Glisson Goes Low
Madison Glisson came out of the gates firing in the new year. After a first round 77 had her tied for sixth, she caught fire on day 2. Madison posted a scorching 6 under par 65 on Sunday at Bowling Green Country Club. She racked up nine birdies on the day and six on the front en route to a front nine 30. That tied the Golfweek Junior Tour nine hole low score. Madison earned the third win of her career with her 77-65, 142. There was a three way tie for second place. Meadow Tian (77-72), Clare Yeazell (76-73), and Reagan Ramage (76-73) all finished at 149.
In the Boys 16-19 division, Rafe Blankenship led the field in birdies on the weekend with nine which helped him capture his first Golfweek Junior Tour title. A first round 70 gave Rafe the overnight lead. On Sunday, he was able to play steady golf all day and cruise to a two shot victory. His 70-69, 139 finished two clear of Daniel Heister. Heister tried to mount a comeback after starting the day three back and lit up the front nine for a 31 but eventually came up just short. He shot 73-68 for the tournament. Ieuan Jones shot a pair of 71s for a 142 total to finish in third.
Peyton Lawley started Sunday morning three back of the lead but got going early with three birdies and no bogeys on the way to a front nine 32. A bogey at the 36th hole sent him to a payoff with Charlie Spiller. There, he birdied the third hole of the playoff for the win in the Boys 14-15 division. After four top 5s earlier this season, Peyton earned his first win on the GJT. Charlie Spiller was the first round leader after an excellent 67 on Saturday. Charlie shot 74 on Sunday to finish at 141 and in second place. Mattingly Upchurch shot 73-75 for a 148 total to come in third place.
Annabelle Walton played incredibly steady golf all through the weekend, never recording anything higher than a bogey. That kind of play combined with a few birdies over the weekend added up to her first win on the Golfweek Junior Tour. Annabelle shot 77-78 for a 155 total to pace the field by an amazing 22 strokes. Elsie Espinola had the second lowest round on each day and finished with a 94-83 for a 177 total. Caroline Childers came in third place with a 95-85 for a 180 total.
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