WARREN, Ohio – Aidan Oehrle holed out from 70 yards for birdie on the first playoff to defeat Cole Christman in the Boys 16-19 division at Avalon Golf and Country Club’s Avalon Lakes Course.
After Oehrle and Christman both finished even par through regulation, Christman hit a big drive and a wedge to 10 feet at the first playoff and putting him in prime position as Oehrle’s second shot clipped a tree and left him 70 yards away. After Oehrle dramatically holed out from there, Christman failed to convert his birdie putt.
The victory earned Oehrle a spot in the Junior Worlds.
Christman’s defeat in the playoff dashed a dramatic finish in regulation to force that playoff. He played the final eight holes in bogey-free 4-under-par including birdies on three of the last four. The birdie at the last engineered a 2-shot swing in his favor as Oehrle would make bogey there.
Oehrle shot 71-73—144 while Christman went 73-71—144.
Dylan Fitchet shot 73-72—145 and missed the playoff with a bogey on the final hole to finish alone in third place.
Rounding out the top five were Grant Gobezie (68-79—147) and Andrew Wyss (72-75—147).
Hahn captures Girls 15-19 by three shots
Jessica Hahn posted rounds of 74-78—152 in winning the Girls 15-19 division at Avalon Lakes by three shots.
The victory was Hahn’s first of the season and third on the GJT going back to last year including at this time last year at Avalon Lakes.
Hahn carried a 1-shot lead over Sydney Leyerle heading into the final round and created separation with birdies at 11 and 14.
Madison Reemsnyder and Madie Smithco both fired identical rounds of 79-76—155 to finish in a tie for second place while a trio of players finished in a tie for fourth: Madelin Boyd (80-78—158), Grace Mitchell (77-81—158) and Audrey Becker (78-80—158).
Reed laps field in Boys 14-15
Bryce Reed took control with a 2-under-par 70 to open the tournament and held on for a 7-shot victory in the Boys 14-15 division at Avalon Lakes.
Reed started the event with birdies on 2, 3 and 4 to move in front early than planted an exclamation point on his victory with an eagle-3 Sunday at the 14th hole. He finished at 70-76—146 for his third win of the season in eight appearances.
Jack Vojtko shot 79-74—153 to finish in a tie for second place with Domenic De Luca, who rallied at 81-72—153.
Rounding out the top five was Carter Mishler (77-79—156) and Nolan Haynes (79-77—156) who shared fourth place.
Jones nabs third win in Boys 13-and-Under
Ieuan Jones overcame a 2-shot deficit in the final round to win for the third time this season in the Boys 13-and-under division at Avalon Lakes.
Jones posted rounds of 76-74—150 including seven pars and one birdie on the closing nine holes in which he survived a double bogey at the 16th.
Leo Walling, who shared the first round lead with Landen Howard, posted four birdies on the closing nine but could not overcome double bogeys at 13 and 17. He finished at 74-78—152 to finish alone in second place while Vaughn Harber claimed sole possession of third place at rounds of 76-80—156.
Congratulations to Kyle Buzaki who recorded an ace at the 12th hole this weekend!