Kentucky youth takes local golf tournament

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Suffolk News-Herald

Teddy Collins showed why Golf Week magazine recently ranked him in the top 50 teenage golfers in the country on Monday and Tuesday, shooting a four-under-par 140 to win the first (and hopefully annual) Subway Junior Golf tournament at the Suffolk Golf Course. A nationally ranked tournament, the event was sponsored by the local Subway franchises.

Local Subway manager Doug Eitel was instrumental in lending his store’s support to the tournament.

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Golf has been taking the Louisville, Ken. 17-year-old on a quick sightseeing tour of the Cast Coast – before heading to Suffolk, he took part in a tournament in Atlanta. &uot;There was a lot of really tight competition out there,&uot; Collins said of the Suffolk tournament. &uot;Everyone was in the game.&uot;

One of his toughest competitors was Greg Hunt, Jr., one of the top stars on the Nansemond River High School golf team. &uot;I thought I did better on Tuesday than Monday,&uot; said Hunt, who took fifth place with a score of 156. &uot;I’d rather play here than in high school, because colleges look more at tournaments.&uot;

Hunt was a charter member of the Southeastern Junior Golf Association, which was founded by his father, Greg Sr. The organization gives youths across Suffolk and other local areas a special chance to show their skills in the fairways, bunkers and greens.

Aaron Stacy, who came in with a 161, also used the tournament to sharpen his skills for high school competition; next fall, the junior will be vying for the top spot in Lakeland’s lineup.

&uot;Everybody’s really good out here,&uot; said Stacy. &uot;But it’s more fun playing against individuals, because the competition’s higher.&uot;