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Heidelberg junior Lucas Clarke, above, and Wiesbaden sophomore Hollie Salvo held on to their first-round leads and won their respective titles Friday at Rheinblick Golf Course in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Heidelberg junior Lucas Clarke, above, and Wiesbaden sophomore Hollie Salvo held on to their first-round leads and won their respective titles Friday at Rheinblick Golf Course in Wiesbaden, Germany. (Mark Patton/Stars and Stripes)
Heidelberg junior Lucas Clarke, above, and Wiesbaden sophomore Hollie Salvo held on to their first-round leads and won their respective titles Friday at Rheinblick Golf Course in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Heidelberg junior Lucas Clarke, above, and Wiesbaden sophomore Hollie Salvo held on to their first-round leads and won their respective titles Friday at Rheinblick Golf Course in Wiesbaden, Germany. (Mark Patton/Stars and Stripes)

WIESBADEN, Germany — This year, there was no catching the first-day leaders in the European high school championships.

Wiesbaden sophomore Hollie Salvo — who lost her one-point first-round lead in 2008 to eventual champion Elizabeth Ward of Ramstein — this year doubled her three-point lead over Ward on the first hole Friday en route to a 62-50 championship victory.

First-day boys leader Lucas Clarke of Heidelberg let teammate Mike Baltich hang around until the back nine before scoring an 83-73 victory over his teammate.

"My round was terrible," Clarke said after battling wind, rain and chill on his way to a round of 39 points accumulated on the high school Stableford scoring system which awards one point for double-bogey, two for bogey, three for par, four for birdie and six for eagle or ace. "I played safe golf on the front nine, and that didn’t work out too well. I picked it up a bit on the back nine and finished well. I parred three of the last four holes."

Salvo left no room for Ward to duplicate last year’s rally, parring the first hole while Ward hit her tee shot into the trees and eventually picked up on the hole. Salvo clinched the match by finishing the front nine par-par-birdie, posting a four on the uphill 348-yard, par-5 No. 9.

"It’s my favorite hole," Salvo said of No. 9, which yielded her a 21-12 edge over Ward at the turn for the day.

Still, Salvo admitted to feeling some pressure on the back nine, especially after she picked up on No. 13 while Ward was gallantly shooting par. Salvo, however, reversed that swing exactly on the par-3 No. 15 and coasted home riding her chipping and iron play, which she said were working very well.

"I’m really happy," she said.

Mackenzie Bradley of Kaierslautern posted the highest round of the day, a 41, which lifted him to a third-place finish. He overhauled Ryan Brady of Patch, whose 33 on Friday earned him fourth place. Bradley and Brady carded two of the three birdies posted by male golfers in Friday. James Cho of Ramstein birdied the par-4 No. 10 to finish fifth overall.

Heidelberg’s boys won the team title, 265-217 over defending champion Ramstein; K-town took third with 200 points.

Ramstein’s girls retained their 2008 team title with 79 points; Wiesbaden’s one-girl-gang was second with 62.

Final resultsWIESBADEN-DOTZHEIM, Germany- Final results Friday from the two-day DODDS-Europe high school golf tournament played on the par-72 Rheinblick Golf Course. Distance is 6,239 yards for boys and 5,631 yards for girls. Scoring is modified Stableford awarding 1 point for double-bogey, 2 for bogey, 3 for par, 4 for birdie and 6 for eagle or ace. Team scoring is total of top four or fewer golfers.

Boys

Team scoring- Heidelberg 265, Ramstein 217, Kaiserslautern 200, Lakenheath 131, SHAPE 114, Patch 112 , Vilseck 72, Rota 57, Baumholder 34.

Individuals

Lucas Clarke (Heid) 44-39 83

Mike Baltich (Heid) 40-33 73

Mackenzie Bradley (Kais) 28-41 69

Ryan Brady (Patch) 34-33 67

James Cho (Rams) 29-37 66

Jack Cannon (Heid) 28-32 60

Allen Genido (Rota) 28-29 57

Jordan Linder (Rams) 31-26 57

Michael Williams (Kais) 23-27 50

Joseph Patrick (Heid) 27-22 49

Tyler Breed (Rams) 25-24 49

Tyson Campbell (Lake) 21-26 47

Timi Huang (Patch) 20-25 45

Rudolfo DeLeon (Rams) 19-26 45

Zachary Price (SHP) 24-20 44

Stephen Lewis (Kais) 15-26 41

Jason Roberts (Vils) 23-17 40

Andre Sittenauer (Kais) 21-19 40

Ryan McDonnell (Lake) 17-22 39

Cullen Broughton (SHP) 20-16 36

Kevin Coffell (Baum) 16-18 34

Chris Nelson (Vils) 14-18 32

Caleb McGary (Lake) 13-12 25

Daniel Buffett (Lake) 6-14 20

Drew Guffey (Rams) 5-11 16

Michael Cassaboom (Kais) 9-6 15

Girls

Team scoring-Ramstein 79, Wiesbaden 62, Kaiserslautern 29, Lakenheath 25, Rota 13, Vilseck 6

Individuals

Hollie Salvo (Wies) 28-34 62

Elizabeth Ward (Rams) 25-25 50

Vikki Leavitt (Kais) 15-14 29

Kayla Eck (Rams) 10-12 22

Katherine Lewis (Lake) 4-10 14

Marielena Teng (Rota) 7-6 13

Erica Larson (Lake) 6-5 11

Taylor Honlee (Rams) 2-5  7

Victoria Kander (Vils) 5-1  6

Team scoring—Heidelberg 139, Ramstein 104, Lakenheath 87, Kaiserslautern 81. Baumholder, Patch, Rota, SHAPE, Vilseck were incomplete.

Individuals

Lucas Clarke (Heid) 23-21 44

Mike Baltich (Heid) 22-18 40

Ryan Brady (Patch) 16-18 34

Jordan Linder (Rams) 17-14 31

James Cho (Rams) 14-15 29

Mackenzie Bradley (Kais) 10-18 28

Jack Cannon (Heid) 13-15 28

Allen Genido (Rota) 14-14 28

Joseph Patrick (Heid) 16-11 27

Tyler Breed (Rams) 17-8 25

Zachard Price (SHP) 12-12 24

Caleb McGrady (Lake) 10-13 23

Jason Roberts (Vils) 15-8 23

Michael Williams (Kais) 11-12 23

Andre Sittenauer (Kais) 9-12 21

Tyson Campbell (Lake) 8-13 21

Cullen Broughton (SHP) 12-8 20

Timi Huang (Patch) 13-7 20

Rudolfo DeLeon (Rams) 7-12 19

Ryan McDonnell (Lake) 9-8 17

Kevin Coffell (Baum) 8-8 16

Stephen Lewis (Rams) 9-6 15

Chris Nelson (Vils) 8-6 14

James Workman (SHP) 6-5 11

Michael Cassaboom (Kais) 4-5  9

Daniel Buffett (Lake) 2-4  6

Drew Guffey (Rams) 2-3  5

Girls

Team scoring — Ramstein 37, Lakenheath 10. Kaiserslautern, Rota, Vilseck were incomplete.

Individuals

Hollie Salvo (Wies) 16-12 28

Elizabeth Ward (Rams) 13-12 25

Vikki Leavitt (Kais) 8-7 15

Kayla Eck (Rams) 5-5 10

Marielena Teng (Rota) 2-5  7

Erica Larson (Lake) 3-3  6

Victoria Kander (Vils) 3-2  5

Katherine Lewis (Lake) 2-2  4

Taylor Honlee (Rams) 0-2  2

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