Alex Mulrooney of Wilmington, Del. blitzed the front nine with a sparkling 31 on his way to victory in the 13-to-15 division in a Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Tour stop Tuesday at Downingtown Country Club.
Mulrooney’s hot start enabled him to card a 4-under 68 over the 6,334-yard, par-72 Downingtown layout. That gave him a one-shot edge on Jonathan Lumley of Royersford, who fired a 3-under 69.
Mulrooney and Lumley led a parade of 26 13-to-18 boys who earned berths in the Philadelphia Section Junior PGA Championship, which will tee off July 11 at Whitford Country Club for the boys and at LuLu Country Club for the girls and the nine-holers. It took a 79 at Downingtown to earn one of the spots at Whitford.
Akhil Giri of Moorestown, N.J. finished third with a 74, Carson Bacha of York took fourth with a 75 and Jack Hamilton of Wayne finished fifth with a 77.
Justin Dougherty of Wyndmoor and Andrew Koh of Dresher shared sixth place, each carding a 78, and Blake Stephano of Radnor, Jaden Weisman of Malvern and Ryan McCabe of Media finished in a tie for eighth at 79.
Nathan Guerrini of Collegeville topped the 16-to-18 division with a 3-under 69 that included an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole. J.T. Spina of Schwenksville and Jacob Macinanti of Lancaster finished tied for second at 1-over 73.
Ryan Connors of Downingtown, William Foxman of Bryn Mawr and Cal Buonocore of Newtown Square shared fourth place at 75. Tyler Cole of Schuylkill Haven and Colin Walsh of Warminster finished tied for seventh at 76.
There was a logjam of six players – Matthew Barkann of Newtown Square, Nicky Marrollo of Exton, Ryan McHugh of Yorklyn, Del., Thomas Schaffer of Collegeville, Matt Aprile of Plymouth Meeting and Drew Sawyer of Denver – who finished tied for ninth with 78s.
Grabbing two of the final berths in the Philadelphia Section Junior PGA Championship were Joseph Dougherty of Drexel Hill and Jimmy Gillespie of Glen Mills, who finished tied for 15th with 79s.
Elise Glauser of Newark, Del. took top honors in the girls 16-to-18 division with an 85. Casey Oppenheimer of Conshohocken was a shot back in second with an 86 and Gina Lizzo of Parkesburg finished third with a 90.
Lauren Golden of Wyoming won the 13-to-15 division with a 99. Cecilia Priulo of Ambler finished second with a 101 and Caitlyn Hagerty of Glen Mills took third with a 125.
Chase Stephano topped the nine-holers with a 5-over 41 and also earned a ticket to the Philadelphia Section Junior PGA Championship at LuLu Country Club. Darren Nolan of Glenside finished second with a 44, Brendan Reilly of Warminster took third with a 53 and Emma Reilly of Warminster finished fourth with a 65.
The Junior Tour made a stop at Lebanon Country Club Monday and Alex Golland of Wynnewood took top honors in the 16-to-18 division with a 4-over 76.
Golland collected four birdies, two on each nine, over the 6,377-yard, par-72 Lebanon layout.
Kohltin Bartlow of Montgomery, Jacob Macinanti of Lancaster and Tre Fleck of Lewistown finished tied for second, each carding a 78. Ryan Woelfling of Myerstown, Jonathan Green of Lafayette Hill and Will Horn of Narberth shared fifth place with 80s.
Dave Hurly of Newtown Square and Marcus Janinek of Lansdale finished in a tie for eighth at 81 and Luke Reiter of Pine Grove rounded out the top 10 with an 82.
Connor Edie captured the 13-to-15 division with an 84. Roy Anderson of Chadds Ford and Axel Kalbach of Royersford shared second place, each carding an 86.
Jack Strame of West Chester finished fourth with an 87 and Nicholas Schnur of Lafayette Hill took fifth with an 89.
Rounding out the top 10 were five players – Nolan Hoover of Lebanon, Brock Smith of Lebanon, Matthew Bilson of Lititz, Shawn Fedor of Lancaster and Davis McCourt of Philadelphia – who finished tied for sixth at 90.
Sophie Mancuso of Jamison prevailed in a tight three-way battle in the girls 16-to-18 division with a 90. Conshohocken’s Oppenheimer was a shot back in second with a 91 and Thea Nagle of Mechanicsburg was another shot back in third with a 92. Alyson Rentschler of Hamburg finished fourth with a 95 and Elaina McGarrigle of Wernersville took fifth with a 106.
Kara Kniezewski of Blue Bell took top honors in the 13-to-15 division with an 83. Maya Torpey of Malvern finished second with a 90, Anna McCormick of Harrisburg took third with a 97 and Amanda Gerrish of Hummelstown was fourth with a 100.