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Tough day on course in LEJGA opener

Butch Wagner • Aug 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Low scores were tough to find Wednesday in the Lake Erie Junior Golf Association's first area tournament of the summer season.

The Catawba Island Club Junior Open had nobody near par 72 on the well-groomed CIC course — although a sprinkling of local youngsters were on the leaderboard in their respective age groups.

Huron's Julia Hippely was the champion in the girls 10-14 age bracket with Jordan Pruitt of Milan in the runner-up slot at 51.

Meanwhile, Nikki Mollohan of Milan and Anthony Paradiso of Port Clinton finished second in the divisions — girls 15-19 and boys 14-16 respectively.

As for the oldest boys age group (17-19), Dylan DeWitt of Bellevue had the highest position among the area contingent, in fourth place with 40-40—80.

High numbers on one or two holes played a significant role in the outcome of the leaders.

For instance, Perkins freshman to be Cameron Foss had a 54 on the front nine then came back with a fine round of 37 on the back side for his 91 in the boys 14-16 class. He had an 11 on one hole.

Kylie Greulich of Huron checked in with 49-43—92 for third place for girls 15-19 and she also had double figures on a front nine hole.

The overall champion of the day was Alex Gedert of Woodmore who won the 17-19 title in a scorecard playoff with Kyle DiCapua of Avon Lake after both wound up with 76s.

Gedert fired 41-35 and DiCapua 38-38 and the tiebreaker was the lowest score for the back nine. That group played from the blue tees.

Noah Sampson of Clarkston, Mich. won the boys 14-16 crown with a nifty round of 40-35—75, three strokes ahead of Paradiso who carded 36-42 for his 78.

Nicolette Bowersock of Ashland edged out Mollohan by one shot for the girls 15-19 title. Bowersock, headed for John Carroll University in the fall, had 44-43—87 and Mollohan checked off 43-45—88.

Mollohan, a recent Edison High school graduate, has signed on to attend Wayne State University and will play golf in the fall.

"I thought I played well except for two holes," Mollohan said. "I went into the water on No. 5 and wound up with an eight, then went out of bounds on No. 11 and finished that hole with a nine. Other than that, I was happy with my game.

"I had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 6 and 7, and that was nice," added Mollohan, who won three age group titles a year ago.

DeWitt, a senior to be at Bellevue, also had two bad holes.

"I went into the water on No. 14 and took a six, and earlier pulled my drive on No. 7 and that again cost me. I also left a lot of birdie putts short," he said. "I believe I was under par for the first four holes on both sides, but just did not finish. I'll do better (today at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Norwalk)."

While DeWitt had 80 among the area players, Logan Dwelle of Perkins posted 40-41—81, Ryan Wilburn of Bellevue 42-40—82, Thomas Pressler of Bellevue 39-43—82, Shane Meek of Port Clinton 42-41—83 and Bo Pettegrew of Huron had 40-43—83.

Paradiso, a sophomore at Port Clinton, had an eagle and two birdies in his round but struggled coming home.

His eagle came on No. 7 while the birdie putts fell on Nos. 3 and 16.

"I had two triples, on Nos. 15 and 17. I just choked," Paradiso said.

St. Mary Central Catholic junior Chace Rotsinger was third in the boys 14-16 class with 42-38--80.

"His is he best I've played here, but I missed six birdie putts and had one on No. 11," Rotsinger said.

Collin Crooks, another SMCC junior. recovered from a bad start to shoot 41-40—81.

"I started out with a quad (four over par) on the first hole but did come back with birdies on Nos. 3 and 4. I went into the water twice on No. 1," Crooks said.

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