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Nagy wins Jack Ratz Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament

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Ryan Nagy of Raleigh shot a 6-under-par 64 to win the 20th annual Jack Ratz Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament played Aug. 3 at the Wildwood Green Golf Club in North Raleigh.

Seventy-five junior golfers turned out for the annual privately sponsored tournament, which is conducted by the Ratz family to promote teenage-driver safety. Proceeds from the event are used to fund the Cardinal Gibbons High School Scholarship Fund in the memory of Jack Ratz Jr., who was a Wildwood Green member and a 15-year-old Cardinal Gibbons freshman when he died in a car accident in 1988.

Grayson Murray of Raleigh, who won last year's tournament,  finished second this year with a 65. Clay Watkins of Hillsborough was third at 69.

In the girls 16-18 Division, Katie Yelle of Raleigh and Jeda Borek of Raleigh each shot a 77, and Yelle won the playoff. (A list of top finishers in each division is below, as are links for reporting your own events.)

The tournament, with Jack Ratz Sr. working as the tournament director, is sanctioned as a qualfying event by the Triangle Junior Golf Association. Each year, a $1,000 donation is made to the scholarship fund in the names of the tournament flight champions, Ratz Sr. said. Over the years, more than $40,000 has been raised for scholarships for Cardinal Gibbons freshmen.

(Read a previous feature story about the event in The N&O: "Familes pour grief into memorial tourneys"

Overall champion
Ryan Nagy, 64

Boys 16-18 Division

Ryan Nagy 64
Grayson Murray 65
Clay Watkins 69

Girls 16-18 Division
Katie Yelle 77 (won playoff)
Jeda Borek 77
Maggie Whisnant 78

Boys 14-15 Division
Scott Squires 70
Bryce Young 72 (won playoff for second place)
Carter Jenkins 72

Boys 12-13 Division
Danny Gleeson 66
Robbie Lavelle 76

Girls 12-13 Division
Rebecca Wiley 76

Boys 10-11 Division (nine holes)
Preston Ball 48 (tied for first)
Harry Betts 48 (tied for first)
J.B. Novak 51
David Cho 52

Boys 9-and-Under Division (six holes)
Carson Hailey 26
Harry Cooper 28 (tied for second)
Graham Watkins 28 (tied for second)
Max Bryn 29



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- Teri Boggess



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