GRAND BLANC — Ben Zyber erased a two-stroke deficit over the last eight holes and pulled away to a three-shot victory this week in the Mancour Cup tournament at the Flint Elks Club.
The Swartz Creek senior shot 74 Tuesday to follow up Monday’s first-round 71 for a 1-over-par total of 145 in the Flint Junior Golf Association event.
Zyber beat Grand Blanc junior Alex Finsterwald, who held the first-round lead with a sizzling 69, but faltered to a 79 Tuesday for a 148 total. Davison graduate and Mott Community College All- American Gabe Schiller was third in the 11-man field with 74-77- 151.
The win gave Zyber his second straight berth in the Randy Wise Junior Open, an American Junior Golf Association event Aug. 19-22 at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club. Zyber was second in last year’s Mancour Cup, but received the Randy Wise bid because Mancour champion Kevin Berry was over the AJGA age limit.
Zyber shot 37 on the front nine Tuesday to tie Finsterwald for the lead at the turn. He slipped back to a two-stroke deficit with a double bogey on No. 10, but then parred the next seven holes while Finsterwald struggled with four bogeys. Zyber sealed the victory with a 10-foot birdie putt on No. 18.
Merrick George of Fenton was fourth with 153, while Swartz Creek’s Mike Kelley and Grand Blanc’s Jack Haggin tied for fifth with 155. Drake Lamphere and Jordan Harris shot 157, Cruz Ramin carded 158, and Thomas James and Evan Flood fired 159.
The last of the FJGA’s three elite tournaments, the Henrickson Award, will be held Monday at Atlas Valley Country Club. Zyber’s older sister, Haylee, won the girls’ title in that event last year.