Happy at Purdue
Happy Gilmore tied for medalist honors on Saturday after a 2 under par round of 70 that included 3 birdies and an eagle. He entered Sunday with a 3 stroke lead in his age division and tied for the overall Boys title.
Sunday's round started well with 2 birdies and a bogey in the first 11 holes, but then was forced to overcome a double bogey and triple bogey on the 12th and 13th holes. The lead he had built was lost in just two holes, but Happy started a come back on 14 when he birdied 14, 15, and 16. His final round score of 73 claimed him the Boys 14-15 title and the overall Boys 14-19 title for his first win on the GolfWeek Jr Tour.
The Boys 16-19 division produced the first ever 5 man playoff in our tour's history. Carson Bellish, Darin Hudak, Connor McNeely, Kash Bellar, and Drew Todd all tied at 1 over par, 145, for the Boys 16-19 division.
The ensuing playoff started on hole #1 where Carson and Drew were the only players able to produce birdies on the first hole, with Carson making an unlikely comeback after leaving himself a long iron into the green.
With just two players left, they made their way to hole #2, a par 5 where Drew Todd missed a 20 footer birdie attempt and left Carson with an 8 foot birdie to win the title. Carson Bellish went on to make the 8 footer, to birdie both playoff holes and win the Boys 16-19 title which was only possible because of his late round charge of 2 under his last 5 holes in regulation play.
This is also Carson's first win on the GolfWeek Jr Tour.
We have a new 18 hole scoring record in the Boys 13 & Under from Brayden Miller with a 63 in the first round! This round included 9 birdies and an eagle on #11! This 63 breaks the previous record of 65 held by Kash Bellar (who was in the playoff in the Boys 16-19 division), Peyton Blackard (who finished T3 in the Boys 14-15 division) and Brian Terlesky.
Brayden took a 5 shot lead heading into the second round and played a relatively steady and normal round until he got to #17, a par 3, where he made a Hole - In - One!
Brayden went on to win the Boys 13 & Under division by 8 strokes and and secure his place in the record books! (View our tour's records here: Tour Scoring Records )
Sydney Deal led all girls this weekend with two solid rounds of 76-77 for a 153 total. The highlight for her week was playing the more difficult back nine in one under par between the two days with a 34 in round one and a 37 in round two!
Playing in her first GolfWeek event, Paige Reece carded an 81-79 to win the Girls 15-19 division, and closed out the weekend with an even par 36 on the final nine which included 2 birdies and 2 bogies.