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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Kan is in the swing at Purdue

   Aurora Kan, a three-time Daily Times Player of the Year at Chichester who is a sophomore at Purdue, had the best tournament of her college career when she finished seventh at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships last weekend.
   Kan had rounds of 73, 73 and 70 over the 6,447-yard, par-72 Holston Hills Country Club layout in Knoxville, Tenn. for an even-par 216 total.
   The Boilermakers, ranked 16th in the latest Golfweek poll, were led by senior Paula Reto, who claimed the individual title, her final-round 69 giving her a 5-under 211 total.
   Reto and Kan helped Purdue finish third in the team standings with an 872 total. The Boilermakers improved every day, posting rounds of 293, 291 and 288.
   Penn State was a surprising wire-to-wire team champion with rounds of 291, 289 and 287 for a 3-over 867 total. Host Tennessee finished second, a shot better than Purdue at 871.
  Also for Purdue, senior Laura Gonzalez-Escallon (76-73-75) and redshirt senior Kishi Sinha (75-75-74) were among the players in a tie for 32nd at 224. Freshman Margaux Vanmol finished in a tie for 40th at 226 (74-74-78). Freshman Brooke Beegle competed as an individual and tied for 62nd at 234 (76-76-82).
   Among the players who shared seventh place individually with Kan was Penn State’s low scorer, Ellen Ceresko. It was Ceresko, a North Pocono product, whom Kan beat in the semifinals on her way to the 2010 Pennsylvania Women’s Amateur championship at Whitemarsh Valley C.C. just prior to Kan’s senior season at Chi.
   Earlier this month, Purdue finished 13th in the Liz Murphy Fall Preview, held at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga. The 2013 NCAA Tournament will be held at the same University of Georgia layout.
North Carolina captured the team title with a final-round 290 that enabled the Tar Heels to finish at 876 and edge reigning national champion Alabama by four shots.
   Purdue was steady, but unspectacular with rounds of 300, 301 and 301 for a 902 total.
   Reto contended for individual honors with a pair of 71s in the first two rounds before falling back with a 76 that left her in a tie for 14th at 2-over 218.
   Gonzalez-Escallon finished in a tie for 45th at 227 (74-79-74), Kan (78-77-76) and Kishi (77-75-79) were among five players in a tie for 66th at 231 and Vanmol (80-78-75) finished in a tie for 75th at 233.
Villanova relying on its Haverford School connection

   Led by senior captain Michael Kania, a two-time All-Delco, and a couple of other former Haverford School standouts, Villanova has been putting together a solid string of tournament showings heading into its fall finale this weekend at the Lehigh Invitational.
   As was reported briefly in the Oct. 15 print edition of the Daily Times, the Wildcats finished seventh in the team standings at last weekend’s Big 5 Invitational held at Philmont Country Club. Villanova posted a 307 total on Day 1 and 310 the second day for a 617 total.
   That left them a frustrating one shot back of Temple for low-Big 5 in the field as the Owls, led by talented freshman Brandon Matthews, who won the individual title, improved from an opening-round 310 with a 306 to just edge Villanova.
Senior Derek Jones led Villanova with rounds of 75 and 77 for a 12-over 152 total that left him in a tie for 12th.
   Kania, out of the strong stable of Overbrook G.C. players, led the ’Cats’ Haverford School group with rounds of 78 and 75 for a 153 total that gave him a tie for 15th.
   Cory Siegfried, a two-time All-Delco who was a teammate of Kania’s at the beginning of his scholastic career, played the bulk of his collegiate career at the University of Virginia, but had some eligibility left when he started studying for a masters on the Main Line. A member at Philadelphia C.C., Siegfried had rounds of 76 and 79 at Philmont to finish in a tie for 23rd.
   Sophomore Ted Brennan, a Newtown Square resident who was a sophomore with the Fords when Kania was a senior, had rounds of 78 and 79 at Philmont for a 157 total that left him in a tie for 35th. Brennan, like Siegfried, is a member at Philadelphia C.C. Senior Steve Skurla struggled on the tricky Philmont greens with rounds of 80 and 85 for a 165 total that left him in a tie for 71st.
   Senior Jimmy Johnston, a Wayne resident and former Malvern Prep standout, competed as an individual for the ’Cats and finished a shot back of Skurla at 166 (82-84)  in a tie for 80th.
   Another Haverford School All-Delco, Nelson Hargrove, led Brown to a 14th-place finish with a 637 total. Hargrove finished in a tie for 30th with rounds of 77 and 79 for a 156 total.
   Matthews has been a big story in the area with his fast start at Temple. He carded a 1-under 69 in the second round to claim the individual title at 5-over 145.
   Two years ago, Matthews put on a scintillating display in winning the PIAA title as a junior at Pittston. He was a state medalist again last fall at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort.
   And he grabbed one the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s major titles when he won the rain-shortened Patterson Cup at Philadelphia C.C.  in August.
   Another name familiar to followers of Central League golf, former Lower Merion standout Greg Jarmas, finished in a tie for second at Philmont in leading Princeton to a fifth-place finish in the team standings.
   Jarmas, the runnerup at the 2009 PIAA Tournament, had rounds of 71 and 75 for a 146 total. Jarmas also fell in the final of the GAP Amateur Championship to former Villanova standout Brian Colbert in June. Princeton was fifth at 610.
   Jarmas shared second place with Bryce Edmister (73-73—146), who led Binghamton to third in the team standings at 612. 
  Hartford, with an impressive second-day team total of 291 that enabled it to vault past 12 teams it trailed after Day 1, captured the team title at 609, a shot better than Sacred Heart.
   Heading into the Big 5 Invitational, Villanova was coming off a third-place finish in the CHAMPS/Patriot Intercollegiate in Lorton, Va. a couple of weeks earlier.
   Kania had rounds of 71, 72 and 68 and finished in a tie for second in the individual standings at 2-under 211. Skurla also had a big weekend with rounds of 72, 71 and 69 that left him in a tie for fourth at 1-under 212.
   Siegfried (75-75-74—224), Jones (78-74-75—227) and Johnston (86-75-75—236) rounded out the top five for Villanova. Brennan competed as an individual and finished tied for 56th with rounds of 74, 79 and 79 for a 232 total.
   Kania’s performance, combined with his tie for third at the Adams Cups of Newport in Newport, R.I. and a tie for 19th in the season-opening Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate, earned him Big East Player of the Month honors.
   It was the first time the two-time Inter-Ac League champion had won the Player of the Month award.
   Also at the CHAMPS/Patriot Intercollegiate, Delaware freshman Braden Shattuck, the 2011-12 Daily Times Player of the Year at Sun Valley, finished in a tie for 19th with rounds of 74, 70 and 76 for a 220 total.
   Senior Ben Conroy finished in a tie for 10th at 215 (73-68-74) to lead the way for the Blue Hens, who finished fifth in the team standings.

