Overbrook Golf Club’s David Colleran Jr. helped Radnor claim District One and PIAA Class AAA team titles as a freshman last fall.
His summer heading into his sophomore year is still young, but already has some major highlights.
Thursday, Colleran had an eagle and three birdies in 13 holes to surge into the semifinals of the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 102nd Junior Boys’ Championship semifinals at Tavistock Country Club in Haddonfield, N.J. with a 6 and 5 victory over David Hurly of White Manor Country Club.
There was a little more drama earlier Thursday as Colleran needed to drain a 20-footer for par on the 18th green to edge Andrew Wallace of Green Valley Country Club, 1-up, in his opening-round match.
Colleran, who earned a spot in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur field at Merion Golf Club and Philadelphia Country Club earlier this summer, will take on Ryan Connors of Whitford Country Club in Friday morning’s semifinals.
Connors, a junior at Bishop Shanahan, survived two overtime affairs to earn his spot in the semifinals. Connors edged Ron Robinson of Commonwealth National Golf Club on the 20th hole in his quarterfinal match after needing 19 holes to oust Billy Civitella of Radnor Valley Country Club in his opening-round match.
RiverCrest Golf Club and Preserve’s Marty McGuckin earned a spot in the semifinals with a 1-up victory over Griffin Smith of Jericho National Golf Club. McGuckin claimed the Inter-Ac League’s individual title last fall and was the senior leader on a young Malvern Prep team that was a dominant Inter-Ac champion. McGuckin is headed to Temple to play for Brian Quinn, who is the teacher for every one of Friday’s semifinalists except Connors.
McGuckin cruised to a 7 and 6 win over Billy Matthews of North Hills Country Club in his opening-round match.
McGuckin’s semifinal opponent Friday morning will be Indian Valley Country Club’s Dawson Anders, a senior at Souderton.
Anders defeated Doug Ergood of the host club, 3 and 1, in the quarterfinals. Anders took out fellow Indian Valley representative Andrew Lombardo, 5 and 3, in his opening-round match. Ergood cruised to a 5 and 4 win over Rolling Green Golf Club’s Andreas Aivazoglou in his opening-round match.
Nicholas Gianelos of Radley Run Country Club opened the tournament with a bang by claiming medalist honors in qualifying Wednesday with a brilliant 7-under 65 over the 6,346-yard, par-72 Tavistock layout. Gianelos, a junior at Unionville, opened the round with a triple bogey, then proceeded to rip off 10 birdies in his final 17 holes.
Jericho National’s Smith, however, ousted Gianelos in the first round of match play with a 5 and 4 decision.
In the first-flight quarterfinals, Hayden Rousselle of Lookaway Golf Club topped Danny Dougherty of DuPont Country Club, 4 and 3, Zachary Barbin, a GAP Junior Players Club entry, edged Ryan Tell of Spring-Ford Country Club on the 20th hole, Wills Montgomery of Whitford survived a thriller to beat William Mitchell of Laurel Creek Country Club in 19 holes and Akhil Giri of Laurel Creek cruised to a 5 and 4 victory over Samuel Walker of St. Davids Golf Club and The Haverford School.
Aronimink Golf Club’s John Updike, coming off an impressive victory in the Pennsylvania Junior Boys’ Championship in Hershey earlier this week, fell to Rousselle on the 19th hole in an opening-round match. His fellow Aronimink member and Malvern Prep teammate Matthew Davis was also ousted in the first round, also in 19 holes, by Montgomery.
Updike, a sophomore, and Davis, a junior, were two key members on that Malvern Prep Inter-Ac championship team last fall.
Huntingdon Valley Country Club claimed the GAP Junior team crown during Wednesday’s qualifying round. Clubs could enter four players with three counting toward the team score, although the fourth player would count in the event of a tie.
Huntingdon Valley, getting a 74 from Connor McGrath, a 77 from D.J. Pinciotta III and a 78 from Brent Schoeller, finished at 229, a total matched by Whitford, which got a 74 from Connors, a 77 from Montgomery and a 78 from Nicky Marrollo.
Whitford, however, didn’t have a fourth player, so the title went to Huntingdon Valley on the strength of its fourth player, Penn Charter junior Brian Isztwan, who had an 82.
Aronimink was just a shot back in third with 230, getting a 75 from Davis, a 76 from Updike and a 76 from Episcopal Academy freshman Case Hummer.