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It was the next generation of Duncan golfers hitting thelinks Tuesday morning, as first round action in the 33rd Darren Hoedebeck Memorial Tournament took place at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club.
A field of 56 young golfers competed in the opening round with three age groups for boys and girls ranging from nine to 18 years old.
Justin Powell seized a commanding five stroke lead in the boys 15-18 field with a first round score of 69. Mikey Roberts, the next closest golfer on the leaderboard, finished round one with a 74.
The boys 12-14 group also saw one golfer ascend to the top of the board with ease, as Zac Strader beat out the rest of the competition by eight strokes with a 76.
Hagen Sanchez made the most of his first round in the boys 9-11 tournament, opening with a 43 to take a four stroke lead heading into round two. Caden Stephens, a regular on the junior tour and a qualifier for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship, stayed in the mix with a 47.
The opening round of the girls 15-18 division belonged to ShaeLee Scarberry, who leads the way after shooting an 81.
Much is still left to be decided in the girls 12-14 group, with three golfers all within one stroke of first place. Vanessa Moore holds a slim lead after finishing with a 45.
Just two golfers entered the girls 9-11 group. Gentry Cox shot a first round 61 while Courtney Petersen finished round one with a 70.
The tournament has been held since 1980 in rememberance of Darren Hoedebeck, a former Duncan resident who moved to Oklahoma City after eighth grade. While in high school, Hoedebeck was hit and killed by a drunk driver.
The two-day South Central Junior PGA event will conclude with its final round today.