Yes, the temperatures were hot as more than 60 junior golfers played the fairways of Oak Knolls Golf Course in the final day of the 8th Matt Mishler Junior Portage County Amateur.
But it was the competitors that did the talking with their hot sticks that was memorable.
The day was highlighted by three eagles as four of the six divisions were won the local athletes.
BOYS 16 TO 19 AGE DIVISION
Evan Ferrara of Kent, a recent graduate of Kent Roosevelt who was a member of the Rough Riders PTC Metro Championship varsity golf team, climbed the leaderboard to earn the championship trophy with a slim one-stroke margin.
Ferrara started the morning at Oak Knolls with a one-stroke deficit behind Alex Avalon and Parke Barrnes, both of Aurora.
Ferrara was down going into the 9th, Par 5 hole at Oak Knolls.
“I had a long drive down the middle and used a five wood to put it near the green,” said Ferrara as he chipped the ball in for an Eagle.
That score evened the three golfers going into the back nine.
Ferrara ticked off seven pars on the back nine to finish with a three-over par.
Despite the double bogey on the final hole, Ferrara held on to win the championship.
Barnes, a senior for the Greenmen, fired a 79 and also scored an eagle during the tourney.
Stepping up to the 4th, Par 4 that was playing 313 yards, Barnes’ drive hit the pin and bounced away from the hole.
The short putt set up his final 79 that placed him in a tie with Nick Mandalari of Kent.
A scorecard playoff pushed Barnes into third place.
Mandalari had nothing quite as dramatic as an eagle but his solid play led him to the tie for second as his round included 12 pars and a birdie.
BOYS 13 TO 15 AGE DIVISION
It was a day for remarkable shots as Paul Harris, champion in the Boys 3 to 15 age division, also jotted down a three on a Par 5 for an eagle on Sunday.
Harris eagled the 9th hole but needed nothing that dramatic to lead the tournament through the entire 36 holes.
His final 155 gave him a cushion of nine strokes over runner-up Joey Vitali of Warren.
Harris is a member of the Walsh Jesuit Warriors varsity golf team.
Vitali, the defending champion of the division, seemed to be out of the championship after an initial round of 86 at Windmill Lakes included a pair of snowmen on his scorecard.
But the golfer from Warren found his swing on Tuesday with a round that included two birdies on his way to a 77 and a final score of 164.
That two-day total edged Kyle Smith of Kent, a sophomore on the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders team, by one stroke as Smith took home the third place medal.
GIRLS 16 TO 19
Chloe Wise, a junior on the Kent Roosevelt varsity girls captured the championship with a final round of 86 to top the 2014 champion Coreena Wise.
Chloe Wise finished with a final 168 while Coreena holed-out with a two-round total of 184.
GIRLS 13 TO 15
Taylor Ross of Salem was disappointed after her first round of 97 at Windmill Lakes but she managed to cut seven strokes off her first day, 18-holes to add a 90 at Oak Knolls for a 187 total to edge out previous leader Grace Thompson of Kent by two strokes.
Thompson was solid throughout both days, carding rounds of 94 and 95 for a 189.
The girls played 5,290 yards on Sunday at Oak Knollws at Kaitlyn Hawkins of Uniontown finished in third place with a 36-hole total of 201.
GIRLS 12 AND UNDER
How to play golf in the heat was demonstrated by the youngest girls.
Taking their time on the front nine at Oak Knolls, the girls demonstrated the epitome of good sportsmanship and the fun that golf offers.
The ultimate champion was Katie Bice, staying with her grandparents in Rootstown, so she can play in the Jr. Amateur for the second consecutive year.
Katie carded rounds of 52-54 for a 106 and the low rounds of the division.
Riley Courtheyn of Kent also found her way to a 54 on the final day for a final total of 109, good for second place with Braydn Harris of Kent just one-stroke behind to take home the third place medal.
BOYS 12 AND UNDER AGE DIVISION
While the older boys were playing 18 holes each day, the youngest age group shot their way around the front nine of both Oak Knolls and Windmill Lakes.
Darin Hudak of Tallmadge finished with a final 18-hole round of 78 while brothers Jacob Ryan and Nathan Ryan of Akron landed in second and third.
FINAL RESULTS BY AGE DIVISION:
8TH MATT MISHLER JUNIOR PORTAGE COUNTY AMATEUR
Windmill Lakes Golf Course, Ravenna, Ohio
Oak Knolls Golf Club, Kent, Ohio
July 29 – 30, 2015
BOYS 16 TO 19
Evan Ferrara, Kent 76-77 153
Parker Barnes, Aurora 75-79 154
Nick Mandalari, Kent 76-78 154
Alex Avalon, Aurora 75-80 155
Mike Furey, Twinsburg 79-83 162
Jimmy Hinton, North Canton 82-80 162
Cody Johnson, Streetsboro 81-82 163
Christopher Utrup, Uniontown 82-82 164
Justin Vaughan, Wadsworth 79-87 166
Morgan McIntyre, Ravenna 81-85 166
Jack Schroeder, Aurora 85-84 169
Dustin Buehler, Akron 90-80 170
Ryan Hostetler, Suffield 88-83 171
Ryan Wilson, Rootstown 88-85 173
Evan Chapple, Rootstown 90-86 176
Rusty Shaffer, Mogadore 86-90 176
Jeremy Thorn, Aurora 94-86 180
Ty Butler, Streetsboro 92-92 184
Jaret Golgosky, Ravenna 96-91 187
Nick Fisher, Kent 96-94 190
Floyd Radcliff, Deerfield 114-95 209
Michael Weber, Rootstown 119-127 246
GIRLS 16 TO 19
Chloe Wise, Kent 82-86 168
Coreena Wise, Kent 90-94 184
BOYS 13 TO 15
Paul Harris, Ravenna 78-77 155
Joey Vitali, Warren 86-78 164
Kyle Smith, Kent 79-86 165
Seth Ross, Salem 85-87 172
Laszlo Horvath, Atwater 88-85 173
Michael Avalon, Aurora 90-88 178
Carter Troyer, Kent 102-96 198
Griffen Wise, Kent 103-102 205
Scott Fenwick, Stow 109-96 205
Kyle Kubus, Cuyahoga Falls 112-100 212
Sam Kirbabas, Kent 110-111 221
Cameron King, Garrettsville 112-110 222
Blake Frasher, Mogadore 112-112 224
Casey Troyer, Kent 113-114 227
Mason Moldvay, Kent 115-112 227
John Wang, Hudson 110-118 228
Josh Fisher, Kent 116-113 229
Marek Seaholts, Kent 118-104 222
GIRLS 13 TO 15
Taylor Ross, Salem 97-90 187
Grace Thompson, Kent 94-95 189
Kaitlyn Hawkins, Uniontown 98-103 201
Brooke Harvey, Kent 95-108 203
Emma Picicco, Kent 102-105 207
Lauren Garner, Kent 104-109 213
Haley Brenner, Kent 111-95 206
BOYS 12 AND UNDER
Darin Hudak, Tallmadge 37-41 78
Jacob Ryan, Akron 40-49 89
Nathan Ryan, Akron 45-44 89
Jackson Holzapfel, Kent 45-51 96
Charlie Huscroft, Kent 48-47 95
Micah Shepard, Kent 63-68 131
GIRLS 12 AND UNDER
Katie Bice, Rootstown 52-54 106
Riley Courtheyn, Kent 55-54 109
Braydn Harris, Kent 55-55 110
Morgan Bauza, Kent 69-68 137