Small field for Janesville Optimists Junior City Golf Tournament
Only 27 junior golfers played in the 36-hole tournament hosted at Riverside and Blackhawk golf courses Monday and today.
Greg Ruef didn’t care about player numbers and posted a stellar 4-over-par 76 for the tournament’s low round.
Ryne Clatworthy posted a 79 to lead the 15-16-year-old division and Jordan Gagg carded an 82 to lead the 13-14 boys division. Katie Brossard posted an 80 to lead the 17-18 girls, Jennifer Polglaze fired a 98 to lead the 15-16 girls and Ashley Hermanns carded a 109 as the lone entrant in the 13-14 girls division.
At Blackhawk, Brady Moldenhauer fired a 51 and Nolan Aegerter carded a 77 for the nine-hole 11-12 division.
Ruef, who will be a senior this fall at Janesville Craig High School, played the 17-18 year-old division with Jordan Brovick and Ron Ludwig, the division’s other two entrants.
Brovick carded an 80, while Ludwig posted an 87. The cozy threesome said they didn’t mind not having to worry about a slew of competitors.
“I had no problem with it,’’ Ruef said.
Ruef took a cold slap in the face with triple bogey to open his round.
“It was not a good start,” said Ruef who was Craig’s No. 1 golfer last spring with a 76 average. “I had three straight pars and I was back to normal.’’
Ruef birdied holes 6, 7, 10, 14 and 17 to come up with the leading number. Ruef won the 15-16 division last year and finished second overall.
Looking back at the bad start, Ruef was disappointed but had little regret.
“It’s only one hole,” Ruef said with a shrug.
While Ruef smoothed over his bad hole, Brovick stewed over his missed opportunity.
“I missed a two-foot putt for an eagle on 14,” Brovick said, shaking his head. “I putted horrible.’’
Clatworthy added a pair of birdies en route to his 79 to lead the 15-16 division. Clatworthy, who earned a seven-shot victory in the 13-14 division last year, has a five-shot lead over Gilbert Enriquez, who carded an 84. Taylor Braun followed with 94.
Clatworthy is paired today with Ruef, Brovick and Ludwig and is slated to tee off in the last foursome at 9:45 this morning at Riverside.
Brossard, who will be a senior at Janesville Parker, holds a commanding 26-stroke lead over Danielle Applebee, the only other competitor in the 17-18 girls division.
Like the others Brossard didn’t complain about the lack of competition.
“It’s a busy week for a lot of people,” Brossard said.
Optimist Junior City Tournament At Riverside Golf Course (72)
17-18—Greg Ruef, 40-36—76; Jordan Brovick, 40-40—80; Ron Ludwig, 44-38—87.
15-16—Ryne Clatworthy, 41-38—79; Gilbert Enriquez 42-42—84; Taylor Braun 48-46—94; Peter Cooney, 49-49—98; Peyton Graham, 48-50—98; Brock Moldenhauer, 50-49—99; Dustin Richards, 49-51—100; Nathan Krueger, 59-55—114; Andrew Schroeder, 64-53—117.
13-14—Jordan Gagg, 42-40—82; Hunter Salmon, 44-45—89; Drew Grassi, 48-49—97; Nolan Moran, 51-47—98; Tommy White, 49-52—101; Adam Bladorn, 63-53—116; Jordan Manthey, 66-60—126.
11-12 (nine holes at Blackhawk)—Brady Moldenhauer, 51; Nolan Aegerter, 77.
17-18—Katie Brossard, 40-40—80; Danielle Applebee, 55-51—106.
15-16—Jennifer Polglaze 51-47—98; Taylor Utzig, 51-52—103; Katie Conroy, 59-60—119.
13-14—Ashley Hermanns, 54-55—109.