Roswall blisters field with 64, wins Tri-Cities Junior Amateur 13-15 Masters title

Pat Kenney • Jul 29, 2013 at 7:44 PM

BRISTOL, Va. — On a day when many struggled, Chase Roswall was on cruise control.

Roswall had six birdies and an eagle in a sizzling round of 8-under-par 64 to capture the boys’ 13-15 Masters Division of the Tri-Cities PGA Junior Amateur championship Monday at The Virginian.

The winning score by Roswall, a member at The Virginian, was the lowest ever posted in the 13-year history of the event.

Andrew Spiegler of Abingdon was second with a 68.

The boys’ 16-18 Masters title went to Johnson City’s Peter Chang, who shot 74. Kingsport’s Drake Crawford was second with a 76.

Gray’s Haley Wagner ran away with the girls’ 12-18 Tour Division with an even-par 72. Kingsport’s Haverly Harrold was second at 79.

Katerina Scott of Kingsport took the girls’ 12-18 Division with a 50 over the nine-hole event. Isabella van der Biest, also of Kingsport, won the 8-11 Micro girls with a nine-hole score of 44.

Roswall’s round was highlighted by an eagle 2 on the short, par-4 seventh hole.

“I drove the green and had an 8-foot putt for the eagle,” said Roswall, who will be a freshman at The Baylor School in Chattanooga this fall. “That really seemed to get me going.”

He finished with a 5-under 31 on the front nine and came home with a 3-under 33 on the back.

“I only missed one green today and rolled in every putt that seemed makeable,” added Roswall, whose previous best on The Virginian layout was 69.

Wagner stumbled out of the gate, making a double bogey on her opening hole. She righted the ship in a big way by making six birdies over her final 17 holes.

Amazingly, she has only been playing golf for three years.

“This last year has been a big improvement for me,” said Wagner, who will be a senior at Daniel Boone. “I’ve really stepped up my short game. It’s still not perfect, but it’s getting there.”

Chang, a rising senior at Science Hill, also is a member at The Virginian. He used his knowledge of the course to his advantage in winning the 16-18 Masters.

“I was pretty confident coming into the event,” he said. “What I wanted to do was just be conservative. I putted well and that kept things under control.”

Crawford hit two balls out of bounds and lost one off the tee on No. 18, yet he still managed to shoot 4 over.

“I learned today that down the stretch you just have to calm down,” said Crawford, who plays for Sullivan South. “You have to be confident in every decision you make and go with it.”

Connor Creasy of Abingdon won the boys’ 10-13 Tour Division with a 37, Greeneville’s Dillon Moore shot 36 to capture the 10-11 Micro Division and Quinton Sampsel of Johnson City took the 8-9 Micro with a 38.

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