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Hippely finishes LEJGA season with par 35

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

A perfect ending to a sensational season it was Thursday, especially for Huron's Julia Hippely on the Oak Harbor Golf Club course in the final official tournament of 2014.

The 14-year-old freshman checked in with her all-time low round with an even par 35 to finish the Lake Erie Junior Golf Association season with a perfect 8-0 record in the girls 10-14 age group.

Hippely lowered her previous low round of 38 (at the Thunderbird Hills South course) with three birdies along the way, and that included a 40-foot "bomb" on the 9th hole.

"My putting was really good today. I birdied 3, 5 and then 9, and the putt on No. 3 was about 25 feet and the one on 5 was a 15-footer," said Hippely, whose scores ranged from 41-45 in the seven previous LEJGA events.

"I've been playing since I was five and have played a lot of courses, now in the LEJGA and earlier in the U.S. Kids Tour. I aged out from that Tour this year," Hippely said.

Hippely, who played three-four times a week, is ready to try out for the Huron girls golf team next month.

"I'm anxious to get started."

While Hippely grabbed the limelight, two members of the Perkins High School boys golf team earned their first age group titles of the season.

Brayden Hupp captured the 17-19 (Division D) age bracket crown with a fine one-over-par 73 while Cameron Foss topped the field in the 14-16 class (Division C) with a 78, four strokes up on his nearest challengers.

For Hupp, it marked his lowest LEJGA round and the first championship trophy in the association in which he played in the 14-16 age group and now is in the 17-19 class.

"I had four birdies today and just 23 putts for the round. My short game was great and put me in great position to score and then I had my best round of putting. It feels nice to win one," Hupp said.

A senior, Hupp opened with back-to-back birdies, then added birdies on Nos. 11 and 16 on the back side go finished 36-37—73.

His previous low for the season was a 78 at Sleepy Hollow last week.

Foss also had his lowest round of the LEJGA season with 38-40—78 with just one birdie (No. 17).

"The key for me was my short game. I managed to chip close all day and had only 26 putts for the round, which is easily my best," said the Perkins sophomore.

"I'm happy to finally win a championship trophy. I was second a couple of times but to win one in the last tournament is special," Foss said.

While Hippely shot 35, Jordan Pruitt of Milan was runner-up for girls 10-14 at 41. Cecelia Dillon, Vermilion, tied for third at 44.

Hupp won by three shots over Alexander Gedert of Woodville and Shane Meek of Port Clinton ranked third with 77. Logan Dwelle, Perkins, ranked fourth with 79. Mike Piotrowski and Nicolas Butcher, other Perkins golf team members, posted 83 and 85 respectively.

Also in the 14-16 class, Port Clinton's Anthony Paradiso, Noah Sampson of Clarkston, Mich. and Ian Hilliker of Clyde tied for runner-up honors at 82. Paradiso claimed the runner-up trophy in a three-hole playoff.

For the girls 15-19 class (Division (G), Nicolette Bowersock of Ashland finished at 83, two shots ahead of Natalie Schultz, also of Ashland. Maddison Cole, Port Clinton, was fifth at 93.

In the boys 10-11 class (Division A), Cole Hupp, Sandusky, was third with 51. Ethan Longoria, Fremont, was the champion at 42 and Danny Greenhill, Elmore, was runner-up with a 47.

The top players in each of the six age groups will be invited to compete in the Fremont Invite July 28 after which the awards banquet will be held.

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