Local youth have been working hard all summer on their golf games, and it has paid off handsomely as a number of them have experienced plenty of success on the links.
Hiland sophomore Dylan Kaufman earned his first victory on the First National Bank Junior Golf Tour boys 13-15 age group by carding a two-under-par 69 at Carroll Meadows in Carrollton on Thursday, July 6. His score was one stroke ahead of Garaway youngster Rendall Weaver, who carded a one-under-par 70. Carter Mishler was fourth with a 76.
In the boys 16-18 division at Carroll Meadows, Strasburg junior Mitch Neidenthal earned a win by firing a two-under-par 69. He easily crushed the field with Christian Bardo claiming the runner-up spot with a 74, which tied him with Strasburg’s Dylan Tucker. Another Tiger, Mike Neidenthal, was right behind with a 75 while Strasburg’s Calvin Willis fired off a 79 to tie for seventh. Hiland’s Johnny Mullet carded an 82, just placing outside of the top 10.
Over in the girls 16-18 division, Garaway’s Jocelyn Troyer produced a 76, good for second place at Carroll Meadows. She was beaten by champion Jordan VanMeter’s 74. Troyer’s Garaway teammate Leighann Williams shot an 87, good for sixth place overall.
At Hickory Flats Golf Course on June 29, Mitch Neidenthal claimed yet another boys 16-18 title, firing a 74 and winning in a playoff over Garaway senior Brevin Weaver. Tucker produced a 75, just one shot off of the pace. In the boys 13-15 bracket, Gabe Miller’s 79 was one shot better than Kaufman’s runner-up effort of 80. Garaway’s Mikey Blauch shot an 84 to place fifth while Weaver carded a 90. Hiland’s Bruce Yoder finished 10th with an 89.
Troyer picked up the win in the girls 16-18 division by firing a fine 77, defeating the field by 12 strokes in a runaway victory. Her Garaway teammates Kalyn Mast and Williams each shot 90 to tie for third.
At Willandale Golf Course on June 26, Brevin Weaver earned a runner-up spot by shooting a 75. That fell three shots shy of champion Alex German’s even-par 72. Mitch Neidenthal tied for third with a 75. Garaway’s Zach Immel posted a 77, which was good for seventh. Mike Neidenthal added an 80 along with Willis while Ben Koshmider of Garaway shot an 83.
Hiland’s Bruce Yoder posted the top score in the boys 13-15 division by firing a solid 76. That topped Rendall Weaver’s runner-up effort of 79 while Kaufman added an 81, good enough to place him third. Carter Mishler was fourth with an 82, and Mikey Blauch shot an 85.
Mackenzie Dale won the girls 16-18 division with a superb 73. Jordan VanMeter was second with a 75, and Troyer placed third with a 78. Williams and Mast carded respective scores of 82 and 86.
At River Greens Golf Course, Tucker was the top dog with a fine score of a two-over-par 74 while Mike Neidenthal earned a tie for fourth with a 79. Mitch Neidenthal was one stroke back at 80, good for a tie for seventh with Brevin Weaver. Hiland senior Claye Hummel shot an 86.
For the girls 16-18 division, Troyer was again third with a 77, and Mast carded an 82, good for fifth place.
Earlier Dylan Kaufman and Connor Ritter each shot a 70 to share the boys 13-15 division champion honors as the First National Bank Junior Golf Tour touched down at Zoar Golf Course on Thursday. Bruce Yoder was third with a 75, and Gabe Miller carded a 78 for fourth while Rendall Weaver posted a 79 for fifth. Carter Mishler and Bo Oreechio each had an 81 to tie for sixth.
In the boys 16-18 division, Mitch Neidenthal was first with a 75 as he topped Brevin Weaver and Devin Webster in a playoff. Brice Dennis and Dylan Tucker each shot a 76 for a fourth-place tie while Alex German and Mike Neidenthal each carded 77s to round out the top point getters.
In the girls 16-18 division, Mackenzie Dale carded a 71 to take first place, followed closely by Lexi Bubenchik with a 73. Troyer was third with a 74, and Jordan VanMeter finished fourth with a round of 80. Chloe Crone (81), Leighann Williams (87) and Kiley Dyer (89) rounded out the top seven.
The First National Bank tour kicked off in late May at Edgewater Golf Course, where Mitch Neidenthal tied Christian Barto for top honors with an 80, Barto winning in the playoff. Willis carded a 90 to just miss a top-10 spot. Carter Mishler won the boys 12-U title by firing a 42 and winning the tournament by 11 strokes.
Jocelyn Troyer took second in the girls 16-18 with an 82, just one shot off the winning pace set by VanMeter. Williams placed fifth.
Outside of the First National tour, Troyer found success in other avenues. In the East Central Ohio Jr. Classic, Troyer carded a fantastic score of 75 on day one of the two-day event. When rain washed away the second day, she was crowned the champion in the 16-18 girls division of the tournament.