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Nik Steiner wins WACO Juniors

August 09, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE |

HAGERSTOWN — Things could have gotten away from Nik Steiner on the 18th hole Thursday, but a clutch iron shot led to a bogey-saving putt.

Steiner captured the WACO Junior Golf Championship at Beaver Creek Country Club with a 7-over-par 79, one shot better than Chad Shindle’s 80.

“I hit the cart path on 18, had to re-tee and then hit a nice iron to the pin,” said Steiner, winning a WACO event for the second time this season.

His fourth shot from 120 yards came to rest about 12 feet from the pin on the dogleg 18th, and Steiner rolled in the putt for a bogey that saved him from falling into a tie with Shindle.

“I had a couple of double bogeys but I had three birdies, so today’s round was pretty good,” said Steiner.

Steiner will play this weekend in the WACO Championship, with a simple goal in mind.

“I’d like to shoot in the 70s,” he said.

Shindle actually held a lead after the front nine, shooting an even-par 36 before finishing the back with 44.

Finishing third was Nick Franki, with an 81.

Steiner, Shindle and Franki each received a $500 scholarship.

Ryan Crabtree, who has fourth, was the overall junior player of the year and received a $200 scholarship.

In the nine-hole championship, Vinny Steiner shot a 49 to win, and Matt Twigg shot a 39 to win the six-hole division.

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