Graham Sheley lines up his drive off the first tee at Bear Creek Golf Course. Photo courtesy of Jill Sheley

Graham Sheley lines up his drive off the first tee at Bear Creek Golf Course. Photo courtesy of Jill Sheley

By Mike Maltais

“We had an outstanding season,” is how junior golf program coordinator Jill Sheley described this year’s six-week turnout at the Bear Creek Golf Course near Winthrop.

The junior golfers held their season-ending tournament on Aug. 15 with the following results:

Turner McCutchan, of Snoqualmie, and William Jennings, Neela Mitchell and Carter Sheley, all of Winthrop, were the Three-Hole Scramble team winners with a three-over-par score of 14 on three holes.

Mitchell also won the chipping contest and was selected Most Improved Player on the team.

“Neela never played golf before starting the junior golf program,” Sheley said. “She quickly learned the fundamentals of golf and was especially strong at hitting the ball in alignment with her target.”

Sheley added that Mitchell advanced from the beginners Birdie group to the intermediate Par group toward the end of the six-week program. There is also an Eagle group of advanced players.

David Kominak of Twisp won the putting contest.

Best Sportsmanship honors went to Wyatt Scott, Winthrop, in the Par Group, and Grace Kominak, Twisp, in the Birdie Group. Both players “displayed exceptionally strong attitudes and encouraged their fellow players,” Sheley noted.

“Junior Golf strives to teach etiquette and the rules of golf together with golf fundamentals and mechanics,” Sheley said. “Golf is a great teacher of patience, manners and sportsmanship.”

Sheley extended a special thanks to Ash and Linda Court for allowing the juniors to use the course Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for six weeks.

“And huge thanks to the volunteers who chaperoned the juniors who played on the course,” Sheley said.

Jenna Miller of Pateros coached the juniors. Miller grew up in Edmonds, where she attended King’s Schools.

“I began playing golf my sophomore year of high school, as my school did not have a softball team at that time,” Miller explained. “I graduated from high school in 1999 and attended Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma City. I played collegiate golf and we won the national title in 2002.”