Junior 13-15: Final hole gives Swedberg a title
Ryan Swedberg clinched the Junior 13-15 Division Championship last Saturday on the final hole in a razor thin victory over Andrew Lindberg of Coppell, Texas.
The battle for the championship featured lead changes all afternoon, and neither golfer held more than a 1-stroke lead in the entire match.
"Hats off to Andrew Lindberg," Swedberg said during the awards ceremony. "He played an excellent match today. It was a lot of fun, and he played really well."
Swedberg, a resident of Monterey, California, started the match 1-up thanks to a par on No. 1. He lost the lead when Lindberg shot a par on No. 3, but regained his advantage with a bogey on No. 4.
The first lead of the day for Lindberg came after he shot two birdies on Nos. 5 and 6. But Swedberg battled back and tied the match with a bogey on No. 7.
The two remained deadlocked for the next seven straight holes.
Lindberg finally took the lead on No. 15 with a par, but that ended up being his final win of the day. Swedberg shot a birdie on the next hole to tie the match.
With both golfers tied heading into the final hole, Swedberg shot a par to become the division champion.
The road to the championship match was fairly easy for Swedberg. After taking a 4-3 victory over Ben Sigel in the quarterfinals, his semifinal opponent withdrew due to a scheduling conflict.
There will not be a defending champion in the Junior 13-15 Division next year. As a 15-year-old, Swedberg would advance to the Men's Division next year.
Ryan Swedberg def. Andrew Lindberg, 1-up