Carson Herron of Deephaven, Minn. wins the Boy’s Players Tour Tournament of Champions in a play-off against Daniel Renner, from Victoria, Minn., to take the trophy with a two-day total of 142 strokes and back-to-back 71. Madi Hicks, also from Victoria, won the Girl’s Tournament of Champions wire-to-wire with 145 strokes, shooting 69 and 76.
Herron and Renner played together for Day Two, Renner pulling ahead with 3 birdies on the front nine and making an eagle on 10. Herron birdied 11 and 17, while Renner double-bogeyed 13, Herron carding a 35 and Renner a 36 on the back to put them in a tie for first.
“I made an important 6-footer on my last hole to get into the playoff,” said Herron.
The playoff lasted only one hole, on par-4 18. Both Herron and Renner made solid second shots, but Herron’s third chip shot nearly landed in the hole, dropping two feet from the flagstick after bouncing slightly. Renner’s landed 15 feet past the flagstick, and his putt for par lipped out leaving Herron with an easy 2-footer for the win.
“I felt bad for him,” said Herron. “Because I wanted it to go longer. You don’t like seeing people miss, but I was happy to win.”
Hicks finished strong on Day One, but struggled during her second round, making 5 bogeys and a birdie and finishing +1 overall.
“I had trouble making putts,” said Hicks. “But otherwise like putting it on the green and driving was pretty good.”
Hicks, a rising sophomore, said today’s finish felt amazing: “I’ve been close to winning a couple tournaments, so it feels nice to get a win.”
Vunnisa Vu (Maplewood, Minn.) took second place at +2 for the Girl’s Tournament, and Aayushi Sarkar (Woodbury, Minn.) finished third at +3. Leo Gellert finished in third at 1-under in the Boy’s Tournament.
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