The C.R. Miller Memorial Junior Match Play Invitational brings together some of the top junior golfers in Western Pennsylvania to compete with one and other in match play format. Championship host Laurel Valley Golf Club provided a perfect setting for this year’s invitees to battle out two grueling days of 36 holes of competition in near 100 degree temperatures. The individual matches were as much about endurance as they were about playing ability.
In the initial round of 16, two matches went to extra holes and one match was decided on the eighteenth hole. While in the afternoon quarterfinal round, all matches were decided on the eighteenth hole or beyond. At the end of a demanding day one, four players advanced to play on Friday, Jordan Klodowski, Brent Rodgers, Zac Taylor and Matthew Moore.
Friday morning in the beautiful Laurel Valley set the stage for Rodgers, 2011 West Penn Junior Champion, to use his power to wear down his opponents. Rodgers began to turn championship length par 5’s and par 4’s at Laurel Valley into holes where he had short iron approaches. Rodgers defeated Klodowski and Moore defeated Taylor in the morning semifinal matches to set up the final match between Rodgers and Moore for the trophy. Rodgers was simply too much for his opponents to handle winning both of his matches on day two, 3 & 2 to claim the C.R. Miller Memorial trophy. Matthew Moore was the runner-up. Rodgers, a junior-to-be at Pittsburgh Central Catholic, notched his second Western Pennsylvania Golf Association individual championship with the win. He and all of his fellow competitors are players to watch in the coming years.