The JR-4AM field enjoyed a wonderful day at Sand Ridge Golf Club in Chardon, Ohio on July 15, 2019. The course played fast and the greens were perfect (firm and fast).
In the Junior Division, Antonio Bodziony led the way with 36-34–70 (-2) to beat Nick Longano by one stroke. Antonio had four birdies and two bogeys on the day. Nick was 2 under with 4 to play, but had a wild finish. He bogeyed the next three, then made eagle on his final hole for 35-36–71. Jake Caldwell finished 3rd with 40-37–77 (+5). Jake only had two bad holes that cost him 5 shots (a double #11 and a triple #8), he was even par on the other 16 holes.
In the Team Division, The Rush Team squeezed out a one stroke victory over the two time defending champions, the Tomazic Team. The Rush team shot 27-29–56 (-16) and the team included Aubrie Rush (Junior), Ken Rush, Dan Rush (NCJT Hall of Fame member), Dennis Rush and Rob Murphy. The team used a Junior Rescue Ticket (a junior mulligan shot) to have Aubrie try the final putt from 12 feet after the entire team missed it. She made the putt to seal the win! What a great finish!
The big finale at Jr-4AM is when the Denny Spaulding Memorial Golf Scholarship winners are announced. This year the scholarship awarded two winners were:
All NCJT players are invited to participate in our free Open Championship contest.
The Open Championship fantasy golf contest is open to all NCJT Tour Players at no charge, so get those picks in by 3:00 AM on Thursday (July 18th). Each tour member can submit one lineup into the NCJT fantasy golf contest at NO CHARGE. Prizes include tour credits to go toward entry fees. You pick 12 players (so all of your favorites) and the top 8 count. If you played in any of our fantasy golf contests before you can use the same login, otherwise create account.
The JR-4AM on Monday, July 15 at Sand Ridge is a showcase event for NCJT and we need lots of our top players to play. If you are currently in the top 10 in the Classic Cup we highly encourage you to play and you can’t beat the value for this event. Here’s a list of benefits:
A round of golf at Sand Ridge (one of the top courses in Ohio)
A full breakfast and BBQ dinner, our best meal package of the season
It’s individual Stroke Play for the juniors
You represent NCJT as the celebrity in the Jr-4Am team game
You also receive a tournament gift
And you pay less than the cost of all the benefits listed
Here’s how the format works. Each Amateur Four-some will be assigned a top NCJT junior to make a 5 player team. The Am Foursome will be playing a scramble format and the junior player will be playing their own ball in an individual Stroke Play competition (one division). The foursome will ride carts and the junior will walk with a caddie. Please bring your own caddie and we’ll provide a caddie bib and name panel.
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After play we will gather on the Sand Ridge patio for an BBQ Dinner. After dinner, we’ll do the team and individual awards, before announcing the winner of the $2,000 Denny Spaulding Scholarship, which we hope everyone on tour has applied for.
The JB Four-Ball Classic was played at Quail Hollow (Devlin Course) on Thursday, July 11. Dylan Fitchet and Victor Prokop fired a 33-35–68 (-3) to win the title. Dylan made 4 birdies for the team while Victor made 13 pars to help keep bogeys off the card for the most part. They did have one bogey on the day. Nick Longano and Nolan Adams shot 35-35–70 (-1) to finish 2nd. Their round included 4 birdies and 3 bogeys. It was easy to make bogeys, because the course was playing long and the greens were very fast. Nolan Jurcago and Antonio Bodziony finished 3rd with 36-37–73 (+3).
Dylan Fitchet lead the way at the Sand Ridge Junior Invitational with rounds of 72-69–141 (-3). Dylan finished strong with 33 (-3) on his last nine holes. He had 8 birdies over 36-holes and the only blemish on his second round was a double at #7 (otherwise it was par or birdie). Paul Mastros also had a strong finish, he was one over after 15 and finished birdie, birdie, eagle to shoot 69 in his final round. His 75-69–144 (E) finish was good enough for 2nd place in the Boys 16-19 division. Andrew Kaye and Connor Gdovin were right in the mix until both shot 2 over on there last 4 holes. Andrew was able slip by Connor on the last hole to finish 3rd.
In the Boys 14-15 division, Robert Kimmel and Julian Dugan were neck and neck up until the last 3 holes. Robert played the last three holes 2 under and Julian play them 2 over. That 4 shot swing allowed Robert to over take Julian to win the title. Robert had 79-76–155 and Julian had 81-77–158. Clark Nemer was able to rebound from an 88 to a final round 74 to take third place at 162. He finished 3 ahead of Dominik Cosic who was the only other player in the division to shoot a round in the seventies.
In the Girls division, Laine Hursh turn things around in a big way to over take Caroline Wing. Laine shot 87 on the first day and cameback with a 72 on the final round. to win by two shots. Caroline was 4 ahead going into the final nine holes. Laine played the final nine in 34 (-2) and Caroline ended with 40 on the nine. The six shot swing allow Laine to take the title by 2 strokes. Caroline had 81-80–161 and finished 9 better than Marina Marusic who had 83-87–170 to finish 3rd.
