While Radnor was claiming the District One team title Tuesday at Turtle Creek Golf Club, Malvern Prep was keeping the pedal to the metal in the Inter-Ac League race at Merion Golf Club’s West Course.
Radnor and Malvern then met Wednesday in a heavyweight showdown at St. Davids. More on that later.
We had a little blurb in Wednesday’s Daily Times about Round 4 of the Inter-Ac mini-tournaments Tuesday, but I got my hands on some returns from a couple of other precincts since then.
Malvern Prep sophomore Matthew Davis apparently got tired of being upstaged by his fellow Aronimink Golf Club member, freshman John Updike, and fired a 3-under 32 at the West to lead the way for the Friars. As those of us who played the West many times on caddie day are aware, it’s not a hard course (if you hit it straight, which I never have really mastered), but it can bite you if you’re not careful.
Malvern Prep needed that strong showing by Davis. Its 223 total bested Haverford School by just four shots. The Fords probably weren’t going to catch the Friars, but Haverford School would probably like to prevent Malvern Prep from matching the perfect 30-0 run the Fords made through the Inter-Ac mini-tournaments in 2012.
Freshman Matt Civitella backed up Davis with a 1-over 36 and Updike slipped to a 37 as Gary Duda continues to get outstanding production from his youngsters. Senior Marty McGuckin matched Updike’s 37 and senior Mike Miller added a 39 with Springfield resident Jimmy Murray’s 42 the final counter.
Haverford School senior All-Delco Max Siegfried continued his rock-solid play with an even-par 35 as the Fords posted a 227 total. Sam Walker added a 36, Max Brooks had a 38, Jack McKnight had a 39 and Thomas Gravina and David Hurly posted 40s.
Penn Charter finished third with a 231 total behind an even-par 35 by David DiStefano. Reigning Inter-Ac champion Brian Isztwan continued his solid play for the Quakers with a 1-over 36.
The writeup that made the Wednesday Daily Times mentioned that Episcopal Academy finished fourth at 234 behind 38s from Ashton Dunn, Michael Zeng, Matt Marino and senior co-captain Cole Testaiuti. Jon Nolan Perry added a 39 and Cole Kemmerer added a 43.
Malvern Prep sits at a perfect 20-0 through four mini-tournaments and Haverford School solidified its hold on second place a little at 14-5-1. Episcopal is third at 12-7-1.
An alert reader of the blog (and trust me, I’m thrilled people are reading this stuff) pointed out that I had the order of the top three in the individual standings incorrect through three mini-tournaments. Updike was actually leading after his spectacular 33 at Gulph Mills with Isztwan second and Siegfried third.
Well, Siegfried turned that around with his solid showing at Merion West and, through four mini-tournaments, he holds narrow lead over Isztwan and Updike. Seigfried’s mark is 176-8-4, Isztwan sits at 174-9-5 and Updike is 173-12-3. By claiming overall medalist honors at Merion West, Davis sneaked into the picture a little in fourth at 160-22-6.
And thanks to Malvern Prep’s Duda for staying up to date on the individual and team standings.
Which brings us to that little two-team tussle between newly minted District One Class AAA champion Radnor and likely Inter-Ac League champion Malvern Prep Wednesday.
With Brynn Walker, tuning up for defense of her Class AAA East Regional title next week at Golden Oaks Golf Club, shooting a 34 on her home course at St. Davids, the Raiders beat the Friars, 186-194.
Two of Radnor’s talented freshmen, David Colleran and Jake Calamaro, went 37 and 38, respectively. Junior Michael Sydnes bounced back from missing a trip to regionals by a single shot at Turtle Creek to match Calamaro’s 38 and Conor Rinehart had a 39.
The victory improved Radnor’s dual-match record to 15-0-1, the tie coming against Haverford School in mid-September.
Malvern Prep’s freshman phenoms didn’t play badly either as Civitella led the Friars with a 36 and Updike had a 39. Davis had a 38, McGuckin carded a 40 and Murray had a 41.