OXFORD, Ohio – Annabelle Pancake celebrated her 16th birthday by winning a 5-hole playoff against MacKenzie Neal n the Girls 15-19 division at Hueston Woods Golf Club.
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Pancake fired round of 70-75—145 while Neal shot 72-73—145 to force the playoff, in which both players matched pars on each of the first four holes. Pancake claimed the title with her par on the fifth playoff hole, the par-3 18th at Hueston Woods, when Neal made bogey.
Neal trailed Pancake by two shots entering the final round and closed with seven straight pars and held the lead with four holes remaining in regulation. Pancake responded with a birdie at the par-4 17th to even the match.
Taylor Kehoe shot 74-74—148 to finish alone in third place while Nathaly Munnicha placed fourth at 73-76—149, followed by Natalia Sompolvorachai in fifth at 75-75—150.
McDavid pulls out victory in Boys 16-19
William McDavid emerged victorious from a tight field in the Boys 16-19 division at Hueston Woods, edging John Marshall Butler and Blake Solomon by one shot.
McDavid put together rounds of 72-72—143 and played the final eight holes in 1-under-par to survive the challenges. Butler, tied with McDavid to start the final round, held a brief lead early in the round, but consecutive bogeys starting at the 10th hurt his chances despite playing the remaining seven holes in bogey-free 1-under-par.
Solomon started the final round one shot back then made birdies on the first two holes to take the lead. His 2-under-par 34 on the outgoing nine was followed by a birdie at the 10th gave him a 2-shot advantage on the field at that point. Bogeys at 15 and 18 left him in a tie for second.
Luke DeHaven (75-72—147) and Gregor Meyer (73-74—147) tied for fifth place while Holden Scribner shot 74-74—148 to claim sole possession of sixth place.
Gabbard goes wire-to-wire in boys 14-15
Justin Gabbard shot 72-73—145 in earning a wire-to-wire victory by four shots in the Boys 14-15 division at Hueston Woods.
Gabbard carried a 2-shot lead into the final round then fell a shot back of Alejandro Murakami after the outgoing nine. Gabbard responded with three birdies over the next six holes on the incoming nine to reclaim the lead and never look back.
Joshua Qian fired rounds of 76-73—149 to claim sole possession of second place while Murakami closed double bogey-bogey to shoot 74-76—150 and finish alone in third place.
Thomas Henderson shot 74-77—151 to take fourth place while Carson Bellish (79-73—152) and Jared DeVille (76-76—152) rounded out the top five.
Kuc rolls in Girls 14-and-Under
Katelyn Kuc grabbed the early first round lead and could not be caught in storming to a 5-shot victory in the Girls 14-and-Under division at Hueston Woods.
Kuc put together rounds of 74-73—147 and never saw her lead go under three shots the entire final round. Her birdies at 1 and 4 Sunday pushed her lead to five shots, where it would stay thanks to a finish of nine straight pars.
Julia Rabadam fired rounds of 77-75—152 to share second place with Anna Ritter, who shot 78-74—152.
Casey Powell claimed sole possession of fourth place with rounds of 80-77—157.
Kumar claims 3-shot win in Boys 13-and-Under
Dhruv Kumar posted the only sub-par round of the final round in claiming victory in the Boys 13-and-under division at Hueston Woods.
Kumar finished at 72-71—143 to beat Shubham Nain by three shots.
Tied with Nain and trailing Brett Podobinski by two shots enter the final round, Kumar opened with a birdie and made the turn in 1-under-par. Podobinski found trouble on the inward nine with two double bogeys and Kumar took advantage with a birdie at the 11th and six straight pars to close out the round.
Nain, just one shot back at the turn, suffered a quadruple bogey-8 at the 10th but finished strong with three birdies over the last six holes to take second place at 72-74—146.
Rylan Wotherspoon shot 74-73—147 to share third place with Nolan Haynes (75-72—147) while Logan McCarrell rounded out the top five with scores of 73-77—150.