ST. MARYS – Cameron Grumley of Johnsonburg won the Class AA District 9 boys golf championship Saturday afternoon after the final round of play at Bavarian Hills Golf Course.
Grumley finished with a final-round 76, the best round of the day by four strokes and a 2-day total of 153 (77-76).
“It feels good,” Grumley said. “I played alright, I had some ups and downs but stuck with it. Elliott and Josh played well and we’re all making it to regionals.”
Grumley opened the final round down two strokes to Elliott Struble of Elk County Catholic and Josh Roselli of Ridgway. The trio of area golfers played together in the final group.
Grumley played well on the front nine and went out with a 1-over 36 to take a 1-stroke lead in the championship after nine holes but ran into trouble on the 14th hole as he made a triple bogey. Grumley recovered with pars on 15 and 16.
“He kept it together after the triple on 14,” Johnsonburg boys golf head coach Matt Myers said.
Struble would then make a long putt of approximately 50 feet from the fringe on the 16th hole after going left on his tee shot to leave Grumley and Struble tied for the championship lead with two holes to play.
Grumley birdied the 17th hole while Struble parred.
“Coming from an eight on a par-5, I didn’t think I was going to make it but it went in,” Grumley said.
Struble then struggled on the 18th hole as Grumley parred in to seal the championship.
“He put in all the work and he really deserved this title,” Myers said. “It was an up and down round, fun to watch. Having the experience at Tom’s Run in last year’s regional, I know he can play well. I hope he has a good regional.”
Struble finished with an 81 to finish second with a 2-day total of 156 (75-81). His final-round score was the third-best score of the day behing Grumley and an 80 from Mark Walker of DuBois Central Catholic. Roselli finished with a final round score of 86 to finish fourth with a 2-day total of 161 (75-86).
Jason Thorp of Curwensville was third with a score of 159 (78-81). Paul Etchepare of Cameron County (80-82-162) was fifth and Jack Huggins (81-82-163) was sixth. T.J. Schlimm of Ridgway (81-82-163) tied for sixth with Huggins and Walker (83-80-163).
Everyone who finished sixth or better qualified for the Class AA Western Regional which is scheduled for Oct. 15 at Tom’s Run Country Club in Blairsville. Myers said Grumley has a chance to do well at regionals.
“He doesn’t really get down on himself,” Myers said. “Mentally, I think he’s a really strong player. That’s what separates him from a lot of the players in the district. If he takes that attitude and keeps going strong, I think he’ll do well.”
Mitchell Struble of Elk County Catholic took 12th (82-89-171) in a tie with Andrew Turk of Keystone (82-89-171) and Owen Schreiber of St. Marys (84-87-171).