Monday, July 28, 2014

Colvin goes low for Junior Tour win at Valleybrook



   Penncrest senior Griffin Colvin had an eagle 2 on the 11th hole on his way to a 5-under par 67 to capture top honors in the 16-to-18 division in a Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour stop at Valleybrook Country Club in Blackwood, N.J. Thursday.
   Colvin’s effort left him to shots ahead of runnerup Michael Winter of Hamilton Square, N.J.
Other finishers in the division included: Jack Owens (79, tied for seventh) of Villanova;  Andrew Vetterlein (87, tied for 18th) of Villanova; Colvin’s Penncrest teammate Michael Chang (88, 20th); and Daniel Kelley (90, 21st) of Springfield.
   Jack Mitchell of Moorestown, N.J. took top honors in the 13-to-15 division with an even-par 72. Connor Hale of Garnet Valley finished in a tie for 15th with a 95, Eric McLaughlin of Media finished 17th with a 95 and Andrew Curran of Media finished 20th with a 103.
   Notre Dame junior Gabby Morganti finished third in the 16-to-18 division with a 98. Maggie Schoeller of Jenkintown won the division with an 87,
   Among the nine-holers, Joseph Morganti of Havertown finished fourth with a 43. That was four shots behind division winner Luke Farquhar of Haddon Heights, N.J. James Quinn of Radnor finished in a tie for seventh with a 47.

Vandayar tops field at Wilmington

   Garnet Valley senior Annika Vandayar posted a 9-over 80 to claim top honors in the 16-to-18 division in a Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour stop Monday at Wilmington Country Club. It was the 10th career Junior Tour victory for Vandayar.
   Also in the division, Dominique Marchese of Media finished in a tie for fifth with a 94, Julia Devine of Media was seventh with a 101 and Notre Dame junior Gabby Morganti was eighth with a  102.
   Jack Henderson of Wayne topped a field of 50 players in the boys 16-to-18 division with an even-par 71 over the 6,299-yard, par-71 Wilmington Country Club layout. Henderson used three birdies to offset three bogeys and finish four shots ahead of the field.
   It was another strong showing for Griffin Colvin, the Penncrest senior, as he carded a 75 to finish in a four-way tie at that figure. He was awarded third place on a match of cards.
   Among some of the other Delco finishers in the division were: Marple Newtown junior Joey Del Franco (80, tied for 11th); Matthew Deacon (80, tied for 11th) of Newtown Square; recent Garnet Valley graduate Jake Hudock (82, tied for 18th); Jimmy Murray (83, tied for 21st) of Springfield; Jack Hirsh (84, tied for 24th) of Villanova; Tom Hamilton (84, tied for 24th) of Wayne; Ridley senior Kyle Fiorelli (85, tied for 28th); Penncrest senior Cace Strother (89, tied for 35th); Garnet Valley senior Michael Stanilka (92, tied for 40th); Patrick Lyons (94, 43rd) of Glen Mills; Penncrest senior Michael Chang (101, tied for 46th); and Matthew Hoppe (107, 49th) of Garnet Valley.
   John Updike of Wayne was the runnerup in the 13-to-15 division with a solid 2-over 73, just a shot back of division winner Jack Mitchell of Moorestown, N.J. Updike was a shot better than third-place finisher Kyle Vance, the Methacton sophomore who is the reigning District One Class AAA champion.
   Among some of the other Delco finishers in the division were: James Gillespie (80, tied for 10th); Aronimink Golf Club’s Billy Civitella (81, tied for 12th); Frederick Hammer (83, tied for 17th) of Wayne; Daniel Bullock (88, tied for 27th) of Wayne; David Hurley (89, tied for 31st) of Newtown Square; and Davis Rosario (90, tied for 36th) of Villanova.
   Among the nine-holers, Ryan McCabe of  Media fired a 41 to earn runnerup honors, two shots back of division winner Alex Mulrooney of Wilmington, Del.
   Other finishers in the division were: Aronimink Golf Club’s Kevin Civitella (46, seventh); Davis Flannery (47, tied for eighth) of Radnor; Roy Anderson (49, tied for 12th) of Chadds Ford; James Quinn (50, 14th) of Radnor; Jackson Fields (53, 17th) of Glen Mills; and Charlie Hurchalla (73, 21st) of Wallingford.

