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Breed apart

August 12, 2003|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Christian Breed made the most of a special invitation to play in his hometown at the Tri-State Junior Golf Association Championship on Monday at Waynesboro Country Club.

The 18-year-old Breed conquered the elements and 6,266-yard par-72 layout with a 4-under par 68 to grab top honors in the 16-18 age division.

Chambersburg golfers won the other two divisions. Clayton Rotz posted a 1-under 71 to take the 14-15 division, and Tyler Straub carded a fine 3-over 75 to capture the 12-13 division.

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Breed, who had a shoulder injury earlier in the year, fed off a respectable final round 73 Sunday in the WACO and proceeded to a 2-under par through the first five holes before a deluge from the skies suspended play for 90 minutes.

It didn't stop Breed from closing with two additional birdies, thanks to a good driver and hot putter.

"I hit the ball solid, but I was hitting most all of my putts from 15 feet and in," said Breed, who also had confidence taking WACO champion Kevin Reiber to task.

"I'm not surprised with my score," Breed said. "I had the idea of beating the WACO champion."

Reiber, still "somewhat in the sky" after his weekend triumph, spent the round hovering around 1-under and ended at par 72 for third place.

"I'm pretty much shot for now," Reiber said of his recent binge of success that started a week ago with a junior title at Black Rock. "I'm taking a couple of days off. I'm still not back on earth after the WACO."

Former North Hagerstown golfer Mike Wade, who will be attending the University of Oregon as a walk-on this fall, snuck into second place with a 1-under par 71.

Rotz, who recently returned from the U.S. Junior Team Championships at St. Andrews, Scotland, blistered the Waynesboro back nine with a 3-under 33.

"I was happy how I played after the rain," Rotz said.

Straub had won two junior tournaments earlier and made it a hat trick with his best round of the year, which included an even-par 36 on the back nine.

"I felt good today and you needed to be at your best for this tournament," Straub said.

Breed, Reiber, Straub, Kellen Seligman and Andrew Burke all earned spots in the American Junior Golf Association tournament Sept. 21-22 at Black Rock.

TSGA president Don Mowen and tournament director Bill Hoffman presided over the awards ceremony to the division champions, sponsored by Landis-Gardner and its president, Dan Pheil.

Mowen also announced that Tri-State Junior Golfer of the Year honors went to Reiber.

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