Times Staff Report
North Clay student, Shane Lunsford, has had a pretty successful summer on the golf courses around the state of Indiana.
Lunsford, a 12-year-old Clay County resident, played against some tough competition on the Pepsi Aquafina Junior Tour as well as a number of local tournaments and some competition on the Pete Dye Junior Tour that was started by Forest Park Golf Course pro, Mark Rogers.
On the Aquafina Tour, Lunsford shot an 82 to open play at Cascades Golf Course where he finished in a tie for eighth-place overall. He followed that up by competing on the friendly confines of Forest Park where he used his familiarity to claim a victory over seven other golfers, shooting a 78 to top Quinn Pizzo of Bloomington. Lunsford played at Cascades once again in a July 29 tourney and placed eighth again, this time with an 83. The following week, Lunsford played in a pair of tournaments, placing fourth at Old Vincennes with an 83 and adding a third-place at Bloomington Country Club with a 79.
Over the course of the summer, Lunsford was one of the most successful golfers in his age group, averaging an 81 over five events and carded 16 birdies with an average of more than three per round.
Lunsford had success in other tournament dates as well as he claimed the 13-and-under age group at the Brazil Open.
In July, Lunsford played in the Clay County Optimist Club at Forest Park and shot an 80 to win the 13-and-under age group. He was also an age group winner at the Terre Haute Junior City golf tourney played at Rea Park where he shot a 27-hole total of 117 to top Cam Llewellyn by eight strokes. Lunsford shot a 43 followed by a 34 and a 40 during three, nine-hole rounds, to earn the title.