It’s been a busy week with the Pennsylvania Junior Girls’ and Boys’ champions and the Philadelphia Junior Boys’ champion being crowned and a road trip to the U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifier at Hawk Pointe Golf Club in Washington, N.J., but having returned to the caddy ranks this year, I had every intention of getting something on the blog from the 70th Golf Association of Philadelphia Caddie Tournament.
Robert Olseski, a Chester Valley Golf Club looper, had Monday’s best score, a 1-under 71 over the 6,271-yard, par-72 Doylestown Country Club layout, to capture the 18-to-20 age group at the GAP Caddie Tournament for the second straight year.
“I became a caddie seven years ago over at Chester Valley,” Olseski, a junior at Saint Joseph’s and a standout on some very good Kevin Pechin Conestoga golf teams, told the GAP website. “My dad sells food to the club, so he was my connection over there. That’s just a great place. It’s been a blast ever since.”
Ross Pilliod, a sophomore on the Saint Joseph’s golf team, won second place in a match of scorecards after his 76 was matched by Nick Vecellio of Saucon Valley Country Club. More importantly, Pilliod claimed low Stonewall honors.
Former Malvern Prep standout Brendan Bacskai, a looper at the Union League Golf Club at Torresdale, finished fourth with a 77. Bacskai is a sophomore on the Drexel golf team.
Trey Swanson, another Union League Golf Club at Torresdale caddie, finished fifth with a 78 and Commonwealth National Golf Club’s Bobby Mcfadden took sixth with a 79.
Another Commonwealth National caddie, Ron Robinson, a Hatfield resident, claimed the 17-and-under title with a 2-over 74. Ben Newton of Applecross Golf Club was the runnerup with an 83.
Drew Small of Philadelphia Cricket Club was third with an 85, Brandon Jensen, another Cricket Club looper, John Dougherty of The Springhaven Club, and Thomas Wolf of French Creek Golf Club finished in a tie for fourth at 87.
Scott Forrester of the Union League Golf Club at Torresdale won the 21-to-27 age group in a match of cards after posting a 4-over 76. Lookaway Golf Club’s Robert Crawford, who also had a 76, took second, again on a match of cards, and Matt Cocco of Commonwealth National, a third 76 shooter, finished third.
Greg Rabuttino of Springhaven finished fourth with a 77, David Goodman of The ACE Club and Kevin O’Donnell of Galloway National Golf Club finished in a tie for fifth with 78s and Jameson Donahue of Overbrook Golf Club was seventh with a 79.
Dan Rojas, another Stonewall entry, finished tied for 11th with an 84.
The second lowest score of the day came from Lancaster Country Club’s Trevor Pope, who matched par with a 72 to claim top honors in the 28-to-44 age group. David Malone of Green Valley Country Club was the runnerup with a 78.
Christopher Scagliotti of Lehigh Country Club finished third with a 79, Mark Sommers of Saucon Valley was fourth with an 80 and Daniel Tennekoon of Applebrook Golf Club, John Patella of Rolling Green Golf Club and Ryan Sensenig of Lancaster Country Club shared fifth place, each carding an 81.
The winner among the old guys (45-and-older) was Paul Bilous of Lehigh with an 80. William Kindt of Saucon Valley finished second with an 85 and Larry Upshaw of Trenton Country Club and Robert Pierson of Aronimink Golf Club shared third place at 86.