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Two top-five finishes for Harmon

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Izard County High School's Rachel Harmon had a busy four-day stretch on the links last week, teeing off against some of the top young golfers in the state.

Harmon came in second in the 16- to 17-year-old girls division, and in fifth-place overall, at the Chuck Morton Memorial Golf Tournament in Mountain Home July 16-17.

Then, the next day, Harmon traveled to Harrison to compete in the Tom Milliken Memorial Golf Tournament July 18-19. There, she finished in third place.

At the Chuck Morton Tournament, Harmon shot a two-day total of 164.

Katie Webb of Heber Springs won the overall title and the 16- to 17-year-old division.

Anna Flannery of Paragould and Kaitlyn Duncan of Highland finished third and fourth respectively, in the 16- to 17-year-old-age group.

Webb was followed in the overall by Fayetteville's Anna Grace Lavy (13 years old). Shelby Daniels of Fayetteville took third, with Kaylee Benton of Cabot finishing fourth and Harmon rounding out the top five, in the overall division.

After the first day of competition in the Tom Milliken Tourney, Harmon was the leader in the 16- to 17-year-old division and also led the overall standings, after firing a 1-over par 73 that included the rarest shot in golf, a double-eagle on the par-5 hole #10.

Harmon recorded the elusive feat after launching her second shot to the green that landed, bounced once, hit the flag stick and then landed in the hole for a 2.

Celeste Gish of Greenwood shot a 74 and trailed Harmon by one stroke, followed by Conway's Summer Roachell with 75.

Katie Webb recorded a 76 and Russellville's Libby Croom rounded out the top five with a 77 (Webb and Roachell are currently first and second in the ASGA Girls Player of the Year points, Harmon is currently sixth).

Day two provided much excitement as Roachell and Croom teed-off early in the morning and completed their rounds with Roachell firing a 74 and Croom shooting a 75, giving Roachell the clubhouse lead with a two-day score of 149, followed by Croom's two-day score of 152.

Harmon, Gist and Webb began their round later in the morning and it proved to be quite a slugfest.

After nine holes of play, Gist was 2-under for the day, with Harmon and Webb right behind at even-par.

Coming to the 18th hole, Gist had managed to pick up another birdie to go to 3-under on her round, while Webb picked up a birdie to move to 1-under on the day. Harmon dropped to 3-over on her round as she bogied holes 11, 13 and 17.

Gist, using an iron, hit her tee-shot safely in the fairway. Webb followed by hitting her fairway wood that hit a tree protecting the green, but bounced back about 20 yards and into the middle of the fairway.

Harmon, realizing that she needed birdie or better, waited as the green cleared in her attempt to drive the par-4 18th.

Her shot came up a little left and short of the green.

All three players hit their second shots safely on and all two-putted to record pars. Gist's 3-under 69 proved to be too much as she overtook Harmon for the win in the 16-to 17-year-old division, and for the overall with a two-day score of 143 (1-under for the tournament).

Webb followed with a score of 147 (3-over), with Harmon taking home third with a two-day total of 148 (4-over).

Roachell finished fourth with a 149 and Croom rounded out the top five with a 152.

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