Spring-Ford High junior Benjamin Pochet added a 1-over-par 72 Tuesday to the opening round of even-par 71 he carded Monday in an impressive seven-shot victory in a Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Tour Precision Pro Elite Tour event at Talamore Country Club.
Pochet had five birdies over the 6,350-yard, par-71 Talamore layout Tuesday, getting really hot on the back nine with birdies at the 10th, 12th, 14th and 16th holes. That gave him the win in the 13-to-18 division with a 1-over 143 total, seven shots better than Stephen Lorenzo of Lower Gwynedd, who had rounds of 77 and 73. Lorenzo had the best total among the 13-to-15 players in the field.
Michael Sydnes, who helped Radnor capture Class AAA District One and PIAA titles last fall, finished third with a 151 total, adding a 74 Tuesday to his opening-round 77. Andrew Gallagher of Mount Laurel, N.J. had rounds of 77 and 79 to finish fourth at 152 and Jake McCloskey of West Chester had rounds of 79 and 74 to finish fifth at 153.
The Newtown Square pair of Cal Buonocore (77-77) and David Hurly (76-78) shared sixth place at 154.
Rounding out the top 10 were three players – the Collegeville duo of Connor Boham (80-75) and Thomas Schaffer (75-80) and Alex Golland (76-79) of Wynnewood – who finished in a tie for eighth at 155.
McCloskey received a Precision Pro range finder for getting closest to the pin at the par-3 eighth hole, his tee shot finishing 15 feet, 11 inches from the cup.
Karly Brown of Buckingham was the lone entry in the girls 13-to-18 division and had rounds of 90 and 86 for a 176 total.
Tom Fisher of Horsham dominated the finishing holes at Talamore in capturing the men’s 17-to-24 division with a 1-under 70 Monday and a second-round 79 for a 149 total. Fisher birdied 16, 17 and 18 to finish off round 1 and again birdied the last two holes Tuesday.
Andy Ring of Abington was the runnerup with rounds of 88 and 83 for a 171 total.
Minuette Laessig of Barto bested the field in the women’s 17-to-24 division with rounds of 80 and 75 for a 155 total. Laessig had birdies on the sixth, ninth and 14th holes in her solid 4-over second round.
Hannah Fireman of Ambler was the runnerup with rounds of 81 and 78 for a 159 total. Fireman’s second-round 78 was highlighted by a front nine of 36, including birdies at the third and the seventh holes.
Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast product Anna Haley of Drexel Hill took third with rounds of 80 and 83 for a 163 total. Samantha Thompson of Doylestown had rounds of 95 and 90 to finish fourth at 185.