Local golf notebook: Local academy founder Leonard recognized by US Kids Golf – Montgomery Advertiser


Quincy Leonard, Leo Golf Academy founder at Gateway Golf Course, has received honorable mention recognition from U.S. Kids Golf for its annual Top 50 Kids Teacher Award.

The Award recognizes the world?s most outstanding youth golf instructors, and Leonard is part of a select group that earned honorable mention accolades among more than 500 applicants.

Since 2004, U.S. Kids Golf has honored the best youth golf teachers with the Top 50 Kids Teacher Award. Applicants complete an online survey and winners are chosen based on their contributions to youth golf.

The Top 50 Kids Teachers of 2017 includes golf professionals from 22 states, Canada and Costa Rica. Each year, award recipients include teachers who work at public, private, resort and municipal courses.

The Top 50 Kids Teacher Award is administered by the U.S. Kids Golf Coaches Institute, a division of the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation.

Speaking of U.S. Kids Golf, the Montgomery Local Tour?s spring season is set to tee off Feb. 24 at Aroostook.

Registration for all events is underway. Tournament dates and deadlines are:

? Feb. 24 at Aroostook; last day to register: Feb. 19

? March 3 at Lakewood (Phenix City); last day to register: Feb. 26

? March 10 at Arrowhead; last day to register: March 5

? March 17 at Wynlakes; last day to register: March 12

? April 21 at Cottonwood; last day to register: April 16

? April 28 at Quail Walk; last day to register: April 23

? May 5 at Lagoon (Tour Championship); last day to register: April 30

For more information or to register for an event, contact Quincy Leonard at 334-721-4536; or email him at quincyleonard@leogolfacademy.com.

NOTEBOOK

? Online registration for Drive, Chip and Putt qualifying is underway.

Alabama golfers can qualify at sites outside the state, but there are four local qualifiers in Alabama: June 2 at Silver Lakes (Glencoe); June 5 at Bent Brook (Bessemer); June 10 at Hampton Cove (Owens Cross Roads); and June 16 at Magnolia Grove (Mobile).

Those in Alabama who advance through local qualifiers will compete in a subregional at Capitol Hill in Prattville on Aug. 5

Drive, Chip and Putt is a free youth golf development initiative open to boys and girls ages 7-15. Local qualifying will take place throughout all 50 states during the months of May, June, July and August.

Top performers at the local level will advance through subregional and regional qualifiers in July/August and September, respectively. The top 80 performers ? 40 boys and 40 girls ? will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 7, the eve of the 2019 Masters.

DOGFIGHTS

? Orelia Turner, at plus-7, won the Montgomery Women?s Golf Association dogfight at The Pines in Millbrook on Thursday. Sandi Parrish and Phyllis Akers were next at plus-6, followed by Sharon Mills and Margaret Weldon at plus-5.

Play this Thursday will be at Quail Walk in Wetumpka.

? The team of Frank Guidas, Carl Stevenson, George Walker and James Massey combined for a minus-7 to win the Montgomery Golf Association?s dogfight at Prattville Country Club on Jan. 29; 25 played.

Massey was most over at plus-4. Second place, at minus-12, went to the team of David Vogelgesang, Ed Collier, Don Hatcher and Ernest Pattillo.

On Feb. 1 at Quail Walk, the team of Stevenson, Wayne Baggett, Del Goebel and James Bruner combined for a plus-25 to take first place; 22 played.

Massey, Pattillo, Hugh Garrett and Randy Smith combined for a plus-23 to take second place. Goebel and Ken Love were most over at plus-11 each.

The MGA also played Monday at Cambrian Ridge. MGA next plays Thursday, Feb. 15, at The Pines; Monday, Feb. 19, at Timberline; Monday, Feb. 26, at Troy Country Club; and Monday, March 1, at Grand National.

? The Central Alabama Golf Association had a disappointing turnout Jan. 29 at RTJ Grand National in Opelika, due in large part to the three-plus inches of rain the previous day. First place at plus-12 went Ben Woods and JD Davis, with second place, at plus-7, going to Howard Green and Mike Hudson. There was a two-way tie for third place at minus-1 between the teams of Perry Williams/Robert Griffith and John Robinson/Eric Kost.

CAGA played again on Thursday at Arrowhead with much better attendance, but not without incident. A major 18-wheeler accident on I-85 southbound prevented many players from the Auburn and Tallassee areas from getting to the course.

There was a two-way tie for first place at plus-15 between the teams of Johnny Hassett, Perry Williams, Tom Watson and Mike Powers, and Ken Nelson, Bob Rocheleau, Melvin Leonard and Roy Collins. Third place, one point back at plus-14, went to the team of Ricky Brooks, Bobby Pruit, Turner Clem and John Bricken.

CAGA plays this Thursday at Indian Pines in Auburn.?The 2018 schedule is available at?www.CAGAGolf.com.?Players interested in joining CAGA can contact the CAGA administrator at caga.dogfight@gmail.com for additional information.

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