PERU, Ind. – Alex Heck fired back-to-back sub-par rounds in earning a 5-shot victory in the Boys 16-19 division at Rock Hollow.
Heck put together rounds of 71-70—141 and overcame a 1-shot deficit to start the final round. His birdie at No. 3 put him a shot ahead of first-round leader Drew Todd and he would never relinquish the lead.
Leading by one with five holes to play, Heck finished with fury by posting birdies at 14, 16 and 18 to keep the field at bay.
The victory was Heck’s first in two appearances on the GJT.
Todd shot 70-76—146 to claim sole possession of second place while Noah Wolfe rallied to 77-71—148 and a third-place finish.
Griffin Hare took fourth place at 76-73—149 while Grant Puckett (76-75—151) and Kash Bellar (73-78—151) rounded out the top five.
Embry squeaks out win in Boys 14-15
Isaac Embry overcame some rough holes on the front nine in overturning a 3-shot deficit in winning the Boys 14-15 division at Rock Hollow.
Embry posted rounds of 80-78—158 and trailed by three shots heading into Sunday’s final rounds. After a birdie at the opening hole, Embry stumbled with double bogeys at 2, 5 and 9, but saw those ahead of him struggle as well.
Embry put things together on the closing nine with a 1-over-par 37 that included a critical birdie at the 13th which put him in the lead.
Owen Sander rallied in the final round to put heat on Embry and when he carded his third birdie of the day at the 10th briefly held the lead. He finished 85-74—159 to finish alone in second place while first-round leader Cade Cobler shot 77-83—160 to finish in a tie for third with Hayden Williamson (80-80—160).
Barke earns 3-shot win in Boys 13-and-Under
Griffin Barke earned his second career GJT win, posting rounds of 72-77—149 in the Boys 13-and-under division at Rock Hollow.
Barke took a 2-shot lead over Jackson McCullough into the final round then suffered three bogeys and a double bogey on the opening nine as McCullough surged.
Birdies at 9 and 10 gave McCullough a 1-shot lead at that point before Barke took control with consecutive birdies starting at 13.
McCullough finished at 74-78—152 for second place while Damo Watson took third.