Lei finished third in the Boys Division twice, each time behind DiLisio.
While the 15-year-old DiLisio hoped to win the overall title for the first time, he was glad to collect more hardware.
“It means a lot. I’ve been playing really well and excited to keep playing well,” DiLisio said.
“I’ve had a good summer so far. I’ve kind of figured out how to keep the bad days not so bad and just start focusing on going real low. I had an opportunity today, but it just didn’t quite turn out the way I would have liked. But it means a lot. I really enjoy these tournaments; they’re some of the best run tournaments I play in all year. Even the AJGA (American Junior Golf Association) national tournaments, they’re not run much better than this — if at all.”
Through three rounds DiLisio seemed to be stuck in the middle ground between playing great and playing himself out of contention. For the most part, he avoided bad shots and recovered well when in trouble.
“I haven’t been striking it exactly the way I would like to. I’m going through a pretty big growth spurt and not exactly making the contact I want, or hitting it exactly where I want. So, you know where some kids are hitting driver or 3-wood? I’m hitting irons,” said DiLisio, who has grown five or six inches this year. “That really helps me not get those 78s, 76s, and 80s into play. I really try to let my putter and wedge game make the difference.
“I was going pretty well today, too. I made a lot of putts, but I just didn’t finish the way I would have liked.”
Lei finished well, keeping his focus and drawing confidence from playing with Lang and Naumec. Lang came into the third round with a one-shot lead and Naumec got hot on the front nine, carding birdies on holes 5, 6 and 9.