Birch Ridge Report

Azzara wins State Amateur

Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2001

Editor's note: With Steve Horn and Lisa Parker out of town, this report is being submitted by substitute reporter Jo Briscoe. Hopefully, next week both will be back to pick up the reigns of the Birch Ridge report.

In the Anchorage Junior Golf Association Junior State Amateur that was played Monday and Tuesday at the Anchorage Golf Course, Tony Azzara took first place in the 15 to 17 age category. Azzara tied with Anchorage's Mark Kleedehn with a two-day total of 163. However, Azzara took the title on the first playoff hole.

Also from the area in the 15 to 17 category, Nick Horn was fifth with a 169 and Matt Matarrese was ninth with 178. In the 13 to 14 category, Joshua Lansing finished ninth with his two-day total of 193.

In the third annual Junior Golf Championship played at Birch Ridge on July 19, Nick Horn, Josh Lansing and Taylor Jackson all came in victorious.

Nick Horn carded an 8-over-par 78 in the 15 to 17 age bracket, with Tony Azzara coming in 11 strokes behind Horn. Josh Lansing shot an 85 to claim a six-stroke lead over runner-up Brennen Jackson in the age group for 13- and 14-year-olds. This was Lansing's second victory in the tournament.

Meanwhile, Taylor Jackson carded his best round at Birch Ridge with an 87, nabbing a victory over his friend Aaron Andrus by seven strokes.

Senior League

Again under unpredictable skies, 10 senior master players braved the rain threat with their low net contest. Finishing in first place with a net score of 30 was Roger Jones, with John Roderick posting a net 35 to capture the second spot.

Closest to the pin on No. 6 was John Horwath, while John Roderick claimed the honors on No. 8. An 18-inch putt on No. 5 gave Roger Jones the "honors and dollars". The rains held off until these contests were once again completed.

Check-in times remain at 8:30 a.m. with players teeing off shortly thereafter. See you next Monday.

Tuesday Morning Glories

With eight ladies, or two foursomes, Jan Stenga recorded a low net of 33 and Chiya Bazan carded a close second with a 34. Nan Weaver took the honors with closest to the pin on No. 8, while Chiya claimed the fewest putts with 18 in the nine-hole game.

Men's Night

With 30 players attacking the fairways, three teams tied with a low net score of 5-under. Winning in a chip-off was the team of Mike Hollingsworth, Rob Smithwick, Phil Turkington and John Hutton.

Claiming closest to the pin honors on both No. 6 and No. 8 was Buddy Crowder, with Mo Redford scoring the longest drive.

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