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Wiesbaden's Amy Gonzalez, left, congratulates Anniston Fees after the Vilseck senior captured the girls title at the DODEA-Europe golf championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Watching are Ramstein's Harley Parks, behind Gonzalez, and Wiesbaden's Heidi Johnson.

Wiesbaden's Amy Gonzalez, left, congratulates Anniston Fees after the Vilseck senior captured the girls title at the DODEA-Europe golf championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Watching are Ramstein's Harley Parks, behind Gonzalez, and Wiesbaden's Heidi Johnson. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)

Wiesbaden's Amy Gonzalez, left, congratulates Anniston Fees after the Vilseck senior captured the girls title at the DODEA-Europe golf championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Watching are Ramstein's Harley Parks, behind Gonzalez, and Wiesbaden's Heidi Johnson.

Wiesbaden's Amy Gonzalez, left, congratulates Anniston Fees after the Vilseck senior captured the girls title at the DODEA-Europe golf championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Watching are Ramstein's Harley Parks, behind Gonzalez, and Wiesbaden's Heidi Johnson. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)

Ramstein's Ben Todman, left, and Micah Webb, right, congratulate Wiesbaden's Clayton Shenk after the freshman captured the 2019 boys DODEA-Europe golf title at Wiesbaden, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.

Ramstein's Ben Todman, left, and Micah Webb, right, congratulate Wiesbaden's Clayton Shenk after the freshman captured the 2019 boys DODEA-Europe golf title at Wiesbaden, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)

Wiesbaden's Amy Gonzalez follows her shot during the final round  of the DODEA-Europe golf championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.

Wiesbaden's Amy Gonzalez follows her shot during the final round of the DODEA-Europe golf championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)

Wiesbaden's Heidi Johnson chips to the green on the final day of the DODEA-Europe golf championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.

Wiesbaden's Heidi Johnson chips to the green on the final day of the DODEA-Europe golf championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)

Vilseck's Rian Ritter watches his tee shot sail down the fairway during the final round of the DODEA-Europe golf championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Ritter finished with a modified Stableford 59 points.

Vilseck's Rian Ritter watches his tee shot sail down the fairway during the final round of the DODEA-Europe golf championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Ritter finished with a modified Stableford 59 points. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)

Ramstein's Micah Webb hits out of a bunker on the final day of the DODEA-Europe golf championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Webb finished third with a 64 modified Stableford points.

Ramstein's Micah Webb hits out of a bunker on the final day of the DODEA-Europe golf championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Webb finished third with a 64 modified Stableford points. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)

Ramstein's Harley Parks hits out of a bunker during the final round of the DODEA-Europe golf championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Oct. 10, 2019. Parks finished second with a modified Stableford score of 40 points.

Ramstein's Harley Parks hits out of a bunker during the final round of the DODEA-Europe golf championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Oct. 10, 2019. Parks finished second with a modified Stableford score of 40 points. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)

Ben Todman watches his ball sail to the green during the final round of the DODEA-Europe golf championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Todman finished second at  the tourney with a combined modified Stableford score of 77 points for the two days.

Ben Todman watches his ball sail to the green during the final round of the DODEA-Europe golf championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Todman finished second at the tourney with a combined modified Stableford score of 77 points for the two days. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)

Vilseck's Anniston Fees hits out of a bunker on her way to winning the the 2019 girls DODEA-Europe golf title at Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. She scored a modified Stableford 49 points to take the title.

Vilseck's Anniston Fees hits out of a bunker on her way to winning the the 2019 girls DODEA-Europe golf title at Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. She scored a modified Stableford 49 points to take the title. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)

Wiesbaden's Clayton Shenk follows his putt during the final round of the DODEA-Europe golf championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Shenk took the title with a modified Stableford score of 88 over the two rounds.

Wiesbaden's Clayton Shenk follows his putt during the final round of the DODEA-Europe golf championships in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Shenk took the title with a modified Stableford score of 88 over the two rounds. (MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES)

WIESBADEN, Germany — Clubhouse leaders held off their pursuers and became champions Thursday as the 2019 DODEA-Europe golf finals wrapped up at Rheinblick Golf Course.

Vilseck senior Anniston Fees and Wiesbaden freshman Clayton Shenk successfully protected the narrow leads they had built over the course of Wednesday’s rainy first round with steady performances under clearer skies Thursday.

Fees emerged victorious from a duel with Ramstein counterpart Harley Parks that was every bit as close as both competitors expected. The two went back and forth throughout the final 18 holes before they fittingly finished with matching second-round scores of 24 points. That Thursday draw awarded the crown to Fees, who outscored Parks 19 to 16 in Wednesday’s muddy first round.

“Harley and I were neck-and-neck, like every single hole,” Fees said. “That kept me motivated.”

Parks edged Fees for third place in last year’s tournament, but the two didn’t meet head-to-head this fall until the tournament. Even after a dominant undefeated regular season, Fees knew she’d have little margin for error this week.

“We kind of were pushing each other to do better. We were so close the entire time,” Fees said. “It definitely kept us on our toes.”

The win is a triumphant finish to Fees’ prep golf career and an impressive jump from her 2018 finish in fourth place among four European tournament qualifiers.

“It’s been a work in progress,” Fees said. “It feels great.”

Shenk’s win was not nearly as dramatic as the Fees-Parks clash. The Warrior freshman padded points atop the slim two-point advantage he owned through 18 holes and enjoyed a comfortable lead down the stretch on the way to victory in his DODEA-Europe tournament debut.

Shenk finished with a two-day score of 86 points, nine ahead of Ramstein rival Ben Todman. Ramstein’s Micah Webb finished third with 64 points as the Royals repeated as European team champions.

The new individual champion knew early on that things would likely be going his way Thursday.

“About the fourth or fifth hole, I was on a par streak, hadn’t made any bogeys yet,” Shenk said. “I was just feeling good, like maybe I do have a really good shot at winning this.”

As he increased his lead over the rest of the final foursome, Shenk said his play grew more conservative in the interest of avoiding big mistakes that might crack open the door for an opportunistic rival.

“My goal was just to come out here and hold the lead as best I could,” Shenk said. “Instead of going for the more aggressive, I started going for the more safe shots.”

The two-day, 36-hole event capped a quick golf season that featured just three weeks of regular-season competition before this week’s decisive meet. Twenty boys and eight girls made the cut to compete in Wiesbaden.

The meet was the first championship event of the 2019-20 DODEA-Europe schedule. The cross country title races, scheduled for Oct. 19 at Baumholder, are up next.

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