July 10-11, 2023 at Sand Ridge Golf Club (Chardon)
Domenic Pilla (Highland Hts) 75-76–151 and Peyton O’Keefe (Moreland Hills) 74-77-151 were tied after the 36-hole competition and replayed the 18th hole in a sudden death playoff. Domenic birdied the 1st playoff hole to win the 18th Annual Sand Ridge Junior Invitational. Domenic started round two one stroke behind Peyton and Jackson Pinney (Hunting Valley) 74-80–154. He doubled #1 and bogeyed #2 to drop him 4 back of the lead, but he played the next 13 holes at 2 under par to gain a one stroke lead going into #16. He lost the lead on #16 after his drive pull hooked into the water and he made double bogey. He was still one behind to Peyton going into #18, where both players struggled. Domenic made bogey and Peyton made double bogey to force the playoff, where Domenic hit a big drive down the middle then a 7-iron from 202 yards to 8 feet for an eagle putt. Peyton had to layup and hit his 3rd shot to 30 feet and missed the his birdie putt. Domenic missed the eagle but left himself a very short birdie putt to win the title.
Charlie Pollock (Chagrin Falls) was one back starting round two and played the first 6 holes in 2 under, to gain a share of the lead at +1, but he doubled #7 to fall 2 back. At the par 4 #10, the hardest hole both days playing at 5.38 (+1.38 to par) he made birdie to gain a share of the lead again, but he played 7 over on his last 8 holes to finish with 75-78–153.
Boys 15 and Under
Lincoln Miller (Concord) won the Boys 15 and Under division with 86-83–169 (+25). He finished three strokes ahead of Mario Daher (Highland Hts) 88-84–172 (+28). Lincoln had 3 birdies today and two of those were chip-ins. Lincoln had a rough first nine with 45, but finished strong with a 38 on his second nine. Mario was leading by 2 after 27 holes, but finished with a 43 on his final nine to give up 5 strokes to Lincoln’s 38.
The next tour stop is Black Brook in Mentor on Thursday, July 13. Followed by Chardon Lake (July 19) and Legend Lake (July 20). The Tour Championship at Quail Hollow is (July 27-28) is the final tournament of the season!