Junior Golfers compete at King Rail’s NEPGA event

Isabel Brozena watches her tee shot on the 18th hole. (Photo by Anne Marie Tobin)

LYNNFIELD — King Rail Reserve Golf Club was the place to be Wednesday if you happen to be a junior golfer looking for some serious competition.

The 27 entrants got that and more at the latest stop on the New England Professional Golf Association’s (NEPGA) Junior Golf Tour, a tour that provides tournaments for kids of all ages all across New England from early April through late August. This year’s tour includes 145 tournaments  which award points to the top finishers through next Thursday. The top point winners in each of six age divisions advance to the NEPGA Jr. Tour Championship August 22 at Fall River Country Club. 

King Rail was the second Lynnfield golf course to host a junior tour event this summer. Reedy Meadow Golf Course previously hosted a field of 21 players in an event in late June.

Tournament director Tom Manning, a rising sophomore at Roger Williams University, said the tour has something for everyone.

“It’s a great program that offers kids a chance to play competitively and with 145 tournaments, kids have the opportunity to play every day if they want,” Manning said. “Most of our tournaments in Massachusetts, but we have tournaments in Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire so there is plenty to choose from. “

Ben Madden of Wellesley turned in the day’s low round. He shot an even-par 68 en route to winning the boys 14-15 division.

North Reading’s Isabel Brozena shot a 6-over 74 to post the low score for the girls, taking the girls 14-18 division by nine strokes over Stoneham’s Ava Lauria.

Stephen Forgione was Lynnfield’s top player; he shot a 10-over 44 and finished second in the boys 11-and-under division. His brother Michael shot 51 to finish tied for sixth.

For Dominic Meyers of Danvers, this was his 16th tour event this summer. 

“It’s great because you get to play with friends and you also get to meet new people,” said Meyers, who finished second in the boys 12-13 division with an 81. “It’s better than just playing because it gives you the real feeling of a tournament, which makes it more serious.”

Other tournament winners included Winthrop’s Jack Sicurella, boys 16-18, 72; Winchester’s Max Lowenberg, boys 14-15, 75; South Hamilton’s Seamus O’Holleran, boys 11-and-under, 38, and Malerie Lague of Atkinson, N.H., girls 13-and-under, 53. Swampscott’s Danny DiLisio shot a 77 and finished fifth in the boys 16-18 division.

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