Playoff settles Ohio Junior Championship
Topher Reed (NE Ohio Golf)
Rising high school junior Topher Reed has plenty of momentum rolling his way as we inch closer to the fall golf season.
Beginning the two-day 36-hole event with a pedestrian even-par 70, Reed sat 5-shots behind the leaders. Knowing anything can happen in the world of junior golf, Reed kept his head down and posted a 4-under 66 which was accompanied by a lone bogey on the par-4 10th.
Reed's 66 was sneaky low as the majority of the top of the leaderboard fell to the wayside as five of the top six golfers posted scores over par, making room for Reed. Of the 12 scores under-par after day one, five stayed in red numbers after 36-holes.
As the leaders came in, Reed kept seeing his score move closer and closer towards the top of the leaderboard. Before he knew it, his 136 was atop the leaderboard, but not by itself. Both he and Wooster, Ohio native, Ben Cors tallied a 136 as the rest of the field could not piece together two consistent low numbers.
On the first playoff hole, Reed clutched up as he rolled in a birdie putt from 15-20 feet for the win.
"It means more than words can describe," Reed told St. Ignatius High School. "I can't thank the golf program at Ignatius enough. The coaching staff and team are unmatched. We're going to go deep this year in Columbus."
St. Ignatius teammate Nick Piesen finished third, two shots back of Reed.
Reed’s is currently ranked No. 670 in the AJGA rankings and has yet to commit to a university.
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36-hole stroke play championship for junior boys
separate divisions for ages 16-18 and 15 & under.
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