OXFORD, Ohio – Jared DeVille overcame two double bogeys over the final six holes and held on for his first GJT victory in the Boys 16-18 division at Heuston Woods Golf Course.
DeVille, a veteran of 17 GJT events going back to 2017, posted rounds of 72-75—147 to win by one shot over the trio of Derek Limberg (73-75—148), Rendall Weaver (74-74—148) and Miles Miller (74-74—149).
DeVille posted four birdies in his even-par opening round that staked him to a one-shot lead over Limberg. In the final round, DeVille and Limberg shared the lead through 10 holes before Limberg’s double bogey at 11. At 12, DeVille birdied to engineer a 2-shot swing in his favor which he would need as double bogeys awaited at the 13th and 16th, but at no point would he lose his lead.
Weaver, who started the final round two shots behind, sprang out of the gates quickly Sunday with birdies on the first two holes. Those would be his only birdies of the day and he would be even with DeVille through 16 before a bogey at 17 moved him back.
Miller found himself in a similar situation as Weaver, having drawn even with DeVille following DeVille’s double bogey at the 16th. Like Weaver, Miller would bogey 17 and fall one shot back where he would remain.
Nolan Schuermann rounded out the top five with rounds of 75-75—150 while Benjamin Dearth finished alone in sixth at 75-77—152.
Nowery holds on in Boys 14-15
Brandon Nowery fired rounds of 76-72—148 to beat Alec Barker by one shot in the Boys 14-15 division at Hueston Woods.
Nowery and Barker separated themselves from the rest of the field early in Sunday’s final round and when Nowery posted his third birdie in five holes at the 13th he built a seemingly-comfortable 6-shot lead over Barker at that point. Barker would then make a charge with birdies at 14 and 15 while Nowery posted a bogey at 15 and double bogey at 17 to see the lead narrowed to one with one hole remaining.
Both Nowery and Barker posted pars at the final hole to send Nowery to the winner’s circle.
Barker finished at 76-73—149 for sole possession of second place while Cole Kendall took third place with rounds of 73-85—158.
Sony, Kelley win two-player duels
Diva Sony and Bryce Kelley each defeated their lone opponents in the Girls 15-19 and Boys 13-and-under divisions, respectively, at Hueston Woods.
Sony shot 95-89—184 to beat Ainesleigh Elstro by 20 shots while Kelley fired rounds of 84-85—169 to beat Matthew Fang by 18 shots.
For both players, the victories marked their firsts in a GJT event.