Mackenzie Griffin was at a loss for words when trying to explain her recent play in the Lake Ozark Junior Golf Association tournaments.

"My first week I shot a 78. Then, I shot a 94. And now today... I don't know, it's frustrating," said Griffin, a sophomore-to-be at Camdenton High School. "It's outrageous...

"It's golf."

While her play on the course might be a source of frustration, Griffin doesn't have any regrets about playing in the LOJGA.


Mackenzie Griffin was at a loss for words when trying to explain her recent play in the Lake Ozark Junior Golf Association tournaments.

"My first week I shot a 78. Then, I shot a 94. And now today... I don't know, it's frustrating," said Griffin, a sophomore-to-be at Camdenton High School. "It's outrageous...

"It's golf."

While her play on the course might be a source of frustration, Griffin doesn't have any regrets about playing in the LOJGA.

On Tuesday at The Cove in Lake Ozark, she got a chance to team up with some of her Camdenton High School teammates in Cassie Kennedy and Joni Purvis, along with Sedalia's Megan Keck.

"I like the people you get to play with," Griffin said. "It's a lot of fun."

The summer-long league gives high school players and younger a chance to improve their golf skills in a calm but competitive setting.

While the league is predominantly made up of male players, there are also two female groups: a nine-hole division for younger players and an 18-hole division for the older players in high school.

For players like Breanna Kempker, Eugene, it's a chance to rip away on the course.
"You get to do really whatever you want" said Kempker, who plays in the nine-hole division. "You get to take your anger out (on the ball)."

Others, such as Kennedy, have a different viewpoint.

"I like to walk the courses," Kennedy said. "You can get a good tan. I love golf even though I'm very inconsistent at times."

It's also an opportunity to teach the game.

"(Griffin) always asks us about the rules," Kennedy joked.

After starting their day on the back nine, the foursome of Kennedy, Purvis, Griffin and Keck took a mid-round break for lunch inside the country club.

"I've enjoyed playing. It's been playing with friends and people you know," Keck said.

Still, many experience humbling moments on the course. Griffin said she had one during her round on Tuesday.

"There was one hole where I hit it into the woods, hit it out of the woods and into the hazard, hit it into the sand trap, then two-putted," Griffin said.

Golfers can have a fun day when playing with the right group, but putting up a good score remains a top priority.

Purvis topped the entire field last week at the Eldon Country Club, but said she hadn't done much bragging to her male counterparts.

"Nah, I let them do their own thing," she said.

Results from The Cove on 6/29


Boys 10-11 (9 holes)
Kade Franks, Jefferson City 46
Logan Moritz, Owensville 47    
Landon Harrison, Jefferson City    50
Jeff Salmon, Hermitage, 51    
Jack Ehrhardt, Lebanon, 52
Kellen Welsh, Olathe,    56
C.J. Myers, Lake Ozark, 58

Boys 12-13 (9 holes)
Michael O'Keefe, Lake Ozark, 40    
Tanner Elder, Jefferson City, 43    
Michael Hake, Osage Beach, 43    
Harrison Welsh, Olathe, 51
Andrew Hansen, Jefferson City, 51    
Denver Spurgeon, Rolla, 53    
Ben Mills,    Rolla, 53    
Michael Tungesvik, Jefferson City, 55    
Nate Hilker, Lake Ozark, 56    
Garrett Lynch, Lake Ozark, 61    
C.J. Closser, Jefferson City, 64    
Josh Owens, Jefferson City, 64    
Jordan Wilson, Lake Ozark,67    
William Prenger, Sedalia, 68    
Caleb Harrison, Russellville, 70    
Wade Lueckenotte, Lohman, 74

Boys 14-15 (18 holes)
Kory Franks, Jefferson City, 72
Braden Atkinson, Eldon, 79
Mark Martin, Rolla, 83
Mason Bennett, Laurie, 84
Jonathan Helms, Eldon, 91    
Jack Robertson, Gravois Mills, 94
Jacob Buschjost, Latham, 99
Trevor Johnson, Camdenton, 135

Boys 16-18 (18 holes)
Jared Dey,    Smithton, 74    
David Baldwin, Sedalia, 75    
Kyle Nolawski, Versailles, 77    
Logan Salaki, Versailles, 78    
Jacob Dittman, Camdenton, 81    
Matthew Hart, Russellville, 81    
Brendan Moreland, Belle, 83    
Arthur Hance, Belle, 83    
Ty Hayes,    Lake Ozark, 84    
Garrett Kelchner, Sedalia, 84    
Jesse Maples, Belle, 84    
Nick Carroll, Sedalia,    85    
Adam Jackson, Lebanon, 85    
Tucker Gehlert, Belle, 85    
Jordan Russell, Russellville, 86    
Ben Salmon, Hermitage, 86    
Reid Swearingen, Sedalia, 89    
Garrett Ridenhour,    Belle, 89    
Michael Leahy, Linn Creek, 90    
John Beykirch, Sedalia, 90    
Logan Ray, Mexico, 104   

Girls 18-hole
Joni Purvis, Camdenton, 83    
Kara Harwood, Eldon, 90    
Mackenzie    Griffin, Osage Beach,    93    
Megan Keck, Sedalia,    95    
Taylor Hayes, Lake Ozark, 96    
Taylor Vick, St. Robert, 97    
Pavin Jackson, Lebanon, 101    
Cassie Kennedy, Osage Beach, 103    
Miranda White, Eldon, 110    
Crystan Shafer, Lake Ozark, 117    
Taylor Eckhoff, Cole Camp, 124    
Victoria Howe, Lebanon, 128

Girls 9-hole
Jenna Kosmatka, Jefferson City, 51    
Katie Bird, Osage Beach, 51    
Amber Wilson, Linn Creek, 57    
Mikala Jungmeyer, Russellville, 59    
Layne Ray, Mexico, 60    
Lauren Plunkett, Eugene, 62    
Payne Jackson, Lebanon, 62    
Jennah Schell, Osage Beach, 63    
Breanna Kempker, Eugene, 63

9 & Under (9 holes)
Garrett Rice, Buffalo,    41    
Bryson Yowell, Moberly, 46    
Houston Brackett, Lebanon, 50    
Brennan Welsh, Olathe, 57    
Jase White, Eldon, 59    
Treyvor Watson, Osage Beach, 60    
Sadie Moritz, Owensville, 60    
Trinity Vick, St. Robert, 63    
Lane Plunkett, Eugene, 63    
Connor Thomas, Lake Ozark, 64    
Sam Owens, Jefferson City, 65    
Collin Thomas, Lake Ozark, 70    
Robbie Perceival, Osage Beach, 71    
Ross Deeken, California, 74

Next week @ Redfield (Eugene)