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Norwalk grad Nunez wins LEJGA event at home course

By BUTCH WAGNER • Updated Jul 19, 2018 at 10:26 PM

NORWALK — Recent graduates Brad Nunez (Norwalk) and Oliver Thomas (Margaretta) won boys 17-19 age group titles Thursday in the last official Lake Erie Junior Golf Association tournament of the season at Norwalk’s Eagle Creek Golf Club course.

Nunez was medalist for with a two-over-par 73 — but it was Thomas who unofficially earned the Player of the Year award for season play. Thomas fired 39-36—75 for the runner-up position in a scorecard playoff over New London’s Ben Crawshaw, who also had 75. Jarod Kessler (Norwalk) finished fourth with a 76.

Nunez kept his promise while Thomas achieved his goal.

Nunez, who played sparingly in the LEJGA this season, vowed he would win on his home course last week after a second-place finish to Thomas.

“I’m going to win it next week,” Nunez said after his round at Sleepy Hollow last week.

Bound for Ohio State University to pursue a career in golf management, Nunez had a personal record of six birdies on the par 36-35—71 layout to go with a triple bogey and a pair of double bogeys.

“I birdied 4, 5 and 6 on the front but tripled No. 9 for 37," Nunez said. "On the back, I was one under for the day going into 16 when I hit my ball into the water. I doubled the hole, then doubled 17 before I made my sixth birdie, on No. 18.

Nunez also had birdies on 11 and 13 but did not make a long putt. His all-time low score at Eagle Creek is 67.

“Most of my birdies were in the 10-to-15-foot range,” he said.

And also taking home Player of the Year honors in their age groups were Daniel Demos (Huron) for boys 12-13, Joe Wood (Huron) for boys 10-11, Jacob Fitzpatrick (Lorain) for boys 14-16 and Mallory Graham (Mount Gilead) for girls 15-19.

Tyson Baptista (Bellevue) won his first boys 10-11 title Thursday with a 52, four shots ahead of Wood who had won 13 championships this summer before Baptista halted the streak.

Fitzpatrick capped his fine season by shooting a 79 at Eagle Creek to cement the POY award. Luke Sunderman (Findlay) was runner-up at 84 while Jackson Cook (New London) had an 86 and Kyle Smith (Norwalk) fired an 87.

Shelby Zeiter (Norwalk) also had a solid round with 74 in the age 15-19 group, good for the fourth-best score.

The final event of the season is July 30 — the Fremont Invite at Fremont Country Club — for select players after which the official season awards will be handed out at the banquet.

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