Mekus wins junior championship

Published 12:26 pm Thursday, July 19, 2012

By Steve Wilson

Nick Mekus was on cruise control with a four-shot lead with a first-round 75 after the first day of the Warren County Junior Championship.

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And no potholes, flat tires or any other obstacle loomed in his path Wednesday in the second round, as he shot an even-par 72 and a two-day total of 147 to earn top honors in the annual tournament at Clear Creek Golf Course.

Mekus pulled away from Conner Smith, who followed up his first-round 79 with an 80 for second place. Liam Hopson was third with a 177, shooting an 83.

While the win qualified Mekus for the Warren County Championship, scheduled for July 27-28, he won’t be playing, as he’ll be on a trip to the annual OshKosh Air Show in Wisconsin.

Mekus was reasonably pleased with his performance.

“Ball-striking wise, I drove the ball well,” Mekus said. “I didn’t putt very well. It was all right. I took it easy today and I was just practicing for tomorrow, for the tournament in Meridian.”

In the girls event, Laura Phillips won on No. 18 with a five-foot, downhill par putt, beating Karley Whittington by one stroke.

After the pair shot 85s to tie for the lead on Monday, Phillips had a five-stroke lead going into No. 11.

A couple of bogies and a nice birdie on No. 15 by Whittington set up an exciting conclusion.

Beth Newman held off a charging Anna Fletcher for third place with a two-day total of 185, beating Fletcher by one stroke.

Reed Buys clipped his brother Booth in the boys ages 11-13 division with a two-day total of 107. Booth was second with a 110.