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Junior Golf: Crabtree goes out a winner

August 12, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • The Tri-State Junior Golf Association Tournament of Champions winners - from left, Noah Reeder (12-13 age division), Jake Darr (14-15) and Ryan Crabtree (16-18) - stand with Junior Golf Director Bill Hoffman on Monday at Beaver Creek Country Club.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — There were days five years ago when Ryan Crabtree first started playing golf and his scores would hit triple digits.

A little added height and weight paralleled Crabtree’s growth in the junior golf game and now, after five years, it’s time to say goodbye.

Crabtree, who will head to Hagerstown Community College, concluded his junior golf days with a successful defense of his 16-18 age-division title in the Tri-State Junior Golf Association Tournament of Champions on Monday at Beaver Creek Country Club.

Crabtree, a Williamsport graduate, posted a 4-over-par 76 for a one-stroke victory over Drew Miguel and Robert Fleming. Miguel was awarded second on the basis of matching back nine cards.

Jake Darr, of Middletown, Md., won the age 14-15 division with a 2-under-par 70 and Noah Reeder’s excellent 4-over-par 76 won the trophy in the age 12-13 division.

“I didn’t know what golf would be about when I started, but I’m satisfied where I am at right now,” said Crabtree, who was coming off a title in the WACO Juniors last week.

Crabtree, a winner at Black Rock during the season, held a tight 1-stroke lead to the finish on the par-3 14th hole — his last of the day — in the shotgun format.

He bogeyed the hole after a pulled tee ball that left him 4 over, but Miguel, playing one group ahead, had also bogeyed to go to 5 over.

“I thought a bogey would put me into a playoff,” Crabtree said. “The tee ball on 14 was probably the worst iron I hit all day.”

Crabtree had birdies on the par-4 No. 8 and par-5 15th and managed to save his score with several 4- to 5-foot, par-saving putts.

“I had some confidence from the weekend (playing WACO) with the putter,” he said.

For Darr, breaking par is not an uncommon theme with his game.

Ready to begin his sophomore year at Middletown, Darr had six birdies over the 6,400-yard layout.

“I was hitting the fairways,” Darr said. “I just have to learn to quit making bogeys.”

Darr had won two events during the season leading into the Tournament of Champions and has plans to continue on into college golf.

Reeder has been a regular winner in the 12-13 division, and he posted a 38-38 for his victory.

Crabtree and Erik Williams, who shot a 78, will be teammates at HCC, while Fleming and Devin Blackman, who had an 87, will team up at Shepherd University. Cody Trunkle, of Hancock, shot an 84 and will be playing at Allegany College of Maryland.


Tri-State Junior Golf Association
Tournament of Champions
At Beaver Creek Country Club
Par 72
Age 16-18
Ryan Crabtree    39-37-76
Drew Miguel    38-39-77
Robert Fleming    38-39-77
Erik Williams    38-40-78
Nik Steiner    40-38-78
Kyle Kerns    43-38-81
Cody Trunkle    43-41-84
Devin Blackman    44-43-87
Age 14-15
Jake Darr    34-36-70
Karsen Rush    36-40-76
Ryan Fleming    38-43-81
Nick Franki    42-43-85
Tyler Olsen    41-45-86
Dylan Cline    44-48-92
Rocky Moats    48-48-96
Age 12-13
Noah Reeder    38-38-76
Brett Baile    43-40-83
Mason Kidwell    43-43-86
Joshua Reeder    52-48-100
Elijah Reeder    51-53-104

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