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Oz Meninga watches his ball land on the practice green during a chipping competition at Manteca Park Golf Course Tuesday.


POSTED July 31, 2012 9:14 p.m.

Not everyone went home with a trophy or a medal, but those who didn’t were not complaining.

The junior golf clinic held annually at Manteca Park Golf Course ended Tuesday with a chipping and putting competition with awards going to the top three point-getters in three skill- and age-based divisions.

But winning wasn’t the point of the once-a-week, four-week program.

“We kept it simple,” said instructor Dennis Wells. “More than anything else, we wanted the kids to have fun.”

For the first three weeks, 24 kids picked up tips on chipping, putting and the full swing. Wells got helped from Paul Lamazar of Manteca Park Golf Course along with some of the city’s top young junior golfers.

Award winners of the chip-and-putt competition were, in order of final place: Mike Reed, Hayden Stone and Rebecca Thompson in the 8-10 division; Nora Murphy, Matthew Maderao and Oz Meninga in 11-13; and Tyler Wentworth, Nathaniel Livingston and Von Richardson.

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