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Hahn, Christman tops at Avalon

Jessica Hang rips a drive during her playoff victory at Avalon Lakes.

WARREN, Ohio – Jessica Hahn made par on the first playoff hole to defeat Madison Spiess in the Girls 15-19 division at Avalon Lakes Golf and Country Club.

Madison Spiess

Hahn fired rounds of 72-75—147 in regulation including a bogey-free 2-under par over the final 10 holes.

Spiess held the first round lead after firing a 2-under-par 70 before playing the first eight holes Sunday in 5-over-par. She played even par the rest of the way with the difference being her bogey at the par-3 16th that set up the playoff.

Madison Reemsnyder shot 71-81—152 to finish alone in third place while Haley Barclay finished fourth with rounds of 72-81—153.

Tied for fifth place was the quartet of Grace Mitchell (80-74—154), Kiaira Porter (78-76—154), Morgan Pankow (75-79—154) and Avery Owens (75-79—154).

Christman goes low in Boys 16-19

Cole Christman

Cole Christman fired the third-lowest cumulative score in GJT history in winning the Boys 16-19 division at Avalon Lakes.

Christman shot 69-66—135 and was able to hold off Maxwell Moldovan by two shots for the victory.

Trailing by one entering the final round. Christman made his move on Sunday’s outgoing nine with four birdies and zero bogeys. After a bogey at the 10th, Christman was near perfect the rest of the way in notching birdies at the 11th, 16th and 17th.

Michael Prebles

Moldovan was nearly up to the task, putting together a solid final round himself. He also bogied the 10th for the only blemish on his scorecard and finished the event at 68-69—137.

Michael Prebles turned in rounds of 71-72—143 to finish alone

in third place while Jimmy Graham took fourth with rounds of 70-75—145.

Rounding out the top five was the trio of Dylan Fitchet (74-72—146), Gunnar McCollins (75-71—146) and Joshua Spiess (75-71—146).

Basta wins playoff in Boys 14-15

Ben Basta

Ben Basta beat Drew Salyers with a par on the first playoff hole for the Boys 14-15 title at Avalon Lakes.

Basta rallied from three shots back with a brilliant 3-under-par 69 in the final round. His round included four birdies against just one bogey.

Salyers was among three players who shared the first round, but of them he was the only one to match par at 72, enabling him to reach the playoff. Double bogeys at 1 and 17 hurt his chances of winning in regulation, but in between he was solid with a clean scorecard that included four birdies.

Basta finished regulation a 76-69—145 while Salyers posted rounds of 73-72—145.

Joshua Qian claimed third place with rounds of 73-75—148 while Bryce Reed shot 73-76—149 for fourth place. Jack Yarbrough rounded out the top five with rounds of 76-78—154.

Ritter wins 2-player duel in Girls 14-and-Under

Anna RItter

Anna Ritter posted rounds of 79-79—158 to beat Kirsty Mitchell by 14 strokes in the Girls 14-and-under division at Avalon Lakes.

Ritter built a 4-shot lead in the first round then avoided any major mistakes on Sunday to extend the margin and never look back.

Mitchell finished with rounds of 83-89—172.

Piesen goes wire-to-wire in Boys 13-and-Under

Nicholas Piesen

Nicholas Piesen fired rounds of 74-77—151 in winning the Boys 13-and-under division at Avalon Lakes by three shots.

Piesen took control of the event during Saturday’s back nine in which he posted four birdies over a 5-hole stretch at one point. Piesen held the lead the entire final round by saw Jake Ryan make a charge to keep things interesting.

Ryan played the final seven holes in bogey-free 2-under-par and drew within two shots of the lead with two holes remaining when Piesen notched a huge birdie at the par-4 17th.

Ryan finished alone in second place with rounds of 78-76—154, followed by Nolan Haynes at 80-75—155.

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