August 2, 2013

Lehtovuori wins Finnish U21 Match Play Championship

Campbell University rising sophomore Mikko Lehtovuori capped his summer break this week by winning the Finnish U21 Match Play Championship at Golf Pirkkala in Tampere, Finland.

A native of Lahti, Finland, Lehtovuori tied for first place in the 18-hole qualifier at even-par 72.  He then won four matches to secure one of the top two events in his country in the U21 age group.

Lehtovuori defeated Tommi Vaherla 2-and-1 in the first round for what proved to be his closest match.  He then knocked off Matias Hynonen and Joonas Lehtola by identical 4-and-2 scores in the quarters and semifinals.

A 6-and-4 win over Sami Varelius earned the trophy for Lehtovuori, who is a former member of the Finnish junior national team and the Slovak U18 champion.

As a freshman at Campbell in 2012-13, Lehtovuori played in all 11 events and registered three top-20 individual finishes.  He recorded a 76.5 stroke average over 31 rounds.

His best performance of the year came at the Keith Hills Invitational, where he tied for 9th (73-76-69—218), shooting a collegiate-low 69 (-2) in the final round.  Lehtovuori also earned a place on the Big South Conference presidential honor roll.