The 2022 “Joe” Dickey Electric Junior Greatest Golfer teed off Thursday at Salem Hills Golf Course, and veterans Samantha Calderone of Warren JFK and Chaz Ekoniak of Struthers led the way in u17s play — earning the first seats in the July championships.
Ekoniak shot a 77 to lead the u17 Boys Coaches Burger Bar division. His finish was one shot ahead of McDonald’s Caleb Domitrovich and his 78. Right behind was Ursuline High’s Nolan Froelich with an 80.
“My driving was good today, but I struggled with the putting; lots of lip-outs,” said Ekoniak.
Calderone carded an 84 to lead the u17 Girls Magnolias on the Green division play. She was followed by Matilyn Zines of United and Jocelyn Zhao of Canfield. They both shot 92.
In u14 play, 2021 champ Mick Ambrose won his division today, as did Chloe Leskovac in hers.
Ambrose shot 77 in the Avalon Pizza u14 Boys play. Leskovac shot a 95 in the Ambrose Family Eye Center girls division.
Greatest Golfer juniors tee off next on Wednesday at Squaw Creek. Signups are open through Monday at TheGreatestGolfer.com. Youngstown Tile and Phantom Fireworks also sponsor Greatest.
All the scores from Thursday:
Q 77 Chaz Ekoniak Struthers
78 Caleb Domitrovich McDonald
80 Nolan Froelich Ursuline High School
81 Michael Garwacki South Range High School
83 Beau Velasquez Columbiana
83 Anthony G Cesario Brookfield High School
85 Rocco Crawford Columbiana
86 Luke Leskovac Canfield
87 Jake DeLisio Canfield
88 Landon Wilson West Branch
89 Bryce Daggett Canfield
91 Jaxon Robb West Branch High School
93 Anthony Hall Columbiana
97 Ray McCune Canfield
97 Carter Fick-Mills Boardman
100 Kyle Miller Austintown Fitch High School
101 Nicolas Folsom Canfield High School
Q 84 Samantha Calderone Warren JFK
92 Matilyn Zines United Local
92 Jocelyn Zhao Canfield
93 Shaylee Muckleroy West Branch
95 Zoey Fick -Mills Boardman
96 Sophia Rivera Boardman High School
105 Ashlyn Elford Canfield High School
109 Cadence Elford Canfield High School
116 Kate Pendleton Boardman High School
Q 77 Mick Ambrose Canfield
83 Matthew Morrone Poland
85 Jackson Ensley Springfield
89 Braeden Sallee Fitch
100 Trenton Hall Columbiana
Q 95 Chloe Leskovac Canfield
97 Lorin Sam Canfield High School