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River Oaks Junior tourney a popular draw
The River Oaks Jr. Golf Program's year-end tournament was staged on Friday, July 29.

A total of 75 boys and girls, aged 7-17, competed.

"This event has always been our highlight of the summer and always a fun time for kids and their families," River Oaks Golf Course Executive Assistant Kimberly Riddle said.

Parker Steward, John Morshead and Ryan Sauls placed first, second and third, respectively, in the 14-to-17-year-old flight.

Trevor Showen claimed low-medalist honors in the 10-to-13-year-old age bracket.

Showen edged fellow Ceres resident Ben Johannes by one stroke.

Trevor shot a 6-over-par 33 on the front-nine course.

Joshua Lesan took third.

Showen and Johannes are both new to the sport.

"I didn't play real bad or good," Trevor said before finding out he finished in first place. "I did alright. I'll keep playing golf. It's fun."

"I should have done better," Ben said. "I was very nervous because it was my first tournament. You have to practice to be good."

The Aguilera siblings, Giselle (10) and William (12) of Patterson, also participated for the first time.

Their sister Fabiola Aguilera and her husband Juan Nevarez watched.

"I live in Ceres and babysit them during the day," Fabiola said. "They're staying busy. We all play golf. It's become a family thing."

Adam Baluyot won the 7-to-9-year-old championship.

Bailey Showen and Jaden Brazil finished second and third, respectively.

Approximately 175 youngsters signed up for River Oaks Jr. Golf Program this summer.