Malvern Prep junior Matt Davis carded a 4-over-par 76 at the Ridge at Back Brook in Ringoes, N.J. Saturday to get a share of second place in the 15-to-19 age group following the first day of an International Junior Golf Tour major championship.
Matt Karrat of Chatham, N.J. has the lead after going 2-under on the front nine on his way to a 3-over 75. Round 2 is Sunday.
Patrick Ryan of Maplewood, N.J. shares second place with Davis after matching his 76. The IJGT event is a nice tuneup for Davis as he prepares to tee it up in the Bert Linton Memorial that will determine the Inter-Ac League’s individual champion Thursday at Davis’ home course, Aronimink Golf Club.
Daniel Bettino of Bronxville, N.Y. is alone in fourth at 77. Haverford School sophomore Andreas Aivazoglou is tied for fifth along with Luke Dougherty of Seagirt, N.J. and Liam Bishop of Bronxville, N.Y. as each posted a 78. Charlie Kovalcik of Yardley and Will McCann of Madison, N.J. are tied for eighth at 79.
Another Haverford School player, senior Davis Rosato, is one of three players tied for 10th at 80. Rosato was joined at that figure by Mike Viggiano of Haworth, N.J. and Kyle Russo of New York.
Steven Lee of Scarsdale, N.Y. is the lone entrant in the boys’ 14-and-under division and carded a 78.
Anna Bowman of Westfield, N.J. is leading the girls’ division by two shots after an opening-round 76. Katie Lee of Ringoes, N.J. is alone in second place with a 78.
Sarah Perine of Staten Island, N.Y. is alone in third place with a 79 followed by Katie Dzialga of Greenwich, Conn. another shot back in fourth with an 80. Archbishop Wood senior Karly Brown is tied for fifth with Marlene Tartaro of Warren, N.J. with each posting an 83.