Area golfers star at TYGA events

From staff reports
Posted 6/13/22

A few local high school golfers have already been on a tear to begin their respective offseasons.

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Area golfers star at TYGA events

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Local high school golfers recently concluded their respective spring campaigns and are still engaged with the sport in what has been a busy offseason thus far.

Midway’s Logan Atkins and Caden Hodges, along with Harnett Central’s Michael Snyder, turned in standout performances during Tarheel Youth Golf Association tournaments held over the past two months. 

During the TYGA Bojangles Junior Open, held June 4 and 5 in Snow Hill, both Atkins and Snyder were in the logjam that finished tied for 14th overall with a 6-over-par 150.

Divided into two flights, Atkins’ matching 75s each round ultimately tied for 12th in the boys’ 16-18 age group. Snyder shot the only round in red numbers among the 13-15 age group, carding a 70 on Day 1 before following with an 80 and finishing third.

Hodges finished 40th in the older flight, carding a 13-over 157 after two days.

A couple weeks prior, Atkins posted his best outing this summer – taking first place at the TYGA Lane Tree Junior.

His 7-under 137 earned a two-stroke victory at the two-day tourney, held May 14-15 in Goldsboro. Atkins claimed medalist honors both overall and for the older flight, shooting under par both days including a final-round 67.

Hodges tied for 13th in the elder flight, concluding with a 5-over 149. Snyder tied for 13th in the younger flight, carding 77 and 79 for a final total of 156.

Atkins is fresh off his first state medalist honor on May 10, becoming Midway’s second individual champion at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A boys tournament. Hodges was just behind his teammate at the state event, finishing his career with a third-place finish and another sportsmanship award.

Snyder impressed during his freshman season at Central, scoring a top-15 finish at the 3A regional before tying for 27th at states. The rising sophomore also figures to be in the 55th North Carolina Junior Boys’ Championship field, June 21-24, after carding a 3-over 73 at the qualifier in Burlington Monday.

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