Bradbeer takes title at Makefield Highlands

  Merion Golf Club’s Peter Bradbeer had rounds of 70 and 74 for an even-par 144 total over two rounds in one of the Philadelphia PGA’s Elite Tour events for juniors at Makefield Highlands in Bucks County last week to take the title.
   In the Elite Tour events, all the boys compete in one 13-to-18 age group and Bradbeer’s total was matched by Conestoga senior Andrew Willner, who was the PIAA Class AAA runnerup last fall. Willner was unable to hang around for a playoff and the title was awarded to Bradbeer, who had six birdies over his two rounds.
   Episcopal Academy senior Trey Croney had rounds of 70 and 75 for a 1-over 145 total, but settled for fourth in a match of cards with Mike Bliss of Newtown.
   Bradbeer’s brother, J.B., had rounds of 77 and 73 for a 150 total that left him in a tie for 11th. John Updike of Wayne finished in a tie for 23rd with rounds of 79 and 77 for a 156 total.

Sydnes shares fourth at Skippack

   Michael Sydnes of Bryn Mawr finished in a tie for fourth in the 13-to-15 age group in a Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour stop at Skippack Golf Club Wednesday with a 5-over 75.
Kyle Vance, the talented Methacton sophomore, fired a spectacular 5-under 65 over the 5,790-yard, par-70 Skippack layout for the day’s low round that gave him the top spot in the division.
   Matthew Davis of Newtown Square finished in a tie for sixth with a 76, Jacob Liberman of Radnor finished in a tie for ninth with a 77, Aronimink Golf Club’s Billy Civitella finished in a tie for 13th with an 81 and Frederick Hammer of Wayne finished in a tie for 21st with an 87.
   Andrew Kriebel of Pennsburg topped the 16-to-18 division with a 1-under 69. Kyle Vance’s older brother Brandon finished second with a 71.
   Harry Bellwoar of Newtown Square finished in a tie for 11th with an 80.
   Case Hummer of Glen Mills fired a 39, which included a birdie on the par-3 third hole, to take top honors among the nine-holers by five shots.





Saturday, July 19, 2014

Stanilka gets second in Junior Tour stop at Waynesborough



   Garnet Valley senior Michael Stanilka fired an 8-over 79 to take second in the 16-to-18 division of a Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour stop at Waynesborough Country Club Monday.
   Stanilka trailed division winner Jack Melville of Maple Glen by two shots.
   Also in the division, Brian Kilroy of Drexel Hill got a share of third place with an 80, Matthew Deacon of Newtown Square finished in a tie for fifth with an 81, Samuel Brancazio of Swarthmore finished eighth with an 85, Ryan Conway of Bryn Mawr was 12th with an 88, Patrick Lyons of Glen Mills finished 15th with a 91 and Brandon Dejesse of Broomall was 16th with a 101.
   The day’s best score belonged to Grant Horvat, who topped the 13-to-15 division with a 3-over 74 over the challenging 6,419-yard, par-71 Waynesborough layout.
   John Updike of Wayne and Michael Sydnes of Bryn Mawr were two of the three players who shared third place at 76. Jacob Liberman of Radnor finished in a tie for sixth with a 77, Peter Garno of Haverford and Nick Miller of Newtown Square got a share of ninth with 81s, D.J. Colleran of Radnor took 14th with an 83, David Hurly of Newtown Square finished in a tie for 16th with an 85, Frederick Hammer of Wayne was 31st with a 95, William Blatchford of Wayne and Andrew Curran of Media got a share of 35th with 99s and Eric McLaughlin of Media and William Foxman of Bryn Mawr were among three players who finished tied for 38th with 101s.
   Case Hummer of Glen Mills topped the nine-holers with a round of 40 that included five pars. Daniel Curran of Villanova finished in a tie for eighth with a 50.
   In the girls 16-to-18 division, Jane Hopkinson-Wood of Warwick took top honors with an 83. Three recent graduates from Delco schools took third through fifth, respectively, as Springfield’s Samantha Miller had an 88, Notre Dame’s Caroline Barker had a 91 and Bonner-Prendergast’s Anna Haley had a 97.

