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Jocelyn Troyer is heating up as First National Bank Junior Golf Tour winds down

Jocelyn continues to make noise at the top of the leaderboard in the First National Bank Junior Golf Tour

The way she is playing right now, Garaway High School standout Jocelyn Troyer probably doesn’t want the annual First National Bank Junior Golf Tour to end.

After a sluggish start to the tour, Troyer has turned it on and added two more victories to her staggeringly impressive summer.

July 12 saw the tour head to Carroll Meadows Golf Course, and the tour also gave way to another pair of multiple tour tournament champions.

Strasburg senior Calvin Willis captured his second summer tour event in the boys 16-18 division by carving out a 76 at Carroll Meadows to claim a tight one-shot win over Hiland junior Bruce Yoder. Willis’ Tigers teammate Mitch Neidenthal was two shots back and tied for third with a 78 while Mike Neidenthal carded an 82. Dover’s Alex German added an 84.

Troyer, a Garaway All-Ohioan, remained red-hot, capturing her fourth consecutive tour title in the girls 16-18 division by firing off a 74. That was two shots better than runner-up Jordan Van Meter’s 76, and those two ran away from the field at Carroll Meadows.

AJ Wilkin and Garaway sophomore Rendall Weaver duked it out for the title in the boys 13-15 division with Wilkin eventually emerging the victor in a play-off. Hiland freshman Carter Mishler took third place with a 78, and the next closest score to that trio was an 86.

On July 19 the tour took a turn at Oak Shadows Golf Course, where the players had to tackle a difficult track.

In the boys 16-18 division, Carrollton’s Christian Barto took care of business handily in this one, firing a superb 74 to claim the title. Yoder continued his incredible pace of play by again claiming second with a 76. Garaway sophomore Zehnder Gibson took home third place with a 79 while Fairless’ Jordan DeLillo continued a stretch of strong and consistent play by taking fifth with an 82.

Mishler would finally get a win by firing a 75 to claim the crown in the boys 13-15 division. Weaver’s 79 tied Hiland freshman Brookston Hummel for third place along with Carter Begue while Conner Ritter grabbed second with a 78.

This time it took a play-off, but Jocelyn Troyer was able to fend off Kiley Dyer to score her fifth straight First National Tour title. Both players shot 80 while Maria Stufflebean was a shot back at 81.

Mikayla Weaver of Garaway shot a 49, making her the lone player in the girls 13-15 division to break 50.

The First National Bank Junior Golf Tour will finish up its eight-tournament slate with a Thursday, July 26 showdown at Wilkshire Hills Golf Course in Bolivar.

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