- Johnny Esfeller
IMG Academy golfers take over U.S. Kids Tampa Summer Tour
IMG Academy golfers have taken over the U.S. Kids Tampa Summer Tour, held at Plantation Palms Golf Club in Land'O Lakes, Fla., June 23. In the Girls 10-11 division, Ariel Yu, recorded a three-under 32 for a first place finish, besting the second place finisher by an astounding 10 strokes. Although Yu's win was just the icing on the cake after winning her age group the day before at the PGA North Florida Section Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier at Waterford Golf Club with a score of 111. Points were awarded for drives, chips and putts, and Yu qualified to take part in the regional finals in August. A win at the regional finals, and Yu has a chance to play in the Grand Final at Augusta in 2014.
At the Tampa Summer Tour, Yu was joined by Louie Liu, who has made a habit of winning US Kids events. Once again, Liu came through with a one-stroke victory in the Boys 8s division on Sunday.
At the same event in the Boys 9-11division, Matthew De Heus notched an even-par 36 for another first place finish, his third in a row.
Notably, with their strong finishes, Yu and De Heus are leading their age group orders of merit at the moment, and Liu is only five point behind the leader in the Boys 8s.