Kan wins at Laurel Creek

   Chichester sophomore Caprian Kan’s round at a Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour stop at Laurel Creek Country Club Tuesday was cut short by storms, but the 5-over 60 total she posted for 14 holes was easily good enough to give her first place in the 13-to-15 division. Kan posted seven pars in a sparkling 2-over 38 on the front nine at Laurel Creek.
   Merion Golf Club’s Bradbeer brothers, Peter and J.B., meanwhile, started a solid two-day run on the Junior Tour at Laurel Creek.
   Peter Bradbeer took top honors in  the 16-to-18 divison with a 1-over 72 over the 6,518-yard, par-71 Laurel Creek layout in Mount Laurel, N.J.
   Brother J.B. Bradbeer finished in a tie for third with a 78. Jimmy Murray of Springfield finished in a tie for 15th with an 88.
   In the rain-shortened 13-to-15 division, top honors went to Jack Mitchell of Moorestown, N.J. with a 1-under 57. Frederick Hammer of Wayne finished 18th with a 67, Aj Aivazoglou of Glen Mills finished in a tie for 21st at 71, and Connor Hale of Garnet Valley was 33rd with an 87.
   Joshua Ryan of Norristown topped the nine-holers with a 40. James Quinn of Radnor finished fifth with a 48.

Bradbeers in the swing at Honeybrook

   After strong showings the day before at Laurel Creek, Merion’s Peter and J.B. Bradbeer stole the show Wednesday in a Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour stop at Honeybrook Golf Club.
Peter Bradbeer fired a 1-over 71 at the 6,306-yard, par-70 Honeybrook layout to take top honors in the 16-to-18 division.
   J.B. Bradbeer was five shots back in a tie for second at 76, although the scorecard tiebreakers left him in fourth place.
   Harry Bellwoar of Newtown Square finished in a tie for 11th with an 83, Ryan Conway of Bryn Mawr was 13th with an 84, Jimmy Murray of Springfield finished 18th with an 89, Minwoo Kwak of Bryn Mawr finished 22nd with a 94 and Matthew Hoppe of Garnet Valley finished in a tie for 23rd at 102.
   Benjamin Pochet of Royersford finished atop the 13-to-15 division with a 2-over 72.
Peter Garno of Haverford finished in a tie for seventh with a 76, Jacob Liberman of Radnor finished in a tie for 10th at 79, Bryan Donato of Chadds Ford finished in a tie for 23rd at 84 and Eric McLaughlin of Media finished in a tie for 31st at 95.
   Jacob Zeng of Downingtown was the best among the nine-holers with a 39. Case Hummer of Glen Mills finished fourth with a 42.
   In the girls 16-to-18 division, recent Notre Dame graduate Caroline Barker had an 87 to finish second behind Emily Gilbert of Gilbertsville, who had a 78. Anna Haley, the recent Bonner-Prendergast graduate who was a PIAA Class AAA East Regional qualifier as a senior last fall, finished fourth with a 91.

