Ryan Moran, 16, putts on the ninth hole during Monday’s York County Junior Golf Association event at South Hills Golf Club.
Ryan Moran, 16, putts on the ninth hole during Monday's York County Junior Golf Association event at South Hills Golf Club. (THE EVENING SUN -- CLARE BECKER )

For Kendel Abrams, Monday's performance at the York Country Junior Golf Association tournament at South Hills Golf Course was nearly perfect.

The rising eighth grader dominated the girls' division, winning by six strokes over Morgan Wirtz.

"It feels great coming out victorious," Abrams said. "I hadn't been shooting well in the other YCJGA tournaments this year, so to come out and play like this today was great."

Despite being only a rising eighth grader at Southern Middle School, Abrams has been playing golf competitively for four years and playing in general for about six years.

It was Abrams' first time playing at South Hills, but she dissected the course like a surgeon.

After shooting a 41 on the front nine, she came out and fired a 37 on the back nine.

"I knew at the turn when I was coming off the front nine that I had a good chance to win this," she said. "Then on the (13th hole) I was thinking that this was an easy hole to birdie and I was able to do it, so at that point, I knew things were going well."

Abrams attributed much of her success Monday to taking a week off from playing. She spent most of the week practicing and refocusing on her game.

Her round started very strong as she scored back-to-back fours, something Abrams said paved the way for a strong round.


"Getting off to a fast start is really important," Abrams said. "If you are doing really bad on the first hole, it drains you and you think man I screwed up. If you come out and go par, par, birdie, you are thinking yes, I can do this."

Abrams' back nine got off to a shaky start as she scored a seven on the 10th hole, but she rebounded with back-to-back birdies.

"I was telling myself I needed to make up for the double bogey because there was no way I was going to win if I still had that double bogey in my mind, then I made those birdies and just went from there."

On the boys' side, Central York's Gus Minkin claimed the blue 15-18 division by shooting a 73.

The win was his first in the 15-18 age group after winning several in the 14 and under division.

"I have been shooting pretty well all summer," Minkin said. "But today I played pretty well. Before we started, I told my dad that I feel really good today and I thought I was going to shoot pretty well."

Minkin had been spending time working on his short game leading up to Monday's tournament, and it paid off.

"I think the tide really turned for me on holes 8-9-10 when I had three straight birdies," Minkin said. "That got me to 1-under, and from there I felt like I was in the zone. I felt good with everything. I was hitting a bunch of fairways and a bunch of greens. It feels really good to come out with the win against this caliber of golfers."

Evan Greenplate won the boys' 14 and under division with an 86, while Andrew Davis captured the boys' white 15-18 division.

York County Junior Golf Asscociation
   Monday's Results from YCJGA event at South Hills Golf Club.
14 White Tees
  1. Evan Greenplate   86
  2. Matt Minkin   87
  3. Jun Lee   88
  4. Eli Brooks   88
  5. Carson Bacha   89
  6. Blake Sebring   89
  7. Logan Snyder   89
  8. Mason Staub   90
  9. Matt Bricker   92
10. Justin Gruver   93
15-18 Blue Tees
  1. Gus Minkin   73
  2. Michael Bair   75
  3. Caleb Bryant   78
  4. Garrett Leib   79
  5. Byron Markle   79
  6. Nicholas Geiman   79
  7. Zach Swanner   80
  8. Devin Moore   82
  9. Casey Bird   82
10. Axel Hartman   83
15-18 White Tees
  1. Andrew Davis   76
  2. Dylan Reichard   77
  3. Zach Dixon   81
  4. Andrew Forjan   81
  5. Austin Pokopec   83
  6. Michael Renga   86
  7. Kyle Williams   88
  8. Chance Walls   89
  9. Trevor Sweitzer   92
10. Ryan DePorter   93
Girls Tees
  1. Kendel Abrams   78
  2. Morgan Wirtz   84
  3. Julianne Lee   85
  4. Victoria Ross   85
  5. Loren Prescott   90
  6. Jennifer Gentry   91
  7. Kelsey Long   102