Saturday, September 29, 2012

Jaster makes Scholastic Junior All-America Team

   Two-time Haverford School All-Delco Scott Jaster, a senior, has been named an HP Scholastic Junior All-American.
The honor was announced last week by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), which has recognized 12 boys and girls who demonstrate the ability to excel both on the golf course and the classroom since 1988.
   To be eligible to apply for the HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team, boys must have placed in the top 10 of an AJGA open regional championship or invitational. The selections were based on grade-point average, class rank, standardized test scores, community service and writing ability. Candidates were required to submit an essay no longer than 500 words on an original topic relating to golf.
   The HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet Nov. 18 at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The awards banquet will coincide with Polo Golf Junior Classic, which will be held at PGA National’s Champion and Fazio courses Nov. 17 to 23.
   Jaster has led The Haverford School to two straight Inter-Ac League titles. The first came at the end of his sophomore season, the last season the Inter-Ac competed in the spring. A few months later, at the beginning of his junior year, Jaster again helped the Fords claim the Inter-Ac title, this time in the circuit’s first fall campaign.
   Jaster finished in a tie for fifth in the Inter-Ac Tournament as a sophomore and in a tie for sixth last fall as a junior.
Jaster and the Fords appear well on their way to a third straight title with dominant performances in the first two mini-tournaments that determine the league champion.
   Jaster finished third in the 2012 Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot Out, giving him three top-five performances in AJGA events. He scored 2,240 on the SAT and has achieved a weighted grade-point average of 4.7 in his first three years at The Haverford School.
   He is a memer of the varsity debate team and is president of the school’s Community Awareness Program.

Dupre at his best at Merion East

   As a member at Rolling Green G.C., Episcopal Academy senior Alex Dupre knows a thing or two about fast greens.
That knowledge undoubtedly came in handy when the Churchmen battled Catholic League powerhouse La Salle Wednesday at Merion G.C.’s historic East Course, site of the 2013 U.S. Open, and home to some pretty tricky green complexes.
   Dupre fired a 3-over 38 to lead the Churchmen to a 251-257 victory over the Explorers. Also scoring for Episcopal were senior standout Sean Fahey (41), Joe Chambers (42), Andrew Janetta (42), Trey Croney (44) and Cole Testaiuti (44).
  By the way, the countdown to the opening round of the 2013 U.S. Open teeing off in Delaware County stands at 257 days on this Ryder Cup Sunday.

Calamaro helps Illini take third

   Redshirt sophomore Jackie Calamaro, the 2009 PIAA champion at Radnor, got into the top 25 to help Illinois move up into a tie for third place in the team chase at the Wolverine Invitational that concluded last Sunday.
   A young group of Illinois players had struggled the first two times they teed it up this fall, but the Illini showed a lot more consistency and their final-round team total of 304 Sunday was the low team round of the tournament.
   Host Michigan and Florida International shared the team title at 930. Illinois ended up in a three-way tie for third with Xavier and Eastern Michigan, three shots back of the co-winners at 933.
   The Illini were led by junior Ember Schuldt and sophomore Michelle Mayer, who were among six players who finished in a tie for sixth at 232. Schuldt fired a final-round 72 and Mayer ended up with a 74, her best collegiate round.
   Samantha Postillion, like Calamaro a redshirt sophomore, had a final-round 77 to finish another shot back at 233 and alone in 12th place.
   Calamaro started off strong with a 76 and added an 80 and an 82 to finish in a tie for 23rd at 238 and sophomore Pimploy Thirati finished alone in 40th at 245.
   A couple of other local players teed it up at the Wolverine. Bucknell junior Lauren Bernard, a Notre Dame product and the 2011 Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia Amateur champion, finished alone in 61st place with rounds of 86, 81 and 86 for a 253 total.
   Delaware sophomore Amanda Terzian, an Episcopal Academy product, was another shot back of Bernard in a tie for 62nd at 254 after rounds of 79, 93 and 82.
   Bernard’s Bison were last in the field of 14 with a 1,004 total while Terzian’s Blue Hens finished 12th at 991.

Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour

   The Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour is still getting in some events in between a busy scholastic schedule and St. Joseph’s Prep senior Jim Callahan, a Springfield resident, fired a 75 to finish second in the 16-to-18 division in a stop at the short — just 4,494 yards —  par-66 Willow Valley G.C. near Lancaster Sept. 22.
   In the girls 13-to-15 division Gabriella Kim of Wayne carded an 83 to share the top spot with Phoebe Brinker of Wilmington, Del. Caprian Kan of Boothwyn finished fourth with a 92, Kaitlyn Lees of Bryn Mawr was fifth with a 95 and Yana Ilieva of Newtown Square was sixth with a 109.
   In the girls 16-to-18 division, Rada Ilieva of Newtown Square finished second with a 102.

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