Dante Migliore follows through on a perfect iron into the sixth green. 

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MHTS Summer Fun Tour


MVJGT LogoBLACKThe Mohawk Valley Junior Golf Tour wrapped up the 2013 season, with its Tour Championship today, at the Rome Country Club.

Forty boys and girls teed it up today, in six different age divisions and battled it out for top honors, as the MV Jr. Tour closed the curtain on its 28th season.

New Hartford’s Tommy Mandel pounds a three wood down the 17th fairway.

Frankfort’s Dante Migliore, carded an even par 73, to take home overall medalist honors, as well as the top spot in the boy’s 16-18 division.

Clinton’s Mike Kalil, was second in the 16-18 year old division, with a 77. Cazenovia’s Brian Demo, was third, with an 85.

Today’s Tour Championship represented the eighth event of the season. Previous tour stops included Crestwood, Valley View, Cedar Lake, Stonebridge, Woodgate Pines, Skenendoa and Oneida Community, according to Tour Director, Lauren Cupp. Lauren added, “More than 100, junior golfers participated in the Tour this Summer.

The Boys 13-15 Division, needed two extra playoff holes today to help decide things, before New Hartford’s Tommy Mandel took home the trophy, outlasting Newport’s Bobby Davenport and Oneida’s Ben Kallet. All three boys fired 77’s to reach the playoff.

MVJGT LogoBLACKIn the Girls 16-18 Division, Old Forge’s Lexi Haehl took the top spot, shooting 91. Callie Terpstra and Sam Bossone tied for second, each firing 100.

Utica’s Dominique Bevivino carded a 48, to capture the 9 hole, 13-15 girls division, followed by Rome’s Taylor Laughinghouse, who was just one shot back, at 49.

Olivia Previte of New Hartford, finished with a 58, good enough for third place.

Zach Klein of Utica, won the 9 hole, 12 and under Boys Division, firing a 43. New Hartford’s Michael Mandel, turned in a 45, to claim second place and Zach Kallet of Oneida, carded a 47 to claim third.

Lexi Haehl
Old Forge’s Lexi Haehl eyes a chip shot on the 13th hole.

West Edmeston’s Bailey Shoemaker, carded a 46 in the 9 hole, 12 and under Girls Division, followed by Whitesboro’s Gabby Papale, who notched a 66. Isabella Previte of New Hartford,came in with a 78.

“Overall, this has been a great season,” said Lauren Cupp, adding “This is a really great group of kids, they are honest and they have not only played some great golf this summer,they have also shown some excellent sportsmanship, which is what we love to see”. 

Thanks to the staff at The Rome Country Club today for the great hospitality and congratulations to all of the players who gave it their all over a very tough course today.

Whitesboro’s Austin O’Dell hits a solid flop early in his round.