Confidence boost: Ruef finishes strong
That’s exactly what Greg Ruef did in Tuesday’s finale of the Janesville Optimist Junior City Golf Tournament.
Ruef birdied the final hole at Riverside Golf Course to cap off a 1-under par round of 71 and a two-day total of 147 to easily win the boys 17-18 age division and the overall title.
Ryne Clatworthy finished with 36-hole total of 163 to win the boys 15-16 age group and was third overall. Jordan Brovick had rounds of 80 and 82 to finish second overall and in the 17-18 age division.
Jordan Gagg won the boys 13-14 division, and Brady Moldenhauer was the 11-12 division winner in the 9-hole format at Blackhawk Golf Course.
Katie Brossard, who has played on back-to-back Big Eight Conference championship teams at Janesville Parker, was the girls overall winner. Brossard fired a 79 on Tuesday to finish with a 159 total.
Taylor Utzig won the 15-16 girls, and Ashley Hermanns was the winner in the 13-14 girls.
Ruef, who will be a senior at Janesville Craig, said winning the tournament should boost his confidence with three more tournaments on tap over the next month.
“I know there weren’t a lot of golfers in the tournament, but it still feels good to win, and play well, too,” Ruef said. “My game was pretty consistent today, and my putting was the reason I was able to break par.”
Ruef, whose low round at Riverside is 69, birdied 14 and 18 as part of a 1-under 35 on the back. His lone bogey came at the difficult par 4, 16th.
“I think I made every putt inside five feet,” Ruef said. “It was just one of those rounds were things came together.”
With golf offered at both high schools, as well as at the three junior high schools, the turnout was poor for the annual junior city tournament. The cost of playing in the tournament was only $5 and that included lunch both days.
The numbers were especially low in the boys and girls 17-18 divisions, in which only five golfers were entered.
Optimist Junior City Tournament At Riverside Golf Course (72)
17-18—Greg Ruef, 76-71—147; Jordan Brovick, 80-82—162; Ron Ludwig, 87-100—187.
15-16—Ryne Clatworthy, 79-84—163; Gilbert Enriquez, 84-84—168; Peyton Graham, 98-88—186; Taylor Braun, 94-96—190; Peter Cooney, 98-93—191; Dustin Richards, 100-92—192; Brock Moldenhauer, 99-104—203; Andrew Schroeder, 117-105—222; Nathan Krueger, 114-109—223.
13-14—Jordan Gagg, 82-86—168; Hunter Salmon, 89-98—187; Nolan Moran, 98-93—191; Tommy White, 101-96—197; Drew Grassi, 97-102—199; Adam Bladorn, 116-104—220; Jordan Manthey, 126-115—241.
11-12—Brady Moldenhauer, 51-50—101; Nolan Aegerter, 77-76—153.
17-18—Katie Brossard, 80-79—159; Danielle Applebee, 106-101—207.
15-16—Jennifer Polglaze, 98-97—195; Taylor Utzig, 103-91—194; Katie Conroy, 119-117—236.
13-14—Ashley Hermanns, 109-108—217.