Youth all-star golf team to compete at regional tournament
A co-ed all-star team of junior golfers ages 13 and under will tee off Saturday and Sunday at a PGA Jr. League Regional at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort for the right to advance to October’s national finals in Arizona.
The Southern Conference 1 All-Stars, a group of 10 representing Valley Brook Country Club, Southpointe Golf Club, St. Clair Country Club, South Hills Country Club and Youghiogheny Country Club, will face similar all-star teams from Buffalo, N.Y. ; Columbus, Ohio; and Columbia Station, Ohio.
Twelve regional champions will move on to nationals set for Oct. 11-14 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Southern Conference 1 All-Stars won the PGA Jr. League Tri-State Section Championship Aug. 13 at Willowbrook Country Club to earn the spot at regionals.
The team came together based on improvement and performances during the league’s spring and summer regular season that began in April and concluded in July. Players competed in a two-person scramble format designed to build confidence and encourage sportsmanship while receiving coaching from PGA and LPGA professionals.
Southern Conference 1 All-Stars:
Captain: Troy Williams, PGA, Valley Brook Country Club
Christopher Merck, 9, Canonsburg, Valley Brook Country Club
Neil Joon, 13, Pittsburgh, Southpointe Golf Club
Garrett Ziegler, 13, Pittsburgh, St. Clair Country Club
Jeremy Poon, 13, Venetia, Southpointe Golf Club
Ty Hartman, 9, Jefferson Hills, South Hills Country Club
Aaron Didjunas, 10, McKeesport, Youghiogheny Country Club
Caron Higginbotham, 10, Clarksburg (Va.), Youghiogheny Country Club
Jonah Schollaert, 11, Ambridge, Youghiogheny Country Club
Mya Morgan, 11, Elizabeth, Youghiogheny Country Club
Austin Glowacki, 8, South Park, Youghiogheny Country Club
Michael Love is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-856-7400 x8632, [email protected] or via Twitter .