Maloomian, Urban dominate in Delaware

   The Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour was at three courses in Delaware for its Dover Series presented by Oakley and while not many Delco juniors trekked down to the First State, Brock Maloomian of Lewes, Del. and Andrew Urban V of Berlin, Md., claimed overall series victories.
   Competing in the 13-to-15 division, Maloomian opened the series by taking his age group with a 1-over 72 at Maple Dale Country Club in Dover, finished in a tie for third with a 4-over 76 at Wild Quail Golf and Country Club and then topped the field with a 3-over 75 at Garrisons Lake Golf Club in Smyrna, Del.
   That gave him a 223 total and a one-shot edge over Austin Barbin of Elkton, Md.  in the overall series standings. Barbin was the individual winner at Wild Quail with a 1-over 73 and was second to Maloomian at Maple Dale with a 2-over 73 and fourth at Garrisons Lake with a 78.
   Competing in the 16-to-18 division, Urban finished first at Maple Dale with an 80, first at Wild Quail with an even-par 72 and eighth at Garrisons Lake with an 83. That gave him a 235 total and a one-shot edge over Gregory Szrom of Egg Harbor Township, N.J. in the overall series standings.
Szrom finished in a tie for second at Maple Dale with an 81, tied for second at Wild Quail with a 74 and tied for sixth at Garrisons Lake with an 81. Individual honors in the 16-to-18 division at Garrisons Lake went to Shea Murphy of Wilmington, Del. with a 4-over 76.
   In the 16-to-18 division at Maple Dale, Andrew Vetterlein of Villanova finished 10th with a 101.
   In the 13-to-15 division at Wild Quail, Jack Niemkiewicz of Chadds Ford finished in a tie for 10th with an 85.
   In the 16-to-18 division at Garrisons Lake, Jimmy Murray of Springfield finished 11th with a 93.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Stas wins Philadelphia Women's Amateur an eighth time



   Meghan Stasi once dominated the Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Amateur Championship, winning the Glenna Collett Vare Cup seven straight times from 1999 to 2005.
Stasi went on to bigger and better things, including winning four U.S. Women’s  Mid-Amateur championships, but this week she was back looking for an eighth Philadelphia Women’s Amateur title at Wilmington Country Club’s South Course.
   And Friday she got it, outlasting defending champion Emily Gimpel, 2 and 1, in a scheduled 36-hole final. Gimpel is a recent University of Maryland graduate and was a scholastic standout at Mount St. Joseph.
   Stasi, the former Meghan Bolger, has coached at the University of Mississippi, briefly flirted with a professional career, and, from what I can gather from the Internet, helps out her husband Danny at his restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Not sure if that puts her in the class restauranteur-wise with the late, great Helen Sigel Wilson, but she is gaining on the legendary Philadelphia Country Club player’s total of 14 Philadelphia Women’s Amateur titles.
   Stasi had to fight off another collegian in the semifinals as she edged James Madison junior Kelsey Solan, 1-up, with a birdie on the 18th hole. Gimpel defeated Kerry Rutan of Philadelphia Cricket Club, 4 and 3, in the other semifinal.
   Merion Golf Club’s Catherine Elliott, a former Notre Dame and University of Pennsylvania standout, qualified for match play and fell to Pamela Brown, 1-up, in the opening round of matches.
Merion’s Liz Haines, winner of this championship in 1985 and 1994, also qualified for match play. She knocked off Angie Coleman, 2 and 1, before falling to Rutan, 6 and 4, in the second round.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Walker falls short at Junior PGA Championship qualifier



   The Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour held its qualifier for the Junior PGA Championship Monday at North Hills Country Club and the girls division looked very much like the PIAA Class AAA Tournament last fall.
   Jackie Rogowicz, a two-time PIAA runnerup, had rounds of 74 and 71 over the par-71 North Hills layout for a 3-over 145 total that earned her a trip to Miramont C.C. in Bryan, Texas July 29 to Aug. 1 for the Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks.
   Rogowicz, a senior at Pennsbury, finished two shots clear of reigning PIAA champion Isabella DiLisio, a senior at Mount St. Joseph who had rounds of 73 and 74 for a 147 total.
   Radnor All-Delco Brynn Walker, a junior who finished in a tie fifth at last fall’s PIAA Tournament, was another shot back of DiLisio with rounds of 73 and 75 for a 148 total.
   All the boys and girls in the field were in the hunt for just the one qualifying berth to the national junior PGA event, but the Philly Junior Tour did break out its usual age groups and Agnes Irwin freshman Kaitlyn Lees dominated the 13-to-15 division with rounds of 82 and 78 for a 160 total. That left her in seventh place overall.
   Radnor sophomore Gabby Kim (87-84) finished third at 171 and Chichester sophomore Caprian Kan (88-91) was fourth at 179. That left them tied for 13th and 20th overall, respectively.
   Other Delco finishers included Garnet Valley senior Annika Vandayar (85-78—163, eighth), recent Springfield graduate Samantha Miller (92-95—187, 26th) and Rada Ilieva (98-104—202, tied for 32nd), another recent Springfield graduate.
   Another one of District One’s top players, Pennsbury senior Vinay Ramesh, claimed the boys’ ticket to the Junior PGA Championship with rounds of 71 and 72 for a 1-over 143 total. Blaine Lafferty of Marlton, N.J. was the runnerup with rounds of 72 and 74 for a 146 total.
   As was the case with the girls, most of Delco’s stronger entries were in the 13-to-15 age group. Nick Miller (79-78—157) of Newtown Square was third, Jacob Liberman (82-85—167) of Radnor and Jake Calamaro (82-85—167) of Newtown Square were tied for 11th and Matthew Davis (84-86—170) of Newtown Square was tied for 15th. Miller was 14th overall, Liberman and Calamaro were tied for 35th overall and Davis was tied for 41st overall.

