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Stuttgart's Jordan Holifield chips a shot to the green during the DODDS-Europe golf championship at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden, Germany on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Holifield lost some of his lead early on, but held on to win his third straight title.

Stuttgart's Jordan Holifield chips a shot to the green during the DODDS-Europe golf championship at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden, Germany on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Holifield lost some of his lead early on, but held on to win his third straight title. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Stuttgart's Jordan Holifield chips a shot to the green during the DODDS-Europe golf championship at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden, Germany on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Holifield lost some of his lead early on, but held on to win his third straight title.

Stuttgart's Jordan Holifield chips a shot to the green during the DODDS-Europe golf championship at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden, Germany on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Holifield lost some of his lead early on, but held on to win his third straight title. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Kaiserslautern's Jasmin Acker takes a shot from the fairway during the DODDS-Europe golf championship at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden, Germany on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Acker, a sophomore, won the girls' division after finishing third place last year.

Kaiserslautern's Jasmin Acker takes a shot from the fairway during the DODDS-Europe golf championship at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden, Germany on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Acker, a sophomore, won the girls' division after finishing third place last year. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Stuttgart's Jordan Holifield watches his shot during the DODDS-Europe golf championship at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden, Germany on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Holifield, a junior, has won the title three years in a row.

Stuttgart's Jordan Holifield watches his shot during the DODDS-Europe golf championship at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden, Germany on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Holifield, a junior, has won the title three years in a row. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Kaiserslautern's Jasmin Acker takes an approach shot during the DODDS-Europe golf championship at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden, Germany on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Acker finished third place last year as a freshman, but was able to pull ahead to win the girls' division this year.

Kaiserslautern's Jasmin Acker takes an approach shot during the DODDS-Europe golf championship at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden, Germany on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Acker finished third place last year as a freshman, but was able to pull ahead to win the girls' division this year. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Stuttgart's Sydney Smith tees off during the DODDS-Europe golf championship at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden, Germany on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The two-day tournament was the culmination of a three week regular season, and featured some of the best high school players on the continent.

Stuttgart's Sydney Smith tees off during the DODDS-Europe golf championship at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden, Germany on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The two-day tournament was the culmination of a three week regular season, and featured some of the best high school players on the continent. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Bitburg's Leigha Daryanani chips a shot to the green during the DODDS-Europe golf championship at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden, Germany on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Daryanani, a sophomore, took second place in the girls' division for the second year in a row.

Bitburg's Leigha Daryanani chips a shot to the green during the DODDS-Europe golf championship at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden, Germany on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Daryanani, a sophomore, took second place in the girls' division for the second year in a row. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Ramstein's Daniel Shin chips a shot out of the sand bunker during the DODDS-Europe golf championship at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden, Germany on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Shin was down 12 points after day one, was able to reduce the leader's advantage down to five, but ultimately finished in second place.

Ramstein's Daniel Shin chips a shot out of the sand bunker during the DODDS-Europe golf championship at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden, Germany on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Shin was down 12 points after day one, was able to reduce the leader's advantage down to five, but ultimately finished in second place. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Ramstein's Noah Shin watches the ball off the tee during the DODDS-Europe golf championship at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden, Germany on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Shin reduced the leading scorer's advantage from 12 points to five in the first half of play, but was unable to secure the win.

Ramstein's Noah Shin watches the ball off the tee during the DODDS-Europe golf championship at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden, Germany on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Shin reduced the leading scorer's advantage from 12 points to five in the first half of play, but was unable to secure the win. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Kaiserslautern's Jasmin Acker is comforted by her father, Daniel Acker, during the DODDS-Europe golf championship at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden, Germany on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Acker had a rough start during the first nine holes, but was able to pull ahead and win the girls' division.

Kaiserslautern's Jasmin Acker is comforted by her father, Daniel Acker, during the DODDS-Europe golf championship at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden, Germany on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Acker had a rough start during the first nine holes, but was able to pull ahead and win the girls' division. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

Ramstein's Josh Daffin sinks a putt during the DODDS-Europe golf championship at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden, Germany on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. The two-day tournament was the culmination of a three-week regular season, and featured some of the best high school players on the continent.

Ramstein's Josh Daffin sinks a putt during the DODDS-Europe golf championship at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden, Germany on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. The two-day tournament was the culmination of a three-week regular season, and featured some of the best high school players on the continent. (Michael B. Keller/Stars and Stripes)

WIESBADEN, Germany - Things got interesting along the way. But eventually, Wednesday’s clubhouse leaders became Thursday’s champions.

Stuttgart’s Jordan Holifield and Kaiserslautern’s Jasmin Acker claimed individual DODDS-Europe titles Thursday at Rheinblick Golf Course, each fighting off second-day challenges to claim titles. The championship is the third straight for the junior Holifield, and the first for Acker.

A Raiders sophomore, Acker takes over the crown after a third-place finish as a freshman.

While she knew she was on the short list of title favorites this fall, Acker said she didn’t fully sense that pressure until this week. And she was particularly “tensed up” for Thursday’s final round.

“It didn’t really hit me until we got to Euros,” Acker said.

Nervous or not, the sophomore turned in the numbers she needed to win.

Acker enjoyed a six-point advantage entering Thursday’s second round, but Bitburg sophomore Leigha Daryanani erased that lead over the first nine holes. The two made the turn onto the 10th tee in a tie, with nine holes to go to determine a champion.

Acker opened the decisive stretch with a par on the par-four 10th to secure a lead that held up for the duration. Acker and Daryanani turned in matching birdies on 17, leaving Acker two strokes ahead on the final tee. A bogey on the par-five 18th sealed a 66-62 win over Daryanani under the tournament’s modified Stableford scoring system.

“I redeemed myself on the back, big time,” Acker said.

Holifield too saw his first-day lead slip Thursday, with his seemingly safe 12-point cushion through 18 holes reduced to just five at the halfway point by charging Ramstein challenger Noah Shin. But the seasoned champ was solid enough on the back nine and coasted to a win; Holifield beat Shin 95-85 overall despite Shin besting him by two Stableford points on Thursday.

Despite the win, Holifield wasn’t pleased with his play, saying he “went backwards” from the standards he’d set in previous European tournament wins.

“I couldn’t get any momentum going,” he said.

The presence of some Panther teammates helped Holifield do enough to get by.

“It was a good week with some good people,” Holifield said.

Holifield is now one year away from duplicating the high-school sweep completed last fall by Jenna Eidem. The Wiesbaden phenom won four straight girls titles before moving on to the NCAA.

Eidem’s departure cleared the way for a new girls champion. Daryanani edged Acker by a point for second place last year, prefacing this year’s showdown for the big prize.

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