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Junior golfers claim tour titles at Gray’s Crossing in Truckee

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Gabe Smith of Tahoe Donner recorded the first ever under par round for the Truckee Tahoe Junior Golf Tour Championship at Gray's Crossing.

Smith shot a 35 over nine holes of play on Wednesday, Aug. 9, to finish 1-under-par, and win the 12-13 age group at Gray's Crossing.

Smith's performance also capped off the season-long points race for the 2017 Truckee Tahoe Junior Golf Tour Cup, as he completed a clean sweep of all the 2017 tournaments to finish in first place in the Cup standings.

Zach Anttila finished second with a 50 on the day, and Marc Durant-Bender was third with a 52. Kadin Harris turned in a strong performance at 54 to take fourth place.

Ethan Flynn won the 14-17 boys' 18-Hole Tour Championship with a 75 on the day. This was a competitive age group as Nick Asbra, from the Olympic Club, shot 76.

Defending Cup winner, Murphy Scott turned in another strong round with a 77, and won the 14-17 Cup with 23 points. Scott either won or tied for first for each of the 2017 regular season tournaments. He is a returning North Tahoe Golf Team member, and will be a junior next season.

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Owen Slusher, who plays for the Truckee High School golf team, finished fourth with a 79. Connor Hipsley played another solid round, and finished with an 83. Hipsley finished third in Cup points with 16, and was the only player to tie Murphy for first during a regular season tournament — both shot 79 at Coyote Moon. Scott and Hipsley will team with the injured Quinn Earley to make for another strong North Tahoe golf team in 2018. Jack Brown finished seventh at Gray's Crossing with an 88.

Truckee High School golf coach Marc Smith said he is looking forward to the addition of Brown and Flynn to his golf roster as incoming freshman at Truckee High School.

The most competitive division in 2017 was the 12-14 girls. Four girls were within 3.5 points of first place for the 2017 Cup. Sofia de Wit and Haley McCormick went into Gray's Crossing tied with 11.5 points. De Wit turned in another great round with a 41 over nine holes of play to take the Tour Championship and Cup title for 2017. McCormick recorded a 46 for second place.

Stella de Wit finished strong in 2017, and shot 47 for third place.

Ryan Flynn and RayDean Aroz tied for fifth at 49. Twelve year olds Shannon Hugar, of Incline Village, and Kenzie McCormick finished sixth and seventh with 51 and 58, respectively. Haley and RayDean play for Nevada Union in Auburn and the de Wit girls will play high school golf in Beijing. They live in Truckee in the summer, and attend school in Beijing where their father works.

Aidan Sweeney, playing out of Granite Bay, finished with a strong 38 to take first place among the 10-11 boys. He also won the Cup with 25 points. Chase Kacher finished second with a 42, and also finished second in Cup points with 13. Hunter Neave and Luke Brown were the top Truckee middle school finishers for the 10-11 boys finishing with 12 and 11.5 points. Trevor Buti, from Auburn, finished third in the Tour Championship in the 11-12 division. Ty Whisler, of Tahoe City, tied for fifth with Jack Brown at 58. Both players received a Cup point. Whisler and Jaxen Perryman led the Tahoe City contingent in this age group for Cup points.

Grayson Perryman won the Tour Championship trophy in the boys' 8-9 group with Jake Reinhard of Tahoe Donner finishing second. Reinhard would finish ahead in points though, to capture the Cup for the 2017 season.

Abbey McCormick won the 8-9 girls' division at Gray's Crossing, and took the tour Cup this season. The third de Wit sister took the 10-11 girls' title and the 2017 Cup. Sienna de Wit shot 50. Maris Durant-Bender finished second in the final round and in the Cup standings.

Old Greenwood, Coyote Moon, Ponderosa, Tahoe City, Squaw Creek, and Gray's Crossing all hosted junior tournaments for the TTJGT season. All green fees were donated by the clubs to support junior golf, which allowed for entry fees to stay at $10 for each tournament. The combination of quality golf courses at a low cost allows the TTJGT to continue to provide an opportunity for junior golfers in the region, and support for the game.

For complete results from the Tour Championship at Gray's Crossing and the 2017 Cup race visit ttjgt.com.