The 13U Western Howard County Renegade Black travel team competed with 23 teams from around the country in the Ripken Tidal Wave Tournament in Myrtle Beach, SC, July 5-10. The Renegades played in the Elite-8 Bracket during the elimination round and were crowned the champions after defeating the Glaciers of Ohio, 14-2. In their other two games, Renegade Black beat the Warrenville Warriors, 10-0, and the API Select White, 15-5, to reach the championship game. Members of the team are Eric Diehl, Thomas Kato, Benjamin Thalheimer, Alex Elliott, Jaideep Sufi, Eric Norris, Darren Miller, Dean Mastroianni, Kyle Duncan, Chris VanderVat and Matt Thompson. The team is coached by Pete Elliott (head coach), Tom Norris, Mike VanderVat, Mark Huber and Jim Duncan.
Patrick Hardy of Ellicott City was one of 76 boys to compete in the American Junior Golf Association Qualifier for the JoS. A. Bank / David Leadbetter Championship on Aug. 3 at the Cattail Creek Country Club. Hardy shot a two- over-par 74 to advance to the tournament's championship round beginning on Aug. 4. The tournament field featured 76 boys and 16 girls, ages 12-18, from 12 states. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 6,656 yards, while the Girls Division played the course at 5,958 yards.
Tyler Mealey of Edgewater and Blake Micholas of Potomac shot even-par 72 to claim medalist honors in the qualifier. Hardy shot 36 on the front nine and 38 on the back nine to finish just two shots back of the leaders.
In the Girls Division, Siripatsorn Patchana of Bangkok, Thailand, medaled after shooting a 3-over-par 75.
The American Junior Golf Association is dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships. The AJGA has an annual junior membership (boys and girls, ages 12-18) of more than 6,300 members from 48 states and more than 50 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant and Leadership Links, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf's next generation.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 600 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.