By Matt Jenkins
---- — Ryan Anderson had never played at Lynn’s Gannon Golf Course before teeing it up in a New England PGA Junior Tour event a couple of weeks ago.
That lack of familiarity wasn’t enough to slow him down.
Anderson shot a 77 and won the event by one stroke, edging Swampscott’s Tommy Cothern.
“I just hit the ball pretty well and was making the majority of my putts, which was good,” Anderson, a rising sophomore at Beverly High, said. “This was my first year entering (NEPGA Junior) tournaments and I only played two tournaments. The competition was pretty good. I think there was 35 kids and I’d say a good majority stayed under 85.”
Anderson’s first taste of the NEPGA Jr. Tour was pretty impressive. In his other appearance, a tournament at Reedy Meadow in Lynnfield earlier this month, he tied for second with a 71.
In last week’s win, Anderson had to wait around more than an hour to find out he had won. He didn’t know for sure where he stood while he was playing, but he had a feeling he’d be in the hunt.
“I didn’t really know if anyone finished low, but I had somewhat of an idea,” the 15-year-old Anderson said. “Usually 5 or 6-over is what the winner will end up shooting.”
The round didn’t start very well for Anderson, as he carded a double-bogey on the first. He settled down after that, shooting a 39 on the front. He birdied the 10th hole and had five pars on the back to finish strong.
“I didn’t think it was going to be that good of a day (after the double bogey),” Anderson said. “After that I just pretty much wanted to see if I could forget about it and let it go. Just start fresh and try to make some pars and birdies here and there.”
Anderson, who also plays baseball and basketball, primarily played on the JV golf team as a freshman at Beverly last fall. This season he hopes to be a big contributor for the varsity.