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Kness wins second title, but Kurtz gets heart broken again at Hudson Junior

By MICHAEL LEONARD Sports Editor Published: June 29, 2017 8:33 PM

HUDSON — The 2017 Hudson Junior Invitational produced both agony and ecstacy

The ecstasy came from girls champion Mia Kness, who won the girls title for the second straight year at the Junior.

The agony came from Will Kurtz, who saw his dream of becoming the first Hudson boy to win the tournament fell short again.

Kness claimed her second title by finishing with round of 70 June 29 at The Country Club of Hudson. Kness rallied after slow first round, as she finished with a one-under-par score of 215 (76-69-70) over the three-day tournament.

In the boys field, Kurtz had a two-stroke lead with five holes to go, only to see Chardon native Charlie Toman rally take the title.

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Toman shot an even-par round of 72 June 29 to win. He finished four-under-par for the tournament at 212 (71-69-72). Kurtz shot a two-over-par 74 in the final round, finishing one stroke behind Toman for the tournament at 213 (69-70-74).

A native of Venetia, Penn., Kness becomes the first repeat champion at the Junior since Allie White in 2006 and 2007.

Because of the weather concerns, the final round of the Junior took place under a shotgun start. Thus, the final girls quartet teed off from the 10th hole.

While there was no rain during the final round, Kness and others noted wind was a major factor June 29.

Kness was in a battle with Hinckley native Madison Butler for the lead.

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Kness made her move by getting birdies on holes No. 1 and 2 to start her back nine, while Butler bogeyed the par-3 third hole.

From then on, Kness was in control, as Butler finished second with a two-over par score of 218 (71-73-74).

Hudson native Jenn David tied for 25th in the girls field with a 240 (78-81-81).

A rising senior at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School in Chardon, Toman finished second at the 2015 Hudson Junior and has committed to play at Valparaiso University in Indiana.

The key moment came at the 14th hole, where Toman hit the shot of the tournament.

After putting his tee shot into the rough, Toman couldn’t see the green for his second shot. However, his chip shot cleared the hill and landed on bowl in the green, where it rolled to within a few feet of the hole.

Toman’s tap-in birdie, combined with a three-putt bogey by Kurtz, tied the two at four under par.

Toman then scored par on the remaining five holes, while Kurtz hit a bogey on the 17th hole after putting his second shot in the bunker. That turned out to be the difference in the tournament.

The final round was equally tough for Powell native Kyle Mitchell. For the second straight year, Mitchell took the lead into the final round, only to shoot round of 78 on the final day. Mitchell finished third this year with a one-under-par score of 215 (66-71-78).


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