The team of Ella Wong (JR), Mike Stickler, Patrick Flipovitz, Peter Eells, and Thomas Wong fired an incredible score of 29-26–55 (17 under par) to win the JR-4AM Team Division at Sand Ridge Golf Club in Chardon, OH.
The format is unique; the amateur foursome plays a scramble and the junior plays stroke play in a junior division, and the team score is the better ball of the scramble score or the junior score for each hole. The Stickler team posted 13 birdies and two eagles to claim the team title.
The second place team of Connor Gdovin (JR), Joe Del Balso, Ryan O’Donnell, Jeff Sewitke, and Kevin Huster, also had two eagles, but were two less in the birdie department to finish two back with an outstanding 15 under par performance.
FINAL RESULTS: North Coast Junior Tour
2020 NCJT Junior + 4AM Golf Classic
Sand Ridge Golf Club, Chardon, Ohio | Par 72, 6330 Yards
Thursday, July 9, 2020
JR-4AM Team Division
Stickler Team – 29-26–55 (-17)
Del Balso Team – 28-29–57 (-15)
Alspach Team – 27-31–58 (-14)
Trusso Team – 31-29–60 (-12)
Tomazic Team – 31-30–61 (-11)
Ferrell Team – 33-29–62 (-10)
Spaulding Team – 34-29–63 (-9)
Chapman Team – 32-33–65 (-7)
Riztenthaler Team – 36-33–69 (-3)
Eterovich Team – 34-35–69(-3)
Denny Spaulding Scholarship Awards
There was a lot of amazing golf played at the JR-4AM, but the highlight of the day is the Denny Spaulding Scholarship Awards. This year two scholarships were given.
Ella Wong won the big scholarship for $1,500
Connor Gdovin won the 2nd award worth $500
Ian Diffenbacher won in a one shot Closest to the Pin playoff to capture the JR-4AM Junior Division. He shot a comeback 34-39–73 (+1) to tie with Dominik Cosic 37-36–73 (+1) .
The one shot playoff was played from the patio to the flagstick on the 18th green. It was a 145 yard shot and Ian fired his winning shot to 12 feet from the hole, while Dominik’s ball just rolled over the back edge of the green.
Ian’s round got off to a slow start, making bogey on his first 3 holes until he made an eagle on the par 5 6th hole, and then followed up with a birdie on #9. Dominik got off to a hot start, making birdies on his first two holes, followed by back to back bogies to fall back to even par. Dominik went on to make 12 pars on his next 14 holes. Antonio Bodziony finished in 3rd place 37-38–75 (+3). Antonio had 3 birdies and 6 bogeys.
Ian Diffenbacher, 2019, Painesville, OH 34-39–73
Dominik Cosic, 2023, Painesville, OH 37-36–73
Antonio Bodziony, 2020, Mentor, OH 37-38–75
Connor Gdovin, 2021, Highland Hts, OH 34-42–76
Jake Caldwell, 2019, Solon, OH 38-40–78
Victor Alfieri, 2022, Kirtland, OH 38-42–80
Thomas Coyne, 2019, University Hts, OH 38-43–81
Wyatt Chapman, 2020, Mentor , OH 40-41–81
Dylan Himmel, 2021, Gates mills , OH 38-43–81
Ella Wong, 2023, Pepper Pike, OH 43-38–81
Drew Torzok, 2024, Kirtland, OH 42-45–87
Nick Zaller, 2020, Mentor, OH 47-41–88
Jack Spiegle, 2022, cleveland, OH 43-48–91
Jacob Potts, 2021, Parma, OH 49-54–103
Aaron Schulz, 2022, Kirtland, OH 48-55–103