Nick Geiman was one tired young man on Monday evening.
And who could blame him?
On Sunday, Geiman battled down to the wire against good friend Gus Minkin in a 36-hole match-play final for the Out Door Country Club championship. Minkin earned a 2&1 victory over Geiman, who will be a senior at York Catholic in the fall.
On Monday, Geiman played 27 holes in the York County Amateur Golf Association Junior Championship, again at Out Door. This time, Geiman got the best of Minkin, finishing with a 4-under-par 104 total to win the stroke-play title. Minkin was second, five shots back.
After two days and 62 holes of golf, Geiman and Minkin came away with one championship each.
"It's just a lot of golf," Geiman said Monday evening. "Both of us are really tired."
Geiman finished the first 18 holes on Monday with a 2-under-par 70 and a three-shot lead.
"I birdied No. 18 on our first 18," Geiman said. "I felt like that really helped me. I thought that was big to get some momentum going my way."
Geiman played even better during the final nine holes Monday, carding a 2-under 34 to pull away for the victory.
"I didn't play great the first 18, but I scored well, and I played really well in the last nine," Geiman said.
Part of the credit for his victory, according to Geiman, was because of a new addition to his bag.
"I actually put a new putter in the bag (a Ping Anser 2) and it worked pretty well," he said. "I made some putts I needed to."
After Monday's triumph, Geiman is far from done with golf. He plans to play in an American Junior Golf Association event on Tuesday at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, Md. He then plans to compete in the Junior War of the Roses event on Friday, again at Out Door. That pits the top junior golfers from York County against their counterparts from Lancaster County in a Ryder Cup-style match-play competition.
Then next week, Aug. 11-13, he will play in the Pennsylvania Open at Country Club of York.
There was a three-way tie for third in the boys' competition at 111 involving Kevin Crumbling, Zach Dixon and Evan Greenplate.
Julianne Lee fired a 79 to win the YCAGA girls' crown. Lee adds that title to the York County Junior Golf Association Match Play title that she won last week. Minkin won the YCJGA Match Play boys' championship last week. Alexandra Lowder was second in Monday's girls' competition at 93.
Greenplate took the YCAGA 13-14 boys' title on Monday with a 75, followed by Logan Snyder at 78 and Justin Gruver and Matthew Bricker at 79.
Jun Young Lee captured the nine-hole 12-and-under boys' crown with a 41. Bobby Nicholson was second at 47, while Matt Weaver was third at 48.
— Reach Steve Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.