Southwest Junior Golf Tour
Event #5 Western Rodeo
Forest Hills GC/Grey Hawk GC
Monday/Tuesday June 23rd/24th, 2014
Forest Hills GC par 70 yardage 6155 / Grey Hawk GC par 72 yardage 6687
A little weather ( lite rain) found the Western Rodeo on day two at Grey Hawk GC but not enough to cool down the hot competition for the 5th title of the 2014 SWGT campaign. Both courses were in wonderful shape and the greens made low scoring a difficult proposition. There were 4 first time winners and the first two winner of the season at the Western Rodeo. The race for Player of the Year just got a little more crowded.
Boys 16-18 Danny Zahn (North Olmsted) was looking to for his second win of the season after firing a 74 (74-75-150) on day one but the cowboy (former Bruin) from Brunswick, Nick Schley, rode into Grey Hawk and fired a 73, for a two day total of 148 (75-73) to rustle the win away. Michael Onorato (North Roylaton) was hot the trail after a 74, which included 6 birdies at Forest Hills GC but on day two the putts did not track the same and he had to settle for third place (74-78-152).
BOYS 14-15 Joe Onorato, after playing playing second fiddle twice already this year, broke through and claimed his first tour title (74-82-156). Jimmy Clark (North Olmsted) was going for a 4-peat but the winning horse that he had been riding over the past couple of weeks ran out of steam down the back stretch (78-80-158) and he settled for second place. Both players have separated themselves a little from the pack for Player of Year honors and watching them both play, each wants to strike gold at the end of July!
GIRLS 16-18 Sarah Warnkin (Avon) opened the Western Rodeo with a wonderful 79 and then held on through the streams, mounds, and undulating greens of Grey Hawk GC to secure her first victory of the season (79-89-168). Loren Kreider (Westlake) missed a 15 footer for birdie on hole 18 on day two tie Sarah and settled for a two day total of 169 (80-89). The second place finish allowed Loren to lasso the top spot in the Player of the Year standings.
GIRLS 13-15 Alicia Porvasnik (Hinckley) roped her first win of the season with rounds of 79-85 for a 164. Alicia was able to use her recent trip to Pinehurst, North Carolina, to watch the ladies United States Open Championship, to fan her competitive fire. Christina Williams (Medina) grabbed second place for the third time this season. Christina is playing some very good golf, (85-89-174) but finds herself getting hog tied by the likes of Alica or Sophia Trombetta (Independence) and unable to get into the winner’s circle.
BOYS 12-13 Adam Cook (Amherst) made his second start of the season count as he rang the dinner bell on his first win with rounds of 82-86-168. Adam and is fellow competitor Andrew Lampner (Fairlawn) set the trail ablaze for two days, for the entire tour, as they were the first group off both days and just galloped around both courses. The Player of the Year trophy is up for grabs for these boys as there are 4 players within 40 points of the lead, held by Jacob Moraca (Strongsville).
On to Rawiga CC this Monday June 30th. This is the Tour’s second one day event and the last event in June. The season will be half way done and the Player of the Year races will be taking shape. Who has the stamina, determination, and heart to battle the heat of July and the hot competition on the Southwest Junior Golf Tour and become this year’s champions? Only time will tell!