It was a busy week on the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour with two qualifiers for the Junior PGA Championship and a two-round series at Bellewood Golf Club and Downingtown Country Club.
Several players with Delco ties in the 13-to-15 division had strong showings in the series Tuesday and Wednesday at Bellewood and Downingtown, respectively, led by Aronimink Golf Club’s Billy Civitella, who had a 75 over the 6,550-yard, par-71 Bellewood layout on the edge of the Schuylkill River and a 78 at the 6,325-yard, par-71 Downingtown course.
That gave him top honors for the series at 153, three shots clear of Wayne’s John Updike, who fired a 75 at Downingtown after posting an 81 at Bellewood. Also among the top finishers for the series (Bellewood scores listed first) were Jacob Calamaro of Newtown Square (79-83—162, fourth place), Jacob Liberman of Radnor (87-80—167, ninth) and D.J. Colleran of Radnor (84-89—172, 10th).
Also at Bellewood in the 13-to-15 division, Daniel Bullock of Wayne had a 90, William Condran of Radnor had a 91 and Aj Aivazoglou of Glen Mills had a 93.
In the 16-to-18 division at Downingtown, Strath Haven senior Jeff Painter finished in a tie for ninth with an 85, Brian Kilroy of Drexel Hill finished in a tie for 17th with an 89 and Matt Hoppe of Garnet Valley finished in a tie for 26th with a 104.
Top honors in that division for the series with to Andrew Kriebel of Pennsburg who had an 81 at Bellewood and a 78 at Downingtown for a 158 total.
Billy Civitella’s younger brother Kevin competed among the nine-holers and had a 49 at Bellewood and a 47 at Downingtown to finish second in the series at 96. Davis Flannery of Radnor fired a 44 at Downingtown, which, combined with his 48 at Bellewood, gave him the series win with a 92 total.
Also among the nine-holers at Downingtown, James Quinn of Radnor had a 44, Dolan Cox of Newtown Square had a 47 and Heyward George of Newtown Square had a 58. George finished fourth in the series as he had a 57 at Bellewood for a 115 total.
Recent Bonner-Prendergast graduate Anna Haley finished third in the 16-to-18 division at Downingtown with a 103. Radnor junior Caitlin Bullock teed it up in the 16-to-18 division at Bellewood and finished fifth with a 113. Owen J. Roberts junior Maddie Sager, a state medalist in Class AAA last fall, fired an 84 to take top honors in the division.
Earlier in the week, Penncrest senior Griffin Colvin carded a 77 to finish third in the 16-to-18 division at the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour’s stop Monday at Lebanon C.C.
The event also served as a qualifier for the Junior PGA Championship July 7 at North Hills and Colvin earned a ticket into that field. Tom Fisher of Horsham had the day’s best score, a 2-over 74 over the 6,480-yard, par-72 Lebanon C.C. layout.
Also earning spots in the field at North Hills were Liberman of Radnor with an 81 and Updike of Wayne with an 82. They were competing in the 13-to-15 division for daily honors at Lebanon and finished second and tied for third, respectively, behind Max Harrington of Emmaus, who took division honors with a 79.
The week concluded with another Junior PGA Championship qualifier at Avalon Golf Club and Marple Newtown junior Joey Del Franco carded a sparkling 1-over 72 over the 6,325-yard, par-71 layout to finish second in the 16-to-18 division and earn a spot in the field next week at North Hills Country Club.
Del Franco finished two shots back of division winner Blaine Lafferty of Marlton, N.J.
Christopher Pollan of Wayne grabbed one of the 11 berths for North Hills as he had an 80 to finish tied for 10th. Kevin Seits of Bryn Mawr just missed the cutoff with an 81 that left him in a tie for 12th.
Nick Miller and Matthew Davis of Newtown Square grabbed qualifying berths in the 13-to-15 division at they shot matching 80s to finish in a tie for third. Top honors in the division went to Jack Mitchell of Moorestown, N.J. with a 77.
Radnor’s Flannery just missed the cutoff among the nine-holers as his 47 left him in fifth place. Luke Farquhar of Haddon Heights, N.J. took division honors with a 38.
Medico captures GAP Junior crown
With all of the Delco contenders knocked out by Wednesday, I went ahead and reported on their results in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Junior Boys Championship at Riverton Country Club in the Golf Notebook in Saturday’s print edition of the Daily Times.
The title was decided Friday as Mariano Medico of Fox Hill Country Club claimed a 3 and 2 decision over Nicolas McCook of Applecross Country Club in the final. McCook reached the final with a 4 and 3 victory in the semifinals over Erik Reisner of Plymouth C.C. Reisner was the Central League champion for Harriton last fall.
First-flight honors went to Yardley Country Club’s Steve Cerbara, who defeated Nicholas Cappetti of Burlington Country Club, 2-up.