Northern Ohio PGA Junior GolfJake Sylak of Mineral Ridge and Madison Reemsnyder of Canton both lead their divisions after the first round of the prestigious 37th NOPGA Junior Tour Championship at Club Walden.

The event is conducted by the Northern Ohio Section of the Professional Golfers Association of America.

Sylak, who will be a senior at Mineral Ridge High School, shot the day’s only sub-par round with a one-under 71 on Wednesday in the first of two rounds for players in the 16-19 age group. He holds a one-shot lead over Jay Magyari (Sagamore Hills) and Justin Atkinson (Brookfield) and a 3-shot lead over Nick Longano (Concord) and Michael Lee (Strongsville) heading into Thursday’s final 18 holes.

Reemsnyder, who will be a Junior at Glenoak High School, opened with an even-par 72 to hold a commanding four-shot lead over Walsh University’s Madison Ardelean and a five-shot margin over Green’s Rachel DiDonato.

All 62 players will return Thursday for the final round, competing for the Kenny Novak Memorial Trophy. They will be joined by 44 boys and girls who will be competing in the 11-15 age group. The younger players will compete over 18 holes.

Despite what happens in Thursday’s final round, Nick Longano and Mary Kelly Mulcahy already added a trophy to their collection as they were the respective winners of the Merrill-Lynch Shootout following their opening rounds.

The top eight boys and top seven girls in the first round standings qualified for the four-hole Merrill-Lynch Shootout. The players with the highest scores were eliminated on a hole-by-hole basis until one player were left as champion.

2020 NOPGA Boys Shootout
2020 NOPGA Boys Shootout contestants

On the boy’s side, Longano, a senior at St. Ignatius, and Colin Frimel (Medina) were the two finalists and Longano emerged as champion in a putting playoff after both made par on the final hole. Longano won when his attempt from about 45 feet was closer than Frimel’s.

2020 NOPGA Girls Shootout Contestants
2020 NOPGA Girls Shootout Contestants

For the girls, Mulcahy, who will be a senior at Lima Central Catholic, defeated her twin sister, Erin in a bunker playoff. Both girls are the daughter of Lima Shawnee Country Club pro Steve Mulcahy and were members of Lima Central’s state championship team.

 
Northern Ohio PGA Junior GolfROUND 1 RESULTS:
37th NOPGA Junior Tour Championship

Club Walden, Aurora, OH
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

BOYS 16-19:

(Par: 72 Distance: 6901 Rating: 75.0 Slope: 138)

1 Jake Sylak Mineral Ridge, OH 2021 34-37–71 -1
T2 Justin Atkinson Brookfield, OH 2020 36-36–72 E
T2 Jay Magyari Sagamore Hills, OH 2020 36-36–72 E
T4 Nick Longano Concord, OH 2021 39-35–74 +2
T4 Michael Lee Strongsville, OH 2021 38-36–74 +2
T6 Andrew Martin Westlake 2021 38-37–75 +3
T6 Kyle Freudeman Canton, OH 2021 40-35–75 +3
T8 Kamden Mowry Ashland, OH 2023 38-38–76 +4
T8 Colin Frimel Medina, OH 2019 38-38–76 +4
T10 Joshua Wright Fairlawn, OH 2021 39-38–77 +5
T10 Caden Scarbrough North Canton, OH 2021 39-38–77 +5
T12 Rendall Scott Weaver Sugarcreek, OH 2021 39-39–78 +6
T12 Josh Pethel Hudson, OH 2021 38-40–78 +6
T14 Mark Dilling Canton, OH 2019 39-40–79 +7
T14 Andrew Kaye Avon Lake, OH 2020 41-38–79 +7
T14 Benjamin Basta Hudson, OH 2021 41-38–79 +7
T14 Max Crookston Stow, OH 2021 39-40–79 +7
T18 Devon Starcher Wooster, OH 2022 39-41–80 +8
T18 Zachary Parker Medina 2022 40-40–80 +8
T18 Gavin Shamblen North Canton, OH 2022 39-41–80 +8
T18 Griffin Hrabak Medina, OH 2022 39-41–80 +8
22 Jack Gerborg Avon, OH 2022 37-44–81 +9
T23 Aaron Apticar Canal Fulton, OH 2020 43-39–82 +10
T23 Benjamin Lansinger Mogadore, OH 2020 42-40–82 +10
T23 Andrew Yard Hudson, OH 2022 43-39–82 +10
T23 Connor Malicki Avon, OH 2023 39-43–82 +10
T23 Dylan Dunn Stow, OH 2022 41-41–82 +10
T23 Michael Porter McDonald, OH 2022 42-40–82 +10
T29 Jaydon Thammachack Akron, OH 2020 44-39–83 +11
T29 Luke Radis Aurora, OH 2021 41-42–83 +11
T31 Clayton Greiner Brunswick, OH 2021 45-40–85 +13
T31 Preston Trumpler Medina, OH 2023 44-41–85 +13
T33 Griffin Braun Wooster, OH 2022 39-48–87 +15
T33 Kyle Salamon Medina, OH 2022 45-42–87 +15
35 Jake Shingledecker Masury, OH 2020 47-45–92 +20

GIRLS 16-19:

(Par: 72 Distance: 6069 Rating: 70.0 Slope: 127)

1 Madison Reemsnyder Canton, OH 2022 33-39–72 E
2 Madison Ardelean North Canton, Ohio 2019 38-38–76 +4
3 Rachel DiDonato Akron, OH 2021 38-39–77 +5
T4 Mary Kelly Mulcahy Lima, OH 2021 38-40–78 +6
T4 Amanda Ruminski Mansfield, OH 2021 37-41–78 +6
6 Isabella Goyette Medina, OH 2024 38-42–80 +8
T7 Erin Mulcahy Lima, OH 2021 40-41–81 +9
T7 Brooklyn Millard Aurora 2024 38-43–81 +9
9 Sophia Canale Fairlawn, OH 2019 41-41–82 +10
10 Kira Moore Mansfield, OH 2021 40-44–84 +12
11 Erin Strouse Louisville, OH 2022 42-43–85 +13
12 Samantha DeMuesy Clinton, OH 2022 41-45–86 +14
T13 Katie Bice Louisville 2021 45-43–88 +16
T13 Ellie McCoy Stow, OH 2021 44-44–88 +16
T13 Maren Seaholts Kent, OH 2022 42-46–88 +16
T13 Meaghan Grant Hudson, OH 2019 42-46–88 +16
T17 Lindsay Mayo Dublin, OH 2021 43-47–90 +18
T17 Grace May North Canton, OH 2021 42-48–90 +18
T19 Kenzie Gustas Hermitage, PA 2022 40-51–91 +19
T19 Abigail Blackburn North Canton, OH 2022 42-49–91 +19
T19 Alessandra Goyette Medina, OH 2022 45-46–91 +19
T22 Madison Gruber Louisville, OH 2021 44-48–92 +20
T22 Alyson Veverka Olmsted Twp, OH 2021 46-46–92 +20
24 Samantha Torres Olmsted Township, OH 2020 46-48–94 +22
25 Madelyn Wechter Huron, OH 2020 46-50–96 +24
26 Carly Ungaro Poland, OH 2020 47-56–103 +31
27 Ashley Kizzen Medina, OH 2022 51-54–105 +33

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