E. Liverpool’s Kelly makes finals; Boardman sister-brother duo does same

The Valley’s best teen golfers are dialing in their games for next week’s ‘Joe’ Dickey Electric Greatest Golfer Championship, and Friday at the Olde Dutch Mill qualifier was a great shootout. Struthers’ Chaz Ekoniak and Boardman’s Ryan Sam posted 71s to lead u17 Boys Joseph Nohra Insurance Division. It was Ekoniak’s third round in the 70s this season, and Sam’s second. East Liverpool’s Nathan Kelly posted a 75 to win the finals qualifier spot. Ekoniak and Sam qualified earlier this season. More than 50 players teed off Friday — the 9th qualifier of the ‘Joe’ Dickey series. Tuesday is the final qualifier before the championship series launches Thursday, Friday and Saturday. In u17 Girls Magnolias on the Green Division, Boardman’s Zoey Fick -Mills scored an 80 to become the 9th u17 Girls player to clinch a championship spot. She was trailed by Ursuline’s Daniella Patrone, who shot 85, and Canfield’s Jackie Kinnick, who shot 86. In Boys u14 Kreps Drywall Division play, it was another Fick-Mills — Carter — who shot 92 to clinch his spot in the finals. Two other u14 players — Hubbard’s CJ Brew, 87, and Canfield’s Ray McCune, 88, led the way in the division. They clinched spots earlier this season. In u14 Girls Ambrose Family Eye Care Division play, Southeast High’s Gracie Westover made her Greatest debut on her home course and scored a 93 to earn a finals spot. She was followed by classmate Taylor Blazek, 96, and Canfield’s Miya Cohol, 104. ‘Joe’ Dickey Greatest Golfer is a part of the Greatest Golfer championship golf series for amateurs ages 12 to 80. The Dickey series is 10 events for boys and girls in ages 15-17 and 12-14 from May to July at some of the Youngstown area’s top family-owned courses. The top performers play in the championship July 23-24 at Avalon Lakes.
Championship qualifiers to date are: Joseph Nohra Insurance U17 Boys Chaz Ekoniak, Struthers Blake Hood, Alliance Michael Porter, McDonald Caleb Domitrovich, McDonald Luke Eyster, Beaver Local Bryce Van Horn, JFK Ryan Sam, Boardman Zack Ross, Moon Twp. Magnolias on the Green U17 Girls Ava Liburdi, Hickory Alyssa Rapp, Mooney Jayne Bernard, Mooney Madison Murphy, Canfield Luciana Masters, Hickory Kaitlyn Hoover, Wilmington McKenzie Gustas, Hickory Jocelyn Zhao, Canfield Kreps Drywall u14 Boys Mick Ambrose, Canfield Dante Turner, Mooney Chase Zelesnak, Boardman Ray McCune, Canfield Alexander Eckstein, Ursuline Michael Garwacki, South Range CJ Brew, Hubbard Braeden Sallee, Fitch Ambrose Family Insurance U14 Girls Kate Sowers Sophia Rivera Alyssa Zhang Lindsey Hoover Gianna Ross Kendall Johnson Setting up the Friday-Saturday ‘Joe’ Dickey Juniors Championship will be the first ever juniors long drive and par 3 shootout on Thursday hosted by Trumbull Country Club. Competitors so far include: July 22 Juniors Skills Championship At Trumbull CC, 6 p.m. start Qualifiers Thru Tamer Win: U17 Boys Long drive Ryan Sam Luke Eyster Blake Hood Nolan Williard Closest to pin Zack Ross Rocco Turner Blake Hood Timmy Domer Ryan Sam Chaz Ekoniak U17 Girls Long Drive Samantha Calderone Ashlyn Elford Jocelyn Zhao Matilyn Zines Jackie Kinnick Zack Ross Closest to Pin MacKenzie Gustas Samantha Calderone Matilyn Zines Joselyn Bishara (More qualifiers to come from Tuesday’s final event)