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Local golfers excel this summer

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By Mike Farner

LOUISVILLE – The summer golf circuit, the Musselman-Dunne Golf Tour conducted by the Kentucky Junior Golf Foundation, came to positive finish last week for a number of local athletes.

     At the Tour Championship on Monday and Tuesday at Big Spring Country Club in Louisville, Mount Washington’s Ethan Breeden finished second with a 152 total, finishing just four strokes off the pace of winner Oliver Whatley of Louisville in the 15-16 boys’ division.

     In the 17-18 boys’ division, Shepherdsville’s Alex Nusz finished third overall with a 161 total. That was seven strokes off the pace set by winner Sawyer Crossfield of Paris, Kentucky.

     Breeden will be a junior at Bullitt East this fall while Nusz will be a senior at Bullitt Central. The two will be competing against each other this fall on their respective high school golf teams.

     In addition, in the 10-and-Under girls’ division, sisters Jenna and Chloe Estravillo finished second and third. Playing nine holes over two days, Jenna had a final total of 111 and was five strokes off the winning score of 106 posted by Amy Suo of Louisville. Chloe had a 131 total.

Player of the Year

     At the banquet following the two-day Tour Championship, the KJGF named its Players of the Year.

     Each player earned points from top ten finishes in the 18 events that were conducted during the spring and summer season.

     Nusz claimed that award in the boys’ 17-18 division, scoring 1,700 points to easily outdistance Crossfield who finished with 1,300 points. Over the season, 18 players participated in the program. Only four players in the state in the division scored more than 1,000 points.

     The 17-year old Nusz, who plays out of Heritage Hill Golf Course, played in eight events this season and never finished worse than third. Nusz won the second event at StrongCrest GC and also won events at the Old Silo GC and Oldham County CC.

     A Player of the Year award also went to Jenna Estravillo as she won the Under-10 girls’ division with 2,050 points from playing in nine events. Jenna won four of the nine events she was entered in and only finished third once. Her best score was a 43 for nine holes in an April event at the Oxmoor CC. She had a 95 in a two-day event at Charlie Vettiner GC two weeks ago.

       Chloe finished third in the Player of the Year points race with 1,625 points in nine events. Chloe won the April event at the Oxmoor CC and was second two other times.

     In the highly competitive 15-16 boys’ division, Breeden ended up finishing third in the Player of the Year battle. Over ten events, Breeden scored 1,507.50 points, just 30 points behind winner Oliver Whatley and 18 points behind Jay Kirchdorfer, both of Louisville.

     In his ten events, Breeden finished in the top 10 at each stop. He won the two-day event at Long Run GC that finished on June 13. That event was Breeden’s best score as he posted a 146 for two rounds. Breeden was second at an event at Seneca GC in May as well as the second place finish in the Tour Championship.

     In addition to those players, Mount Washington’s Zachary Taylor, a sophomore this fall, and Sam Wilson, a junior-to-be at Bullitt East, also played in events this season and posted top ten finishes. Taylor finished 30th out of 90 players in the scoring for Player of the Year in the 15-16 boys’ division while Wilson finished 32nd despite only playing in three events.

     Taylor Cash, who is from Shepherdsville, played in four events in the 1516 boys’ division and was tied for 43rd in points.