Patrick Sheehan of Doylestown finished strong on the back nine at Turtle Creek Golf Club in Limerick Thursday to claim the 13-to-18 division in a two-day Precision Pro Elite Tour event, part of the Philadelphia Section PGA’s Junior Tour.
Sheehan had carded an opening round of 3-over 75 over the 6,518-yard, par-72 Turtle Creek layout Wednesday and trailed Andrew Forjan of York, who matched par with a 72, by three shots.
But Sheehan needed just 32 shots on the back nine of the Turtle, which is annually the site of the District One Tournament, on his way to a 2-under 70 that enabled him to overtake Forjan by two shots.
The sizzling final round gave Sheehan a 36-hole total of 1-over 145, one shot better than Forjan, who carded a 75 for a 3-over 147 total. Sheehan also was awarded a laser range finder by Precision Pro Golf, the sponsor of the Elite Tour event.
Jonathan Lumley of Royersford, who had a 1-over 73, and Radnor senior Jacob Liberman, who posted a 76, shared third place at 151.
Radnor players were prominent at the top of the leaderboard, as senior Michael Sydnes, a key member of the Raiders’ District One and PIAA Class AAA championship teams last fall, and senior Conor Rinehart were two of the three players tied for fifth at 152. Sydnes had a final-round 77 while Rinehart carded a second straight 76. They were joined at 152 by Ward McHenry of Spring City, who added a second-round 79 to a solid opening-round 73.
Nikita Romanov of Wilmington, Del. carded a second-round 78 to finish alone in eighth place at 153.
Three players – Christopher Skean of Kennett Square, Drew Steinmetz of Gilbertsville and Thomas Schaffer of Collegeville – rounded out the top 10 as they finished in a tie for ninth at 154. Skean carded a final-round 75, Steinmetz had a second straight 77 and Schaffer posted a 79.
Nina Kouchi of New Hope also went home with a Precision Pro Golf laser range finder after finishing atop the girls 13-to-18 division.
Kouchi had shared the lead after the opening round with Chloe Niu of Gladwyne as both posted an 82. Kouchi used three birdies to post a final-round 81 and finish a shot ahead of Niu at 163. Niu had her second straight 82 to finish a shot back at 164.
Chichester senior Caprian Kan carded her second straight 84 to finish two shots back of Niu in third place at 168. Sofie Amoroso of West Chester, who had an 84, finished fourth at 180 and Casey Oppenheimer of Conshohocken, who had an 88, took fifth at 186.
Rodney Anders of Telford won the men’s 17-to-24 division with a 5-over 149 total. He opened with a 2-over 74 Wednesday. Anders knocked his tee shot out of bounds on both the seventh and eighth holes at the Turtle Thursday, but preserved a 3-over 75 by salvaging bogey on both holes.
Anders finished three shots ahead of runnerup Joe Chambers, a former Episcopal Academy standout who added a 77 to his opening-round 75 for an 8-over 152 total.
Sean Ebert of Furlong, who had a 75, finished third at 155, Clay Anders of Telford, who had an 80, finished fourth at 156, and Adam Lowe of Telford, who had an 85, finished fifth at 165.
Anna Haley, a former Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast standout from Drexel Hill, overcame Emily McGarrigle to capture the women’s 17-to-24 division.
Haley opened with a 79 Wednesday and trailed McGarrigle, who had a 76, by three shots. But Haley carded an 83 to McGarrigle’s 87 Thursday for a 162 total that was one better than McGarrigle’s 163 finish.
Emily Gilbert of Gilbertsville had an 82 to finish third at 166, Carly Dorminy of Collegeville had an 87 to place fourth at 170, Hannah Fireman of Ambler had an 86 to take fifth at 177, JuliaRose Genuardi of Kulpsville had a 93 to finish sixth at 180 and Keira Cooney of Glenmoore had a 110 to end up in seventh at 215.