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Chad W. Lutz
HARTVILLE, OHIO – Fifteen year-old Lake High Sophomore and Hartville resident Jake McBride has been taking to the links with a little more gusto in his step as of late. This Buckeye Citizen recently took a swing at some international competition and came up with nothing but the bottom of the cup.

McBride, 5-foot-11, 190lbs. won his age group on July 26th at the Optimist International Junior Championships in golf course laden Palm Beach, Florida. The tournament ended in a three-way-tie forcing a deciding playoff hole, where Jake sunk the winning birdie to take the title.

As a way to bring together the world’s up-and-coming golf talent, San Diego natives Norrie West, A.S. Smith, and John Brown created the now Optimist International Junior Championship back in 1968. The fifteen year-old McBride now joins the likes of world-class golfers such as Nancy Lopez, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, and Phil Mickelson as past winners of Junior World events.

The win comes on the heels of a number of notable victories for McBride, who seems to be having a summer for the ages, as it were. On June 10th, he won the PGA Junior Series Championship at Kearney Hills Golf Course in Lexington, Kentucky. He also took home the Ohio Junior Public Links Championship just last month.

Without so much as missing a beat from the summer season, his sophomore stint started out with a bang this past week, finishing as a top medal receiver in the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy Invitational held at Silver Springs Country Club, a stone’s throw from my house two blocks over in Stow. On a roll, it seems, Jake looks forward to, “working hard,” this upcoming school season, and will be doing so considered one of the best junior golfers in the world.