Surtani emerges at The Fort
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Nels Surtani fired the low round of the day in surging to a 4-shot victory in the Boys 16-19 division at The Fort Golf Course.
The victory marked Surtani’s first on the GJT in four appearances this season.
Surtani shot 75-73—148 and trailed by one shot heading into the final round. On Sunday, Surtani posted birdies at 9 and 16 against just three bogeys on a difficult track.
Kyle Sanders fired rounds of 77-75—152 to claim sole possession of second place while first-round leader Caleb Wassmer took third with rounds of 74-80—154.
Rounding out the top five was a trio of players tied for fourth: Jack Neville (76-79—155), Eric Herbst (77-78—155) and Ballard Harris (79-76—155).
Lauer rolls in Boys 14-15
Adam Lauer fired rounds of 71-73—144 to earn a 5-shot victory in the Boys 14-15 division at The Fort.
The victory came in Lauer’s season debut after a 2017-18 season in which he earned two top-10 finishes.
Lauer, who led wire-to-wire, built a 2-shot lead in the first round despite a double bogey at the fourth. He posted birdies at 3, 8, 10 and 11 to overcome the mishap at 4 to build his lead.
In Sunday’s final round, Lauer overcame three bogeys on his opening nine with birdies at 10, 11 and 16 to pull away from the pack.
Kash Bellar shot 73-76—149 to finish in a tie for second place with Andrew White (75-74—149) while Luke Miller placed fourth at 76-6—152.
Jones hangs on in Boys 13-and-Under
Leuan Jones made four birdies in the final round and held off a hard-charging Maverick Conaway at the end in winning the Boys 13-and-under division at The Fort.
Jones fired rounds of 77-72—149 and came from four shots back to earn the victory, his second of the season.
Jones trailed A.J. Agnew by three shots after the first round and had pulled even at Sunday’s turn. Following a double bogey at the 12th, Jones posted birdies at 13 and 14 to move ahead.
Conaway, who had a hole-in-one in Saturday’s first round, closed with birdies on the last two holes to apply some pressure, but he finished alone in second at 77-73—150.
Agnew finished alone in third place at 74-77—151.