Golf News for Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | Tournaments

Jack Gianniny captures win at Preseason Junior at Blue Heron Hills in Macedon, N.Y.

MACEDON, N.Y. -- Jack Gianniny of Rochester, N.Y., earned medalist honors at the Preseason Junior at Blue Heron Hills after posting a 3-over-par 74 in the final round. Julia Ford of Shrewsbury, Mass., picked up her first AJGA win by four strokes at Blue Heron Hills Golf Club.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Preseason Junior at Blue Heron Hills was a 36-hole stroke play competition played on the par-71 course at Blue Heron Hills Golf Club. The event featured 63 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-18, from 16 states, Canada and Mexico. The Boys Division played the course at 6,538 yards while the Girls Division played the course at 5,958 yards.

The Preseason Junior at Blue Heron Hills is one of 12 events held as part of the IMG Golf Academy Preseason Series. The IMG Academy Preseason Series is a series designed specifically for first-time AJGA members or those members who have not yet been accepted to an AJGA Open event in the current calendar year and/or the previous calendar year.

Gianniny entered the day in a seven-way tie for second and three strokes back of first-round leader, Steven Weingroff of Upper Saddle River, N.J. He vaulted himself into the lead after knocking in two birdies against one bogey en route to a front-nine 1-under-par 35.

"I was hitting it good and confident, I've had too many times where I have a good first round and miss in the second," said the Pittsford Sutherland junior. "It's good to have a tournament so close to home and it's a great opportunity to win my first one near home."

Despite his one bogey and two double-bogeys on the back-nine, a 3-over-par 74 in the final round was enough for Gianniny to notch his first AJGA win.

"I learned a lot about my game, focused on my mental game and had a good performance here," Gianniny said. "After those double bogeys I just took deep breaths and realized I don't get these opportunities every day. I felt confident in my putting, that I could make anything I looked at."

Weingroff tied for second alongside Gunnar Doyle of Pittsford, N.Y., Xuzhong Li of (China) Bradenton, Fla., and Troy Miller of Turners Falls, Mass., with each carding 8-over-par 150. Jeremy Walsh of Tequesta, Fla., finished in sixth at 9-over-par 151, while Kyle Berkshire of Crofton, Md., and Max Clift of Kitchener, Ontario, tied for seventh at 10-over-par 152. Brett Krekorian of Andover, Mass., finished one stroke back to take ninth place and John YounSung Kim of (South Korea) Toronto, Ontario, rounded out the top 10 at 12-over-par 154.

Ford held a one-stroke lead after posting a 6-over-par 77 in the first round. She erased one stroke off her card in the final round, tallying consecutive birdies on Nos. 7 and 8 before finishing at 5-over-par 76.

"I was pretty confident coming in to today that I was going to play well, but I never expected to finish as high as I did," said Ford, who was competing in her first AJGA event this week. "My putting set me apart from the competition and it was nice to know I was going to make a lot of them."

Daniella CastaƱeda of (Colombia) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., took second place with a 15-over-par 157. Ana Paula Ramirez of Pachuca, Mexico, finished one stroke back at 16-over-par 158 to claim third place.

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MACEDON, N.Y. -- Final results from the Preseason Junior at Blue Heron Hills conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Blue Heron Hills Golf Club.

Boys Par: 36-35--71. Yardage: 6538. Rating: 71.1. Slope: 127
Girls Par: 36-35--71. Yardage: 5958. Rating: 71.2. Slope: 123