Calamaro helps Illini finish in tie for eighth

   Illinois redshirt sophomore Jackie Calamaro, the 2009 PIAA champion as a senior at Radnor, finished 48th in helping the Illini share eighth place with Big Ten rival Iowa at the Hoosier Fall Invitational last weekend.
Calamaro had rounds of 83, 78 and 81 over the 6,119-yard, par-72 Belterra Resort Course.
   For the third time in four tournaments, the Illini were led by redshirt sophomore Samantha Postillion, who had a final-round 79 to finish in a tie for 20th at 231.
   Illinois came into the final round in fifth place after a strong 304 score in the middle round, but fell back to 324 in blustery conditions last Sunday to end up at 938. Illinois opened with a 309.
   Wisconsin posted a final-round 302 and made up a 16-shot deficit to finish at 894, two shots better than Indiana.
Illinois also got solid showings from sophomore Pimploy Thirati (233, tied for 26th), juniior Ember Schuldt (234, tied for 31st), and freshman Michelle Mayer (245, 56th).
   Also teeing it up at the Hoosier was Delaware. Sophomore Amanda Terzian, an Episcopal Academy product, had rounds of 80, 78 and 88 for a 246 total that left her in a tie for 57th. Terzian and the Blue Hens posted a team total of 879, which left them last in the field of 13th.

Jaster completes dominant regular season

   Haverford School senior Scott Jaster, a two-time All-Delco, will be coming off a dominant run through the regular season when he tees it up in the Bert Linton Inter-Ac League Tournament this week.
   The Inter-Ac tourney, which crowns the league’s individual champion, was originally scheduled to be played Monday, Oct. 22 at Philadelphia Cricket Club, but has been moved to Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Sunnybrook G.C. Wednesday’s tournament will be contested at 18 holes.
   But there is no doubt as to the identity of the top individual player during the Inter-Ac’s regular-season run of six mini-tournaments that concluded Thursday with Penn Charter hosting at Huntingdon Valley C.C.
   Jaster carded a 2-over 37 at Huntingdon Valley to share medalist honors with teammates Timmy Brooks, also a senior, and junior Ryan Tetrault. Junior All-Delco Cole Berman was another two shots back at 39.
   Jaster’s record against the rest of the league throughout the six mini-tournaments was a remarkable 269-3-10 and the Inter-Ac may very well be the most competitive golf circuit in the state.
   Twice, when Episcopal Academy hosted at Merion G.C.’s West Course and when the Fords hosted at Gulph Mills G.C., Jaster beat the field. Two other times he shared medalist honors.
   Berman, the 2012 Golf Association of Philadelphia Junior Player of the Year, finished second with an overall record of 246-23-13. Brooks finished third at 234-26-22.
   It was a really remarkable regular season for the Fords. Jake Van Arkel finished sixth, Tetrault seventh, Otis Baker ninth, Max Siegfried 12th and Jay Losty 15th, giving Haverford School eight of the top 15 players in the league.
   Senior Alex Dupre was Episcopal Academy’s top player as he finished eighth in the overall standings.
   Dupre’s pal and fellow EA senior Sean Fahey bounced back from an injury to fire a 38 Thursday at Huntingdon Valley, which gave him a share of fourth that day.
   Overall Fahey finished 20th, despite missing two of the mini-tournaments.

Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour

   With their scholastic seasons ending a little sooner than they had hoped, Garnet Valley teammates Jack Highfill, a junior, and Michael Stankila, a sophomore, took out their frustrations Oct. 13 in a Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour stop at Sussex Pines C.C.
   Highfill fired an 81 to take top honors in the 16-to-18 age group and Stankila was two shots behind him in second place with an 83.
   A younger Highfill, Noah, finished sixth in the 13-to-15 age group wioth a 106.
   Among the nine-holers, Newtown Square resident Jacob Calamaro finished fourth with a 56.

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