The final matches in the Borck Junior Golf Tournament Wednesday at H. Smith Richardson Golf Course in Fairfield were both decided on the final hole. Abbey Doski hung on to beat Stamford's Faith Garcia, 1-up, in the girls tournament and Tom Yarson won 1-up over Jack Zierolf in the boys tournament.
The Borck, in its 41st year, features some of the top junior players in Fairfield County. The tournament began with stroke play on Monday. The format switched to match play for the top qualifiers in both divisions on Tuesday. The competition is held in memory of Jay Borck, a young golfer who died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1968 at the age of 16. He passed away one week after winning the Brooklawn Junior Championship.
Doski, a Newtown resident who plays out of Tashua Knolls in Trumbull, clung to a 1-up lead on the 18th hole in the championship match. She punched out on her third shot from a maze of trees, and then put her fourth shot on the green about 25 feet away from the pin. Garcia seemed to have the advantage when her third shot landed on the green. After Garcia's first putt sailed a good 15 feet beyond the pin, Doski ended the match by sinking her putt.
"I feel really lucky,'' Doski said. "I would've been happy to go to extra holes. I was definitely trying to make that putt. I hadn't made anything all day, so I was due." Doski won her semifinal in the morning over Tori Radovic, 7-and-6, while Garcia beat Amanda Gallucci, 8-and-7.
Yarson won the boys match when Zierolf, the 2008 Borck champion, picked up after a disastrous 18th hole. Yarson fell 2-down on the first two holes, rallied to go 3-up after 13 but was back tied entering 18. Zierolf got into trouble off the tee and Yarson walked off with the win.
Yarson won his semifinal over Alex Hayes, 2-and-1, while Zierolf took out Joe Klokus, 5-and-3.
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