Local golfers fare well at juniors event

Sean Williams proved this week that he could play with the top golfers in the state.

The 12-year-old finished in 13th place in the boys' 11-12 division Wednesday of the Southwest Section Junior Championships at the Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott.

Williams shot a 40 for nine holes on Tuesday, and a 39 Wednesday for a two-day total of 79.

Williams qualified for the tournament by playing in Arizona Junior Golf Association Tournaments.

"I guess that I did pretty good for my first big tournament," Williams said.

"I wasn't nervous at the start.

I just thought that I could do better.

The competition that was at the tournament was pretty tough.

The other players got some pretty low scores."

Kingman's Morgan Grantham finished in third place in the girls' 13-14 division.

Grantham shot an 81 on Tuesday and a 79 Wednesday for a 36-hole total of 160.

Grantham is playing today at the Ping Masters in Phoenix.

"There was no way in the world that Morgan should have not won the tournament," said Paul Mowry, PGA Pro at Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course.

"She hits the ball to good, but again she is learning course management and how important the short game is.

These tournaments are won by whoever is the best from 80 yards in.

She is finishing the summer pretty strong."

On the first day, Williams missed a lot of easy putts.

"I could have shot better on Tuesday," Williams said.

"I wasn't making my putts at all.

I had a lot of three-putts during the round.

My drives and irons were good, I just struggled with my putting."

Williams said on the second day of the tournament that he had a rough time with his long game.

"On Wednesday, I couldn't hit my driver and my irons but I made all my putts," Williams said.

"In the whole tournament I made three birdies.

We played the back nine both days.

The course wasn't that long and it was kind of like the course here in Kingman."

In the tournament, Williams was playing against golfers who have been playing in junior golf tournaments the last four years.

"In the first round, Sean played with one of the top golfers in the 11-12 division," Mowry said.

"I was really proud of the way Sean acted on the golf course.

"He is learning and he played very good in the tournament.

He has only been playing golf serious for a year and half.

I know that Sean was a little nervous in the tournament but that is good because that shows that you care how you want to finish."

Mowry said that Williams needs to work on his short game.

"I think now that he realizes of what has to be done," Mowry said.

"Sean hits the ball just about as far as anybody in his age group where he is misses it is course management and the short game.

The short game is so important for players to learn how to do."

Williams will keep on playing in the Arizona Junior Golf Association Tournaments.

"I will continue to play in tournaments because I know that they will help me out and it is a lot of fun," Williams said.