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TCGA Juniors battle the heat at The Links at Hiawatha Landing

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The TCGA Junior Tour had another good tournament today at The Links at Hiawatha Landing.  Players not only had to battle the tough course conditions, but the heat as well.  Temperatures reached over 90 degrees during the afternoon.  Overall, 51 players competed and despite the weather, put up some very good numbers.

In the 10-12 age group, Hogan Bendert won his second straight tournament!  Hogan shot a 42 on the back nine, good enough for a 5 shot win over Zach Sitzman.  Zach also had another good showing with his second striaght second place finish.  The highlight of Hogan's round was a birdie on the par 4 14th.  With this win, Hogan takes a 100 point lead in the Player of the Year Points race.

The 13-15 age group teed off last and had to battle through the heat for a majority of the day.  In the end, Richard Pedro was able to beat out his twin brother John Pedro to take medalist honors with an 83.  Richard was able to recover after a front nine 44, with a 39 on the back.  With some help with a birdie on 11, Richard was able to take home the title on his home course.

Both Pat Milkovich and Brian Legg had just competed in the club championship at The Links at Hiawatha Landing over the holiday weekend.  Their course knowledge showed, with both players firing 73 to tie for medalist honors in the 16-18 age group.  While Pat had a bogey free 1 under on the front nine, Brian made three birdies to make up two shots on the back nine.  After a match of cards, Pat was declared the winner with a par on the Par 4 8th, the number 1 handicap hole.

A special thanks goes out to Bernie Herceg and the entire staff at The Links at Hiawatha Landing.  The course was in great shape and the food was delicious!  We look forward to seeing everyone this Wednesday at Belden Hill.

10 - 12 Age Group
1 Hogan Bendert 42
2 Zach Sitzman 47
3 Tom Davis 49
4 Alice Zhang 51
5 Jonah Bennett 54
6 Kyle Norton 57
7 Lucas Heenan 60
8 Alex Pirc 66
9 Jordan Wheeler 67
9 Jesse Bennett 67
13 - 15 Age Group
1 Richard Pedro 83
2 John Pedro 88
3 Ryan Igo 93
3 Adam Cox 93
3 Matt Ploutz 93
6 Adamn Blackwell 94
7 James Zhang 97
8 Nathan Cavaluzzi 98
8 Conner O'Brien 98
10 Bradley Oliver 104
16 - 18 Age Group
1 Pat Milkovich 73
2 Brian Legg 73
3 Dillon MacGregor 76
4 Chris Stricek 77
5 Josh Jimenez 79
6 Steve Yanchus 80
7 Brandon Gaydorus 85
7 Kyle Nedlik 85
9 Mitchell Hillegas 86
10 Chad Baxter 87