Ohio junior golf tournament featuring local swingers

MANSFIELD – The PGA Junior Series returns to Westbrook Country Club, host of the 2012 Ohio Mid-Amateur Championship. Players will face a lengthened Donald Ross design.

There will be 160 players from 16 states, Australia, Canada, and Thailand competing in the three-day 54-hole event, which begins Monday July 16th. The field is comprised of four divisions: a boys’ and girls’ 13-15 year-old division and a boys’ and girls’ 16-18 year-old division.

The boys’ 16-18 and overall girls’ division winner will each earn an exemption into the 37th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Heritage Food Service Group, staged July 31 – Aug 3 at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind. Each event is nationally ranked in the Golfweek/Titleist Performance Index and Junior Golf Scoreboard.

Westbrook will host an impressive field that includes last year’s PGA Junior Series Player of the Year in the boys’ 16-18 division, Michael Bernard of Huber Heights, Ohio.

Among the local players participating are Zach Bauer, Hanna Lee (Sycamore), Pari Keller (Indian Hill), Eric Buse (Loveland), Matt Schiller (St. Xavier), Zachary Willmes (Elder), Alyssa Akiyama of Terrace Park, Bretten Hill of Oasis Golf Club.  For a list of others go to here.