What started as 2009 PIAA champion Jackie Calamaro’s senior project to raise money for The First Tee of Philadelphia will happen for the third time in four years, although the beneficiary is new.
Seniors Jamie Susanin and Allie Ziegler, co-captains of Radnor’s PIAA championship team last fall, will once again try to get in a 100-plus holes of golf in a golf marathon to raise money for Women Golfers Give Back.
Three years ago Calamaro, fellow senior and All-Delco Jin Hwang and Radnor coach Andy Achenbach played 102 holes at Walnut Lane Golf Club. Calamaro’s effort paid off to the tune of nearly $10,000 raised and also earned her the prestigious Presidents’ Leadership Award, a joint venture by the American Junior Golf Association and the United States Golf Association to pay tribute to exceptional volunteerism by junior golfers.
A year ago, the second edition of the marathon was played at Susanin’s home course, Overbrook Golf Club, with Susanin, Ziegler, Caitlin Sullivan, captain of Radnor’s District One champion 2011 team, and Achenbach getting in 104 holes.
This year’s marathon will again be played at Overbrook, Monday, May 20. Susanin, who will play golf at Dartmouth next fall, and Ziegler, who is headed for Vanderbilt, want to give back to a sport that has given them so much throughout their youth.
That’s why the beneficiary is Women Golfers Give Back, an organization founded in 2003 by a group of woman golfers who wanted to give back to the community and promote the game of golf to deserving young girls.
To learn more about Women Golfers Give Back or to make a donation in conjunction with the golf marathon being staged by Susanin and Ziegler, visit www.womengolfersgiveback.org
Kim takes second at Sand Barrens
The future of the Radnor girls golf program is hard at work on the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour these days.
Gabriella Kim, expected to join the program next fall, finished second in the 13-to-15 age group at Sunday’s Junior Tour stop at the Sand Barrens Golf Club near the Jersey shore with a 96. She finished six shots back of Katie Lee of Ringoes, N.J.
There’s a pretty good chance that that was Gabriella’s little sister June who finished in a tie for 10th among the nine-holers at Sand Barrens with a 61.
Other top-10 finishers among the nine-holers included Lucas Zhu of Wayne, who finished In a tie for sixth with a 48 and Reed Curtis of Springfield, who matched Kim’s 61 to share 10th place.
In the boys 16-to-18 division, Garnet Valley junior Jack Highfill finished fourth with an 83 and fellow Jaguar Michael Stanilka, a sophomore, finished in a tie for 11th with a 90.