Azalea Trail Junior Golf

Jake Smelser, of Troup, tees off in the first hole. (Victor Texcucano/Staff)

Tyler’s Andrew Bloch sizzled in round two with a 1-under 71, but he came up short of winning the 2014 Azalea Trail Junior Golf Classic title.

Garrett Glanton, of Richardson, held off the Bloch charge to win the Boys 15-18 title on Sunday at Hollytree Country Club.

Glanton had a 36-hole score of 144 (70-74) to finish four strokes ahead of Bloch (77-71—148) and defending champion Blaine Hale Jr. of Dallas (73-75—148).

Bullard’s Jonathan Shelton had the best round of the group with a 2-under 70. He finished fourth at 149.

Three other East Texans were in the top 10 — Sulphur Springs’ Garrett Landers (79-74—153) and Brody Blackmon (77-76—153) tied for seventh with Jacksonville’s Cameron Brown (76-78—154) tying for ninth.

In the girls 15-18, Hanna Harrison, of Plano, won with a total of 172 (90-82). Lindale’s Kennedy Wheeler finished fifth.

In boys 9-10, Sam Jenkins of Garland (40-40—80) edged a couple of area players — Sam Benson of Gilmer (41-41—82) and Jacob Cole of Tyler (40-43—83).

Other winners include:

Girls 7 to 8 — Ebba Mattisson Thalen, Frisco, 55-49—104;

Girls 9 to 10 — Avery Zweig, Dallas, 50-45—95;

Girls 11 to 12 — Ellie Szeryk, Allen, 79-81—160;

Girls 13 to 14 — Mikaela Pritchard, Frisco, 82-84—166;

Boys 7 to 8 — Davis Ovard, Frisco, 45-43—88;

Boys 11 to 12 — Dawson Ovard, Frisco, 76-72—148;

Boys 13 to 14 — Sixian Guo, Lewisville, 75-73—148.

The classic is one of 18 playing opportunities for the Bridgestone Golf All American Tour. The tourney is conducted by the Northern Texas PGA Junior Tour and SPORTyler and presented by the Golf Academy of America.

Sports Editor

I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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