Hot day; hot play | Zines, Ross, Ensley, Philibin earn Greatest finals

Hot play matched the hot temperatures Wednesday at Squaw Creek Avalon Country Club as Greatest Golfer teed off its 3rd ‘Joe’ Dickey Electric juniors event of the summer. Zach Ross of Moon Township and Rocco Turner of Tippecanoe Country Club carded 76s to lead the u17 Boys divison. Matilyn Zines of Links at Firestone Farms shot 82 powered by an opening eagle. In u14 play, Aubree Philibin of Mill Creek Golf Course posted a 90, and Andrew Fredenburg of Old Avalon Golf Course and Jackson Ensley of The Lake Club posted 84s to led their divisions. Zines and Philibin earn finals seats outright. In scorecard playoffs, Ross and Ensley earn finals seats over Turner and Fredenburg. Ross said managing the heat was key. “It made for a long day. You just had to hit shots and trust yourself,” said Ross. Zines’ eagle start gave way to some bad points she had to overcome. “I started getting a bit down on myself and worry. But then I just relaxed a little, and I got some pars and then birdied a hole.” Greatest tees off twice next week — Tuesday at Mill Creek starting at 8 a.m. On Wednesday, play is at Pine Lakes starting at 10:30 a.m. Click here to register. All scores from Squaw on Wednesday: BOYS u17 Coaches Burger Bar 75      Zack Ross 75        Rocco Turner 76       Luke Rupeka 79      Matthew Morelli 82     Bryce Daggett 84    Nicholas Beistel 84     Chaz Ekoniak 86     Luke Leskovac 87     Caleb Domitrovich 88   Nolan Froelich 89     Anthony G Cesario 90      Nathan Kelly 94     Chase Forsyth 94     Max Vitale 95     Jack Preston 96     Topher Drombetta 97     Adam Peelish 99     Jake DeLisio 103   Ray McCune 103   Nicolas Folsom 103   CJ Brew 106    Kyle Miller GIRLS u17 Magnolias on the Green 82    Matilyn Zines 84    Kaitlyn Hoover 86   Jocelyn Zhao 86     Sophia Rivera 93     Gracie Westover 96    Juliana Reyes 100    Kate Pendleton 102    Cadence Elford 107   Kendall Johnson 108   Ashlyn Elford 114    Madalyn Rauzan BOYS u14 Avalon Downtown Pizza 84       Andrew Fredenburg 84       Jackson Ensley 86       Matthew Morrone 94      Chase Zelesnak 94     Andrew LaPolla 96      Braeden Sallee GIRLS u14 Ambrose Family Eye Care 90      Aubree Philibin 93     Lindsey Hoover 96     Alex Conley 107    Natalie Sawicki