FLINT — Gabe Schiller shot consecutive 71s, and Ben Zyber turned in back-to-back 75s to earn the final two spots in the Flint Junior Golf Association’s season-ending tournament Wednesday at Swartz Creek Golf Course.
Schiller, a Davison graduate and Mott Community College All- American, took on Zyber, a Swartz Creek senior and winner of two FJGA tournaments this year, in an 18-hole match play final in the championship flight of the Jack Nicklaus Group. Creek grad and Oakland University sophomore Haylee Zyber met Grand Blanc resident and Powers Catholic senior Kristen Wolfe in the girls’ championship flight.
The three-day tournament started Monday, with Schiller scoring two eagles en route to a 1-under-par 71 for the first-round lead. He matched that score Tuesday for a 142 total, and Ben Zyber jumped from third place into the second spot with his second straight 75 for a 150 total that beat Grand Blanc’s Jordan Harris by two strokes. Alec Cramer was fourth in the 10-man field with 73-81-154, and Creek senior Jack Weller placed fifth with 78-78-156.
The rest of the boys’ scores were Mike Kelley 157, Lapeer East’s Drake Lamphere 158, Dan Olson and Noah Troyer 160 and Caleb Lindstrom 161.
Haylee Zyber dominated stroke play in the girls’ field with 76-77-153 to finish 12 strokes ahead of Wolfe. Davison grad Andrea Richards was third with 87-84-171, and Fenton’s Taylor Przybylowicz and Lapeer West’s Caycee Turczyn tied for fourth at 173. The rest of the girls’ scores were Mikayla Gilman 178, Morgan Storer 179, Kristin Loiselle 180 and Morgan Zloto 183.
The boys’ first flight final matched Mitchell Hughes against Ryan Fulton, after Hughes beat top seed Andrew Koerkel and Fulton ousted Nicholas Goyette, both by 5-and-3 scores Tuesday. Lapeer West’s Brad Szcesny took the top seed in the second flight and beat Kyle Davis, 5-and-3, while Grand Blanc’s Scott James edged Lapeer East’s Pat Ricchi, 1- up, in the other semifinal.
Grand Blanc’s Sierra Rush beat top seed Mackenzie Chappell, 4-and-3, in the girls’ first flight to reach the final against Tara Harding, who beat Reanna Barth, 5-and- 3. Hannah Joslin and Lauren Woods met in the second flight final.