WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University-bound Nic Hofman took advantage of his future home digs in rolling to a 4-shot victory in the Boys 16-19 division at Purdue’s Ackerman-Allen Course.
Hofman fired rounds of 71-68—139 and overcame a 3-shot first-round deficit to take the title, his first in six appearances on the GJT.
Hofman trailed Benjamin Sluzas by three shots at the start of the final round then blistered the opening nine with five birdies against no bogeys. That run flipped Hofman from three back to three ahead of Sluzas.
Sluzas finished at 68-75—143 to finish alone in second place while Hofman’s future Purdue teammate Nels Surtani shot 73-72—145 to finish alone in third place.
Rounding out the top five were Connor Gdovin and Shoji Fujita, who each fired identical rounds of 71-75—146.
Chahal emerges from pack in Boys 14-15
Devan Chahal broke away from a logjam of players with the only sub-par final round in winning the Boys 14-15 division at Purdue by two strokes.
Chahal entered the final round tied for the lead with James Pryor and Alec Cesare then two early bogeys put Chahal back in the pack. Trailing Pryor and Cesare by three shots through five holes Sunday, Chahal played mistake-free the rest of the way, surging with birdies at 8 and 9 to move back into a share of the lead.
Chahal finally grabbed the outright lead with his birdie at 11 and solidified the victory with a birdie at the 16th. He finished at 74-70—144 while Pryor took sole possession of second place with rounds of 74-72—146.
Cesare closed with 74-75—149 to finish alone in third place.
Cesare tops Blackard in Boys 13-and-Under playoff
Jake Cesare’s par on the first playoff hole defeated Peyton Blackard in the Boys 13-and-under division at Purdue.
Cesare fired a bogey-free final round in catching Blackard and remained perfect in the playoff. His opening-round 70 put him one shot behind Blackard going into Sunday and the two battled within a shot of each other the whole round.
Blackard’s birdie at the 16th put him up by one shot but his bogey on the final hole set up the playoff.
Cesare finished regulation at 70-69—139 while Blackard shot 69-70—139.
Happy Gilmore finished alone in third place at 74-71—145.