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Friday, June 26, 2015

Smith finishes 10th at Future Masters

   Lots of leftovers from a busy week of junior golf that I couldn’t jam into the Golf Notebook that appeared in the Daily Times print edition of Saturday, June 27. And OK, I did go a little overboard on the National Club Pro preview, but it’s a neat event and if you want to see a couple of cool golf courses, try to sneak over to the Cricket Club Sunday or Monday. And by all means, if you’ve taken a lesson from guys like Stu Ingraham or Mike Moses or George Forster or Mark Sheftic, get out there and lend them some support.

   Kevin Smith, Wallingford’s rising junior standout, took a trip to Dothan, Ala., this week to tee it up in the Future Masters, an event he won at nine holes when he was 10-years old. Smith had rounds of 77, 72 and 68 to finish alone in 10th place.
   Haverford School All-Delco Max Siegfried’s run to the Golf Association of Philadelphia Junior Championship final was fairly well covered in the Golf Notebook, but there were a lot of locals who teed it up in qualifying that deserve mention. I’ll also take a closer look at Thursday’s qualifier for the U.S. Junior Amateur at Concord Country Club.
   While Siegfried was the only Delco player to make match play in the championship flight at Indian Valley Country Club, several made the first flight.
   Overbrook Golf Club’s Trey Croney, a recent Episcopal Academy graduate, just missed the championship flight with a 76. Radnor Valley Country Club’s Billy Civitella had a 77, Erik Reisner, the two-time Central League champion from Harriton, had a 77, and Rolling Green Golf Club’s Jake Calamaro also had a 77.
    I mentioned in the Notebook that Calamaro was knocked out in the quarterfinals by Daniel Rieger of Sunnybrook Golf Club and Rieger then ousted Civitella in the semifinals. Civitella reached the semifinals with a 3 and 2 win over Jack Quirk of Huntingdon Valley Country Club in the first round and a 6 and 4 victory over Adam Lowe of host Indian Valley in the quarterfinals.
   Some other notables who teed it up in qualifying included: Waynesborough Country Club’s Jon Nolan Perry (78), a sophomore at Episcopal Academy; Inter-Ac League champion Brian Isztwan (79), a member at Huntingdon Valley and a sophomore at Penn Charter; Aronimink Golf Club’s John Updike (79); two-time Bonner-Prendie All-Delco Quinn Dolan (79) of Rolling Green; Overbrook’s Michael Burns Jr. (82); Gulph Mills Golf Club’s Otis Baker (82), a Haverford School All-Delco; Overbrook’s D.J. Colleran (83); Merion Golf Club’s Mac Costin (84), who, I’m guessing, is the son of Haverford School golf coach Gui Costin; Rolling Green’s Ryan Brennan (87); Llanerch Country Club’s Francis McEveigh III (88) of Haverford High; and Overbrook’s Gavin Sims (92).
   A GAP Junior team champion was also crowned at the qualifier with Spring-Ford Country Club claiming a three-shot victory over Jericho National Golf Club and Whitford Country Club.
   Spring-Ford’s counters included John Foley (75), JT Spina (75) and Connor Boham (77) for a 227 total. Jericho National was led by Roland Massimino, yes, the grandson of Rollie who led New Hope-Solebury to the PIAA Class AA team title last fall, with a 72, Lukas Clark (78) and Drew Petri (80) and Whitford was paced by Bishop Shanahan standout Kevin Conners Jr. (74), Nicky Marrollo (77), and Wills Montgomer (79) as both finished with 230 totals.
  Delco’s top finisher was Aronimink in sixth place with Siegfried leading the way with a 75, Matthew Davis adding a 78 and Updike chipping in with his 79 for a 232 total. Unlike some of the entrants that had four players with an option to throw a score out, Aronimink had just three players and all three responded with solid under-80 scores.
   At the U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier at Concord, John Pak invaded from Scotch Plains, N.J. to take medalist honors with a pair of 1-under 70s over the 6,777-yard, par-71 layout for a 2-under 140 total.
Evan Brown, a junior at Kennett, finished second with rounds of 73 and 69 for an even-par 142 total.
Upper Dublin senior Jack Melville, coming off a run to the semifinals at the GAP Junior before falling to Siegfried, earned the final ticket to the Colleton River Plantation Club in Bluffton, S.C. for the U.S. Junior Amateur after emerging from a three way playoff.
   Melville had rounds of 71 and 74 and was joined at 3-over 145 by Radnor Valley’s Billy Civitella (72-73) and Spencer Shih (74-71) of Saddle River, N.J.
   As I mentioned in the Notebook, Siegfried got off to a tough start with a 77 and bounced back with a 71, but it wasn’t enough to earn one of the three Bluffton berths.
   Among some of the others taking a shot at the U.S. Junior Amateur included: Episcopal’s Nolan Perry (78-72—150); Aronimink’s Davis (77-78—155); Cardinal O’Hara senior Alec Kerr (79-77—156); Penncrest All-Delco Griffin Colvin (78-80—158); Penn Charter’s Isztwan (82-85—167); Marple Newtown senior Joey DelFranco (84-87—171); Upper Darby’s Michael Wolf (87-95—182); and Media’s Ryan Brennan (93-93—186).

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Lees, Kerr go low at Hickory Valley

   Agnes Irwin sophomore Kaitlyn Lees and Cardinal O’Hara senior Alec Kerr had strong showings in a two-day Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Tour event at the challenging Hickory Valley Golf Club near Gilbertsville.
   It was a winning effort for Lees, who displayed her typical consistency in Friday’s final round by parring the last six holes for a 7-over 79 over the 5,839 Hickory Valley layout. Lees had grabbed the lead with an opening-round 76 and never let go. Her 155 total was seven shots clear of Minuette Laessig of Barto, who had rounds of 83 and 79 for a 162 total.
   The usual Junior Tour age breakdown was not in effect for this event, so Lees beat a field of 13-to-18-year olds for her fourth win of the still young 2015 season.
   Notre Dame senior Maggie Cass had rounds of 94 and 91 to finish ninth at 185.
   Kerr had grabbed the lead after the first round with an even-par 72 on a Hickory Valley course measuring 6,236 yards for the boys. He fell back a little with a 78 in the second round and shared second place with William Mitchell of Moorestown, N.J. at 7-over 150. Wills Montgomery of Exton surged past Kerr with a final-round 73 to edge him and Mitchell by a shot at 6-over 149.
   Frank Rauscher of Wayne had rounds of 80 and 98 for a 178 total that left him in 45th place. Mathew Barkann of Newtown Square was another five shots back in 48th place with rounds of 93 and 90 for a 183 total.