best round of Conway Country Club’s two-day Junior Designated event. Combined with his first-day 79, Parker finished at 148, not only winning the boys 12-13 division but putting the lowest total score in any division in the tournament.
"Just was able to play steady all day," he said.
Miles Smith of Little Rock finished second in the 12-13 division with 78-76-154. Jackson Goodwin of Conway was third at 93-85-178.
Austin M. Smith of Russellville, one of the leaders on the Arkansas State Golf Association’s junior circuit all season, took the boys 16-17 division with a 74-75-149, a score that stood as the low score of the tournament until Parker came in with one of the final groups.
Close behind Smith in the 16-17 division were two more Conway golfers, Tanner Bezet, second at 73-78-151 and Parker Rice, third at 75-77-152.
Jay Trusty of Danville won the boys 14-15 division with a 151 (75-76). He was followed by Caleb Kubacak of Maumelle at 78-75-153 and Cameron McRae of Little Rock at 78-76-154.
Taylor Loeb of Maumelle was another golfer setting a blistering pace Tuesday. She followed her opening round of 84 with a 2-over 72 to pull away to the title in the girls division at 156. Peyton Weaver of Benton was second at 84-79-163. Stephanie Leake of Little Rock was third at 85-82-167.
The tournament was one of the final junior events of the tournament before high school golf season begins next week.