CROUCH FINISHES STRONG TO EARN MEDALIST HONORS
Ferrell comes from one back to claim honors in the Girls Division
FRANKFORT, Ill. — Tim Crouch of Mount Vernon, Ohio, shot a Final-Round even-par 72 to earn medalist honors in the Preseason Junior in the Chicago Southland. Allyssa Ferrell of Edgerton, Wis., finished with a tournament total of 6-over-par150 claiming the Girls Division by six strokes at the Green Garden Country Club.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Preseason Junior in the Chicago Southland was a 36-hole stroke play event held at Green Garden Country Club — Blue Course. The tournament field consisted of 57 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-18, from eight states. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 6,607 yards, while the Girls Division played at 5,782 yards.
The Preseason Junior in the Chicago Southland was one of eight events held as part of the Golf Academy of America Preseason Junior Series. The Golf Academy of America Preseason Junior Series is a series designed specifically for first-time AJGA members or those members who have not yet been accepted to or participated in an AJGA event in the current calendar year and/or the previous calendar year.
After a solid first round that gave him a two-shot lead; Crouch knew he was in good shape heading into Sunday's Final Round. Crouch had his highs and lows on the front nine with an eagle on No. 3 and a double bogey on No. 4. His back nine was more consistent with three birdies and four pars. Crouch finished with a tournament total 68-72 — 140.
“My round was up and down all day,” said Crouch. “I got off to a good start with an eagle on No. 3 and I kind of coasted in on the back nine.”
Eric Ong of Carmel, Ind., came in second with a 2-over-par 146. In third with a 4-over-par 148 was Alex Willnow of Adrian, Mich. Matt Taylor of Louisville, Ky., finished at 5-over-par 149 for fourth. Tied for fifth with 6-over-par 150s were John Thomas of Frankfort, Ill., Max Court of West Des Moines, Iowa, Micah Skidmore of Saginaw, Mich., and Jacob Butler of Marshalltown, Iowa.
In the Girls Division, entering the Final Round one stroke behind the lead, Ferrell knew if she relaxed and played a worry-free round, things would work out for her. That proved to be the case when she countered a 1-over front nine with two birdies on the back nine and finished with the only even-par round of the tournament.
“The key to the round today was all in my short game,” said Ferrell. “The greens rolled really nicely and my putting really came around.”
Finishing second in the Girls Division was Erin Michel of Mason, Ohio, with a 12-over-par 156. Erika Pfaender of Pewaukee, Wis., came in third with a 14-over-par 158.
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