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2010-08-05 / Sports

Top juniors swing into Warwick Hills

BY DAN NILSEN
810-452-2655 • DNILSEN@MIHOMEPAPER.COM

Bailey Truesdell watches his drive on No. 9 in Tuesday’s opening round of the Randy Wise Junior Open at Warwick Hills. Photo by DAN NILSEN Bailey Truesdell watches his drive on No. 9 in Tuesday’s opening round of the Randy Wise Junior Open at Warwick Hills. Photo by DAN NILSEN GRAND BLANC TWP. — Bailey Truesdell has played a lot of golf at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club, but he’s likely never had the competition he’s facing this week.

The Grand Blanc High golfer is in the field for the 26th annual Randy Wise Junior Open, a tournament on the American Junior Golf Association schedule. The 54-hole stroke play event started Tuesday and will conclude with the third round today.

It’s the first time the tourney has been held at Warwick Hills, which was home to the Buick Open for nearly 50 years. The AJGA event has been sponsored by the Randy Wise Automotive Group since 1985.

“This is one of our longest-running events, but this is the first year we’ve been able to get it here,” said tournament director Chris White. “Warwick has really embraced it this year, which has helped take it to the next level.”

“Rich Fairman (Warwick Hills general manager) and Doug Brody (head professional) have been very instrumental to its success this year. Randy Wise ... well, you can see the cars out here. He definitely loves the event and loves junior golf.”

The tournament carries an impressive pedigree, with past champions including Phil Mickelson (1987 and ’88), Kelly Robbins (1986), Paula Creamer (2001 and ’02) and Morgan Pressel (2003).

This year’s field has 99 boys and girls aged 12-18 representing 11 states, Canada, Indonesia and Thailand. One of Truesdell’s playing partners Tuesday and Wednesday was Ontario’s Nicholas Crozier, a distant relative of former NHL goalie Roger Crozier.

At least 25 other Michigan players are in the field, including Fenton’s Tyler Nunn, who earned his spot by winning the Flint Junior Golf Association’s Mancour Cup this year. Another is Ypsilanti’s Henry Do, a 15-year-old who led the Michigan Open briefly last month.

On the girls’ side, Talia Campbell of Dallas is back to defend her championship, and Ashley Armstrong of Flossmore, Ill., is back after finishing third last year.

Also in the girls field are Lauren Grogan, who lives 10 minutes from Ohio State University but will play for Michigan next fall, and Deanna Song, a Granger, Ind., resident whose home course lies half in Indiana and half in Michigan.

Among college coaches in attendance are those from Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Oakland and Xavier.

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