Nikita Romanov of Wilmington, Del. has been a fixture near the top of the leaderboard in the early going on the Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Tour.
And he was right at the top Sunday, firing a 2-under-par 70 to capture the 16-to-18 division in a Junior Tour stop at Olde Homestead Golf Club in New Tripoli.
The Junior Tour 13-to-15 Player of the Year in 2016, Romanov opened the 2017 campaign by sweeping both events the first weekend and hasn’t looked back. He had four birdies, going back-to-back on 11 and 12, and was the only player under par on the 6,058-yard, par-72 Olde Homestead layout.
Thomas Butler of Telford claimed runnerup honors with a 3-over 75. Clement Shao of Warren, N.J. took third with a 76, William Mirams was fourth with a 78 and Blaine Weaver of Myerstown was fifth with a 79.
Brett Wagner of Cresco and Alex VanScoy of Newark, Del. shared sixth place, each posting an 81. Caleb Clements of Lancaster took eighth with an 83, Timothy Chaykosky Jr. of Ambler was ninth with an 86 and Evan Salamone of Coal Township rounded out the top 10 with an 87.
Jack Cooley of Chadds Ford claimed top honors in the 13-to-15 division with a 9-over 81 that included a birdie on the par-4 14th hole. He finished a shot ahead of runnerup William Pabst of Roaring Brook Township with his 82.
Jacob Sokalsky of Garnet Valley placed third with an 83, Dylan Gooneratne of Plymouth Meeting was fourth with an 84 and Bobby Lugiano of Jackson Township was fifth with an 89.
Elijah Ruppert of Fleetwood took sixth with a 93, Benjamin Sinrod of Villanova was seventh with a 96, Keller Mulhern of Exton was eighth with a 99, Clay Breidenstine of Hummelstown was ninth with a 101 and Benjamin Galko of Roaring Brook rounded out the top 10 with a 104.
Samantha Fritzinger of Allentown had a steady round that featured seven pars as she won the girls 16-to-18 division with an 85. Lindsey Fogarasi of Collegeville was the runnerup with a 108.
Helen Shaw of Harleysville took third with a 112 and Maya Trujillo of Philadelphia took fourth at 114.
Grace Babinchak of Hazleton made her Junior Tour debut a winning one as she claimed the top spot in the 13-to-15 division with a 110. Kate Green of Bryn Mawr was the runnerup with a 133.
Michael Maslanka of Taylor topped the field among the nine-holers with a 40 that featured the only birdie recorded by anyone in the field on the par-3 fourth. Nathan Guertler of Merchantville, N.J., Nicholas Gross of Downingtown and Winston Kelenc-Blank of Rumson, N.J. shared second place, each carding a 44.
Hunter Probst of Bear Creek and Connor Gherghel of Orwigsburg finished in a tie for fifth at 47. Nicholas Joyce of Quakertown took seventh with a 49, Megan Adelman of Bryn Mawr was eighth with a 53, Anastasia Galko of Roaring Brook was ninth with a 70 and Andrew Donohue of Collegeville was 10th with a 77.