YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Kyle Rodes fired rounds of 72-74—146 in holding off a hard-charging Ryan Rieckhoff and James Kneen in winning the Boys 15-19 division of the Midwest region event at Eagle Crest Resort.
Rodes started the final round one shot behind Donnie Trosper then surged ahead when Trosper went bogey-double bogey to close out the outward nine. Rodes then took command with an eagle at No. 1 – his tenth hole played – and he never looked back.
Up ahead of Rodes, Rieckhoff was putting together a serious challenge to the leaders. After opening with a 79, Rieckhoff stormed into contention with an eagle on No. 16 (seventh hole played) and closed with three birdies and no bogeys on the inward nine for a 3-under-par 69.
Rieckhoff managed to tie for second place with Kneen (73-75—148). Caleb Wittig (73-77—150) and Trosper (71-79—150) shared fourth place while Matthew DeMarois shot 74-80—154 for sole possession of sixth place.
Boczar claims four-shot win in Boys 13-14
Jack Boczar fired rounds of 82-81—183 to claim a four-shot win over John Karcher in the Boys 13-14 division at Eagle Crest.
Boczar built a 3-shot first round lead then made back-to-back birdies at the 14th and 15th to open up a six-shot lead. Karcher stormed back with a birdie at the first (10th hole played) and three straight pars to pull even with Boczar.
The fifth and sixth holes decided the event as Karcher played them in bogey-double bogey while Boczar went par-birdie to reclaim a lead he would not relinquish.
Karcher finished with rounds of 85-82—167 while James Wagner placed third with rounds of 91-90—181.
Geer surges to victory in Girls 14-and-Under
Allyson Geer came from nine shots back in the final round in surging to a 1-shot victory over Veronica Haque in the Girls 14-and-under division at Eagle Crest.
Geer still trailed by nine shots with eight holes to play when Haque hit a rough stretch of three holes that enabled Geer to move ahead by a shot. A birdie at the fifth (14th hole played) gave Geer a 3-shot lead that would not get any closer than two until a bogey at the final hole.
Geer finished with rounds of 83-78—161 while Haque took second at 74-88—162. Julia Dean placed third with rounds of 83-85—168.