In this file photo, Alex Crowe of Fairbanks watches his putt on the second green at Marysville Golf Club. Crowe tallied an 1-under-par 71 to win the third match in the Heart of Ohio Junior Golf circuit Wednesday. (Journal-Tribune photo by Sam Dillon)
The Heart of Ohio Junior Golf Association made their annual tour stop at the Marysville Golf Club recently where local golfer Alex Crowe of Fairbanks took the top spot with 1-under-par 71 in the 16-18 division.
Crowe tallied six birdies with his first coming at the 194-yard par-3 second hole. He followed up with a birdie at the 348-yard par-4 third hole. Crowe continued to cruise on the front nine picking up birdies on the par-5 fifth and seventh holes to take at 4-under-par 32 into the back nine.
The Panther golfer found a pair of early birdies on the 11th and 12th holes to move to 5-under-par, but Crowe struggled one the 13th to the 16th holes picking up four bogies. Crowe was able to par out the remainder of the course to turn in a 71.
The win is the second in a row for him. Crowe turned in a 1-under-par 71 last week at the Golf Club of Bucyrus.
Brother to Alex, Andrew Crowe, took 10th place in the 16-18 division with a 9-over-par 81. Andrew tallied nine pars, while fellow Fairbanks golfer Tyler Ufferman took 12th place at Marysville with a 15-over-par 87. Ufferman found the bottom of the cup eight times for par.
In the 13-15 division Fairbanks golfer Chase Brackenridge finished as the runner-up with a 5-over-par 77. Grant Bentley won the division with a 2-over-par 74.
Brackenridge tallied three birdies in the match, with the first coming on the 280-yard par-4 fourth hole. Brackenridge followed up with a birdie on the 475-yard par-5 fifth hole. He finished up the front nine with a birdie on the 338-yard par-4 ninth hole to take a 1-over-par 37 into the back nine. Brackenridge picked up six pars on the backside of the course, but a double bogie at the 17th hole dropped Brackenridge to 4-over-par 40.
Devin Emans finished his day with an 103 to take 16th place in the 13-15 division.
In the 12 and under division Colin Buchholz of Fairbanks stroked his way to 59 to take fifth place during the nine-hole match.
The next HOJGA tournament is scheduled at Veterans Memorial Park Golf Course at Kenton on July 1.