By Mike Deak
WEST LAFAYETTE – The state is already getting used to it. The Johnson twins, Chloe and Faith, took the Central Junior Masters tournament by storm and made it look easy.
The incoming juniors from Evansville North High School were again center stage in taking the top two sports in the latest Howard Bailey Junior Golf Tour showcase, this time Sunday and Monday at Ackerman-Allen Golf Course on the campus of Purdue University.
Chloe won the tournament with a brisk two-day total of 138, buoyed by a numbing round of 64 on Sunday. Faith, the defending IHSAA state individual champion, used a 69 on Monday to rally back a 144 to finish second.
The next-closest score was a 152 by Northridge graduate Braedyn O’Dell, who shot a 39-38-77 on Monday to stand as the best of the rest. O’Dell fired a 75 on Sunday.
Locals Breanna Goss of Nappanee and Madison Keil of LaGrange both finished in a tie for 19th place with two-day scores of 170. Goss shot scores of 86 and 84, suffering from 17 bogeys and four double bogeys in her two days of work. Goss did slide in a birdie on the ninth on Monday, carding a three on the par-four layout.
Granger’s Delaney Wade tied for 24th with a 174.
The boys were on the course Monday afternoon wrapping up their tournament. No direct locals were on the slate, however North Manchester’s Owen Kruschwitz was among the field. He started his day tied for ninth after Sunday with a 75, four shots back of the lead held by Carter Smith of Sellersburg.
LIFESTYLE JUNIOR GOLF TOUR
The latest tour stop for the Lifestyle Tour landed at Knollwood Country Club in Granger Monday. In a largely local based tourney, the field was made up largely St. Joe and Elkhart County golfers.
The tour was made up of 12 divisions in both boys and girls flights.
Starting with boys 16-19, Goshen’s Parker Everingham matched LaGrange’s Tommy Curtis with an 81 to share medalist honors. A NorthWood trio also were in the field, with Cooper Wiens at 88, Kyle Cripe at 91 and Ben Vincent at 103.
The boys 14-15 group had Goshen’s Brayden Miller shoot an 82 while Nappanee’s Earl Williams had an 86.
Granger’s Colten Donze fired a 79 to take the boys 12-13 division, while Silver Lake’s Wes Parker had a 96 and Nappanee’s Caleb Vincent had a 118.
In the 10-11 group, Ben Divido of Elkhart shot a 35 in the nine-hole competition, with Syracuse’s Carson Scherer at 50 and Claypool’s Tanner Glennie at 75.
Switching gears to girls, Rosa Trippel of Mishawaka won the 16-19 group with a round of 80. Sisters Kristen Schrock and Kira Schrock turned in cards of 93 and 140, respectively.
In the 14-15 girls group, Kenna Kelsey of Granger had a 101 and Riley Kitson shot a 126.
In the 12-13 division, Nappanee’s Sophie Richmond won her group with a nine-hole score of 42.