Southwest Junior Golf Tour
Event #3 Buzzard Challenge
Hinckley Hills GC/Ironwood GC
Tuesday-Wednesday June 14th-15th, 2016
Par 71/71 Yardage 6487/6334
From 7am on Tuesday to 3pm on Wednesday the Southwest Junior Golf Tour went through a 30 degree temperature change. Event #3 Buzzard Challenge began at Hinckley Hills GC and a temp of 57 degrees. Day 2 at Ironwood GC ended with a temp of 87 degrees. That has to be a first! SWGT members had balls dancing all around the flags for 2 days and tour members were dancing everywhere, doing the newest fad called the Cicada Two Step. It is easy to do just jump from one leg to the other and wave your arms all over the place. It can be performed to any type of music. Preferably to the drone of 1 million cicadas! With 3 events in the books Player of the Year positions are being staked and statements are being made!
Jimmy Clark (N. Olmsted) 75-76 151 captured his second straight title with his third straight 75 to go along with a 76. He currently holds second place in the Player of the Year standings with 200 points and looks forward to the challenge ahead in taking over the top spot. Second place finisher, for the second straight event is Brandon Netzel (N. Ridgeville) 80-77 157. Brandon has the top spot, in the POY standings, with 235 points and is determined to take on all challengers to the top honor. Brandon qualified for the final stage of the Optimist Tournament in West Palm Beach, FLA on Monday by chipping in the 18th hole for birdie. Congratulations! Connor Thomas (Medina) 84-75 159 shot the lowest round of the day to move into the third spot for the event and the POY standings at 140 points. Chad Dubiel (Hinckley) 84-76 160 took fourth and moved into 4th place in the POY standings with 130 points. Rounding out the top 5 is Tyler Snyder (N. Royalton) with 115 points. The excitement has just begun! Good luck gentlemen!
Madison Butler (Hinckley) 72-77 149 took her second straight title, sandwiching in a second place finish in the Optimist Qualifying Tournament which allows her to move on to the final stage at PGA National in West Palm Beach, FLA. Madison holds the #2 spot in the Player of year standings with 200 points. Christina Williams (Medina) 79-79 158, playing in her first SWGT event of the season stayed consistent and secured second place. Christina also qualified for the final stage of the Optimist Tournament. Congratulations ladies! Madison Gardner (Avon) 85-82 167 survived the hills of Hinckley Hills and the heat of Ironwood to hold on to third place for the event and the POY standings with 125 points. Lyndsay Blum (Independence) 91-82 173 continues her wonderful solid play placing fourth and holding on to the top spot in the POY standings with 210 points. Rounding out the top 5 is Gabby Horvath with 100 POY points. Excellent work ladies!
Blake Shienkarut (Medina) 83-84 167 stayed focused and patient on day two and took medalist honors. This title takes Blake to the #2 spot in the Player of the Year standings with 185 points. John Galik (Brecksville) 89-88 177 continued his solid play and secured not only second place in the event but the top spot in the POY standings with 200 points.
Jack Vichill (Westlake) 94-90 184 made a move today to take third place and move into the 5th position in the POY standings with 130 points. Ross Williamson (Medina) 101-87 188 made the second biggest move of the day to take fourth place and third place, over all, in the POY standings with 165 points. Dylan Champney made the biggest move of the day 103-87 190. The move allows Dylan to stay in the top 5 at #4 with 160 points. This race has certainly just begun but already several players have announced, through their play, that they are the ones that will be lifting the Player of the Year trophy late in July. Good luck gentlemen!
New to the tour, Ellen O’Leary (Rocky River) fired a 33 (par 20 on the Buzzard Nest’s). Playing along side two young men, Ellen held her own and played better on the last few holes as she became more comfortable with the tournament experience. As Ellen gets more experience her scores will reflect the quality of her swing and the excellent athlete that she is. As this year’s tour slogan goes, Ellen won with us first! Congratulations!
Clayton Greiner (Brunswick) got his game back on track and shot 27 (par 20 the Buzzard Nest’s) to capture his third Founders Series title. Mark Sowers (Brecksville) tried to keep pace with a score of 31. The Founders Series is designed to assist players to become better tournament players and these two young men are making great strides early on. If they continue their growth they will be champions on the SWGT’s Champions Tour next season. Keep working hard gentlemen!