Rupeka, Conley, LaPolla, Cohol earn Greatest finals seats

Alex Conley makes a putt in u14 Girls Division play Wednesday.

Greatest Golfer juniors double-dipped this week, playing a second match in two days — this one Wednesday at Pine Lakes Golf Course in Hubbard, and 4 players locked in seats for the July championship of the ‘Joe’ Dickey Electric juniors play.

Luke Rupeka of Trumbull Country Club, Miya Cohol of Mill Creek,  Alex Conley of Mill Creek and Andrew LaPolla of Trumbull Country Club all earned finals bids with top showings Wednesday.

Rupeka’s 76 was tops in the u17 Boys Coaches Burger Bar division. He was chased by a 77 from Anthony G. Cesario of Old Avalon Golf Course, and an 80 from Nathan Kelly of East Liverpool Country Club.

In the u17 Girls Magnolias on the Green division, an 85 by Kaitlyn Hoover, Tanglewood Golf Course, led the way. As she had already made the finals, Cohol’s 91 gave her the day’s top honors. A 97 by Serena Grenga, Henry Stambaugh Golf Course, was next.

The hottest golf battling now and likely for the next few years was on display in the Avalon Pizza u14 Boys play. A pair of 76s from LaPolla and Alexander Eckstein, Mill Creek, led the field. Eckstein had qualified Wednesday at Mill, allowing LaPolla to seize a finals seat. Right behind them at 77 was Mick Ambrose, Avalon at Buhl Park, who already earned his finals seat. And posting a 79 was Matthew Morrone of The Lake Club.

In the Ambrose Family Eye Center girls division, an 85 by Aubree Philibin, Mill Creek, led the way. Since she already has a finals seat, an 88 by Conley, Mill Creek, locked her spot. An 89 from Lindsey Hoover, Tanglewood Golf Course, finished the Top 3.

There are 4 qualfiers left — the next one a shotgun start next Thursday at 8 a.m. at Tam O’Shanter in Hermitage. The Greatest juniors format features 8 qualifers with players winning bids or earning points to a spot in the Kreps Drywall u17 and Dr. Flauto u14 championships July 22 and 23 at Avalon Lakes.

Here are all scores from Thursday’s play:

BOYS u17 Coaches Burger Bar

76        Luke Rupeka               Trumbull Country Club

77        Anthony G Cesario     Old Avalon Golf Course

80        Nathan Kelly               East Liverpool Country Club

83        Brando Papalia           Tippecanoe Country Club

83        Mark Sowers               Seneca Golf Course (A)

88        Kyle Miller                 Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course

89        Garrett Brajkovich      Pine Lakes Golf Course

90        Marcus Murry             Old Avalon Golf Course

93        Brady Hiner                Yankee Run Golf Course

94        Topher Drombetta      Mill Creek

BOYS u14 Avalon Downtown Pizza

76        Andrew LaPolla          Trumbull Country Club

76        Alexander Eckstein     Mill Creek

77        Mick Ambrose            Avalon at Buhl Park

79        Matthew Morrone       The Lake Club

91        Braeden Sallee            Avalon Lakes Golf Club

GIRLS u17 Magnolias on the Green

85        Kaitlyn Hoover           Tanglewood Golf Course

91        Miya Cohol                 Mill Creek

97        Serena Grenga             Henry Stambaugh Golf Course

98        Ashlyn Elford             Mill Creek

99        Madalyn Rauzan         Henry Stambaugh Golf Course

101      Taylor Morrone          Mill Creek

103      Giovanna Schiavone   Henry Stambaugh Golf Course

109      Cadence Elford           Mill Creek

GIRLS u14 Ambrose Family Eye Care

85        Aubree Philibin           Mill Creek

88        Alex Conley                Mill Creek

89        Lindsey Hoover          Tanglewood Golf Course

92        Lorin Sam                   Tippecanoe Country Club

105      Chloe Leskovac          Mill Creek

107      Natalie Sawicki          Mill Creek

109      Grace Carrier              Mill Creek

123      Jessica Mix                 Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course

126      Jennifer Mix               Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course