BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Devin Jenkins fired a final-round 1-under-par 70 in coming from behind to win the Boys 15-19 division of the GJT Midwest region event at the Indiana University Golf Course.
Playing in the next-to-last group, Jenkins started the final round four shots behind William Smith and would trail by as much as five strokes heading to the inward nine. Jenkins was solid on the final nine holes in recording birdies at the 11th and 15th with only one stumble, a bogey at the 12th.
In the group behind, Smith had troubles on the back nine, recording bogeys at the 10th, 12th, 14th and 15th holes. Smith needed par on the final hole to force a playoff with Jenkins, but carded another bogey to finish in a tie for second with Tyler Gray.
Jenkins, who earned four AJGA stars for his victory, finished with rounds of 75-70—145 while Gray came in at 74-72—146. Smith finished 71-75—146 for his first top-3 finish in seven GJT events.
Callahan Elzey (77-72—149) and Dru Hein (73-76—149) tied for fourth while Joe Biscaro, Michael VanDeventer and Cameron Weyer all tied for sixth with 150.
Liston survives scare in Boys 13-14
Matthew Liston’s par on the final hole earned him a one-shot victory over a hard-charging Joseph Weller in the Boys 13-14 division at IU.
Liston’s opening-round 74 spotted him a two-stroke lead over Tanner Shapiro while Weller sat seven shots back.
Liston’s four bogeys on the first seven holes of the back nine brought Weller back into contention as he notched his second and third birdies of the day at the 15th and 16th, respectively.
In position to win or perhaps force a playoff, Weller bogeyed the final hole and could only watch as Liston closed with pars on the final two holes to seal the victory.
Liston finished with rounds of 74-78—152 while Weller came in at 81-72—153. Shapiro claimed sole possession of third place with rounds of 76-79-155.
Patrick Allgeier finished strong at 85-71—156 and shared fourth place with William Basham.
Kirchdorfer bags second straight win in Boys 12-and-Under
Jay Kirchdorfer fired rounds of 78-75—153 in earning his second straight GJT win in the Boys 12-and-under division at IU.
Kirchdorfer started the final round with a three-shot lead over Akio Fujita then carded pars on eight of the first nine holes in stretching that lead to seven shots. Kirchdorfer would surrender no ground on the inward nine in coasting to a seven-shot victory.
Fujita finished alone in second place with rounds of 81-79—160 while Adam Bratton claimed third place with rounds of 82-85—167.