Tough day on course in LEJGA Sawmill Open

Low scores were hard to come by on slick greens Tuesday
Butch Wagner
Jul 15, 2014

Low scores were hard to find Tuesday in the Lake Erie Junior Golf Association's Sawmill Creek Open.

For the most part, the wind and slick greens played havoc with the participants over the par 71 layout.

The round of the day belonged to Graydon Bunting, a sophomore at Tiffin Columbian. He fired a nice round of 36-39—75 from the white tees in the boys 14-16 age group.

The boys 17-19 had a tougher time with the back tees and it was Austin Kryc of Avon Lake who produced the lowest score of 78.

As for the girls, Nicole Bowersock of Ashland carded an 81 to rule the 15-19 age bracket.

The lone area golfer to claim a championship trophy was Julia Hippely, a freshman at Huron. She topped the girls 10-14 class with a 42, and edged out Jordan Pruitt of Milan by one stroke with a bogey on the ninth hole.

Danny Greenhill of Elmore was the boys 10-11 winner at 48 and Max Watson of Ashland captured the boys 12-13 title at 87.

Bellevue senior Thomas Pressler was runner-up for boys 18-19 with 41-42—83  and Anthony Paradiso of Port Clinton was among the front-runners at 83 for boys 14-16.

"This is my best round here (Sawmill Creek) and I had three pars along the way," said Hippely, 14. It marked her sixth win of the season giving her a commanding lead in her age group for Player of the Year honors.

Pressler talked about his round.

"It was really windy out there and I couldn't get a birdie," he said. "Playing from the back tees made it tougher for us, but I'm happy to get my first trophy for second place."

Paradiso had a genuine up-and-down day.

A sophomore at Port Clinton, Paradiso played outstanding golf on the front nine with a 37 that included two birdies.

However, he had three double bogeys on the way to 46 on the back nine.

"I just could not putt on the back," said Paradiso, who was five over on the last three holes to wind up at 83. He finished third, one shot behind Noah Sampson of Clarkston, Mich.

"I am ecstatic about the round Mitchell Mueller had with his 84. He's on our team and we need him this year. That's a good score for him considering the conditions," Paradiso said.

Collin Crooks and Chace Rotsinger, two St. Mary Central Catholic golfers, posted 84 and 85, respectively.

Logan Dwelle, a senior at Perkins, continues to play in just about every tournament — and has built an insurmountable lead for Player of the Year laurels in his age bracket (17-19). 

"I just had a bad day and could not figure out my irons until the last four holes," Dwelle said after shooting 42-46—88.

Brayden Hupp, Dwelle's teammate on the Perkins golf team, also finished with 88.

For the older girls, Emily Bogner of Clyde finished third at 47-48—95.

Cecelia Dillon of Vermilion was also third for girls 10-14 with a 45.

Cole Hupp of Sandusky was third for boys 10-11 with a 52 and Casey Crooks of Sandusky had a 56 in his first tournament try.