Ben Ortwein’s putter, Grace Sanborn’s irons, Evelyn Wong’s bathroom break and Jordan Barker’s chill mood lead to gold
Ben Ortwein spent hours during the COVID-19 pandemic putting in his basement.
The Notre Dame-Green Pond junior was not pleased with that part of his golf game after winning the 2019 Colonial League title and …
“It was atrocious,” he said Wednesday. “It was so bad.
“I’m glad all those hours paid off.”
Ortwein completed a stellar round at the District 11 Class 2A golf championships with a 3-over-par 75 to beat Central Catholic’s Nathan Meyers by a shot for the gold medal.
The Crusader didn’t miss a putt inside of five feet until the last hole, when he knew he had two putts to win.
Ortwein’s round started by draining a birdie putt on the uphill, par-4 first hole. He birdied the par-5 ninth and 14th holes to straighten out his round.
Meyers had the lead until a double bogey on the par-3 16th, then finished bogey-bogey on a day when swirling, gusty winds made it difficult with club selection.
Ortwein, who parred the 17th to take the lead before securing the victory by matching Meyers’ 5 on the last hole, said experience allowed him to focus on the next shot.
“Being able to control your nerves and not let them get out of hand was good,” Ortwein said. “And having a lot of fun [playing]. We had a good group. Everyone was nice. That made it a lot easier