Jeff Bell, Piano, Texas
Jeff, 15, won the player of the year award in the 13-15 age group of the Texas Junior Golf Tour by amassing 1,085 points in the 13-event series. In six events Jeff, a freshman at Shepton High, had four wins, including the tour's championship; two seconds; and a 74.18 scoring average.
Gene Peterson, Hingham, Mass.
Tom Tarsia, West Orange, N.J.
Peterson, 54, and Tarsia, 30, paired to win the PGA Senior-Junior Championship at the Estate Course at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., with a better-ball score of 17-under 199, a shot lower than four other teams. The pairings were done randomly, and Peterson and Tarsia had never met until half an hour before the opening round. Each received $5,000, the biggest checks of their competitive careers. Peterson, an instructor at the Fore Seasons Practice and Learning Center in Hingham, was the head pro at Cohasset (Mass.) Golf Club from 1975 to '96. Tarsia is an assistant pro at Essex Country Club in West Orange.