Nick Horn, Josh Lansing and Taylor Jackson all cruised to victories by wide margins Thursday at the third annual Junior Golf Championship at Birch Ridge Golf Course.
Horn took the age group for those 15 to 17 by carding an 8-over-par 78. Finishing second, 11 strokes in back of Horn, was Tony Azzara.
It was the second straight victory at the Junior Golf Championship for Horn, a 16-year-old junior at Soldotna High School.
"I was pretty confident coming into today," said Horn, whose best round at Birch Ridge is a 75. "I knew nobody out here was going to play really well.
"I expected (Azzara) to play better, but obviously he had a rough day."
While Horn said he had all of his shots working, Azzara, a 15-year-old sophomore at Soldotna, had problems with his tee shots.
"The driver," Azzara said when asked what had gone wrong with his game. "I'll sell you a Ping if you want one. I'll cut you a deal.
"Everything else was pretty good, but the driver got me in trouble."
As for what he's going to do to remedy his problems, Azzara had a plan straight from the master himself.
"I'm going fishing," Azzara said. "I'll fix my game Tiger Woods-style."
Lansing, a 14-year-old freshman at Skyview, fired an 85 to notch a six-stroke victory over runner-up Brennen Jackson in the age group for 13- and 14-year-olds. It also was the second straight victory at the Junior Golf Championship for Lansing.
Lansing said Jackson was the competitor that had him worried the most, but he figured he had the championship won when he reached the back nine three strokes ahead of Jackson.
"It's back-and-forth between us," Lansing said. "We were both kind of off today, he was just a little more off than me."
While Lansing struggled a bit with his putting stroke, Jackson was done in by adventures that began at the tee box.
"I couldn't get off the tee," said Jackson, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Soldotna Middle School. "I was in the woods quite a bit."
Finally, Taylor Jackson took the age group for those 8 to 12 by seven strokes over Aaron Andrus. Jackson and Andrus were tied after the front nine with 45s, but Jackson dropped to a 42 on the back nine while Andrus expanded to a 49.
Jackson carded his best round at Birch Ridge in taking his championship. His previous best was an 89, although that was on the men's tees and Thursday's 87 came off the women's tees.
"I still would have shot pretty good today, even if I was on the men's tees," said Jackson, a 10-year-old who attends Kalifornsky Beach Elementary. "It was a great 18 for me."
Jackson said he was most worried about Andrus, who is his good friend. However, some clutch putts allowed Jackson to pull away.
"My chipping was really bad, but my putting on the back nine saved me," Jackson said. "I must have saved myself five times with my putts."
Third annual Junior Golf Championship
at Birch Ridge
Ages 8 to 12
Aaron Andrus 45-49--94
Taylor Jackson 45-42--87
Josh Harvey 64-77--141
Robbie Anderson 76-71--147
Hunter Clark 75-66--141
Kyle Day 76-72--148
Ages 13 to 14
Brennen Jackson 44-47--91
Matt Vasile 51-47--98
Josh Lansing 41-44--85
Zach Cowan 49-48--97
Ages 15 to 17
Keaton Andrus 51-48--99
Tony Azzara 45-44--89
Nick Horn 39-39--78
Owen Brewer 49-49--98
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