The first round of this week’s Osborne Junior Series was at Little Mountain in Concord, Ohio. Nolan Laughlin continued his good play with an opening round of 74. Two bounce-back birdies helped him overcome a few bogeys and a par three double. On the girls side, Toni Stranman fired a first round 12 over 82 to take a one shot lead into the final round at Black Brook.
In the single day competition at Little Mountain, Andrew Britton won by 3 shots with a 1 over par 71. He managed to hit 10 greens in regulation and converted 4 of those into birdies. Richard Jacobs had 3 birdies in his round of 76 to win the Boys 14-15 Division. In the Boys 13 & Under Division, Conner Stevens and Jay Magyari tied with rounds of 75. Between the two, they hit 27 greens out of 36. Alexandra Stahler won the Girls 16-19 Division after shooting a 7 over 77. She managed to hit 11 of the 13 fairways. Grace Gao collected another win in the Girls 15 & Under Division with her 12 over par 82.
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This week, one of the majors on the North Coast Junior Tour took place at Sand Ridge Golf Club. Benjamin Jones was able to comeback from a 9 shot deficit after the first day to win the Sand Ridge Junior Invitational with a score of 78-73–151. Jones had won this tournament the last two years in the Boys 14-15 Division. Reva Morris was in attack mode all week, especially when she started with an opening round 74. She continued the solid play the next day as she carded a second round 81. Reva won by a total of 16 shots with her overall 155. Reva has won this event for 3 straight years.
In the Boys 14-15 Division, Jules Blakely fired a 77-79–156 to win by 3 shots. Blakely made 6 birdies in the two rounds despite the U.S Open course conditions (hard and fast greens). Colton Levey’s rounds of 73-75–148 was enough to win the Boys 13 & Under age group by 11 shots. His first round included a front nine 3 under par 33 and propelled him to a wire-to-wire victory.
Quite an eventful day at the Women’s Ohio Amateur Championship today (7/9/2015). Halley Morrell won her semi-final match 4 & 3 against Cassie Pantelas, formerly of Massillon Jackson and now Seton Hall. Haylee Harford won her semi-final match 6 & 4 against Lexi Toth, formerly of Dublin Jerome and now Rollins College, setting up a North Coast Junior Tour Alumni Championship final. Halley won the first hole play was suspended for due to rain for 2+ hours. They were sent out in what turned out to be an almost all-round rain storm, with Halley and Haylee halfing 2, 3 & 4 before Halley sunk a birdie on Weymouth # 5 to go 2 up. Haylee birdied 6 and Halley rolled one in right on top to half the hole. Haylee won 7 & 9 and the two of them made the turn all-square. They traded 10 and 11 with Halley winning 10 and Haylee winning 11 before Halley won 12 to go up 1. They halved 13, 14, & 15 before Haylee won 16 to square up the match. Both of them left their approach shots short and right on 17 and Haylee led off by chipping in for birdie to take her first lead of the match one up. Both girls had birdie putts on 18 and both missed their birdies. Halley ran her putt about 5 feet past the hole and Haylee came up 3 feet short. Halley sunk her par putt and watched Haylee roll in her 3 footer to win the Women’s Ohio Amateur Championship. During their 2 + hour rain delay the two of them had lunch and spoke fondly of their early years on the North Coast Junior Tour where they first met. We all had fond memories of these two when they were 12, 13 & 14, and its always amazing to see where they are now. Congratulations to both Haylee and Halley…the Champion and the Runner-Up!
The last 4 weeks on tour include some great tournaments and courses. For anyone who wants to play in July we have a special savings just for you. Join and you’ll get our nice packet of goodies and save on entry fees. We are running a July membership special for $40 off the membership fee (net $55 after discount). You may know team mates that haven’t played in the tournament all summer and could use some experience. Get the word out to them! They can also play in tournaments as a non-member for a little higher fee ($25 more per tournament). If you want to make the Tour Championship at Quail Hollow however you will need to join, that one is for member’s only.
To take advantage of the July membership special use promo code — july2015 — at checkout to get he $40 off membership.
Eight of the top 15 in the 2015 Ohio Open were former junior stars in Northeast Ohio. Nick Palladino and Jake Scott finished tied for second and both were stars on the North Coast Junior Golf Tour. Both are also in the NCJT Hall of Fame. Justin Lower the 2015 Ohio Open championship was great junior player and played in the Joe Haase Cup for the Spitale Junior Golf Tour in 2006. Others in the top 15 that were top junior players in the area and played in the Joe Haase Cup were Jacob McBride, Grant Weaver, Tyler McHugh, and Logan Lagodich. Chase Johnson is another former junior player that dominated area golf as a junior player. It is pretty interesting to see so many good junior players develop into the top elite in the state.
Nick Palladino 2012
Congratulations to all!
