Scottsdale’s JJ Gresco ties for second in junior tournament

JJ Gresco (submitted photo)

JJ Gresco (submitted photo)

Notre Dame Preparatory junior JJ Gresco fought bitter cold and gale-force winds to tie for second place, one shot off winner Kaito Onishi of Florida, at the Sea Pine Junior Heritage Tournament at Harbor Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Feb. 6 and 7.

His two-day total score of 146 was enough for Mr. Gresco to place ahead of a number of top 50-ranked golfers in the nation.

“This was my first time playing the event,” Mr. Gresco stated in a press release. “I absolutely loved the challenge, and was very proud that I almost pulled off the win.”

The weather was quite different from what he usually experiences in Scottsdale and Cave Creek, where he lives, but he made the adjustments needed to be successful.

“I made sure to keep my hands warm and dry,” he stated in the release. And then on the 16, 17 and 18th holes he had to keep the ball low due to the severe winds. On hole 17 he hit the ball “a little too high and my ball drifted into the green side water,” he explained. But even still he bogeyed the hole.

“I just played my own game, and acted as if it were any other round,” stated Mr. Gresco about the invitational tournament. “I try to keep things simple, and tried to stay positive and forget about the poor conditions.”

Mr. Gresco has two top-10 finishes in the last month.  He finished tied for ninth place at the Arizona Golf Association’s Tempe Amateur against a field of top adult amateur players, according to NDP golf coach Carl Hess.

Next up for Mr. Gresco will either be in Arizona for the AJGA Heather Farr Tournament or the Bishops Gate Tournament in Texas.

He is a two-time MVP of the Notre Dame Prep varsity men’s golf team.

“JJ is on a path apart from most junior golfers,” stated Coach Hess in the release.  “JJ is an exemplary ambassador for NDP and we’re blessed to have him.”

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