The Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Tour was over in South Jersey early this week and Strath Haven Middle School eighth-grader Kevin Smith had a strong showing Tuesday at Linwood Country Club.
Smith, a Wallingford resident and a member at The Springhaven Club, fired a 6-over 76 over the 6,237-yard, par-70 Linwood layout, but lost out in a match of cards for the 13-to-15 division title to Joel Hark of Voorhees, N.J. Hark’s back-nine 39 gave him the edge on Smith.
Andrew Curran, a Media resident and Overbrook Golf Club member, finished sixth with an 85. Curran is a Malvern Prep freshman. Also in the division, Jeffery Bozzi of Newtown Square finished 10th with a 91, Johnny Hally of Havertown was 11th with a 97 and Joe Hayden of Havertown was 12th with a 102.
Michael Lange III of Brigantine, N.J. took top honors in the 16-to-18 division with a sparkling 4-over 74.
Jack McKnight of Bryn Mawr finished in a tie for sixth with an 83 and Upper Darby senior Michael Wolf finished in a tie for 10th with an 89.
Among the nine-holers, Luke Watson of Royersford bested the field with a 38, two shots better than Media’s Ryan McCabe, who finished second with a 40. Andrew Damico of Havertown finished in a tie for third with a 46 and John Paul Hayden of Havertown finished eighth with a 54.
Haley Quickel of Middletown, Del. won the girls 13-to-15 division with an 85 and Marybelle Daclan of Galloway, N.J. topped the 16-to-18 division with an 80.
Monday’s Junior Tour stop was at Trenton Country Club and Davis Flannery of Radnor carded a 79 to finish fourth in the 13-to-15 division. Justin Dougherty of Wyndmoor won the division with a 3-over 74 over the 5,825-yard, par-71 layout.
Also in the division, Dolan Cox of Newtown Square finished 13th with an 89 and Matthew Barkann of Newtown Square was 14th with a 92.
Connor Seifried of Moorestown, N.J. fired a 1-under 70 to best the field in the 16-to-18 division.
Kathleen Mark of Media and Rolling Green Golf Club finished second in the girls 13-to-15 division with a 117. Andrea Cho of Mt. Laurel, N.J. won the division with a 110. Another Jersey girl, Gabrielle Bettino of Pennington, won the 16-to-18 division with a 76.
Joshua Ryan of Norristown went low, as in 1-under 34, to take top honors among the nine-holers.