Phase II Complete

Aspen’s Pevny posts another top-5 finish in Optimist International Junior Championship

By Gary Baines -07/26/2019

There’s something about the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship that brings out the best in Aspen’s Nic Pevny.

A year ago, the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado member won the boys 12-13 division of the tournament.  And this week, as the second phase of the Optimist was completed at Trump National Doral in Miami, Pevny tied for fifth place out of 134 players in the boys 14-15 division.

Pevny shot rounds of 79-76-70 for a 10-over-par 225 total for three rounds, which left him four strokes behind champion Nashawn Tyson.

The top Colorado finisher in the other division that competed this week, the girls 13-14, was Abigail Aeschleman of Highlands Ranch, who was 17th out of 57 players. Aeschleman went 79-79-82 for a 24-over-par total of 240.

In accompanying competitions, Gage Messingham of Arvada won both the long drive championship and teamed with Jason to claim the parent-child title.

Messingham hit a 298-yard drive into a stiff headwind to claim the long-drive championship for his division.

For a story and results on how Coloradans fared in phase I of the Optimist, CLICK HERE.

The third and final phase of the tournament will conclude on Wednesday.

Here are the results of the Coloradans in Phase II of the Optimist:

BOYS 14-15 (Field of 134)

5. Nicholas Pevny, Aspen 79-76-70–225

19. Matthew Wilkinson, Centennial 78-77-75–230

44. Maxwell Lange, Golden 82-78-78–238

50. Hunter Swanson, Denver 74-86-79–239

50. Gage Messingham, Arvada 78-81-80–239

56. Carter Surofchek, Colorado Springs 80-83-77–240

Missed Cut

Wesley Erling, Castle Rock 85-83-76–244

Blake Sullivan, Castle Rock 91-83-77–251

Trey Kirschner, Arvada 82-90-83–255

Kyle Leydon, Commerce City 83-89-91–263

Jack Pashel, Englewood 91-92-83–266

Jonathan Trigg, Cherry Hills Village 94-88-90–272

Colin McGeary, Highlands Ranch 89-94-110–293

GIRLS 13-14 (Field of 57)

17. Abigail Aeschleman, Highlands Ranch 79-79-82–240

38. Emily Cheng, Colorado Springs 84-87-86–257

43. Kaitlin Zingler, Lakewood 92-88-79–259

43. Timbre Shehee, Mead 89-83-87–259