Renegar wins Sonny Andrews Tournament
by Andy Collier
Jul 07, 2013 | 2279 views | 0 0 comments | 101 101 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Grant Renegar (right) won the Cleveland Country Club Sonny Andrews Memorial Junior Golf Tournament with a  138. With Renegar is Lillian Andrews (left), the wife of the late Sonny Andrews.
Grant Renegar (right) won the Cleveland Country Club Sonny Andrews Memorial Junior Golf Tournament with a 138. With Renegar is Lillian Andrews (left), the wife of the late Sonny Andrews.
Grant Renegar, a native of Summit who will enter his senior year at Parklane Academy, brought his A-game to the golf course at the Cleveland Country Club this week.

Renegar shot a 6-under par 138 to win the Sonny Andrews Memorial Junior Golf Tournament. Renegar shot an impressive 68 on Tuesday and a 70 on Wednesday to seal up the tournament title and win a $500 scholarship in the name of the late Nash Cochran, who won a club record 10 Cleveland Country Club Golf Championships. Renegar also won the boys 16-18 division.

Renegar, 16, finished two strokes ahead of Carthage resident Tristan Hernandez, who shot a two-day score of 140. Hernandez shot an excellent 68 on Wednesday, but three bogeys and a double bogey in Tuesday’s action gave him a 72 which put him four strokes behind Renegar going into Wednesday. The deficit proved to be one Hernandez couldn’t overcome.

In 36 holes of golf, Renegar was extremely consistent as he shot 10 birdies and bogeyed only four holes.

“I’ve been practicing really hard lately and have been really working on my ball striking,” Renegar said. “It just seemed to come together this week. I made a lot of crucial putts. As a result of the ball striking, I made a lot of birdies to.”

Sander Ott, of McComb, rounded out the top three with a two-day score of 144. Hernandez and Ott also competed in the boys 16-18 division. Other notables in the boys 16-18 division, David Midlick Jr., of Boyle, shot a 169 to finish 12th, while Cleveland resident Tucker Love shot a 172 to finish in a tie for 13th place with Greenwood’s Brandon Schroeder. In Wednesday’s action, Midlick birded on two of his last three holes to close out his action in the tournament.

In the 14-15 boys division, Yazoo City’s Matt Liddon shot a 77 on Tuesday and a 79 on Wednesday for a two-day score of 156 to take the top spot over Vicksburg’s Gabriel Riveros (157) by one stroke. Riveros led Liddon by five strokes after Tuesday’s action by shooting a 72. Riveros, however, shot an 85 on Wednesday, which included a momentum killing nine on a par-4, hole 15. Liddon pared on eight of his last nine holes in the tournament to escape with the win. Yazoo City’s Cole Winstead took third in the division with a score of 159.

In the girls 13-18 division, Fulton resident Carlee Nanney and Jackson resident Blair Stockett had a nice competition for the top spot. On Tuesday, Nanney shot an 87 to take a four-stroke lead over Stockett. Nanney struggled on Wednesday by shooting a 91, which included a 46 on the back nine. Stockett shot an 89, which included a 43 on the back nine, but Nanney was able to hold on for the victory as she shot a two-day score of 178 with Stockett finishing two strokes behind in second with a 180.

Vicksburg’s Anna Fletcher finished third with a 182, while Cleveland’s Bretlyn Phillips placed fourth with a 198.

In the boys 12-13 division, Jack Gnam, of Ridgeland, took home first with a 149, finishing one stroke ahead of Edward Lee (150) of Canton. Martin Bell, of Senatobia, took third with a 161. Cleveland resident Landon Howard shot a 208 to finish ninth.

A pair of Cleveland boys dominated the 10-11 division as Hayden Howard took first with a 108, followed by Matthew Woo with a 129.

Jackson resident Sara Hederman rounded out the winner earning first in the girls 10-12 division with a 99.