WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Two familiar names and another one sure to be took first place in the Tri-State Junior Golf Association’s season-opening tournament Monday at Waynesboro Country Club.
Aaron Staley, of Hagerstown, carded a 1-under-par 71 to top the 16-18 age division, picking up where he left off a year ago.
Max Bell, of Chambersburg, Pa., moved up to the 14-15 age division after dominating the 12-13 group last year, and took laurels with a 4-over-par 76.
Those groups played the course to par 72, covering 6,300 yards.
In the 12-13 division, Jake Darr, of Middletown, Md., fashioned a 34-37-71 to serve notice he’ll be tough to beat this season.
Staley, who will be a junior at North Hagerstown this fall, opened the season following a layoff from competition that extended back to November.
“I’ve just practiced a lot and have worked on the mental part of the game,” Staley said. “I think it’s made a five-shot difference.”
Staley had three birdies and one eagle in his round, opening with a 35 and finishing with a 36.
Bell recovered from a tough 4-over start through his first four holes to play even-par the remainder of his round. He had a 36 on the front nine, following a 40 on the back nine.
“Moving up in an age group, today was a nice start to the season,” Bell said.
Darr’s round wasn’t his career best, having shot a 2-under 70 at Black Rock. His card included five birdies and one eagle, playing his round at 5,500 yards.
Monday’s event was sponsored in part by Manitowoc. The next tournament is Monday at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown.