Thomas Kosick of Grove City tees off on Wednesday at Tam O’Shanter Golf Course in Hermitage.

History was made at last year’s 71st annual Herald-Tam O’Shanter Junior Golf Tournament, but the annual June event is up in the air this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Girls golfers finished first and second last year – the only time females have finished in either spot since the tourney was founded in 1949.

Hickory High junior Leah Benson shot a 75-83–158 to win the event in 2019 while Hermitage 8th-grader Alexandra Petrochko placed second with a 88-80–168.

Brookfield’s Conner Stevens was favored to win a record 5th crown last year, but didn’t compete due to personal reasons. Stevens is headed to YSU to play golf.

Stevens’ four titles tied the record held by Michael Klaric III, who won the event in 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2007. 

The Herald-Tamie Tourney is believed to be the longest running junior golf tournament in the country.

The first event in 1949 was started by Jack Kerins – patriarch of the Kerins family that owns Tam O’Shanter – at the prodding of Herald Sports Editor Johnny Pepe.

While Jack Kerins and Pepe have passed on, the tourney has continued thanks to Tamie Director of Golf John Kerins, course Superintendent Rick Kerins as well as the support of Herald Publisher Sharon Sorg.