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Andy Ariens wins boys 2011 city championship
with final-round 69 at Colonial

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The second place finishers in the 18-hole Second Flight and the 1`2-13 Second and Third flights did not pick up their trophies. E-mail the FWGJA to set a place and time to obtain them.

Andy AriensAndy Ariens followed in the footsteps of his former Mansfield High School teammate Kolton Crawford by winning the Fort Worth Junior Golf Association's Boys City Junior Golf Championship. Ariens, headed for Houston Baptist, was two shots behind entering the final round at Colonial Country Club, but picked the perfect day to fire his best score at the storied course when he finished with a 1-under-par 69 on another hot and humid day. Not only did he erase the deficit but he cruised to the title by six shots with his 72-hole 284 total. Tying for second at 250 included one of the third-round leaders Michael Walton of Fort Worth and Luke Neeley, another Mansfield golfer.

The boys tournament and Colonial Country Club are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year. The tournament and Colonial Country Club are marking their 75th anniversaries this year. Marvin Leonard, founder of Colonial, also started the boys tournament in 1936, and his daughter Marty Leonard, who'll be celebrating her 75th birthday this year, was at the ceremonies. Former Fort Worth mayor Mike Moncrief and the city's new mayor Betsy Price greeted the crowd to help kick off the awards presentations. Mayor Price also presented the winning trophy to Ariens. One special award was given to Wendell Conditt, who has been director and volunteer for more than 50 years. He was presented a plaque and he'll be included in one (the Perseverance) of the nine panels of Ben Hogan's swing sequence at the new First Tee Ben Hogan Learning Center at Rockwood Golf. Course. Several past volunteers and champions, including Dr. Don Matheson (1950), Dee Finley (1962), Lindy Miller (1973) and Adam Rubinson (1996) were among those on hand.

marty leonard and wendell conditt
Marty Leonard and Wendell Conditt

Besides this being a special tournament for the FWJGA, it was special to Andy as well because the title adds to what's been a banner year. His Mansfield team won the 5A state title, he finished sixth and was selected first team in district, regional and state. He also wanted to show Kolton he could win the title, too.

Andy made the 9-hole turn in 1-over 36, but birdied the par-5 11th to get back to even. Someone told him after the hole that he was leading, and he promptly followed with a bogey on the par-4 12th. He wasn't sure it was that knowledge he was leading that led to the bogey, but he quickly regrouped and birdied the par-4 15th and finished with birdies on the par-4 17th and 18th holes after a bogey on the par-3 16th.

"My putting finally came through on the back nine," he said, noting that his putter had been the only negative of his game through the first three rounds, which were played at Rockwood G.C., Ridglea C.C. and Mira Vista. Despite a balky putter, he was only three over at those courses after rounds of 70-71-74. "I was getting (the ball) really close." He knew eventually that some would start falling.

Andy said he had played Colonial about five times before Thursday and his lowest score had been 72-73. Those scores, though, came from the back tees. The Championship Flight played from the Blue Tees, which measure 6,837 yards compared to the Black Tees, which measure 7,204 yards.

"I really felt comfortable today and wasn't feeling nervous. I knew I had been hitting the ball good." He was just waiting for the putts to start falling, and two of those were 20-footers on 11 and 17. The only three-putt was on No. 16.

He, as Tyler, had tried other sports (baseball, soccer and hockey) before turning his focus to golf when he was about 13.

Tyler and Michael Walter were the co-leaders heading into the last round, tied at 215 and two ahead of Andy, Colby Webb and Luke Neeley. Webb fell back with an 84 and Neeley tied Tyler for second with a 75 and Tyler came in with a 77. Tyler took the runner-up trophy after a scorecard playoff, which left Neeley in third for the second consecutive year.

Michael said he was 5-over par after five holes and was trying to dig out of that hole, but too many scenic side trips negated a bigger comeback though he did play the remaining holes in two over.

Tyler said he couldn't get anything going en route to his 77. "My driver was bad, my irons were bad and my chipping was bad." He knew that after he made the turn in 39 and added a double-bogey on the par-4 12th that he probably had lost the lead. He didn't know how anyone else was playing, but "I knew I had to shoot in the low 70s to hold the lead."

Colonial provided hamburgers, hot dogs, fruit and other food for the contestants. Visit later for more pictures.

