Azalea Trail golf

The temperatures were a bit cooler and the wind was gusting, but the Azaleas were still in bloom as the junior golfers converged on the Rose City to hit the links.

After the first round of the 13th Annual Azalea Trail Junior Golf Classic, a couple of Tylerites and another youngster just down the road in Chandler were atop the leaderboard at Hollytree Country Club.

Tyler Lee teammates Scott Skrocki and Annaka Watts were leading as well as Sidney Robertson of Chandler.

The second and final round of the Classic is scheduled for Sunday as the golfers are slated to tee off on No. 1 from 8 to 11:15 a.m.

Skrocki, who recently fired a 66 at Hide-A-Way Lake Club's course, is tied for the lead in the Boys 15-18 division with Dallas' Pierce Johnson. Both carded 1-over 73s on the Hollytree course. One stroke behind is Troup's Jake Smelser (2-over 74). There are 32 golfers in the field.

In the Girls 15-18 Division, Watts leads with an 85, followed by fellow Lady Raider golfer Sydney McConnell (87). Another Lee golfer Charlotte Hackney is tied for third with Allen's Sidney Stramel as both shot 91s.

Robertson is leading both the 13-14 girls division as well as 13-18 after carding an 82.

Other leaders include Dallas' Reese Roberts (Boys 12 & under) and Prosper's Marcus Williams (Boys 13-14).

The Azalea Trail Junior Golf Classic is part of the All American Tour presented by the Northern Texas PGA.

The boys 13-18 champion receives exemptions into the Bluebonnet Championship and the Byron Nelson Junior Championship. The girls 13-18 champion receives an exemption to the Bluebonnet Championship.


13th Annual Azalea Trail Junior Golf Classic

Hollytree Country Club, Tyler

Boys 12 & Under  1, Reese Roberts, Dallas, 79; 2, Connor Carver, Tyler, 90; 3, Lucas Latimer, Rockwall, 94. 

Boys 13-14  1, Marcus Williams, Prosper, 82; 2, Billy Smith, Dallas, 84; 3, Elijah Gu, Plano, 88; 4, (tie) Braden Bergman, Flint, 89; Duke Stockton, Dallas, 89; 6, Landon Bownds, Prosper, 90; 7, Christian Clanton, Trophy Club, 91; 8, CJ McConnell, Tyler, 95; 9, Krishi Jalakam, Frisco, 100; 10 (tie) Shrikar Srinivasan, Lewisville, 106; Maddox Mallard, Flower Mound, 106.

Boys 15-18  1, (tie) Pierce Johnson, Dallas, 73; Scott Skrocki, Tyler, 73; 3, Jake Smelser, Troup, 74; 4, Christian Clark, Dallas, 76; 5, (tie) Andrew Baucum, Heath, 77; Henry Kirkpatrick, Irving, 77; 7, Hudson Weibel, Dallas, 78; 8, (tie) Carter Lewis, Sulphur Springs, 79; James Farmer, Dallas, 79; 10, (tie) Maddux Mills, Fort Worth, 80; Mack Duvall, Dallas, 80; 12, Sam Jenkins, Garland, 81; 13, (tie) Harrison Hopson, Bullard, 82; Luke Jenz, Flint, 82; Reed Gesse, Tyler, 82; Griffin Jones, Tyler, 92; 17, (tie) Gordon Schmerbeck, Dallas, 83; Colton Bench, Sulphur Springs, 83; Sloan Henggeler, Fort Worth, 83; 20, Rhett Sellers, Longview, 85; 21, (tie) Elvis Steen, Allen, 86; Tristan Williams, Tyler, 86; Cade Bruce, Longview, 86; 24, (tie) Thompson Huhtnance, Dallas, 87; Jacob Cole, Tyler, 87; Baker Stockton, Dallas, 87; Logan Johnson, Dallas, 87; 28, Gregory Goates, 88; 29, Jacob Feliciano, Tyler, 89; 30, Robert Boyce, Dallas, 90; 31, Sam Benson, Gilmer, 91; 32, Tanner Penman, Dallas, 92; 33, James "Chesley" Williams, Dallas, 94; 34, David Watts, Dallas, 98.

Girls 13-14  1, Sidney Robertson, Chandler, 82; 2, (tie) Avery Owen, Dallas, 101; Kinley Pessel, Marshall, 101; 4, Samantha Gibbs, Fort Worth, 108.

Girls 15-18  1, Annaka Watts, Tyler, 85; 2, Sydney McConnell, Tyler, 87; 3, (tie) Charlotte Hackney, Tyler, 91; Sidney Stramel, Allen, 91; 5, (tie) Stephany Barbosa, Dallas, 92; Amelia Stankiewicz, Keller, 92; 7, Catie Nekola, St. Charles, Ill., 93; 8, Brecklyn Flanagan, Murphy, 94.



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I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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