Ekoniak, Calderone lead first ‘Joe’ Dickey Juniors event

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

                  U17 GIRLS

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



         U14 BOYS         

Q      77     Mick Ambrose     Canfield

         83     Matthew Morrone         Poland

         85     Jackson Ensley   Springfield

         89     Braeden Sallee   Fitch

         100   Trenton Hall        Columbiana



         U14 GIRLS        

Q      95     Chloe Leskovac  Canfield

         97     Lorin Sam  Canfield High School