The Golf Notebook in Saturday’s Daily Times was a wrapup of all the golf news that fit from events this week through Thursday. So the blog this week takes care of some breaking news and some Junior Tour results that there simply wasn't room for on the printed page.
But Radnor All-Delco Carey Bina, who had already had a big week by qualifying for the Philadelphia Open and qualifying for match play and winning a match in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Junior Boys Championship, made it an even bigger week Friday by qualifying for the U.S. Junior Amateur.
Bina dropped a 10-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff at Indian Valley Country Club to survive a three-for-one playoff and earn a trip to the U.S. Junior Amateur, which will be held July 22-27 at Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif.
Bina had rounds of 75 and 73 over the 6,864-yard, par-72 Indian Valley layout for a 148 total that left him in a tie for the fourth and final qualifying berth with Logan Membrino of Ponte Vedre Beach, Fla. and Zach Smith of Pleasanton, Calif.
Medalist honors went to Wissahickon senior Jalen Griffin, who had a pretty good week himself having earned medalist honors in a Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour qualifier Monday and medalist honors in the GAP Junior Boys. Griffin had rounds of 73 and 70 for a 1-under 143 total.
At another U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier Thursday at Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, N.J., Malvern Prep senior Michael Davis, a Newtown Square resident and Aronimink Golf Club member, claimed medalist honors with a 139 total.
It will be the second trip to the U.S. Junior Amateur for Davis. He was the Inter-Ac League champion as a freshman in the league’s final spring campaign. He was hampered by back problems during the scholastic season last fall, but appears to be fully healed.
Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour
It was a busy week on the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour, highlighted by a 36-hole Elite Tour event presented by Cleveland/Srixton Golf Wednesday at Turtle Creek Golf Club and two girls who keep improving had solid showings in the girls divisions.
Kaitlyn Lees, who won the Inter-Ac League Tournament as a seventh-grader this spring, had rounds of 83 and 81 to finish six shots back of Kara Walton of Avondale (78-89—158) in the overall 13-to-18 division. Wayne’s Gabriella Kim, expected to compete for a spot on the roster of reigning PIAA Class AAA champion Radnor this fall, finished fourth with rounds of 91 and 81, eight shots back of Lees. Lees and Kim were second and third, respectively, in the 13-to-15 division.
Garnet Valley senior Jack Highfill had a pair of 78s at the Turtle Creek layout that has been the traditional site of the District One Tournament and finished tied for 11th overall among boys 13 to 18 and tied for eighth in the 16-to-18 division at 156.
Some of Delco’s younger golfers had nice rounds in a Junior Tour stop at Cedarbrook Country Club Monday.
In the 13-to-15 division, Radnor’s Jacob Liberman, Media’s Ryan Brennan and Bryn Mawr’s Michael Sydnes all had 88s to finish in a tie for 12th. Brian Kilroy of Drexel Hill had a 94 to finish 19th and Connor Hale of Garnet Valley checked in with a 98 to finish in a tie for 24th.
Among the nine-holers, D.J. Colleran (48) of Radnor finished tied for ninth, James Quinn (51) of Radnor, Case Hummer (51) of Glen Mills and Lucas Zhu (51) of Wayne all finished tied for 13th, and June Kim (52) of Wayne finished another shot back in 17th.
On the girls side, Springfield senior Samantha Miller finished sixth in the 16-to-18 division with a 94, Notre Dame senior Caroline Barker finished ninth with a 107 and Josephine Rider of Newtown Square was 11th with a 117.
There were also a pair of Junior PGA qualifiers conducted by the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour.
Monday at Lebanon Country Club, recent Springfield graduate Kyle Hakun, the Central League champion last fall, fired a 78 to finish fifth and earn one of the 18 berths available in the 16-to-18 age group.
Garnet Valley’s Highfill was another shot back in a tie for sixth at 79.
The medalist was Wissahickon’s Griffin, who opened his big week by firing a 2-under 70 at Lebanon.
Friday, there was another Junior PGA qualifier staged down the shore at Avalon Golf Club.
Highfill finished tied for seventh in the 16-to-18 division with an 80 over the 6,272-yard, par-71 Avalon layout. Highfill shared seventh place with Christopher Chizauskie of Thornton, who also had an 80. Cardinal O’Hara senior Kevin George just missed the qualifying cutoff with an 85.
Penncrest junior Griffin Colvin finished second in the 13-to-15 division with an 81. Matthew Davis of Newtown Square also grabbed a qualifying berth in that age group by finishing in a tie for fifth with an 83.
Among the girls, Caprian Kan of Boothwyn carded an 88 to qualify in the 13-to-15 age group.
U.S. Mid-Amateur coming to Stonewall
It was already going to be a big year for Pennsylvania in 2016 with the U.S. Open returning to storied Oakmont Country Club near Pittsburgh and the U.S. Women’s Amateur coming to Delco and Rolling Green Golf Club.
Well, it got even better this week when the USGA announced that the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship will be staged at Stonewall Links, in the far northwest corner of Chester County, West Nantmeal Township, to be specific.
I got a look at Stonewall while covering the 2009 Philadelphia Amateur final in which Conrad Von Borsig downed fellow All-Delco James Kania Jr. and it is a really neat course.
The Old Course at Stonewall, a Tom Doak design, opened in 1993 with the adjoining North Course, also a Doak design, being added in 2003.
“The members and staff of Stonewall Links are pleased to host the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship,” said Frank Foster, the championship chairman and vice president of Stonewall. “Stonewall has two championship courses which are ready to test the players. The championship committee has already begun preparations for what promises to be an exciting event. We look forward to welcoming all the participants, officials and spectators.”