On the final day of the Northeastern Junior Golf Tour last week at Huron Pines Golf & Country Club in Blind River, the races within the races might have provided the most compelling stories.
While some were battling it out for the win, on this day, in their age bracket, others in the same category were going toe to toe in terms of the circuit aggregate points - the Order of Merit recipients, if you will.
Few of these summer long slugfests were closer than the U19 boys division, as Joseph Colasimone and Griffin Jones sat tied at seven over par with just a single hole to play.
A par was all that Colasimone would need, taking the Merit title while finishing third on the day at 79, four strokes back of Johnny Svalina and one behind Vincent Palladino. Jones took fourth place at 81, while Ethan Mulligan rounded out the top five at 82.
It was a bit of a similar story in the U17 grouping, with Saultite Adrian O'Dell clearly on his game at 75, more than ten strokes better than his nearest competitor, while Alex Chartier (89) edged Atom Thususka (88) for Order of Merit bragging rights.
Connor Di Salle (86) and hometown favourite Jacob Hagger (87) were also in the mix.
In the U15 race, Ryder Coe finished in a three way tie with both Austin Dollar and Ryan Di Salle at 87, three shots back of tournament winner Noah Thorpe from Mindemoya, but it was enough for Coe to capture the Merit crown.
Ty Dubreuil fired an impressive round of 81 to claim the U13 category, though his victory left him clinging to second place in the Order of Merit standings, trying to chase down Carter Baron (4th - 92).
Camden Poirier (85) and Grady Dale (86) were squeezed between the Dubreuil-Baron tandem, with Peyton Goudreau broke the century mark for the first time, nabbing 5th place with a career tournament best score of 94.
Other milestones were achieved by Grady Dale (first tournament score below 100 at 86) as well as Ty Dubreuil (best ever tournament score at 81).