The 19th Northern Junior Championship concluded yesterday at storied New Haven Country Club in Hamden, Connecticut. Following ideal conditions on Tuesday for the opening round, players were met with overcast skies and a freshening breeze as they navigated the famed Willie Park Jr. design.
In the Boys Championship, Ben James of Milford, Connecticut triumphed with an outstanding 6 under par total of 134.
Luke Muller, of Fort Thomas, tied for 7th, 2 over par, for a total of 142. Eighty total players qualified for the championship.
In July, Muller captured the Kentucky Boys Junior Amateur for his first individual win as a golfer at Nevel Meade Golf Club, with a total score of 135 (-9). The Kentucky Junior Golf Tournament is the most cherished trophies in the sport.
Muller, a two-sport star at Highlands, will play golf collegiately at Northern Kentucky University.
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Boys Championship Recap
Entering Wednesday’s final round, Tyler Lee of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey held a two-shot lead over two-time defending Northern Junior champion Ben James of Milford, Connecticut. With Lee at 4 under and James at 2 under to start the day and only a handful of other players within striking distance of the lead, it appeared the final round could become a two-man race. After the front nine, Lee and James were tied at 4 under par with their closest competition three strokes back.
Overnight leader Tyler Lee finished at three under par 137 with impressive rounds of 66 and 71 and will return to the Northern Junior in 2022 in hopes of claiming the title. As a 2023 high school graduate, Lee will certainly be a name to watch and early favorite for next year’s event.
At even par and tied for 3rd place were Ryan Pamer of Hudson, Ohio and Key Coker of Dallas, Texas. Coker was also the recipient of this year’s Ryan Lee Memorial Scholarship. Another shot back at one over and tied for 5th place were Bradley Sawka of Ellington, Connecticut and Aiden Azevedo of Haverhill, Massachusetts.