North Coast Junior Tour – Sand Ridge Junior I July 8-9, 2019 – Sand Ridge Golf Club – Par 72, 6330 Yards Final Results
Boys 16-19 Dylan Fitchet, Conneaut 72-69–141 Paul Mastros, Wintersville 75-69–144 Andrew Kaye, Avon Lake 70-75–145 Antonio Bodziony, Willoughby 70-76–146 Connor Gdovin, Highland Hts 71-75–146 Emmett Weil, Chagrin Falls 73-76–149 Jess Saunders, Fairview Park 74-76–150 Drew Covitt, Pepper Pike 79-75–154 Nicholas Longano, Concord 76-78–154 Jay Magyari, Sagamore Hills 79-77–156 Wyatt Chapman, Mentor 76-80–156 Joey Kubic, Shaker Heights 82-74–156 Jaydon Thammachack, Akron 77-80–157 Samuel Marciano, Concord 80-79–159 Adam Marcus, Pepper Pike 80-80–160 Liam Ottaway, Pepper Pike 81-79–160 Jake Moraca, Strongsville 82-78–160 Matthew Nimsuwam, Strongsville 84-77–161 Max Nepomuceno, Avon Lake 78-86–164 Andrew Martin, Westlake 83-81–164 Ben Clegg, Pepper Pike 79-87–166 Ryan Green, Conneaut 82-86–168 Timothy Pinkston, Franklin 86-84–170 Aaron Schierbaum, Franklin 87-87–174 Cam Addington, Avon Lake 96-79–175 Blaze Tanner, Aurora 93-87–180 Gavin Markham, Camp Utopia 96-94–190 Alex Lavin, Chesterland 103-108–211 Travis Johnson, Chesterland (WD) Thomas Coyne, University Hts (WD)
Boys 14-15 Robert Kimmel, Shaker Heights 79-76–155 Julian Dugan, Rocky River 81-77–158 Clark Nemer, Hudson 88-74–162 Dominik Cosic, Painesville 88-77–165 Jackson Stimple, Avon Lake 86-83–169 Ian Sullivan, Orange Village 83-90–173 Jeffrey-Paul Jacobs, North Palm Beach 87-91–178 Domenic Pilla, Highland Heights 91-91–182 Connor Keefe, Highland Hts 94-89–183 Jackson Stover, Pepper Pike 97-88–185 Jackson Fellinger, Pepper Pike 90-97–187 Jackson Kubic, Shaker Heights 93-95–188 Ethan Roberts, Shaker Heights 102-87–189 Michael O’Leary, Rocky River 95-94–189 Ethan Hughes, Avon Lake 94-95–189 Tyler Schwenk, Eastlake 90-101–191 David Faremouth, Shaker Heights 95-103–198 Charlie Steven, Concord Twp. 99-106–205 Ben Nadzam, Mentor 114-96–210 Ben Daher, Highland Hts. 113-108–221
Girls 16-19 Laine Hursh, Chardon 87-72–159 Caroline Wing, Indian Head Park 81-80–161 Marina Marusic, Willoughby Hills 83-87–170 Lauren Bangasser, Concord Twp 84-87–171 Olivia Zampedro, Mentor 87-89–176 Tyler Gliba, Hudson 104-99–203
Liam Ottaway (Pepper Pike) shot 74-73–147 to win medalist at The Firecracker. The 36-hole competition was played at Stonewater Golf Club on June 30 & July 1. Liam scored much better on the front nine than the back each day. He had 34 and 33 on the front, but shot 40 both days on the back. He had 3 birdie in each round and was the only player to play the par 5s under par for the event (no one played the Par 3s or Par 4s under par). Antonio Bodziony was 2nd in the Boys 16-19 division with a 77-79–156. Nelson Pike was 3rd with a 85-79–164.
Robert Kimmel (left), Julian Dugan (right)
In the Boys 14-15 division, Julian Dugan (Rocky River) and Robert Kimmel (Shaker Hts) tied for 1st with 75’s on both days (75-75–150). Julian had 4 birdies on his opening round to overcome a double, bogey, double start. Robert scored consistently each day shooting matching rounds of 36-39–75 and but his GIR were much better on day one (14 GIR) vs (10 GIR) on day two.
Ella Wong (Pepper Pike) continues her winning streak with two rounds of 80 (80-80–160) to win the Girls 16-19 division. Ella would have broke 80 each day if it won’t for the tough last three holes (5 over on round 1 and 3 over on round 2). Ella had 3 birdies on day 1, but cannot sink a birdie on day 2. Ella average more than 35 putts per round, which is a stat she would like get much lower. Lauren Bangasser (Concord) took 2nd with 98-94–192. Lauren fired a 40 on her first nine of round 2, which was impressive on the tough Stonewater course.
Another Pace of Play record!
We witnessed a real firecracker pace today. The last flag in was at 3 hours and 46 minutes. Based on the course and the tough conditions, this is a remarkable record and unheard of in tournament golf. This is the third time this season that the entire field played under 4 hours. Congrats to all for playing like “Tournament Players”.
The Pace Sheet was set to 4 hours 17 minutes due to Stonewater’s tough course conditions and long walks from greens to tees. The lead group of Jack Curtis (New Albany), Cam Addington (Avon Lake) and Josh Pethel (Hudson) set the pace right out of the gate. They were minus 14 minutes at the turn, which means they were on a minus 28 pace for the round. Once the pace is set right, everyone seems to get in stride and its much more fun to play golf at a good rhythm. The final pace for the last group (Ella Wong (Pepper Pike), Lauren Bangasser (Concord) and Aubrie Rush (Avon)) ended up at minus 31 and that qualifies for a “Skittles for Skedaddlers reward at the next event (which is Sand Ridge on Monday, July 8th).