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YOUTH GOLF: TRIO OF VALLEY GOLFERS FINISH IN TOP THREE AT ELMIRA STOP ON CENTRAL NY JUNIOR PGA TOUR (2017-08-04)

Valley Sports Report
ELMIRA — A trio of Valley golfers finished in the top three in their respective divisions Thursday afternoon here at the Elmira Country Club stop on the Central N.Y. Junior PGA Tour.

Sayre senior-to-be Ryan Murrelle and Waverly senior-to-be Capria Picco each finished second in there respective 18U divisions, while Tioga sophomore-to-be Sam Taylor was third in the 15U boys division.

Sayre’s Murrelle finishes second in 18U boys division
Vestal’s Doug Matthews carded back-to-back birdies on the 13th and 14th holes to rally for the win in the 18U boys division Thursday afternoon.

Matthews fired a 1-under round of 70 to best Murrelle, who shot a 75, by five strokes, and Binghamton’s Trevor Jones by six strokes.

Murrelle shot an even-par 35 on the front round to lead Matthews by one stroke and Jones by two strokes. Murrelle birdied the 172-yard, par-3 7th hole.

Murrelle gave back a stroke on the 11th hole, then trailed by three strokes after Matthews’ consecutive birdies.

Murrelle birdied the 190-yard, par-3 15th hole, but Matthews closed strong with four consecutive pars to shoot a 2-under par 34 on the back.

Waverly’s Picco finishes second in 18U girls division

Cicero’s Abigail Ainsworth took the lead on the 9th hole, and topped Waverly’s Capria Picco by four strokes to win the 18U girls division Thursday afternoon.

Ainsworth carded her only par of the front nine on the ninth hole, while Picco logged a double-bogey to break a tie. Ainsworth had a 44 on the front nine, while Picco shot a 46.

Ainsworth led by as many as six strokes on the back nine, but Picco trimmed the deficit to three strokes after 16 holes with an eagle on the 519-yard, par-5 16th hole. Ainsworth parred the final two holes to secure the win.

Tioga’s Taylor finishes third in 15U boys division

Tioga’s Sam Taylor carded a triple-bogey on the 539-yard, par-5 5th hole to fall four strokes of the lead and never recovered en route to a third-place finish Thursday afternoon.

Daniel Ames of Addison claimed the title with a 74, while Corning’s Daniel Ames was runner-up with a 76, and Taylor carded a 79.

Ames shot a 36 on the front to lead Thomas by two strokes, and Taylor by three strokes.

Thomas took a two-stroke lead over Ames with a birdie on the 13th hole, but Ames birdied the 14th and 16th holes to rally for the win.

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IN PHOTO: Ryan Murrelle.

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