Three members of Radnor’s PIAA Class AAA championship team headline the 2015 All-Central golf first-team selections as voted by the league coaches.
Senior Brynn Walker, who capped her brilliant scholastic career by winning her second straight PIAA Class AAA girls title, junior Gabby Kim, who claimed the PIAA Class AAA East Regional girls crown, and junior Michael Sydnes led the Raiders to a perfect run through the Central League followed by a victory at the District One Tournament at Turtle Creek Golf Club and a dramatic one-shot win over Peters Township in the state tournament at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort.
They are joined on the first team by Garnet Valley junior Jimmy Gillespie, Marple Newtown senior Joey DelFranco, Haverford senior Frankie McVeigh, Springfield senior Josh Luchon and the Conestoga contingent of Ryan Tall, Jack Mitchell, Alex Cook and Samantha Yao.
Walker, a North Carolina commit pictured at right on the first day of the District One Tournament at Gilbertsville Golf Club, had rounds of 74 and 76 for a 150 total at Heritage Hills that gave her a three-shot victory at the PIAA Tournament. She came back two days later with a 73 as Radnor put up a 312 total in the team competition that was a shot better than Peters Township.
Kim fired a 2-over 74 at Golden Oaks Golf Club to beat Walker and Coatesville’s Sammie Staudt by a shot and claim the East Regional title. Her 83 in the team competition at Heritage Hills was the final counter in Radnor’s state championship bid.
Sydnes bounced back from a bitterly disappointing first day at the District One Tournament at Turtle Creek when a 77 left him with a lot to do to advance individually to the East Regional. An even-par 72 on Day 2 left him a frustrating one shot short of reaching the regional, but was crucial in leading the Raiders to the district team title that qualified them for the state tournament.
Sydnes contributed a 77 to the team effort that resulted in the state title at Heritage Hillls.
Sydnes shared the top spot with Luchon in the Central League Tournament at Turtle Creek as both carded 1-over 73s. Luchon was awarded the title on a match of cards. McVeigh finished alone in third at the Central tourney with a 74 and DelFranco, Gillespie and Radnor freshman Jake Calamaro were another shot back in a tie for fourth at 75.
Gillespie made the cut at the district tournament on the number with a 76, but failed to advance to regionals with a second-round 79.
Radnor’s Calamaro, another key figure in the Raiders’ state title run, heads the All-Central second team. He is joined by teammates David Colleran and Caitlin Bullock, Ridley’s Greg Myers, Upper Darby’s Mike Wolf, Penncrest’s Jessica Davis, Strath Haven’s Lauren Butscher and the Harriton foursome of Jack Hirsh, Ryan Keefe, Nick Wert and Dom DiLoreto.
Earning honorable mention were: Radnor’s Chris Austen and Conor Rinehart, Haverford’s Emmett Fox, Matt Druce, Matt Speers and Brendan Boas, Marple Newtown’s Matt Deacon, Springfield’s Baun twins, Dillon and Derrick, Strath Haven’s Ben Newlon and Chris Byrd, Penncrest’s T.J. May, Dillon Armstrong and Sarah McCabe, Conestoga’s James Goodwin and Mike Hamilton and Harriton’s Kyle Koziol.