Brett Ostroski took a positive approach after letting a potential win slip away on the last hole at Buck Hill Falls Country Club June 22.
“I knew I was close to winning,” said Ostroski, a 14-year-old from Shavertown who picked up his first Anthracite Golf Association Junior Tour victory in his next outing closer to home. “Then, I played real well at Lehman. I thought I had a chance to win.”
When all the scores were collected from the June 28 tournament, Ostroski won easily. His 38 for nine holes led the 30-player field by five strokes.
The victory continued a strong start to the summer season for Ostroski, who plans to join the Dallas High School golf team as a freshman in the fall.
In the first four events, Ostroski has the win, two solo second-place finishes and a tie for second in Division II, which is for 10-14-year-olds.
Ostroski learned the game from his father Ray as a 7-year-old. A junior member at Irem Temple Country Club, he plays five to six times a week and takes lessons almost weekly.
“I’m just trying to learn everything I can and get better with my overall swing,” said Ostroski, who currently considers chipping and putting the strongest part of his game.
Ostroski, who played basketball and baseball on the junior high teams at Dallas, tied Bobby Wilson from Dallas with a 42 in the season opener at Wyoming Valley Country Club to finish second. He shot 40 to place three shots behind Will Brown from Clarks Summit at Honesdale, then finished just one behind Bill Pabst Jr. from Roaring Brook Township when a final-hole triple bogey gave him a 39 at Buck Hill Falls.
Matthew Williams from Shavertown finished 10th at Honesdale and tied for 10th at Wyoming Valley.
Sean Boland from Dallas tied for eighth at Lehman.
Logan Paczewski from Dallas continues to excel in Division I of the tour.
Paczewski, a 12-year-old who moved up a year ago to play with 15-18-year-olds because of his advanced game, has won three straight tournaments taking on fields that included many of the area’s top high school players.
After winning with a 75 at Paupack Hills Country Club, Paczewski shot an even-par, 72 for a four-shot win at Wilkes-Barre Golf Club, then 71 for a six-shot victory at Berwick.
Paczewski and Orloski often play together at Irem Temple.
Ethan Zawatski from Dallas tied for eighth at Wilkes-Barre and Masson Gattuso from Dallas tied for 10th at Paupack Hills.
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