Gekas earns second YCJGA victory of summer with narrow win at Hanover C.C.


William Gekas scored his second York County Junior Golf Association victory of the summer on Monday by shooting a 6-over-par 77 at Hanover Country Club to win the Boys' 15-18 Blue Division.

William Gekas

His score was just low enough to hold off Austin Shreffler, who finished second with a 78, and Michael DeRose, whose 79 got him third.

Gekas put together a strong front nine, posting an even-par 36, but struggled a bit on the back, shooting a 6-over 41. His front nine, however, was good enough to make up for the back side. Shreffler posted a pair of 39s.

Gekas, Shreffler and DeRose were the only players to break 80 in the Blue Division. Justin Gruver (81) and Michael Robinson (82) rounded out the top five.

Green Division: In the Boys' 14-and-Under Green Division, Trevor Snyder blew away his competition, firing a 10-over 81 to win by eight strokes.

Cole Sevick was Snyder's closest competitor, finishing with an 89, making those two players the only ones to shoot under 90.

White Division: In the Boys' 15-18 White Division, Darin Wise held off both Ryan Menchey and Brandon Simmons to win the event.

Wise fired a 6-over 77, besting Menchey and Simmons by one stroke. Menchey went on to grab second over Simmons by virtue of winning a card-matching tiebreaker. Nick Hooper (80) and Alex Gekas (81) completed the top five.

Girls' Division: In the girls' competition, Cailey Roman posted an 88, finishing a stroke better than Alex Lowder to win the event.

Roman played a more consistent round, firing a 43 on the front nine and 45 on the back nine, while Lowder's front-nine 40 was undone by her 49 on the back.

They were the only two players to break 90 on the day.

Nine-Hole Division: In the nine-hole age group, Caden Blanchette overcame a triple-bogey to start his round and won with a 45. 

Taylor Hicks and Adler Stine finished behind Blanchette with 47s, but Hicks won the card-matching tiebreaker to grab second place. Athen Sacher and Alex Beckley each posted 49s to round out the top five.