Several standout youth golfers from Madison County participated in the 75th annual Marion Miley Tournament last week in Lexington.
The golfers only got through nine holes on Friday because of weather delays, then had to a play 27 holes on Saturday.
Madison Central's Mattie Jo Neeley had a tough first round, but bounced in a big way. She shot a 72 in the final round — the best round of the event for any golfer in the junior division — and charged up the leaderboard to finish second.
Neeley's two-day total of +10, 154, was just two shot behind the winner, Abbie Lee of Glasgow (+8, 152).
Madison Central graduate MacKenzie Neal shot a 79 in both rounds and finished fourth with a total score of +14, 158.
Neal has signed with Morehead State.
Richmond's Reagan Clark posted a pair of rounds at 86 and finished eighth with a score of +28, 172.
Central's Claira Beth Ramsey tied for ninth after shooting rounds of 88 and 86 for a total score of +30 174.
Drive Chip and Putt Championship
Two Madison County youth golfers have advanced past the local qualifying round of this year's Drive, Chip and Putt Championships.
Berea's Jake Hajjar and Richmond's Warren Thomis are set to compete in the sub-regional qualifying events, which is set for Aug. 18 at Persimmon Ridge Golf Course in Louisville.
The top two golfers in each division will move on to the regional qualifying in September and have a chance to move to the finals of the event, which will be held at Augusta National Golf Club in April.
Hajjar qualified in the boys 12-13 year-old division.
Thomas qualified in the boys 14-15 year-old division.
Local qualifying events were held at Seneca Golf Course, Man O' War Learning Center, Paxton Park Golf Course and Triple Crown Country Club.
PGA Junior Tour update
Madison County golfers have participated in several Kentucky Junior PGA Tour tournaments recently at locations across the state.
In the Player Series event last Friday at Eagles Trace Golf Club in Morehead, Will Cain took second place in the boys 8-and-under division.
He shot a +3, but lost in a playoff to Collin Reynolds of Lexington.
On July 8, Model's Lydia Harrel competed in the girls 13-15 year-old division of the Players Series event at the Bowling Green Country Club.
She shot a +15 and tied for sixth place.