Quest for Grillo’s 2nd straight Junior PGA title slips away in playoff

Golf ballSOUTHWICK, Mass., July 3 – Angela Garvin of Feeding Hills, Mass., birdied the 18th hole to force a playoff where she beat defending champion Marissa Grillo of Avon on the fifth hole to win the 2014 Connecticut Junior PGA Section championship at the Ranch Golf Club.

Grillo, who graduated from Avon in June, led by three strokes after one round with an opening round 73 thanks to four birdies. But the second 18 holes was a challenge. Contestants completed just six holes before suspended play and the golfers had to return for a third day.

Grillo struggled in the second round with three double bogeys on her first nine holes as she shot a seven-over-par 79, giving her a two-day total of 152. Garvin, who finished the seventh grade this spring, had a 77 on day one and a 75 for round two. 

In the playoff, the pair started off strong by each birding the first hole. They stayed consistent with each other until Garvin won with a birdie on the fifth hole. Garvin earns a berth in the 39th annual Junior PGA Championship on July 29 through Aug. 1 at Miramont Country Club in Texas.

Grillo, a four-time All-State selection at Avon, will be playing at Boston College this fall and next spring.

In the boys competition, Windsor’s Jason Liu, who just completed his freshman year, won the Connecticut Junior PGA title with a four stroke victory over Nicklaus Harrington of Chaplin, Conn. Liu had a first round 68 on the par 72 course and a second round score of 71 for a five-under total of 139. Lis also earned a berth to play in Texas later this month.

Canton’s Logan Anderson finished tied for 16th with a two-day total of eight-over-par 152. Anderson shot 79 on day one and 73 for the second round with three birdies in each round. Canton’s Philippe Morin (76-78, 154) finished tied for 20th while Avon’s Jake Gresch (77-78, 155) was tied for 21st. 

On the girls side, Burlington’s Abbie Tully (88-87, 175) was tied for seventh, Simsbury’s Kelsey Sullivan (94-92, 186) finished 12th and Avon’s Sarah Breckinridge (98-96, 194) was tied for 16th.

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