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Albany’s Crews wins HJGT tourney in S.C.

Albany’s Josh Crews captured his second tournament title of the year Sunday when he held on to win the Loudmouth Golf Junior Open in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Albany’s Josh Crews captured his second tournament title of the year Sunday when he held on to win the Loudmouth Golf Junior Open in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Albany’s Joiner named 2nd-team All-American after breakout season

ALBANY — Albany’s Jacob Joiner was named a second-team Rolex Junior All-American by the American Junior Golf Association recently, establishing himself among the top tier of current and former junior golfers from around the world.

At No. 23 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Joiner had a breakout 2012 season, finishing in the Top 10 in five AJGA tournaments.

Joiner, 16, had strong showings all year but started and ended with his best, tying for fourth at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook and finishing fourth at the PING Invitational.

The junior also finished tied for fifth at the Harvey Penick Junior, tied for seventh in the Woodward Video Junior at the Greenbrier and finished eighth in the Under Armour/Jeff Overton Championship.

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Josh Crews called it a roller-coaster ride to the finish.

But it was one that took him to his biggest comeback victory in his golfing career.

The Albany native rebounded from three bogeys and a triple bogey during the first five holes of his final round and bounced back to win the title in a Hurricane Junior Golf Tour tournament Sunday with an even-par 144.

“It was a roller coaster for sure,” Crews said. “The biggest thing was just hanging in there and not giving up and believing in yourself that you can come back. Coming back from 5-over after four holes was pretty crazy.”

Crews entered Sunday’s second and final round in the Loudmouth Golf Junior Open at Patriots Point with a 1-shot lead in the Boys 15-18 Division but dropped four shots out of the lead after his first five holes.

The former star golfer at Deerfield-Windsor came back with a series of birdies and an eagle on No. 13 to retake the lead.

Crews seemed a lock to win his division midway through the second round, but a spell of three bogeys on the 15th, 16th and 17th holes gave his competitors a shot to overcome his 4-stroke lead, and Arthur Griffin of Lake Placid, N.Y., was tied with Crews going into the last hole.

Griffin, who had started the day earlier than Crews, parred the 18th hole and only needed Crews to par the 18th hole to force a sudden death overtime.

Crews, however, snapped his spell of bogeys with a birdie on No. 18 to become the outright winner.

“You just had to have confidence even though all of that was happening,” Crews said about his stretches of bogeys at the beginning and end of his final round. “You have to never give up. You just have to maintain your composure.”

Crews, who also won a Southeastern Junior Golf Tour in August, is finishing up his high school degree with online classes. He hasn’t committed to a college yet, but he said Monday that he is considering Georgia Southwestern State University, Austin Peay State and Clayton State.