A month and a half and 10 events ago, the Blue Water Junior Golf Tour started with a heavy dose of low scores.
On Monday in the BWJGT’s finale – the Tournament of Champions at Port Huron Elks – the season ended with a bang as previous top-three finishers decorated the leaderboard with even lower scores.
Among the standouts was rising Port Huron Northern junior Megan Randolph, who broke a 14-year-old women’s course record with her 75.
“I was really focused and thinking each shot through before I hit my shot,” Randolph said, who recently broke 80 for the first time just last week.
That score was good to win the 14-and-up girls A Flight division, and right behind her was Algonac’s Kaity Rittner, who shot a 76 – the previous women’s course record.
“This A group of girls – I mean look at their scores,” BWJGT coordinator Wendy Palmateer said. “They’ve reached their all-time lows, and at a difficult course.”
The low round of the day came from Sterling Heights’ Justin McCown, who took his fifth boys 16-and-up title of the summer with a one-under 71. In second was Marine City’s Nolan Gilbert and his 82.
“I hit the ball really well,” McCown said. “Everything just came together today.”
Fort Gratiot’s Mike Ward took the 14-15 boys division with an 82 for his first win of the summer, and behind him was Deckerville’s Wyatt Watson with a 90.
Fort Gratiot’s Mitchell Hilbrandt also took home the 14-15 boys 9 hole division with a 45, and fellow Fort Gratiot resident Nathan VanBuskirk was in second with a 50.
Dryden’s Lindsey Albrecht took the 14-and-up girls B Flight division title with a 97, and Macomb’s Allison Gottshall was in second with a 101.
Fort Gratiot also had another winner in the 12-13 boys division as Ryan McNeill’s 41 won him the title. Right behind him was Sandusky’s Christian Long who carded a 42.
“I just focused on my game more (this summer),” McNeill said. “What was really good today was just my irons.”
Grosse Pointe Farms’ Sabel Imesch won the 12-13 girls flight with a 53, and Romeo’s Brandi Kautz took second place with a 59.
Clinton Township’s Grant Libstaff earned his fourth win of the summer in the 10-11 boys division, swinging to a 40. That score edged out Richmond’s Brice Wesley and Clinton Township’s Trevor Missig’s 43 to tie them for second place.
Romeo’s Jesse Kautz took first in the 10-11 girls flight with a 57, and Fort Gratiot’s Amolia Rossow earned second place with a 62.