2015 Ohio Open at Westfield
1 Justin Lower Canal Fulton, OH 68-65-66–199 -15
T2 Nick Palladino Highland Heights, OH 68-67-66–201 -13
T2 Alec Tahy (a) Dayton, OH 68-65-68–201 -13
T2 Jake Scott Strongsville, OH 68-65-68–201 -13
T5 Parker Hewit Westfield center, OH 67-72-63–202 -12
T5 Ben Smith Carrollton, OH 63-72-67–202 -12
T7 Taylor Zoller (a) Kent, OH 70-64-69–203 -11
T7 Sam Geise (a) Springboro, OH 67-66-70–203 -11
T7 Tim Ailes Westerville, OH 64-70-69–203 -11
10 Jacob McBride (a) Hartville, OH 66-66-72–204 -10
T11 Chase Johnson (a) Barberton, OH 68-68-69–205 -9
T11 Michael Kinkopf Dublin, OH 66-70-69–205 -9
T11 Grant Weaver (a) Wooster, OH 66-68-71–205 -9
T14 Tyler McHugh (a) Aurora, OH 68-70-68–206 -8
T14 Logan Lagodich (a) Canton, OH 70-67-69–206 -8
T14 Randy Dietz Mogadore, OH 70-66-70–206 -8
T14 John Jackson Dayton, OH 69-67-70–206 -8
Going into the final round of The Firecracker at Tam O’Shanter (July 1), Nick Scharf and Avery Ovens held the lead. Scharf struck the ball very well today, hitting 8 fairways and 10 greens in regulation to finish with a 78-74–154 total to win the Overall Boys. Ovens play consistent and won the Overall Girls with 94-88–182.
In the single day competition at Tam O’Shanter, Michael Vallee fired a 73 to win the Boys 16-19 division, thanks to his 12 putts on the back nine. In the Boys 14-15 age group, Dean Naime led the way with a 2 over par 72. Naime shot an even par 36 on his final nine that included 3 birdies. Jay Magyari and Colton Levey tied for low round for the Boys 13 & Under at 78. These two have been challenging each other at the top of the leader board every tournament this year. Today, Colton was able to pickup 3 strokes over the last two holes to catch Jay. Jessica Hahn shot the low round for the Overall Girls today with a round of 75. She converted her 10 greens in regulation into three birdies on the day. Kaylee Neumeister won the Girls 16-19 with a 79 and continues her win streak for the season.
The first leg of The Firecracker (OJS #6) kicked off at soggy Lake Forest. Lake Catholic’s own Nick Scharf fired the low score for the Boys Overall division at a 6 over par, 78. Scharf overcame a rocky start by making birdie on two of his final three holes. In the Girl’s Overall, Avery Ovens has a six shot lead going into the final round of the Osborn Junior Series. She was the only one of the girls who managed to break 100 at this difficult course. The final day of The Firecracker will be at Tam O’Shanter on Wednesday, July 1.
In the single day event at Lake Forest, Brett Dubin fired the low round of 75 in the Boys 16-19. He played consistant all day, with only six bogies to go along with his three birdies. Ben Foltz came out on top with an 80, to win the Boys 14-15 division. Foltz managed to scramble for pars on the back thanks to his twelve putts. Bryce Shahan was the low man for the Boys 13 & under at 88. He managed the conditions very well to win by three shots. Karly Morell needed only 28 putts to shoot 91 and win the Girls 16-19 age group by three. Tough soggy conditions dominated the day causing higher scores than normal!
Punderson on July 9 & 10
Entries are now being accepted for the open spots in the Jim Dawson Match Play bracket. All qualifiers made the match play field and will be seeded based on qualifying position. There are still open spots for anyone else who would like to play in the championship. Each age division has a certain number of spots still available in the bracket. Those spots will be filled by new entries on a first come basis. To claim a spot in the match play bracket, signup directly into the Jim Dawson Match Play event at this point, not the qualifier. Here’s the list of open spots by division:
Open Spots in the bracket:
Boys 16-19 – 5 spots (16 player bracket)
Boys 14-15 – 3 spots (8 player bracket)
Boys 13&U – 4 spots (8 player bracket)
Girls – 2 spots (8 player bracket)
Spots will remain open until filled or the open spot will become a BYE for the seeded opponent after Tuesday, July 7. If you have questions contact Mr. Milam directly.
We currently have stock on the following distance measure devices. Order today and pickup at tomorrow’s event!
Bushnell Tour V3 in Patriot Pack – MSRP $399
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- PinSeeker Technology with JOLT Technology to zero-in on the flag
- HD Optics with 5x magnification causes objects to appear five times closer than normal
- Accuracy within 1-yard
- 5 yards – 1,000 yards ranging performance. 400+ yards to a flag
- 5x Magnification
- Ergonomic design provides a stable grip
- Posi-Thread™ battery door
- 2 Year warranty
- 3-Volt battery and premium carry case included
Bushnell NEO Ghost – $129
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- Preloaded with 33,000+ courses
- Long battery life – Play 3 full rounds before recharging
- Auto course recognition
- Auto hole advance
- Easy-to-read front/center/back distances
- Hazard distances – Up to 4 per hole
- Easy-to-use interface
- Multi-function clip and USB charging cable included