Boys Division
Jack Gianniny, Rochester, N.Y. (2014) 75-74--149 +7
Troy Miller, Turners Falls, Mass. (2013) 78-72--150 +8
Gunnar Doyle, Pittsford, N.Y. (2016) 78-72--150 +8
Xuzhong Li, Bradenton, Fla. (2015) 76-74--150 +8
Steven Weingroff, Upper Saddle River, N.J. (2016) 72-78--150 +8
Jeremy Walsh, Tequesta, Fla. (2014) 78-73--151 +9
Max Clift, Kitchener, Ontario (2015) 78-74--152 +10
Kyle Berkshire, Crofton, Md. (2015) 75-77--152 +10
Brett Krekorian, Andover, Mass. (2014) 81-72--153 +11
John YounSung Kim, Toronto, Ontario (2014) 75-79--154 +12
Mitchell King, Kingston, Ontario (2013) 78-77--155 +13
Tripp French, Dayton, Ohio (2014) 78-77--155 +13
Eric Marshall, Ottawa, Ontario (2014) 75-80--155 +13
Eamon Marone, Belvidere, N.J. (2013) 78-78--156 +14
Nathan Tenpas, Chevy Chase, Md. (2014) 76-80--156 +14
Zachary Scala, Ballston Spa, N.Y. (2014) 80-77--157 +15
Wesley Day, Ajax, Ontario (2014) 75-82--157 +15
M. Shabaz Khan, Westerville, Ohio (2014) 85-73--158 +16
Tucker Fox, Cordova, Tenn. (2014) 75-83--158 +16
Colin Warren, Rockville Centre, N.Y. (2013) 81-77--158 +16
Austin Green, Scotland, Pa. (2014) 83-76--159 +17
Bryce Johnson, Oakton, Va. (2014) 77-82--159 +17
Mark Lesinski, Getzville, N.Y. (2013) 82-78--160 +18
Jackson Harrower, Armonk, N.Y. (2016) 81-79--160 +18
Nicholas Maff, Bethlehem, Pa. (2016) 83-78--161 +19
Christopher Frame, Pittsford, N.Y. (2014) 79-82--161 +19
Oliver Shih, Saddle River, N.J. (2014) 84-78--162 +20
Jason Schantz, Rochester, N.Y. (2014) 82-80--162 +20
Gavin Dugas, Pittsfield, Maine (2015) 75-88--163 +21
Andrew Sciarretta, Wilton, Conn. (2016) 81-82--163 +21
Aaron Schauger, Grand Island, N.Y. (2013) 85-79--164 +22
Blake Reifsnyder, Sinking Spring, Pa. (2015) 79-85--164 +22
Peter Scrimgeour, Williston, Vt. (2014) 80-84--164 +22
Brendan Bacskai, Berwyn, Pa. (2015) 82-82--164 +22
David Silvestro, Hamilton, Ontario (2014) 86-79--165 +23
Daulton Wickenden, Rockport, Maine (2015) 84-81--165 +23
Jonathan MacDonald, Mississauga, Ontario (2014) 78-87--165 +23
Joshua Madarang, Chester Springs, Pa. (2015) 80-85--165 +23
John Barone, Dunmore, Pa. (2014) 85-81--166 +24
Matthew Lesinski, Getzville, N.Y. (2014) 84-82--166 +24
Preston Shortell, Oxford, Conn. (2015) 90-76--166 +24
Nathan Guzman, Washington, D.C. (2014) 84-82--166 +24
Kyle Allan, Wayne, Pa. (2013) 83-83--166 +24
Thaddeus Link, Newington, Conn. (2014) 80-87--167 +25
Stephen DePasquale, Massapequa, N.Y. (2015) 88-80--168 +26
Brad Belote, Lancaster, N.Y. (2015) 84-84--168 +26
Matthew Yustin, Gormley, Ontario (2015) 82-86--168 +26
Jake Ratti, Hanover, Mass. (2015) 86-83--169 +27
Justin Theilig, Hurley, N.Y. (2015) 84-86--170 +28
Piran Adi, Frisco, Texas (2015) 83-87--170 +28
Devon Neudorf, Virgil, Ontario (2014) 85-87--172 +30
Trevor Dobrzenski, Eden, N.Y. (2014) 87-85--172 +30
Grant Brongo, Spencerport, N.Y. (2016) 89-86--175 +33
Brandon Nasatir, Highland Park, Ill. (2014) 91-84--175 +33
Kevin Siegel, Fairport, N.Y. (2014) 86-90--176 +34
Stephen Hunt, Wilbraham, Mass. (2015) 84-93--177 +35
Sean Farren, Brielle, N.J. (2015) 90-87--177 +35
Andrej Erkelens, Pittsford, N.Y. (2016) 87-91--178 +36
Brandon Wheeler, Southington, Conn. (2014) 88-91--179 +37
Daniel Wendelboe, Wilton, Conn. (2015) 102-88--190 +48
Jack Fox, Ballston Spa, N.Y. (2015) 99-94--193 +51
Nicholas Vecellio, Fogelsville, Pa. (2014) 107-97--204 +62
John Park, Wayne, N.J. (2016) 99-108--207 +65

Girls Division
Julia Ford, Shrewsbury, Mass. (2016) 77-76--153 +11
Daniella CastaƱeda, Howey in the Hills, Fla. (2014) 79-78--157 +15
Ana Paula Ramirez, Pachuca, Mexico (2016) 80-78--158 +16
Anna Grace Lavy, Fayetteville, Ark. (2015) 82-78--160 +18
Nikki Long, San Antonio, Texas (2014) 87-74--161 +19
Krystal Knight, Groveland, Mass. (2015) 86-77--163 +21
Marah Penn, Hamburg, N.Y. (2015) 83-81--164 +22
Sophie DiPetrillo, Dover, Mass. (2015) 78-87--165 +23
Logan Otter, Saint Peters, Mo. (2015) 84-83--167 +25
Linda Wang, Fresh Meadows, N.Y. (2016) 87-81--168 +26
Haley Barclay, Strathroy, Ontario (2018) 82-87--169 +27
Sara Riso, Hamburg, N.Y. (2015) 81-88--169 +27
Chloe DiPetrillo, Dover, Mass. (2015) 88-82--170 +28
Rachel Corry, Ridgefield, Conn. (2015) 87-84--171 +29
Laura Burke, Princeton, N.J. (2014) 88-84--172 +30
Diana McDonald, Kingston, Ontario (2016) 96-77--173 +31
Victoria Parker, Lewiston, N.Y. (2015) 87-88--175 +33
Chandler Gallagher, Kansas City, Mo. (2014) 90-87--177 +35
Sarah Bothner, Rochester, N.Y. (2015) 89-93--182 +40
Emily Corrigan, Irvington, N.Y. (2015) 93-95--188 +46
Caroline Hodge, Larchmont, N.Y. (2018) 95-101--196 +54