EAGLE — Hunter Ostrom played the first eight holes Tuesday at BanBury Golf Club like a wily veteran.
He played the last 10 like a 15-year-old trying to secure his biggest win as a golfer.
The hot start was more than enough to cover for the late nerves as Ostrom won the boys division in the 46th annual Dropping Junior Championship. He shot 2-over 215 in the 54-hole event.
"I didn't putt as well on the back nine - I started to get, probably, the shakes," Ostrom, of Eagle, said. "I still didn't play bad. I'm still really excited about it."
Gabby Barker of Caldwell overcame a two-shot deficit on the back nine to win the girls division for the second straight year. She fired a 2-under-par 69 - the only subpar round in the girls tournament - to beat 36-hole leader Haley Nist of Meridian by four shots.
Barker (6-over 219 total) birdied No. 10 to ignite her comeback and closed out the win by draining a birdie putt from about 20 feet on the par-5 18th.
"I was only two behind coming into the last day," Barker said. "I thought if I pull it together and shoot what I usually shoot, I could pull out the win."
Ostrom was part of a tight, three-player race for the boys title after Monday's 36-hole session.
Hayden Ritter of Boise led at 1-under 141, Kyle Miley of Twin Falls was second at 142 and Ostrom was third at 143.
Ostrom, who won the 4A boys golf state championship last month to cap his freshman season at Bishop Kelly High, was 4-under through eight holes Tuesday.
"I was sticking a lot of shots tight and making the putts," he said.
He double-bogeyed No. 9 and three-putted for bogey on No. 16, allowing Miley to creep within two shots. Ostrom three-putted for bogey again on No. 17, but moments after Miley hit his approach into the water.
Ostrom birdied the par-5 18th to finish with a 72 - playing the final 36 holes in 1-under against the state's best juniors and in front of a handful of college coaches. Miley finished second, three shots back.
"It just came. It clicked," Ostrom said of his recent stellar play. "I'm making more putts, but my hitting really started to light up about two weeks ago."
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