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YOUTH GOLF (15U): TIOGA'S TAYLOR FALLS SHORT IN FOUR-HOLE PLAYOFF AT BROOKS BROTHERS CHALLENGE AT FOXCHASE (2017-06-18)

Valley Sports Report
STEVENS, Pa. — A week after winning a three-hole playoff to win the College Prep Tour stop at Penn State, Tioga freshman Sam Taylor came out on the short end of a four-hole playoff in the 15U Division here Sunday at the Brooks Brothers Challenge at Foxchase Golf Club.

Matt Messenger of Moorestown, N.J. and Taylor each shot a two-day total of 153 on the 6,487-yard, par-72 course to force extra play.

Taylor shot a 76 on Saturday and led by 1 stroke after Messenger shot a 77. Taylor was 1-over after 13 holes, but finished the day with four bogeys in his final five holes. In the middle of the string of bogeys, Taylor birdied the 416-yard, par-4 16th hole.

Taylor maintained his lead on Sunday until a double-bogey on the fifth hole dropped him 1 stroke behind Messenger.

A birdie on the 520-yard, par-5 7th hole pulled Taylor even, and after a bogey by Messenger on the ninth hole left both players with a 38 on the front nine, leaving the Tioga freshman in the lead by one stroke.

Messenger birdied the 10th hole, and Taylor bogeyed it to drop him a shot off the lead. On the 14th hole, Taylor jumped back ahead with a birdie, while Messenger carded a bogey.

Messenger birdied the 16th hole to pull into a tie, but carded a double-bogey on 17 (Taylor had a bogey) to give Taylor a one-stroke lead heading to the 18th tee.

Taylor let the lead slip away with a bogey, while Messenger forced the playoff with a par.

Taylor and Messenger each bogeyed the first playoff hole, then matched pars on the second and third.

Taylor then launched an errant drive out-of-bounds on the fourth hole, and Messenger was able to par to win the tournament.

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IN PHOTO: Matt Messenger (left) and Tioga’s Sam Taylor.



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