Concord Country Club head pro Mike Moses couldn’t match the
scinntillating round he put together on his home course in his second round of
the Philadelphia Section PGA Championship at Llanerch Country Club Wednesday,
but he is still tied for the lead heading into Thursday’s final round back at
Moses had grabbed a three-shot lead with his 6-under 65 in
his opening round at Concord, a course he obviously knows very well. He shot a
5-over 76 at Llanerch Wednesday to share the lead after two rounds with Rob
Shuey of Colonial Golf Club and Applebrook Golf Club head pro Dave McNabb at
Shuey, who had opened with a 1-under 70 at Llanerch Tuesday,
matched par at Concord Wednesday to get to 141. McNabb had matched par at
Llanerch with a 71 Tuesday and really had it going for a while Wednesday at
Concord, reaching 5-under for the tournament at one point, before giving some
shots back in a 1-under 70.
Among the four players lurking at even-par 142 is the
ageless Stu Ingraham, the teaching pro at the M Golf Range in Newtown Square.
Ingraham added a 70 Wednesday to his opening-round 72.
Merion Golf Club’s head of instruction, Mark Sheftic, is
among three players tied for eighth at 1-over 143 as he added a second-round 74
to his opening-round 69. Radnor Valley Country Club head pro George Forster and
Merion pro Robby Bruns are among four players tied for 11th at
2-over 144. Forster added a 73 Wednesday to an opening-round 71 while Bruns has
carded a pair of 72s.
The Aronimink Golf Club pro shop is well-represented among
the seven players tied for 15th at 3-over 145. Assistant pro Carson
Solien, with rounds of 73 and 72, and head of instruction John Bierkan, with
rounds of 70 and 75, are both sitting at 145.
The top 12 finishers following Thursday’s final round will
earn a spot in the PGA Professional National Championship (I like to call it by
its old-school name, the National Club Pro) and they won’t have far to go to
tee it up in that event, which is being held June 21 to 24 of next year at
Philadelphia Cricket Club.
The top finishers in the National Club Pro earn spots in the
field of the PGA Championship, the final major professional championship each
year. McNabb has taken that route to the last two PGAs, Sheftic has done in
three times in the last five years, and Ingraham has made the trip to the PGA
six times in his outstanding career.
Berman off to fast collegiate start
I figured I’d check in at some point this fall and see how
two-time Daily Times Player of the
Year Cole Berman was doing in his first season at Georgetown. Figured it might
take The Haverford School graduate and three-time Golf Association of
Philadelphia Junior Player of the Year a little time to get his feet wet at the
Or not. I’m a little late with this (the event ended Sept.
7), but Berman, who closed out his summer with a rousing victory in the
Patterson Cup, a GAP major, opened his collegiate career the same way, by
winning a tournament.
Berman had rounds of 69 and 68 at the par-71 U.S. Naval
Academy Golf Course to take top honors in the Navy Fall Classic at 5-under 137.
Berman was matched at that figure by Delaware’s Erik Dulik and defeated Dulik
in a playoff to take the title, the first Hoya golfer to win the Navy Fall
Classic since John Berg in 1992.
“Cole’s win was special,” coach Tommy Hunter said on the
Georgetown website. “He handled the pressure like an upperclassman. His
decision-making made the difference. We can’t wait to get to our next event.”
Berman’s effort helped Georgetown finish third in the team
chase with rounds of 290 and 288 for a 578 total. Seton Hall (284-285—569)
edged Delaware (288-282—570) by a shot for the team title.
Villanova was also in the field at the Navy Fall Classic,
the Wildcats finishing sixth with rounds of 296 and 290 for a 586 total. Villanova
was by Lucas Trim, a sophomore from Tampa, Fla. who had rounds of 72 and 71 to
finish ninth at 1-over 143.
Haverford School, Malvern Prep are at it again
Malvern Prep ended Haverford School’s three-year reign atop
the Inter-Ac League last fall and the two teams got right back at it as the
league’s series of mini-tournaments opened Tuesday at Philadelphia Cricket
The Friars had six players break 40 and they needed almost every
shot as their 231 total edged the Fords by three shots.
Nick Miller led the way for Malvern Prep with a 37 followed
by Brendan Bacskai at 38 and Mike Szipasky, Marty McGuckin, Willis Moyer and
Nick Fizzano all with 39s.
Haverford School senior Jay Losty matched Miller’s 37, the
low round of the day for the field, in leading the way for the Fords. Ryan
Bowman and Matt Grubb added 38s, Jack Henderson carded a 39, Max Siegfried was
at 40 and Peter Garno had a 42 as the Fords put up a 234 total
Episcopal Academy, led by Joe Chambers with a 39, shared
third place with Penn Charter at 253. Also counting for the Churchmen were Trey
Croney with a 40, Jon Nolan Perry at 41, Cole Testaiuti with a 43, Scott
McConnell with a 44 and Andrew Vetterlein at 46.
A couple of high school dual matches slipped under the radar
last week, including a summit meeting of Delco’s two top teams, Haverford
School and Radnor.
Haverford School’s Siegfried, a junior, matched par with a
35 at Gulph Mills Golf Club as the Fords claimed a 188-197 victory over the
Raiders. Grubb added a 36, Bowman had a 38, Garno had a 39 and Otis Baker had a
40 as the Fords survived a little bit of an off day by Losty, who had a 41.
Junior All-Delco Brynn Walker and Jack Owens led the way for
Radnor with 37s. Paul Yun had a 40, Kevin Seits had a 41, and Michael Sydnes
had a 42 for the Raiders.
Radnor had another intriguing nonleague encounter last week
with Downingtown East at Stonewall. Not sure which course they played at the
wonderful golf hideaway in northwest Chester County, but Walker, coming off a
spectacular summer that saw her qualify for the both the U.S. Girls Junior and
the U.S. Women’s Amateur, fired a sizzling 2-under 33 to lead the Raiders to a
Sydnes also broke par at Stonewall with a 34, Owens had a
38, Yun a 40 and Radnor could take its pick for its fifth scorer as Tom
Hamilton, Jacob Liberman and Jack Staples all had 41s.