Red Numbers Send Settles and Dean to HOF
Skylar Dean was lights out all weekend at Darby Creek Golf Course. She posted two rounds under 70 while the rest of the field had zero. Her 68 on Saturday was a new career low round and then the 69 on Sunday gave her a new 36 hole career low. Skylar not only led the field in birdies, but only had three bogeys all weekend. She finished her round on Sunday in style, with an eagle at 17 and a birdie at 18 to cement her place in the Golfweek Junior Tour Hall of Fame. Eleanor Schuitema finished in second place with 74-70 for a 144 total. Third place went to Meadow Tian after her rounds of 74-72, 146.
Jacob Settles carded three birdies on the back nine of the final day at Darby Creek to pick up his third win of the year and earn his way into the Golfeek Junior Tour Hall of Fame. Jacob's opening 67 on Saturday tied for the low round of the tournament. He then backed that up with a 69 on Sunday for the victory. Jacob was incredibly steady. He only recorded one bogey throughout the 36 holes on the weekend. Jacob's 136 total was good for a two shot win. Zach Radtke came in second place with scores of 70-68, 138 total. Both Luke Coyle (70-70) and Kyle Smetiouk (67-73) tied for third place with a 140 total.
CJ Scohy shot a 69 on Sunday to complete a comeback victory, his fifth of the season. An even par 72 on Saturday let CJ in a tie for 5th place after one day. CJ went out and parred the first ten holes of his final round on Sunday. Three birdies coming in on the final eight holes saw him post a clean, three-under par round. CJ's 141 total was good for a two stroke margin of victory. There was a three way tie for third place in the Boys 14-15 division. Silas Haarer (70-73), Jason Muraca (71-72), and Jackson McCullough (71-72) all finished at 143 total.
In the Boys 13 and Under division, Owen Heilmann shot 76-73 to claim his first Golfweek Junior Tour victory. Owen started Sunday one stroke back of the leader after his 76 on Saturday. He came out Sunday playing well and shot a front nine 34 that included three birdies. He caught and passed the leader and never looked back again, cruising to a one shot margin of victory. Landon Tropf ended the weekend at Darby Creek in second place after his scores of 77-73 for a 150 total. Mitchell Corbin was another stroke back at 151 after shooting 80-71.
Nikitha Suresh won her second tournament of the season and first since October Sunday at Darby Creek Golf Course. Nikitha had the overnight lead after shooting 77 on Saturday. She came out Sunday and took control early. She made birdies on three of the first five holes to stake a claim to a nice lead. From there, she was able to back off the gas a little bit and coast home for the win. Her Sunday 74 earned her a one stroke victory. Ellie Gonzalez-Ribble came in second with scores of 79-73 for a 152 total. Eliza Mercer (78-85) and Olivia Donovan (82-81) tied for third place at 163.
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