Bertram claims top prize

MINERAL WELLS – Marietta’s Garrett Bertram put together a spectacular 2-over par round of 73 here Wednesday at Woodridge Golf Club to capture the final tournament and in the process claim the $1,000 scholarship for the 16-18 age group.

Although Ravenswood 14-year-old Alex Easthom actually led the 16-18 overall summer standings with 135 points to win the division, he wasn’t eligible to receive scholarship money. Bertram finished with 127 points and Noah Smith had 123, which allowed him to collect the $500 scholarship.

“Alex, this is his first time shooting in the 80s in all the tournaments. That’s crazy,” said Bertram, who shot 1-over on each side and was followed by Cameron Bosner (77), Dylan Cress (80) and a pair of 81s from Easthom and Mac McCormick, who shared fourth.

“I just went out and stayed loose, I guess. I didn’t think about it (winning $1,000) honestly. We were just having fun and playing together. When it’s fun, you play way better I think.”

Despite not having his best day on the course, Easthom was more than happy to become the youngest MOVJGA 16-18 age division champion. Last year, he won the 13-15 division and the year before he captured that same title when he played up an age bracket instead of competing in the 12-and-under group.

“Definitely should’ve been better,” Eastom said of his round. “Just bad drives, a couple bad wedges and some bad tee shots kind of hurt. But, I fought through it all.”

Trevor Gorrell’s 85 was good for sixth and he was followed by Alex Branham (87) and Noah Smith (88).

In the 13-15 age group, Chance Shears posted an 80 to nip runners-up Jordan Welch and Logan Clegg by a single stroke.

Clegg was the overall 13-15 champion with 137 points and already had the title in hand. Heath Hill, who finished second on the season with 97 points, took fourth with an 87 on Wednesday, just ahead of Caleb Scharff’s 88. Kenzie Dietz and Jordan Mader tied for sixth with respective 94s.

Zach Redmon concluded a fine 12-and-under season with a final round effort of 4-over par 39 on Woodridge’s front nine. Redmon won the 12-under crown with 90 points. Blake Snyder was runner-up with 83 points.

Snyder actually tied Grant Hussey for second after they shot 46s. Hunter Cowan (50), Mace Busch (52), Daniel Wharton (61), Kelsey Smith (61), Dustin Corley (63) and Ben Trader (66) also competed in the 12-under bracket.