2013 EVENT #12: PINING FOR PINE HILLS
Monday July 22nd, 2013
The radar cried wolf/storm, all morning long and all that came were a few little drops of rain here and there. What little rain that fell did not dampen the fantastic play that was generated from all age groups. Tour history was made as this was the first event in 20 years that an age group win was determined by two sub-par rounds! More on that to come. As Pine Hills was the tour’s last regular season event the field was strong and deep. Over 90 players participated on a course that will host many high school conference, sectional, and district tournaments come this Fall. A fitting test of golf as the tour’s Player of the Year competition is nearing its conclusion.
Boys 16-18, Both Jackson Farling (medalist) and Nick Schley (runner up) shot 2 under par 70s making SWGT history as that is the first time ever that under par took both 1st and 2nd in the same age group. As great of a feat as that was, Garrett Orseno, trying to keep his Player of the Year point lead, playing in the same group with Jackson, shot an even par 72 to take third place. His finish allows him to at least maintain a share of first place. He is now tied with Jackson in points. Medina will be a shoot out! Good luck gentlemen!
Boys 14-15, Ben Jones secured his victory with a 75 and Brian Tucci, also with a 75, kept himself in the hunt for Player of Year. The only player standing in his way is Danny Zahn who took third with a 76 and has a 55 point lead going into the Founders Cup Championship. There has been terrific play by a host of players in this age group all season. Andrew Zawie and Nick Metzger with 77’s, Tyler Grabowski with 79, Tommy Lauer 81, Ryan Miller and Geoffrey Allman 82’s, and Jimmy Clark 83 have all consistently demonstrated that they are ready for high school golf to begin and that they plan on leading their teams to great success. Good luck to Danny and Brian as they must do battle one last time to determine who will be this year’s Player of the Year!
Boys 12-13, Favian Busnawi took a week off a week off and then came back rested and ready to play. His 76 was good for a 7 shot victory. Player of the Year is still not determined in this age group and Ben Gleichauf has also been very impressive over the past two weeks, including his Match Play victory. So Monday at Medina, 27 holes, and the entire season on the line will make for a very interesting and exciting competition. Boys good luck and go out there and win it!
Girls 16-18, Karly Alexander continues to play superb golf. She turned in a fantastic 77 on Monday to take another title on her quest to become the Player of the Year. With only the Founders Cup Championship remaining, Karly is only 45 points out of the lead. The current leader, Loren Kreider, will be back in action on Monday at Medina. Two fierce competitors will tee it up and challenge each other every step of the way. It will be an exciting and fun game to watch. Good luck ladies!
Girls 13-15, Alicia Porvasnik hit the flagstick on hole #16 and then made her one inch putt for birdie as she carded a 79 and a 3 stroke victory. Back to back wins, including the Match Play Championship, Alicia has made a big splash here at the end of the season. The Player of the Year race has come down to just two players though, Madison Butler (82) and Nicole Gerome (91). Wonderful golfers and more importantly wonderful young ladies. Good luck!
Much will be determined come Monday afternoon. 27 holes, 6 hours+ of golf, and stiff competition. Player of the Year, in all age groups, still to be determined. Wow! A great venue, great golfers, and a great title waiting the victors. A reminder that spectators are permitted at the Founders Cup Championship. They must stay a half hole ahead or behind and limit their communication to positive praise, such as “good shot.” Good luck to all!!