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Mar­shall Meisel (Chevy Chase, Md.) made par, the boys’ com­pe­ti­tion had a new leader.

“My dad said to me, “All right, come on let’s fin­ish strong,’” Bacha said. “I just knew, take shot by shot, hole by hole. I just kind of let my­self do what I know I can and it all worked out.”

Start­ing on 14.

Strik­ing the ball con­sis­tently through­out the tour­na­ment — he hit 16 greens in the fi­nal round — Bacha al­most made an ea­gle putt on the par-5 14, but set­tled for a birdie. Then on 17, he drained a putt from about 35 yards out with a six-foot break that vir­tu­ally sealed his vic­tory.

“Not one you’re nec­es­sar­ily ex­pect­ing to make, but rolled her in there, so that was good,” Bacha said of his putt on 17. “I fin­ish strong in most of my events; ended up mak­ing two birdies on the way in and was able to pretty much get a big enough lead that I had room to work on the last holes.”

Ben­e­fit­ting Bacha dur­ing his three-day run to the ti­tle may have been the fact Tal­bot’s course re­sem­bled some­thing closer to home.

“We have a course back home near me that pretty much is the same lay­out,” Bacha said. “It’s a lit­tle flat­ter here, so I re­ally en­joyed the lay­out.”

Start­ing the day three back, Meisel, who ral­lied to win his first ti­tle in his first-ever AJGA event June 5-8 in Owens­boro, Ken­tucky, was piec­ing to­gether an­other come­back bid with a 33 on the front nine yes­ter­day de­spite a bo­gey on 6.

“I ac­tu­ally played re­ally well on the front,” Meisel said. “I hit my goal, which was three-un­der; birdied all the holes I wanted to (four on the front nine).”

Meisel, 14, con­tin­ued his late charge, tak­ing the lead on 13, but couldn’t an­swer Bacha’s fi­nal two birdies, set­tling for a fi­nal-round 69 for a three-day 214.

“On the back nine I hit a lot of good shots,” Meisel said. “Had a lot of re­ally good op­por­tu­ni­ties. Just couldn’t hit any wedge shots and then missed a few putts.”

Cameron Piedra (Co­ral Gables, Fla.), who along with Gar­rett En­gle (Har­ris­burg, Pa.) played with Bacha and Meisel in the fi­nal group, shot a 72 to fin­ish third with a three­day 216. Grant Gobezie (Cleve­land, Ohio), who fired a 71 yes­ter­day, fin­ished fourth (218), while En­gle (74) was fifth at 219. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @Bil­l_Haufe. Email me at bhaufe@star­


First-Team Women’s Lacrosse All-Amer­i­can Stephanie Lazo, cen­ter, with her fa­ther and mother, John and Sue Lazo of Stevensville. Lazo, who just grad­u­ated from Penn State Uni­ver­sity, was named Fe­male Stu­dent Ath­lete of the Year, lead­ing her team to the na­tional semi­fi­nal game of the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tour­na­ment for the sec­ond straight year.

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