Rockville’s Shapiro dominates in Williamsburg

Pitches and Putts,Sports,Kevin Dunleavy

Rockville’s Evan Shapiro fired a 4-over-par 147 over the weekend at Golden Horseshoe to run away with the boys 15-19 division of the Colonial Open, an International Junior Golf Tour event in Williamsburg, Va. Shapiro, a senior at Walter Johnson and a member at Four Streams, won by 10 strokes over Pittsburgh’s Troy Berglund (78-79 – 147), a member at Oakmont.

In difficult conditions on Golden Horseshoe’s Green (Saturday) and Gold (Sunday) courses, Shapiro shot 72 in the opening round to bolt to a six-shot lead and increased his margin in the second round with a score of 75, three strokes better than the next best in the field.

In the boys 14-and-under division, 12-year-old William Thomson (71-79 – 150) of Pittsford, N.Y. won by four shots over Potomac’s Luke Schaap (78-76 – 154), a freshman at Churchill.

Shapiro is the third local to capture an IJGT event this year. Langley senior Derick Paxton (Great Falls) and Toks Pedro (Bowie) won tournaments last month in Bloomfield, Conn. and Okatie, S.C. respectively.

The IJGT offers two- and three-day tournaments throughout the school year. Former IJGT players include Webb Simpson, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, and Paula Creamer.

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