Brett McGrath, an eighth-grader at the Bryn Athyn Church School, dominated the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Junior-Junior Championship from start to finish this week at the Moorestown Field Club, becoming the first Huntingdon Valley Country Club member in the 68-year history of the event to claim the title.
McGrath capped his run to the title with a 7 and 5 victory over Roy Anderson of Kennett Square Golf & Country Club in Wednesday’s 18-hole final over the 5,582-yard, par-72 Moorestown Field Club layout. McGrath, with older brother Conor on the bag, won the first three holes and never looked back in defeating Anderson, an eighth-grader at the Charles F. Patton Middle School.
McGrath opened the week by capturing medalist honors in qualifying Monday with an even-par 36, two shots better than Chester Valley Golf Club’s Henry Fish.
McGrath then opened match play with a 4 and 3 victory over Andrew Lauerman of Talamore Country Club while Anderson needed 10 holes to outlast Matthew Normand of Riverton Country Club.
In Tuesday’s quarterfinals, McGrath claimed a 4 and 3 win over Jake Maddaloni of Aronimink Golf Club while Anderson edged Huntingdon Valley’s Patrick Isztwan, an eighth-grader at Penn Charter, 1-up.
The title match was set up when McGrath edged Louis John Giovi of Mercer Oaks Golf Club in 10 holes and Anderson downed Darren Nolan of Talamore, 2-up, in the semifinals.
In the first flight final Wednesday, Matthew Macbride of host Moorestown Field Club defeated Andrew Damico of McCall Golf & Country Club, 2-up.
Macbride earned his trip to the final with a 1-up victory over Kevin Lafond of Blue Bell Country Club while Damico knocked off Jack Davis of Aronimink, 2 and 1, in the other semifinal.