As the three remaining competitors walked onto the green on the fifth playoff hole, St. Charles senior Alex Carpenter had his fifth consecutive birdie opportunity.

As the three remaining competitors walked onto the green on the fifth playoff hole, St. Charles senior Alex Carpenter had his fifth consecutive birdie opportunity.

Like the previous four holes, his birdie attempt skirted by the hole. This time, Nicholas Grubnich of Crown Point, Ind., took advantage. Grubnich sank an 8-foot birdie putt on hole No. 8 at The Country Club at Muirfield Village to win the American Junior Golf Association's Columbus Junior presented by the Memorial Tournament on July 15.

"I had trouble rolling the putter," Carpenter said. "I tried to put myself in position to make putts. They didn't fall. It's going to happen."

After the third and final round was completed, Carpenter and Grubnich were tied with Otto Black of Pinckney, Mich., and Henry Mabbett of Griffin, Ga., at 6-under-par 210. It was the first AJGA playoff for Carpenter.

"It was fun," Carpenter said. "It was tough to keep your focus, though, as the playoff went on. I would have liked to come out on top."

This was the fifth AJGA tournament for Carpenter, but his first in central Ohio. Carpenter finished the highest among the 20 competitors from central Ohio in the 75-player Boys Division. Mount Vernon's Charlie Phillips finished tied for fifth (211) and Dublin Coffman's Thomas Dunne and Dublin Jerome's Shane Stewart finished tied for 15th (215).

Carpenter's runner-up finish improved his best performance in an AJGA event by one spot. At the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior in Ashland, Ky., on June 22-25, Carpenter finished third, three strokes behind the champion.

The eventual Columbus Junior champion, Grubnich, shot a 2-under-par 70 to earn a spot in the playoff. He shot a 2-over-par 38 on the front nine followed by a 4-under-par 32 on the back nine. In three rounds, Grubnich shot 11-under-par on the back nine.

On the girls side, Watterson senior Lauren Grogan and Columbus Academy junior Morgan Ransom entered the final round playing in a group ahead of the leaders. The only problem was the 36-hole leader, Lindsey Weaver of Scottsdale, Ariz., had an 11-stroke advantage.

Weaver held on in the final round to win her second consecutive Columbus Junior with an 11-under-par 205 ahead of Lancaster's Samantha Swinehart at 1-over-par 217. Ransom finished fifth at 11-over-par 227 and Grogan was tied for seventh at 13-over-par 229.

"You're just fighting for second," Ransom said. "I would have to birdie every single hole."

Weaver had seven birdies in round one and eight in round two, but strong winds limited Weaver to one final-round birdie.

"My irons weren't as good," Weaver said. "I missed a lot more greens than the first two rounds. I stuck my wedge on No. 3 to a foot and that was my only birdie in the final round."

Weaver has five career wins on the AJGA. Grogan and Ransom also have wins on the tour this year, which earned them a berth in the Columbus Junior.

"I was excited to play in it," Grogan said. "It was close to home and that doesn't happen often. I was able to sleep in my own bed. This was also the first time playing the course. I enjoyed it. I wish I played better, but I was satisfied with my game the first two days."