Westlake’s Jack Evans takes first at Joe Balander Junior

Pictured left to right: Christian Eidenschink, Tyler Blonder and Jack Evans.

Last week, Westlake High School’s Jack Evans and McNeil High School’s Christian Eidenschink were part of the contingent that braved the rain at the Felix George Junior.

The weather got so nasty that day at Morris Williams Golf Course that the tournament had to be abruptly shortened to nine holes, and golfers who had already made the turn were immediately pulled off the course. Evans and Eidenschink played in the same group that day.

On Wednesday at Jimmy Clay Golf Course in the Joe Balander Junior, Evans and Eidenschink were back in the same group together, this time welcomed by sunny skies and deservedly so after last week’s downpour at “Mo Willy.” But the conditions on Wednesday were not necessarily much easier as the wind whipped and gusted for most of the round.

Evans still preferred it.

“Not as tough as playing in the rain,” said Evans, who will be a junior at Westlake. “Greens were faster, which is nice.”

Jack Evans

Evans got off to a good start on Wednesday and made the turn with a 3-over 39 on the front. But he struggled on the back nine with the flat stick and shot a 45 to finish with an 84. Still, it was enough for Evans to best his competitors as he won the boys’ 16-18 division by three strokes.

“I feel like I played well,” Evans said. “Still didn’t play as well as I thought I could’ve on the back nine. But I’m happy with it.”

Evans plays an approach shot.

In the boys’ 13-15 flight, Drew Wagner and Bobby Lane each fired 5-over 77s to finish in a tie atop the leaderboard. But after a scorecard playoff, Wagner was awarded the win.

Megan Schultz picked up her second straight victory in the girls’ 9-10 division after carding a 1-over 37 for nine holes, and Jack Lorenz shot a 3-over 39 to take first place in the boys’ 11-12 flight.

For the full results from Wednesday’s Joe Balander Junior, click here: leaderboard.htm

The next Austin junior tournament is the Roy Kizer Junior slated for July 5 at Roy Kizer Golf Course.

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