Assuming the weathers allows them to play, that is.
With roughly 100 players scheduled to participate, the Burgett H. Mooney Jr. Rome Classic is set to begin with today’s practice round at Coosa Country Club.
But the players — and their supporters — will likely need to bring their rain gear. The forecast is not encouraging.
The 54-hole stroke play is slated to begin on Tuesday morning, and continues through Thursday.
Brian Albertson, the head professional at Coosa Country Club, said the annual event is something he looks forward to each summer.
“It’s always a treat to host these players,” said Albertson, “and they are the best (junior golfers) in the world.”
Several local players will be competing in the tournament — and Albertson won’t be surprised if the Greater Rome representatives hold their own.
“I think Rome is a tremendous base for Junior Golf talent,” he said. “Not only in Georgia but in the Southeast throughout the years. A lot of players have (gone) on to play collegiately. We have had many top five finishes from our local players in the past, which is saying a lot for the local area.”
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
1:30 p.m. Practice Round (shotgun start)
7:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. First Round tee times
7:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Second Round tee times
7:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Final Round tee times
5 p.m. Awards Ceremony
The 15-year-old has
collected five top-10
finishes. She began this season with a Top-4
finish at the AJGA
Junior in Savannah.
Meechai Padungsiriseth (Bradenton, Fla.)
player in the boys’ field, Padungsiriseth has
recorded ten Top-15
finishes, including a win
at the 2009 Junior All-Star at Spring Creek.
The University of Kansas commit has compiled three top-20 finishes,
including a second-place finish at the 2011 Under Armour/ Vicky Hurst Championship.
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Ranked No. 66 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Schubert will compete
as the highest-ranked player in the field. She returns to Rome for the second year in a row,
after finishing tied for second last year.
Moving on to the next level
At least five players in the tournament field will continue their careers at the collegiate level in the fall. They are:
Blake Hadden, Augusta, Ga. — Furman University
Ty Hampel, Smyrna, Ga. — Berry College
Prem Samritpricha, Bradenton, Fla. — University of Kansas
Evan Usry, Evans, Ga. — Mercer University
Harrison Winger, Orlando Fla. — Liberty University