Kim second at Hershey

   A Philadelphia PGA Junior Elite Tour event scheduled to be a two-day affair at Hershey Country Club’s East Course was shortened to one day as Tuesday’s violent storms left the George Fazio-designed course unplayable Wednesday.
   In the Elite Tour events all the boys and girls complete in just a 13-to-18 division. Radnor sophomore Gabby Kim fired an 80 over the 5,753-yard, par-71 Hershey East layout to finish second among the girls. Esther Park, the Wilmington, Del. player who is a familiar rival of Kim’s, took top honors, edging Kim by a shot with her 79.
   Among the boys, recent Methacton graduate Brandon Vance took top honors with a 2-over 73 over a course that measures 6,446 yards for the guys.
   Wayne’s John Updike, the only Class of 2019 in the boys field, carded a 79 to finish in a tie for ninth.

Sydnes goes low at Pennsauken

   Members of Andy Achenbach’s powerhouse Radnor program were playing good golf all over the place as sophomore Michael Sydnes took top honors in the 13-to-15 division in a Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour stop Tuesday at Pennsauken Country Club.
   Sydnes’ 77 over the 6,213-yard, par-70 Pennsauken layout was the best score recorded by guys of any age group.
   There was a three-way tie atop the 16-to-18 division among Bryn Mawr’s Ryan Conway, Quakertown’s Joe Rochelle and Abington’s Joshua Sheerhan at 82 with the title going to Rochelle on a back-nine scorecard tiebreaker.
   Garnet Valley senior Michael Stanilka finished in a tie for 12th with a 90 and Matthew Hoppe of Garnet Valley finished 19th with a 103.
   In the 13-to-15 division, David Hurley of Newtown Square finished in a tie for 11th with a 90, Frederick Hammer of Wayne finished in a tie for 14th with a 91 and Aj Aivazoglou of Glen Mills finished 20th with a 97.
   Caroline Barker, who helped Notre Dame win its sixth straight Inter-Ac League title as a senior this spring, topped the 16-to-18 division with a 95 for her first Junior Tour victory.
   Luke Farquhar of Haddon Heights, N.J. topped the field among the nine-holers with a 42. Dolan Cox of Newtown Square got a share of second with a 44, Nicholas Cardow of Wallingford and June Kim of Wayne finished in a tie for fifth with 49s, Roy Anderson of Chadds Ford was seventh with a 51 and David Merz of Swarthmore finished eighth with a 52.

Cox third at Moorestown

   The nine-holers had the stage to themselves for a Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour stop at the Moorestown Field Club Friday and Jacob Zeng of Downingtown bested the field with a 2-over 38 over 2,698-yard, par-36 nine.
   The event was sponsored by BagBoy, which presented Zeng with a Quad Plus push cart in addition to his first-place medal.
   Newtown Square’s Cox finished third with a 41, Case Hummer of Glen Mills was sixth with a 45, Joseph Morganti of Havertown finished in a tie for seventh with a 46, Davis Flannery of Radnor finished in a tie for 10th with a 48 and James Quinn of Radnor finished along in 14th with a 49,

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Vance, Sager are winners at Turtle Creek



