The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

July 12, 2013

Steeves holds on to win tournament


sports@tribdem.com

EBENSBURG — Carrying a five-stroke lead into Friday’s final round, Evan Steeves took the lead to the podium at Ebensburg Country Club.

Steeves’ final-round 78 kept the field at bay as the North Fork golfer and junior-to-be at Conemaugh Township won the Greater Johnstown Junior Championship.

Steeves led by five strokes after Tuesday’s first round at Somerset Country Club and maintained that margin through Thursday’s round at North Fork Country Club.

Jeremy Eckenrode (Ebensburg Country Club) finished second with a 232 over the tournament’s three rounds while Nick Piskurich (Windber Country Club) took third at 235. Dom Stevens and Gabe Seymour, both of Ebensburg, each carded 238 for the week, placing them in a tie for fourth.

Eckenrode owned the day’s lowest round, firing a 73 to charge into second.

Somerset’s Doug Reckner (239) and Steve Yaros (243) finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Windber’s Andrew Watt (246) and  Connor Moran (249) along with North Fork’s Luke Varner (250) rounded out the top 10.

Ebensburg (705) won the team title ahead of Windber (727), North Fork (740), Somerset (747) and Sunnehanna Country Club (833).