After eight rounds of golf in five days and 38 holes on the final day, Ty Gingerich won the 94th
Boys State Junior Championship at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, IN. Gingerich defeated Jacob Deakyne 4 & 2 in the Championship Match on Friday.
“It feels great,” Gingerich said. “After being in the Final Four last year and not quite getting the job done I knew I wanted to come back this year and play the best I could and try to win it.”
Gingerich went 22 holes in the semifinal match against Alec Cesare before getting to the Championship Match on Friday afternoon. Gingerich won the 18th
hole to force extra holes and ultimately won on the par 5, 4th
“Cesare played great,” Gingerich said. “We went to 22 holes but I was a little tired, my feet were starting to hurt and my body was sore but I had to grind out the last match.”
Fatigue didn’t effect Gingerich too much in the Championship match. He came out quickly birdieing three holes on the front nine taking a three shot lead to the 10th
hole. Three more birdies on the back nine secured the 4 & 2 victory for Gingerich.
Gingerich finished in a tie for fifth in the stroke play portion of the championship posting rounds 75 and 69 to grab the fifth seed in the match play bracket. After 3 & 1 and 2 & 1 victories in the first two rounds, Gingerich and Shoji Fujita went 21 holes before Gingerich advanced to the Elite Eight where he defeated Tyler Nickol.
Jacob Deakyne defeated the second seed, Clay Stirsman, in the second round of match play and then defeated Nick Dentino, the 2019 IHSAA individual state champion, in the semifinals before falling to Gingerich in the final match.
Gingerich will be attended the University of Cincinnati in the fall.
For full results from the 94th
Boys State Junior Championship, click here: https://igf.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/igf19/event/igf192/index.htm