   Kyle Vance, the District One Class AAA champion as a freshman at Methacton last fall, and Maddie Sager, the Owen J. Roberts junior who was a PIAA Class AAA medalist last fall, took top honors in a Philadelphia PGA Junior Elite Tour event held at Turtle Creek Golf Club.
   There were weather delays Wednesday that required some players to come back Thursday to complete their first rounds, but the 36-hole event was completed.
   The elite events lump all the age groups into one and despite being one of the younger competitors in a 13-to-18 division, Vance, with rounds of 73 and 71, carded an even-par 144 to finish a shot ahead of Tom Fisher (74-71) of Horsham among the boys.
   Jack Hirsh (76-80) of Villanova finished in a tie for 22nd at 156, Jacob Liberman (82-76) of Radnor and Jake Calamaro (78-80) of Newtown Square finished in a tie for 28th at 158 and Michael Sydnes (80-81) of Bryn Mawr finished in a tie for 37th at 161.
   Sager topped the girls field with rounds of 75 and 74 for a 149 total that was three shots better than runnerup Christine Shao of Green Brook, N.J., who had rounds of 73 and 79 for a 152 total.
   Agnes Irwin freshman Kaitlyn Lees (coming off a runnerup finish in the Pennsylvania Junior Girls Championship, details of which appear in Tom McNichol’s Golf Notebook in the Saturday 7-5 print edition of the Daily Times), finished in a tie for fifth with a pair of 79s for a 158 total.
   Chichester sophomore Caprian Kan (79-81) finished seventh at 160, Garnet Valley senior Annika Vandayar (81-80), who also had a strong showing at the Pennsylvania Junior Girls, finished eighth at 161, and Radnor sophomore Gabby Kim (85-79) finished in a tie for 10th at 164.

Miller gets a first at Wyncote

   The Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour stopped at challenging Wyncote Golf Club Monday and recent Springfield graduate Samantha Miller took top honors in the 16-to-18 division with a 92, a shot better than the 93 posted by Emily Gilbert of Gilbertsville.
   John Updike of Wayne finished second in the 13-to-15 age group with a sparkling 74 over the links-like 6,509-yard, par-72 Wyncote layout. He was three shots back of division winner Jack Mitchell of Moorestown, N.J., who had a 71.
   Aronimink Golf Club’s Billy Civitella finished in a tie for fifth in the division with an 81.
Alejandro Velez of Harleysville topped the 16-to-18 division with a 75. Jack Hirsh of Villanova finished in a tie for sixth with an 81.
   Elise Glauser of Newark, Del., won the 16-to-18 girls division with a 98. Anne Curran of Villanova was the runnerup at 110.
   Jacob Zeng of Downingtown bested the field of nine-holers with a 42. June Kim of Wayne finished third with a 46, Kevin Civitella of Berwyn finished fifth with a 48, Jackson Fields of Glen Mills finished sixth with a 49 and Daniel Curran of Villanova finished 11th with a 66.

Updike a runnerup at Blue Bell

   Wayne’s John Updike continued his solid play this summer with a runnerup finish in the 13-to-15 division in a Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour stop Wednesday at Blue Bell Country Club.
   Updike carded a 2-over 73 over the 6,483-yard, par-71 Blue Bell layout to finish a shot back of Matthew Graeff of Blue Bell, who birdied the last three holes for a 1-over 72.
   Also in the division, Daniel Bullock of Wayne finished 14th with an 86, Andrew Curran of Media finished in a tie for 16th with an 89, Lucas Zhu finished 23rd with a 97 and Matthew Barkann finished 25th with a 104.
   Erik Reisner, the Central League champion at Harriton last fall, topped the 16-to-18 division with a 75. Luke Nichols of Bryn Mawr finished in a tie for fifth with an 82 and Minwoo Kwak of Bryn Mawr finished 18th with a 93.
   Stephen Lorenzo of Lower Gwynedd topped the nine-holers with a 39. Daniel Curran of Villanova finished in a tie for seventh with a 55 and Aidan Lowe of Villanova finished ninth with a 58.
Gianna Ward of Collegeville won the 13-to-15 division with a 95. Anne Curran of Villanova finished third with a 106.