AREAWIDE –Golfers in the 5- and 9-hole divisions of the Flint Junior Golf Association summer league competed in their final tournaments of the season last week at various golf courses across Genesee County. All six of the groups within the divisions competed on Monday and Tuesday to determine new champions. Golfers in all 5-hole division groups as well as the 9-hole division’s Zach Johnson group competed at Swartz Creek while the 9-hole Michelle Wie and Phil Mickelson groups competed at Kearsley and The Jewel, respectively.
The 5-hole Paula Creamer group saw Lainey Madill top Scarlett Tanner in the championship flight 3 & 2. In the first flight, Ryan Garrett defeated Sara Hoinka 2 & 1. Chloe Jewell topped Elliot Klott in the second flight, Brielle Roberts won the third flight one-up over Quinn Sitko and Grace Evanoff defeated Kayla Kinney 2 & 1 in the fourth flight.
In the Bubba Watson group, Evan Calderaro took the victory, going one-up over Devon Rigterink. Chase Couchman won the second flight, finishing one-up over Dexter Hartwell. The third flight was won by Braxton Edwards, who finished one-up over Braylen Brown. Gabriel Catalogna finished one-up over Rishi Manikandan in the fourth flight, Carter Klott finished three-up over Benjamin Kelbel in the fifth flight, Camden Novak defeated Evan Stefanic in the sixth flight by going three-up and Cole Houser finished three-up over Connor Blandford to win the seventh flight.
Joseph Merz came out on top in the championship flight of the Tiger Woods group, finishing two-up over Alec Coenen. Devin Ales defeated Benjamin Hager in the first flight, going two-up. Keinen Melton won the second flight, going two-up over Drew Younkin and Carter Will finished three-up over Brady Tibbits to win the third flight. John Pringle won the fourth flight oneup over Brennan Corcoran, Connor Woodruff finished on top of the fifth flight after finishing three-up on Daniel Fondren, Preston Balcer took the sixth flight one-up on Griffin Roeder, Griffin Frederick topped Owen Raymond in the seventh flight at three-up and Liam Ward finished one-up on Christopher Thorpe to take the eighth flight.
For the 9-hole divisions, Brook Herbstreit came out victorious over Halee Frame in the championship flight of the Michelle Wie group. Alexandra Sexton defeated Charis Jones to win the first flight, Darielle Miller defeated Ramsey Lechota in the second flight, Zoie Karayanis won the third flight over Journei Daniels, Kylie Eaton defeated Emmalyn Scrivener in the fourth flight and Talia Tetmeyer topped Katelyn Jacot to win the fifth flight.
Brayden Powell took the first flight in the Zach Johnson group, finishing one-up on Tyler Gist. Tyler Chapman finished on top in the second flight, defeating Drew Schultz 4 & 3. Josh Rechsteiner finished 4 & 3 over Jaxon Goss to take the third flight and Caden Boychuck finished 3 & 1 over Jakob Ethington to win the fourth flight.
For the Phil Mickelson group, Ranveer Ajimal came away with the victory in the championship flight, finishing 5 & 3 over Sawyer Kochan. Nicholas Kurtiak defeated Carson Hennessey one-up in the first flight, Carson VanDever went one-up on Austin Bishop to win the second flight, Tristan Glann finished two-up on David Wright for the victory in the third flight and Ryan Garvey defeated Brendan Glann 3 & 2 to secure the fourth flight victory.
Golfers in the 18-hole Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus groups competed in their end-of-the-season tournaments through yesterday, but were not yet finished as we went to press. For full results of each tournament, visit www.fjga.org.