BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL — Andrew Ray, 18, of Centralia, Ill.; Jeffrey Waters, 17, of Bethalto, and Reese Wilson, 18, of Chicago tied for first-place honors with a score of one in the Country Financial putting contest at the 2014 Country Youth Classic.
Ray competed in the 8B 18- to 22-year-old boys division, Waters competed in the 7B 16- to 17-year-old boys division and Wilson competed in the 5G 12- to 13-year-old division at The Den at Fox Creek. The putting contest measured the lowest amount of strokes needed to sink the ball into three holes.
The Country Youth Classic, for golfers age 3 to 22, took place June 23-25 on five Bloomington-Normal golf courses: Ironwood, Weibring at Illinois State University, The Den at Fox Creek, Prairie Vista and The Links at Ireland Grove.
The putting contest was one of three individual competitions held Monday during the event’s practice rounds. Golfers also were eligible to participate in the short game and longest drive contests. There were 142 participants in the event.
“This is my first year to work with the Country Youth Classic, having just relocated to this area in May,” said Paula Kaler, agency manager for McLean Agency. “It’s clear that these kids from around the world really enjoy coming together and playing the game. Their faces tell the whole story. I’m proud that Country sponsors this exceptional event for the community.”
Ray is the son of Mike and Carol Ray of Centralia; Waters is the son of Jeff and Shelly Waters of Bethalto and Wilson is the daughter of Mack Wilson of Chicago.