Iso-Ahola, Lewis win junior titles Hunt Valley produces two age-group winners


GREAT FALLS, Va. -- Vertti Iso-Ahola and Jessica Lewis earned their respective boys and girls titles in different ways at the Middle Atlantic Golf Association's annual Junior Championships at River Bend Country Club yesterday.

Iso-Ahola (CC at Woodmore) birdied the first playoff hole from five feet after tying with Jamie Poist of Kenwood CC. The two 17-year-olds had finished the regulation round with par 72s over the 6,631-yard Fairfax County course.

Sixteen-year-old Lewis (Columbia CC), who had won this event in 1996 and the Maryland State crown in 1997, shot 79 to beat Brooke Bendler (Green Hill Y&CC) by four strokes. Bendler, 17, who is headed for the University of Mississippi, had won age-group titles at ages 13 and 15.

Steve Colnitis, 15, had his first hole-in-one and was one of two age-group winners from Hunt Valley GC. Colnitis, a St. Paul's sophomore, saw his 5-iron shot at the 198-yard, 10th hole hit just past the cup and spin back into the cup. He led the 14-15 boys with 78, and club mate Megan Grimm won the girls 14-15 division with 98.

Boys division

Overall: Vertti Iso-Ahola, CC Woodmore, 36-3672; Jamie Poist, Kenwood CC, 36-3672 (Iso-Ahola won playoff on first extra hole). 16-17: Bobby Higgins, Bethesda CC, 41-3576; Michael Ball, Bretton Woods RC, 40-3676 (Higgins won on a match of cards). '' 14-15: Steve Colnitis, Hunt Valley GC, 40-3878; Patrick Loftus, River Bend CC, 41-3879; Jimmy Rossi, River Bend CC, 38-4179 (Loftus won on a match of cards). 10-13: Will Armstrong, Army Navy CC, 42-3779; Daniel Hogan, Fairfax National, 43-4083; Garrett Pike, Lowes Island Club, 41-4283; Hunwoo Park, Westwood CC, 39-4483 (Hogan won on a match of cards).

Girls division

Overall: Jessica Lewis, Columbia CC, 42-3779; Brooke Bendler, Green Hill Y&CC, 45-3883. 16-17: Lori Koch, Crofton CC, 44-4185; Holly Burleson, Hunt Valley GC, 54-4599. 14-15: Megan Grimm, Hunt Valley GC, 51-4798; Katie Broom, Springfield G&CC, 49-55104. 10-13: Sarah O'Neill, Congressional CC, 48-4391; Donna Bavely, Springfield G&CC, 54-46100.

Pub Date: 6/26/98

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