Southwest Junior Golf Tour
Event #8 Independence Classic
Pleasant Valley GC/Rawiga GC
Monday-Tuesday July 11th-12th, 2016
Par 72/72 Yardage 6912/6711
Event #8 Independence Classic was named based upon the date of the event and its proximity to the 4th of July, Independence Day for the United States of America. The courses played for this event, Pleasant Valley GC and Rawiga GC, today served notice as to why they were chosen. Players were given the privilege and honor of hearing an honor guard salute and taps played, twice, as they were allowed to share in paying one last tribute to veterans of the United States Armed Services. The services were being held nearby at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Independence was truly felt today! 90 degrees did not arrive until after some cooler and lower scores were recorded on day 2 of the Independence Classic. Fireworks went off for two days as players tried to light their way to the Player of the Year title!
Boys 15-18 Jimmy Clark, N. Olmsted 78-73 151 over took Cooper Phelps, Wadsworth 74-78 161 (3rd lplace), to claim his 4th title of the season. Cooper’s 74 was the lowest round on day 1 and produced the most talked about shot, driver to the par 4 green on #18 at Pleasant Valley. David Laib, Wadsworth 78-81 159 stayed steadied and took second place. Brandon Netzel, N. Ridgeville 83-79 162 playing with a stitched up finger and a Jordan Spieth like grip finished fourth. Emmett Caskey, Uniontown 80-84 164 and Tyler Snyder, N. Royalton 83-81 164 shared fifth place. Outstanding effort gentlemen!
Girls 18-U Madison Gardner, Avon 84-80 164 captured her first title of the season with a pressure backed, head to head battle against Lyndsay Blum, Independence 86-80 166 (2nd place). The test of a two day event is to see if a player can hold on to a lead or make a charge to take the lead. These ladies battled back and forth all day. Lyndsay picking up a stroke after 9 holes and then Madison steadying herself to keep pace on the first few holes of the back nine. The tide turned in Madison’s favor on hole #16 as an error by Lyndsay led to a 4 shot swing. Great dual ladies! Gabby Horvath, N. Royalton 102-94 196 and Audrey Zedella, Hinckley 105-92 197 took third and fourth place with solid play on day 2. Awesome golf ladies!
Boys 14-U Blake Sheinkarut, Medina 87-92 179 won a scorecard playoff by 1 shot to win his second title of the season. John Galik, Brecksville 90-89 179 took second and held on to his top spot in the Player of the Year standings. Tony Vannello, Medina 89-91 180 put two solid rounds together and got his second third place finish of the season, missing the scorecard playoff by just one shot. Dylan Champney, Sheffield Vlg. 98-94 192 continued his wonderfully consistent play and secured fourth place. Best shots of the day from this group, Blake and Tony blasting out from the practice green bunker after everyone else had left, as they were waiting for their rides home. Champions never quit! Fantastic work!
Girls 14-U Erin Frey, Medina 54 captured her first win, EVER! Win with Us first! Ellen O’Leary, Rocky River 55 tried to capture her fourth win of the season but by the narrowest of margins, Erin nudged her out. Success breeds success and these young ladies are living examples. Each event the play improves and the competition gets more exciting! Wonderful playing ladies!
Boys 13-U Clayton Greiner, Brunswick 46 went at it alone again and was victorious again. Scores get lower each week, understanding tournament golf gets fuller each week, and confidence grows each week. Clayton is using his opportunities to get better each week. Fun to be a witness to it, especially when it includes a birdie on the first hole!! Keep it up!
Player of the Year Standings: Top 5
Boys 15-18 Brandon Netzel 500, Jimmy Clark 430, Luke Seelie 320, Tyler Snyder 230, Connor Thomas 190
Girls 18-U Lyndsay Blum 480, Madison Butler 360, Madison Gardner 360, Audrey Zedella 255, Devon Matson 200
Boys 14-U John Galik 510, Blake Sheinkaruk 445, Dylan Champney 385, Jack Vichill 370, Ross Williamson 325
Girls 14-U Ellen O’Leary 230, Maddie Debnar 110, Erin Frey 105
Boys 13-U Clayton Greiner 420, Mark Sowers 145, Joseph Sbatella 145