RENO — In high winds that challenged the toughness of the field, Harrison Holetz of Incline Village took home his first International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) title after putting together two solid rounds at the Reno Junior at ArrowCreek Country Club this past weekend.
On Saturday, Holetz began his round with a bogey on the first hole, but quickly responded with two birdies in his next five holes. After struggling for two holes, Holetz hit the best shot of the tournament on No. 9, which led to an eagle on the 593-yard, par-5.
Holetz carried the momentum to the back nine, giving him a 1-over-par 73 on the day. This was the lowest score of the day, giving him the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award.
Going into Sunday’s final round, Holetz had a three-stroke lead over David Hinitz of Reno. It quickly tightened up as Holetz made a few costly mistakes in the first 11 holes. After Hinitz made birdie on No. 14 on the Legend Course, the Boys 15-19 Division was tied. This is when Holetz turned it up a notch. He finished par-eagle-birdie-par to capture the title and finish his day with a 5-over-par 77.
“Today, I had a funky front nine and then on the back, I started really bad, but came back at the end with par-eagle-birdie-par,” Holetz said. “So that was helpful.”
The key to Holetz’s success was his dominance on the par 5s. He played them in 5-under-par over the course of the weekend.
Hinitz could not match Holetz’s finish, but was still able to secure second place with a solid tournament total of 153. Finishing in third place was Patrick Phelps of Reno, who recorded a tournament score of 164.