Final Results


Final Round at Colonial Country Club

Championship Flight
 
Rockwood
Ridglea
Mira Vista
Colonial
Total
Andy Ariens 70 71 74 69 284
Tyler Terry 69 69 75 77 290*
Luke Neeley 69 73 73 75 290
Michael Walton 69 76 68 79 292
Javier Manrique 67 77 76 76 296
Ryan Johnson 74 75 74 74 297
Mack Paulson 73 73 73 78 297
Dillon Vaughn 70 79 74 75 298
Colby Webb 68 73 74 84 299
Andrew Hudson 74 71 75 80 300
Sean Walsh 67 75 77 81 300
Colin Wickman 69 76 79 78 302
Travis Benson 72 76 76 80 304
Dayton Osborne 70 76 75 83 304
Payden Parrish 68 80 76 81 305
Brandon Wilkins 72 76 74 86 308
Cain Rocha 73 76 75 88 312


First Flight




 
Rockwood
Ridglea
Shady Oaks
Colonial
Total
Brady Ellis 73 79 71 71 294
Kyle Booza 77 76 78 75 306
Stephen DePuma 70 82 81 74 307
Hayden Springer 75 77 83 75 310
Andrew Wright 75 82 77 76 310
Jarrod Black 75 79 75 81 310
Hud Morse 77 78 77 80 312
Logan Lambert 73 80 77 83 313
Grant Davidson 72 81 84 77 314
Jared Bailey 74 79 84 77 314
Garrett Brown 75 78 84 78 315
Forrest Bench 73 81 82 79 315
Cole Barnett 77 75 84 81 317
Grayson Benavides 74 81 81 82 318
Austin Wride 74 87 76 82 319
Dylan Rottner 77 79 79 84 319
Jorge Morillo 73 80 83 84 320
Harley Davis 70 83 84 86 323


Second Flight




    Rockwood
Ridglea
Shady Oaks
Colonial
Total
Riley Shryoc 81 72 73 79 305
Kyle Middleton 79 74 77 78 308
Sean Fletcher 78 77 77 82 314
Silas Thornton 78 80 85 74 317
Brett Nicholson 78 80 84 76 318
Ryan Steuerwald 78 82 83 76 319
Aaron Errico 82 79 81 78 320
Chase Johnson 78 79 84 80 321
David Cameron 81 77 83 80 321
Houston Moore 78 80 87 78 323
Tate North 81 81 81 80 323
Steven Williams 79 82 84 79 324
Zach Lawless 79 75 85 85 324
Jordan Brown 79 80 80 85 324
Jesse Day 79 76 86 86 327


Third Flight




 
Rockwood
Ridglea
Diamond Oaks
Colonial
Total
Shane Markwardt 79 86 73 78 316
Justin Poe 84 84 73 76 317
Colby Hatchett 80 86 72 81 319
Zach Smith 80 88 77 76 321
Jackson Markham 83 87 79 77 326
Cameron Maki 78 87 75 86 326
Will Dennis 81 86 82 78 327
Kendale Davis 83 85 79 81 328
Cole Ward 80 91 79 80 330
Bryce Behner 82 84 75 89 330
Zach Spivey 80 87 81 84 332
Tanner Wisdom 82 91 77 83 333
Nick Cornelius 81 84 85 84 334
Matthew Sullivan 79 94 78 87 338
Branden Ballard 89 81 79 89 338

*-won scorecard playoff

at Diamond Oaks C.C.

Fourth Flight
Garrett Spicer, 76
Adam Dreiling, 80
Hunter Dennis, 82
Brenton Handy, 83

Fifth Flight
Doodle Lewis, 77 ( won scorcard playoff)
Riley Williams, 77
Jason Hudson, 84
Sean Henggeler, 88

Sixth Flight
Murphy McCabe, 82
Zak Acker, 83
Merrick Seekins, 94
Lane Womack, WD

Seventh Flight
Sam Auge, 83
Nathan castleberry, 89
Carter Fincher, 97
Kolby Yates, 101

Eighth Flight
Kyle Gannon, 82
Garrett Johnson, 89
Cody Howard, 92
Jason Forsyth, 100

Ninth Flight
Kyle Dixon, 89
Chuck Young, 90
Brandon McCutchen, 96
Kirk Bearden,111

10th Flight
Dakota Crafton, 95
Nolan Timon 101 (won scorecard playoff)
Matthew Barbara,101
Travis Lynch, 104

1th Flight
Harrison Whitehead, 94
Charlie Parrish, 97
Logan Vigil, 109
Tyler Perez, 120

Sycamore Creek

12-13 Division
Championship Flight
Preston McGinty d. Zachery Cole
First Flight
Reece Posey d. Kenneth Elliott
Second Flight
Jacob Mires d. Collin Meek
Third Flight
D'Lynn Roach d. Trevor Mellott
Fourth Flight
Joshua Hinojosa d. Brad Shuck
Fifth Flight
James Barnett d. Drew Fuller
Sixth Flight
Matthew Giles d. Cole Vigil
Seventh Flight
Carter Howe d. Mark Saenz

8 - 11
Eighth Flight
Vijay Hiremath d. Stephen Campbell, Jr.
Ninth Flight
Brendan O'Connell d. Mason Hooper
10th Flight
Fisher Kautson d. Lester McCarty
11th Flight
Will Rich d. Collin Benavides
12th Flight
Dylan York d. Isaac Castleberry
13th Flight
Zane Petty d. Michael Gower
14th Flight
David Casey Fowler d. Hunter Eaton