MINERAL WELLS, W.Va. - Marietta's Garrett Bertram put together a spectacular 2-over par round of 73 here Wednesday at Woodridge Golf Club to capture the final Mid-Ohio Valley Junior Golf Association tournament and in the process claim the $1,000 scholarship for the 16-18 age group.
Although Ravenswood 14-year-old Alex Easthom actually led the 16-18 overall summer standings with 135 points to win the division, he wasn't eligible to receive scholarship money.
Bertram finished with 127 points and Noah Smith had 123, which allowed him to collect the $500 scholarship.
JAY W. BENNETT Special to The Times
Garrett Bertram won Wednesday’s final MOVJGA event at Woodridge Golf Club, and earned a $1,000 scholarship.
"Alex, this is his first time shooting in the 80s in all the tournaments. That's crazy," said Bertram, who shot one-over on each side and was followed by Cameron Bosner (77), Dylan Cress (80) and a pair of 81s from Easthom and Mac McCormick, who shared fourth.
"I just went out and stayed loose, I guess. I didn't think about it (winning $1,000) honestly. We were just having fun and playing together. When it's fun, you play way better I think."
Despite not having his best day on the course, Easthom was more than happy to become the youngest MOVJGA 16-18 age division champion. Last year, he won the 13-15 division and the year before he captured that same title when he played up an age bracket instead of competing in the 12-and-under group.
Mid-Ohio Valley Junior Golf
Association at Woodridge, par 71
Garrett Bertram 36-37=73
Cameron Bosner 40-37=77
Dylan Cress 39-41=80
Alex Easthom 39-42=81
Mac McCormick 43-38=81
Trevor Gorrell 41-44=85
Alex Branham 44-43=87
Noah Smith 40-48=88
Isaac Trader 48-48=96
Dalton Smith 49-47=96
Turner Schilling 50-51=101
TOP SEVEN FINAL SEASON STANDINGS: Alex Easthom* 135, Garrett Bertram ($1,000) 127, Noah Smith ($500) 123, Mac McCormick 114, Dylan Cress 84, Cameron Bosner 81, Trevor Gorrell 74
* Denotes not eligible for college scholarship
Chance Shears 38-42=80
Jordan Welch 37-44=81
Logan Clegg 43-38=81
Heath Hill 44-43=87
Caleb Scharff 42-46=88
Kenzie Dietz 47-47=94
Jordan Mader 44-50=94
Cody Greathouse 47-60=107
Brianna Hart 63-63=126
TOP SEVEN FINAL SEASON STANDINGS: Logan Clegg 137, Heath Hill 97, Chance Shears 88, Caleb Scharff 79, Todd Burner and Jordan Welch 41, Kenzie Dietz and Cody Greathouse 25
12-and-under (front nine, par 35)
Zach Redmon 39
Grant Hussey 46
Blake Snyder 46
Hunter Cowan 50
Mace Busch 52
Daniel Wharton 61
Kelsey Smith 61
Dustin Corley 63
Ben Trader 66
TOP SEVEN FINAL SEASON STANDINGS: Zach Redmon 90, Blake Snyder 83, Mace Busch 62, Tyler Bagley 56, Ben Trader 49, Kelsey Smith 47, Grant Hussey 33
"Definitely should've been better," Eastom said of his round. "Just bad drives, a couple bad wedges and some bad tee shots kind of hurt. But, I fought through it all."
Trevor Gorrell's 85 was good for sixth and he was followed by Alex Branham (87) and Noah Smith (88).
In the 13-15 age group, Chance Shears posted an 80 to nip runners-up Jordan Welch and Logan Clegg by a single stroke. Clegg was the overall 13-15 champion with 137 points and already had the title in hand.
Heath Hill, who finished second on the season with 97 points, took fourth with an 87 on Wednesday, just ahead of Caleb Scharff's 88. Kenzie Dietz and Jordan Mader tied for sixth with respective 94s.
Zach Redmon concluded a fine 12-and-under season with a final round effort of 4-over par 39 on Woodridge's front nine. Redmon won the 12-under crown with 90 points. Blake Snyder was runner-up with 83 points.
Snyder actually tied Grant Hussey for second after they shot 46s. Hunter Cowan (50), Mace Busch (52), Daniel Wharton (61), Kelsey Smith (61), Dustin Corley (63) and Ben Trader (66) also competed in the 12-under bracket.