TROY — There was plenty of movement up and down the eight-person field during the final round of the Junior City Golf Championships.
All except in one spot — first place.
Troy Moore, last year’s champion and the leader after Thursday’s opening round, held off a second-day charge by Troy High School teammate Grant Kasler, maintaining his start-to-finish lead and winning his second straight Junior City title Friday at Miami Shores Golf Course.
Last year, Moore led by four strokes after one round and won by 15. This year, Moore led by three strokes after a first-round 74, and he followed that up with a 79 in the second round for a two-day total of 153.
But his margin of victory shrunk on the second day this year, as Kasler made a strong run on Friday. Kasler shot 74, climbing from fourth place all the way to second to finish with 81-74—155, two strokes behind Moore.
Holden Scribner held onto third place, shooting 80-77—157. Payton Wheat, who was in second place after the first round, slipped all way to fourth place, following his 77 from Thursday with an 83 on Friday for a total of 160.
Luke Schroeder remained consistent on both days, shooting 84-84—168 to take fifth. Connor Hockett shot 95-92—187 and was sixth, narrowly holding off LeAnn Black, who had the biggest round-to-round improvement of the tournament. Black shot 100 in the first round then 88 on Friday to finish with 188 and remained in seventh place. Andrew Magoteaux was eighth, also improving a lot from Thursday to Friday by shooting 105-96—201.