Kaitlyn Lees, a junior at Agnes Irwin, used her home-course advantage at Philadelphia Country Club to win the 15-to-18 age group at last weekend’s Helen Sigel Wilson Junior Invitational.
The tournament honors the memory of Wilson, a Philadelphia Country Club member who was one of the finest amateur golfers produced by the Philadelphia area. She was a dominant figure in the Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia, winning its Match Play Championship 12 times and was a two-time runnerup in the U.S. Women’s Amateur. She was a also a noted restaurateur.
Lees, the reigning two-time Pennsylvania Junior Girls’ champion, had five birdies and two bogeys in carding a 3-under-par 71 on her home course. That gave her a four-shot edge on Jennifer Cleary of Wilmington Country Club, who was the runnerup with a 75.
Morgan Sohosky of Berwick Golf Club took third with a 91 and Grace Hickey of Applecross Country Club was fourth with a 97.
Lily Yang of Penn Oaks Golf Club captured the 12-to-14 age group with a 93. Christina Carroll was the runnerup with a 94 and another Penn Oaks player, Victoria Kim, was third with a 96.
On the boys side, Doug Ergood of Tavistock Country Club took top honors in the 15-to-18 division with a 2-under 69. Mike Graeff of Manufacturers Golf & Country Club matched Ergood’s 69, but it appears the ties were broken through the first eight places.
Dawson Anders of Indians Valley Country Club finished third with an even-par 71.
Five players came in at 2-over 73 with the ties apparently broken so that Ryan Conners of Whitford Country Club finished fourth, J.T. Spina of Spring-Ford Country Club was fifth, Wills Montgomery of Whitford was sixth, Buddy Hansen of Blue Bell Country Club was seventh and Radnor High senior Michael Sydnes of Talamore Country Club was eighth.
Talamore’s Ronald Robinson, winner of the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Jock MacKenzie Memorial this summer, finished in a tie for ninth with Danny Dougherty of Du Pont Country Club, each carding a 3-over 74.
Tyler Zimmer of host Philadelphia Country Club captured top honors in the 12-to-14 division with a 77.
Evan Barbin of Chesapeake Bay Golf Club was the runnerup with a 78. Ryan McCabe of The Springhaven Club also had a 78 and was placed third. Andrew Miller, also of Philadelphia Country Club, took fourth with an 80. Penn Charter freshman Patrick Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley Country Club also had an 80 and was placed fifth.
Huntingdon Valley’s James Gradisek finished sixth with an 85, Max Giles of Philadelphia Country Club took seventh with an 88, Ben Sohosky of Berwick Golf Club was eighth with a 98, Winston Kelenic-Blank was ninth with a 101 and Luke Vaughan of Philadelphia Country Club rounded out the top 10, finishing 10th with a 102.