DUBLIN, Ohio – Drew Salyers notched his first GJT victory in the Boys 16-19 division by rolling to a 7-shot win at the Golf Club of Dublin.
Salyers, who in 2017 won six times in the Boys 14-15 division, fired rounds of 69-72—141. His opening round of four birdies against just one bogey gave him a comfortable 6-stroke lead heading into Sunday’s final round in which he played the first 10 holes in bogey-free 1-under par to keep anyone from gaining ground.
His only hiccup of the event came with a triple bogey at the par-4 11th, but he responded with three birdies over the next five holes.
Davis Money shot 77-71—148 to claim sole possession of second place while Brett Montgomery made a nice final-round charge to finish alone in third at 81-68—149.
Caleb Stimmel put together rounds of 75-80—155 to take fourth place while Miles Miller (80-79—159) and Jack Lindgren (85-74—159) shared fifth-place honors.
Witt earns Boys 14-15 victory
Mason Witt survived a final round charge from Alejandro Murakami in earning a 2-shot victory in the Boys 14-15 division at Golf Club of Dublin.
Witt fired consecutive rounds of 74 and led the whole way as Murakami put together a hot round in front of him. His 3-shot lead looked safe after a birdie at the 6th kept him even par for the round, but a double bogey at 10 gave life to the field.
Playing ahead of Witt, Murakami played from seven shots behind and made up ground with birdies at 1, 3 and 5 then appeared to join Witt briefly with the lead following a birdie at the 17th. When Murakami made double bogey at the last hole, Witt was able to handle a bogey at the 16th and pars over the last two holes.
Witt shot 74-74—148 while Murakami took second place at 81-69—150. Carson Bellish shot 77-74—151 to take sole possession of third place while Tyler Sabo (80-72—152) and Benjamin Basta (79-73—152) shared fourth place.
Leyerle tops field at Darby Creek
Sydney Leyerle fired rounds of 77-79—156 to rally for a 1-shot victory over Mariana Vega in the Girls 15-19 division at Darby Creek Golf Course.
Leyerle began the final round five shots behind Vega then battled back to take the lead for the first time following her birdie at the par-4 12th. Following Vega’s triple bogey at the 14th, Leyerle would increase her lead to four shots, which would be enough cushion to survive a bogey-double bogey finish.
Vega finished at 72-85—157 for sole possession of second place while Annika Manju took third with rounds of 80-81—161.
Rabadam runs away from Girls 14-and-Under field
Julia Rabadam posted her second GJT victory with a decisive 25-shot margin at Darby Creek.
Rabadam fired rounds of 80-71—151 and never saw her lead threatened. She started the final round with a 9-shot lead and went on a birdie-eagle-birdie tear starting at the fourth hole Sunday to leave little doubt to her dominance.
Audrey Ryu shot 90-86—176 for second place while Ella Puthoff took third at 89-94—183.
Harber claims first GJT win in Boys 13-and-Under
Vaughn Harber made his GJT debut a successful one in pulling out a 2-shot win in the Boys 13-and-under division at Darby Creek.
Harber posted rounds of 79-74—153 and built a 4-shot cushion before the final hole thanks to consecutive birdies at 16 and 17.
Stephen Ma challenged Harber with a steady even-par final round of two birdies and two bogeys while Jake Rodgers created some excitement with six birdies in his final round. In the end, Ma shot 83-72—155 to tie for second with Rodgers, who finished at 80-75—155.
Landen Howard shot 83-75—158 to finish alone in fourth place.