Friday’s final round brought a thrilling finish for the boys 16-17 age group at the 37th annual Washington Junior Golf Association State Championship.
Joe Harvie of Orting took the title in a sudden-death playoff against Greg Gildea at The Home Course in DuPont.
The elite junior championship included players from across the state separated into four age divisions.
Bellarmine Prep senior Gregory Gildea led the pack going into the final round after shooting 69 at Meadow Park Golf Course and 67 at Eagles Pride Golf Course for a total of 136.
Harvie sat alone in second place with a two-day total of 137.
Gildea sustained his lead by one until the 17th hole when Harvie sank a crucial 5-foot birdie putt to tie Gildea at 10 under.
Both parred 18, then headed back to the 17th tee for the playoff.
With Gildea pulling his hybrid out of bounds off the tee, Harvie needed another consistent par for the win.
“When he hit out of bounds, I knew I just had to keep it in play. I hate to win that way, but I played my own game, took it one shot at a time, and it worked out,” said Harvie.
Growing up playing in many of the same WJGA tournaments, Gildea and Harvie have formed a friendship over the years. In addition, both recently verbally committed to Washington schools. In fall 2014, Harvie will join the Seattle University Redhawks; Gildea will join the University of Washington Huskies.
Despite battling against each other, the two are excited to join forces for the 2013 Hogan Cup held at Riverside Country Club in Portland on Aug. 9-11.
Washington State commit Alivia Brown took home the title for the girls 16-17 bracket, finishing at 2 under par with a three-round total of 214. Washington State rising freshman Cherokee Kim finished second with a three-round total of par-216.