Kennett Square’s Richard Kline III was right at home at Kennett Golf & Country Club Tuesday as he fired a 3-under 68 to win the 13-to-15 division in a Philadelphia Section PGA Junior tour stop.
Kline went 3-under on the inward nine at the 6,702-yard, par-71 Kennett layout. His hot round at Kennett also enabled him to complete a first-place finish in the 13-to-15 division in a Junior Golf Scoreboard event that included a round Monday at The Springhaven Club. Kline had an 81 at the 6,518-yard, par-70 Springhaven layout, a William Flynn design, for a 36-hole total of 149.
Kline finished three shots clear of Ryan D’Ariano of West Chester in the JGS event. D’Ariano’s 75 at Kennett left him in a tie for third in the division for the day and, combined with his 77 at Springhaven, gave him a 36-hole total of 152.
In Tuesday’s round at Kennett, Haverford School sophomore Peter Garno matched Kline’s 3-under total on the back nine as he carded a 2-over 73 to finish second to Kline. D’Ariano and Jaden Weisman of Malvern finished in a tie for third at 75.
W. David Starnes of Kennett Square placed fifth with a 76, Malvern Prep sophomore Andrew Curran finished sixth with a 77 and Joseph Morganti of Havertown, Luke Wittenborn of Pennington, N.J. and Aj Aivazpoglou of Glen Mills shared seventh place, each carding a 79.
Rounding out the top 10 were Brian McCartan of Doylestown and Davis Flannery of Wayne, who finished in a tie for 10th at 82.
In the 16-to-18 division, Ryan Tall of Collegeville took top honors in a scorecard playoff with R.J. VanTash of Lancaster and Cal Buonocore of Newtown Square after all three players came in at 81.
Tall also claimed the two-day JGS title in the division as he carded a 73 at Springhaven for a 154 total. Buonocore, who also had an 81 at Springhaven, and VanTash, who also had an 81 at Springhaven, finished in a tie for second in the JGS event at 162.
In Tuesday’s round at Kennett, A.J. Adams of Malvern finished fourth with an 82 and Benjamin Sheard of Elizabethtown and James Poot of Pottstown ended up in a tie for fifth at 83.
Eric Gaver of Chadds Ford placed seventh with an 84 and Drew Skultety of Tabernacle, N.J., Liam Ward of Malvern and Ryan Jacobs of Newark, Del. rounded out the top 10 as they finished in a tie for eighth at 87.
Casey Oppenheimer of Conshohocken won the girls 16-to-18 division at Kennett as she carded an 86. It was Oppenheimer’s 14th Junior Tour victory of the year. Elise Glauser of Newark, Del. was the runnerup with a 91, Sera McClintock of West Chester took third with a 114 and Kelly Brown of Coatesville was fourth at 115.
Victoria Kim of West Chester captured the 13-to-15 division at Kennett with an 87. Lily Byrne of Downingtown was the runnerup with a 99.
Kathleen Mark of Media and Rolling Green Golf Club took third with a 114, Amanda Schuebel of King of Prussia was fourth with a 119, Julia Li of Hockessin, Del. placed fifth with a 122 and Audrey Schuebel of King of Prussia was sixth with a 127.
The Schuebels were the only girls to tee it up at both Springhaven and Kennett with Amanda winning the 13-to-15 division with a 237 total, 13 shots better than Audrey’s 150 total.
Win Thomas of Coatesville bested the field of nine-holers in a match of cards with Benjamin Saggers of West Chester after they both signed for 43.
Jack Davis of Newtown Square finished third with a 44. That also gave Davis the win in the two-day JGS event. He had a 45 at Springhaven for an 89 total. Henry Stone of Kennett Square finished second with a 49 at Springhaven and a 46 at Kennett for a 95 total.
Stone’s 46 at Kennett left him in a tie for fourth with Nicholas Gross of Dowingtown. Anthony Ciconte of Wilmington, Del. took sixth with a 49, Jeffrey Homer and Matthew Homer of Wilmington, Del. shared seventh place, each carding a 50.
Kevin Lafond of Blue Bell finished ninth with a 52, Bret Bergey of Downingtown placed 10th with a 60 and Kaitlyn Ferrer of Kennett Square was 11th with a 78.
Day 1 of the Junior Golf Scoreboard event at Springhaven belonged to Radnor senior Michael Sydnes, who matched par with a 70 to take top honors in the 16-to-18 division. Sydnes, who played a big role in Radnor’s run to Class AAA District One and PIAA team titles last fall, had four birdies, including three in a sizzling front-nine 33.
Collegeville’s Tall was the runnerup with a 3-over 73, former Marple Newtown standout Joey Del Franco was third with a 76 and Dan DiRita of Media took fourth with a 77.
Archie Filshill of Huntingdon Valley and Liam Ward of Malvern finished in a tie for fifth, each posting an 80. Newtown Square’s Buonocore and Lancaster’s VanTash shared seventh place with Richard Solano of Sicklerville, N.J. at 81. Rounding out the top 10 were Ryan Wagner of West Chester and Ben Newlon of Wallingford as they finished in a tie for 10th at 82.
Samuel Walker of Radnor was nearly as impressive as Sydnes as he carded a 1-over 71 to win the 13-to-15 division. Aj Aivazoglou of Glen Mills was the runnerup with a 74.
Ryan McCabe of Media finished third with a 76, West Chester’s D’Ariano was fourth with a 76 and Strath Haven freshman Kevin Smith, playing on his home course, and Davis Flannery of Wayne shared fifth place, each carding a 78.
Zak Summy of Media finished seventh with a 79, Malvern Prep sophomore Andrew Curran and Luke Watson of Royersford ended up in a tie for eighth at 80 and Kennett Square’s Kline and Patrick Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley rounded out the top 10 as they finished in a tie for 10th at 81.
Gabriella Morganti, who helped the Academy of Notre Dame win its eighth straight Inter-Ac League title as a senior this spring, was the lone entry in the girls 16-to-18 division as she carded a 95 to claim division honors.
Lily Young of West Chester won the 13-to-15 division with a 92. The Schuebels of King of Prussia went 2-3 as Amanda posted a 118 and Audrey carded a 123.
Among the nine-holers, Catherine Civitella of North Palm Beach, Fla. took top honors by winning in a match of cards with Kristof Kopecky of Garnet Valley after both ended up at 43.
Newtown Square’s Davis and Chase Stephano of Radnor finished in a tie for third, each posting a 45. Kennett Square’s Stone took fifth with a 49, Matthew Buckley of Media was sixth with a 51, Charlie Hurchalla of Wallingford was seventh with a 53, Liam Buckley of Media was eighth with a 54, Matthew Hurchalla of Wallingford claimed ninth with a 57 and Codie Marsh of Media ended up in 10th with a 65.
Malvern’s Ward finished fourth in the 16-to-18 division for the two-day JGS event, following an 80 at Springhaven with an 87 at Kennett for a 167 total.
In the 13-to-15 division, Glen Mills’ Aivazoglou finished third, a shot back of D’Ariano at 153. Curran, a Media resident and Overbrook Golf Club member, was fourth with a 157 total, Wayne’s Flannery was fifth at 160 and Smith, a Wallingford resident, and Starnes of Kennett Square finished tied for sixth at 161. Smith had an 83 at Kennett to go with his opening-round 78 at Springhaven. Starnes opened with an 85 at Springhaven before rebounding with a 76 at Kennett.