SWARTZ CREEK – The second round of the Flint Junior Golf Association’s (FJGA) Match Play tournament was held at Swartz Creek Golf Course Tuesday, as the top-four qualifiers in each flight from Monday’s opening round were pitted against one another. The winners moved on to play in Wednesday’s final round, held well after we went to press.
In the girls’ championship flight, Goodrich’s Morgan Swett defeated Keegan Miller by finishing 1-up after 19 holes. In the other semifinal, Davison’s Isabel Mabry defeated Lapeer’s Brooke Gibbons, also 1-up, to advance. The girls’ first flight saw Goodrich’s Madison Brigance defeat Caylee Ries of Davison 5 & 4 to advance and face Kearsley’s Emma Bishoff, who finished 1-up on Gabby Ropp. In the second flight, Flint Powers’ Alexandra Sexton finished 2-up on Goodrich’s Halle Moore and Goodrich’s Madeline Swett finished 6 & 5 against Abigail Britton. The third flight semifinals saw Emily Wilson defeat Ramsey Lechota 8 & 6 and Chloe Evoy defeat Alexandra Kekel by a score of 2-up.
In the boys’ championship flight, Goodrich’s Trent Barth defeated Ranveer Ajimal of Grand Blanc 5 & 4. The other semifinal finished with Grand Blanc’s Nick Bruett defeating Grand Blanc’s Brendan Silpoch 2 & 1. In the first flight, Sean Spidle defeated Davison’s Craig Banes 3 & 2 and Lapeer’s Jake McGeary defeated Grant Foren of Grand Blanc 5 & 4.
Noah Ruddy defeated Davison’s Jack Banes 7 & 6 in the boys’ second flight semifinal, while Flushing’s Max Baxter defeated Grant Carr 2 & 1 in the other semifinal. In the boys’ third flight, Coy Wilson defeated Austin Bishop 2 & 1 and Nathan Reynolds finished 2-up on Elijah Beland to advance. Nicholas Carson had a bye in the boys’ fourth flight and Jayden Jones defeated Grant Deaton 2 & 1. The boys’ fifth flight saw Clayton Wistuba win by withdrawal over Landon Joyce and Kory Knickerbocker defeat Nick Moyer 10 & 8.
The semifinalists were determined by the four lowest scores carded in each division during Monday’s opening round, also held at Swartz Creek Golf Course.
In the girls’ championship flight, Keegan Miller finished atop the leaderboard with a 77. Gibbons qualified second with a 78, Mabry was third with an 80 and Morgan Swett qualified in fourth with an 80. Other scores included an 82 from Kearsley’s Grace Hoffman, an 83 from Goodrich’s Elizabeth Gibbs and an 84 from Swartz Creek’s Neeley Peterson.
In the girls’ first flight, Brigance finished as the No. 1 seed with an 85 and was followed by Bishoff with an 87, Ropp with a 91 and Ries with a 100. In the second flight, Moore qualified first with a 91, Britton was second with a 92, Madeline Swett was third with a 94 and Sexton was fourth with a 101.
The boys’ championship flight saw Barth qualify as the No. 1 seed after finishing with a 76. Andrew Nestor of Flushing finished with a 77 to qualify as the No. 2 seed but had to withdraw from the tournament due to a prior commitment. Taking Nestor’s spot as the second seed was Bruett, who also finished the day with a 77. Silpoch qualified as the No. 3 seed with a 79 and Ajimal qualified fourth with an 80. Other scores included an 81 from Swartz Creek’s Cameron Beckwith and an 85 from Davison’s Travis Gist.
Spidle took the top spot in the boys’ first flight with an 80. Finishing second was Andrew Lum of Flushing with an 83, though he also had to withdraw from the rest of the tournament due to a prior commitment. Foren took over as the No. 2 seed with an 83 Monday, McGeary finished third with an 86 and with an 87 was Craig Banes. The boys’ second flight was won by Ruddy with an 82, while Baxter finished second with an 86, Carr third with a 91 and Banes fourth with a 100.
Be sure to check back next week for a full recap of Wednesday’s finals. For full results, visit www.fjga.org.