WOODSTOCK – After 15 events spanning the summer months, the player of the year in each division was settled in the final McHenry County Junior Golf Association event of the year, the Tournament of Champions.
The tournament, played at Woodstock Country Club, brought together the top eight boys and top four girls in each division’s standings for one final event against the best of MCJGA.
All of the division leaders heading into the tournament held on, or in some cases, extended their leads to clinch player of the year honors.
In his last attempt at the top award of MCJGA, recent Huntley grad Tyler Ross finally claimed player of the year in the boys senior division. Ross finished third in the Tournament of Champions with a 77. Ross finished with 885 points to win the division.
“It feels good. I’ve been close the last couple of years, so it’s good to finally be at the top,” Ross said. “All of the hard work that I put in the last few years has progressed me to get here.”
Playing in his last junior golf event, Huntley grad Brad Spoeth won a one-hole playoff against Brandon Dahl to capture the tournament title. Spoeth and Dahl shot 75s. Spoeth won on a bogey after both players hit shots out of bounds.
Despite losing interest in golf for a period of time over the summer, Johnsburg sophomore Grant Fisher managed to pull away and win the boys junior division with 1,025 points.
Fisher started his MCJGA play extremely consistent, never falling out of the top five in any of the events, until the midway point, where he struggled to keep up with the practice. Fisher has since rebounded to be back to the level he wants to be.
“It feels good,” Fisher said. "I kind of needed some golf rehab in the middle of season after having some bad scores."
“After a few tournaments, I didn’t feel like I deserved it, but then I came back and fulfilled my summer dream.”
Fisher ended his MCJGA play by finishing second at the tournament of champions with a score of 82. Fisher wasn’t even aware the tournament counted for points and just wanted to have some fun.
Cary-Grove sophomore Zach Beaugureau junior boys tournament title with an 80. It was Beaugureau’s third MCJGA tournament win of the year.
“I didn’t hit it that great today, but my short game really helped me out,” Beaugureau said. “It felt good that I could compete with the best players out here.
Cary-Grove junior Lauren Kalamaras won the player of the year award for the senior girls. Kalamaras finished fourth at the Tournament of Champions but held a big enough lead to hold on for the title.
“It feels like it paid off after playing in so many tournaments,” Kalamaras said. “I didn’t play that well today, but I’m really happy. This was sort of my goal for the end of this season.”
Kalamaras finished with 1,005 points, while second-place finisher Huntley senior Gillian Young had 825. Young won Tuesday's event with a 46.
The girls junior division title was not in doubt from early in the season, after McHenry’s Maddie Ogden went way up in the points. Ogden finished with 1,455 points, 880 ahead of second place.
Ogden finished her MCJGA play with a 51 and a one-stroke win over Caroline Giorgi.
“Before this year I didn’t feel like I was really trying, I was just here for the social stuff,” Ogden said. “It’s really nice to know that when I try my best and practice all the time that it pays off.”