Ryan D’Ariano of West Chester battled difficult conditions to record three birdies and post a 78 to capture the 13-to-15 division in a Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Tour stop at Chapel Hill Golf Course in Reading.
A hardy group of Junior Tour players showed up for an 8 a.m. shotgun start and were greeted with temperatures in the 40s and stiff, biting winds, the coldest conditions they’ve faced since last spring.
But D’Ariano’s game stood up to the test as he finished two shots clear of runnerup Connor Bennink of Kennett Square, who had an 80.
Jack Cooley of Chadds Ford took third with an 83 and Dylan Gonneratne of Plymouth Meeting and John Wang of Wilmington, Del. shared fourth place, each posting an 84. Nicholas Fioravante of Mohnton and John Olsen of Boalsburg finished in a tie for sixth at 86.
William Bennink of Kennett Square finished eighth with an 88, Nicholas Hano of Warrington took ninth with a 91 and Stephane de Brechard of Brooklyn rounded out the top 10, taking 10th with a 93.
The only other player to break 80 was Evan Salamone of Coal Township, who captured top honors in the 16-to-18 division with a 77.
Haverford School sophomore Andreas Aivazoglou got a share of second place with three other players, Liam Ward of Malvern, Alexander Cloak of Oley and Nicholas Scott of Harleysville as all four posted an 80.
Luke Fayocavitz of Clarks Summit finished sixth with an 83, Ryan Woelfling of Myerstown was seventh with an 85, Thomas Butler of Telford was eighth with an 86 and Trent Golden of Enola and Caleb Clements of Lancaster rounded out the top 10 as they shared ninth place, each carding an 87.
Anna McCormick of Harrisburg and Eden Richmond of Princeton, N.J. won the girls divisions, McCormick the 16-to-18 division with a 104 and Richmond the 13-to-15 division with a 102. McCormick birdied the par-3 15th and Richmond’s back-nine total was 13 shots lower than her front nine.
McCormick and Richmond were the only entrants in their respective divisions, but they faced considerable opposition from Mother Nature and deserve credit for completing their rounds.
Benjamin Saggers of West Chester was easily the best among the nine-holers with a 7-over 41. Julien de Brechard of Brooklyn was the runnerup with a 49.
Sydney Yermish of Wynnewood took third with a 50 and Megan Adelman of Bryn Mawr and Sawyer Marten of East Petersburg finished in a tie for fourth, each posting a 59.