The Philadelphia Section PGA’s Junior Tour visited the Jersey Shore over the weekend with a stop Saturday at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in Egg Harbor City and at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point Sunday.
The most impressive performance of the weekend belonged to Alec Ryden of Moorestown, N.J., who captured the boys 16-to-18 division at the 6,265-yard, par-72 Blue Heron Pines layout with a 1-under 71. Ryden had four birdies along with an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole on his card.
Nikita Romanov of Wilmington, Del. was the runnerup with a 74. Connor Bekefi of Toms River, N.J. was third with a 79, D.J. Pinciotti III of Ivyland took fourth with an 81 and Jordan Castleman of Haverford and Jujstin Maul of Egg Harbor Township, N.J. shared fifth place, each carding an 82.
Joe Polidoro of Glassboro, N.J. and Harrison Graham of Wenonah, N.J. finished in a tie for seventh at 86, Declan J. McCabe of Philadelphia was ninth with an 87 and Matthew Thomas of Mount Laurel, N.J. rounded out the top 10, placing 10th with an 88.
Alex Mulrooney of Wilmington, Del. finished atop the 13-to-15 division with an even-par 72 that featured four birdies, three of them on the back nine. Jack Cooley of Chadds Ford was the runnerup with an 81.
Benjamin Lee of Malvern finished third with an 82, Kevin Motil of Sewell, N.J. took fourth with an 84 and Morgan Lofland of Paoli and Ryan D’Ariano of West Chester shared fifth place, each posting an 85.
Peter Banfe of Moorestown, N.J. finished seventh with an 89, Jeffrey Reilly Jr. of West Creek, N.J. was eighth with a 91 and Aiden Ehresman of Jamison was ninth at 83. Three players – David Fitzgerald Jr. of Bryn Mawr, Jacob Soklasky of Garnet Valley and Jack Fialko of Berwyn – rounded out the top 10 as they shared 10th place at 94.
Melissa Landis was the lone entrant in the girls 16-to-18 division as she took top honors with a 94 that featured on eagle on the par5 eighth.
Taylor Oberparleiter of Laurel Springs, N.J. fired a 78 that included a back nine of 1-under 35 to capture the 13-to-15 division title. Four players – Eden Richmond of Princeton, N.J., Kayla Gutierrez of Little Egg Harbor, N.J. and Victoria Kim and Lily Yang, both of West Chester – shared second place, each carding an 86.
Olivia Strigh of Hammonton, N.J. and Caitlyn Hagerty of Glen Mills finished in a tie for sixth, each posting a 92, and Kate Green of Bryn Mawr rounded out the top 10, taking 10th with a 106.
Kristof Kopecky of Garnet Valley went even-par on the par 3s and par 5s in posting a 41 that toped the field of nine-holers. Winston Kelenc-Blank of Rumson, N.J. was the runnerup with a 48.
Marlin Toney Jr. of Vineland, N.J. finished third with a 50, Yash Bhandari of Livingston, N.J. took fourth with a 51, Thomas DiGiulio of Sicklerville, N.J. was fifth with a 53 and Joseph Fargnoli of Laurel Springs, N.J. was sixth at 55. Jamie Ciesielka and Johnnie Harrison, both of Woolwich Township, N.J., finished seventh and eighth with respective scores of 57 and 59 and Harrison Card of Moorestown, N.J. placed ninth with a 64.
Romanov turned the tables on Ryden Sunday at the 6,417-yard, par-70 Greate Bay layout as Romanov ripped off consecutive birdies on the fourth, fifth and sixth holes to finish atop the 16-to-18 division with a 2-over 72. Ryden and Colin Walsh of Warminster shared second place, each carding a 75.
Jack Sullivan of Petersburg, N.J. took fourth with a 76 and Hayden Moffatt of Hatboro and David Robbins of Holland shared fifth place, each posting a 78. Polidoro finished seventh with a 79, Andrew Benner of Hellertown and Edward Gallagher II of Franklinville, N.J. ended up in a tie for eighth at 80 and Pinciotti rounded out the top 10, taking 10th with an 81.
Fitzgerald came on strong at Greate Bay, taking the 13-to-15 division with a 78. Dylan Gooneratne of Plymouth Meeting was the runnerup with an 81.
Roy Anderson of Chadds Ford and Banfe shared third place, each carding an 83, Stephen Cain of Yardley and Motil finished in a tie for fifth at 86 and Michael Mitrick of Linwood, N.J. took seventh with an 87. Ehresman took eighth with a 90, Kristoffer ollung of Middletown, Del. was ninth with a 98 and Eli Levi of Philadelphia rounded out the top 10, taking 10th with a 103.
April Xu of Southampton was the lone entrant in the girls 16-to-18 and claimed her first Junior Tour victory with a 103.
Elizabeth Beek of Blue Bell had a steady round that featured 12 pars as she won the 13-to-15 division with a 77. Lily Byrne of Downingtown and Sunshine Gu of Yardley shared second place, each posting an 83.
Strigh finished fourth with an 86, Christine Carroll of Bear, Del. was fifth with an 88 and Taylor Oberparleiter of Laurel Springs, N.J. was sixth with a 90.
Kopecky made it a weekend sweep and earned his third straight Junior Tour win as he topped the nine-holers with a 47. Brooke Oberparleiter of Laurel Springs, N.J. was the runnerup with a 48.
Sydney Yermish of Wynnewood and Seth Roth of Hatboro shared third place, each posting a 49. Nathan Guertler of Merchantville, N.J. finished fifth with a 50, Charlie Hurchalla of Wallingford was sixth with a 55, Chase Cristella of Mount Laurel, N.J. was seventh with a 56, Matthew Hurchalla of Wallingford was eighth with a 57, Luca Gherardi of Hammonton, N.J. was ninth with a 62 and Samuel Mento of Hammonton N.J. rounded out the top 10, taking 10th with a 66.