Aronimink Golf Club, a course legendary architect Donald Ross considered one of his masterpieces, hosted a PGA Tour event when the 2010 and 2011 AT&T National was staged there and the tour will return in 2018 for the BMW Championship, a FedEx Cup playoff event.
And that makes the 2-under-par 68 that Haverford School senior Davis Rosato fired there to win the Bert Linton Invitational Thursday pretty special. It makes Rosato the Inter-Ac League’s individual champion and maybe takes a little of the sting out of the near miss for the Fords in the Inter-Ac team chase.
Rosato’s round included six birdies and he posted a remarkable 31 on the challenging back nine at Aronimink.
Rosato is Haverford School’s first Inter-Ac individual champion since Cole Berman won the second of his back-to-back Bert Linton Invitational titles in 2012.
It’s always special to win the Bert Linton because you’re beating such a quality field. Rosato finished five shots ahead of three players tied for second at 3-over 73.
The ties were broken with a match of cards and runnerup honors went to Malvern Prep sophomore John Updike, a product of the Aronimink junior program and the reigning Pennsylvania Junior Boys’ champion.
Third place went to Episcopal Academy junior Cole Kemmerer, a member at Waynesborough Country Club, a few miles up Route 252 from Aronimink. Kemmerer played a big part in the Churchmen’s drive to the Inter-Ac team crown. Fourth place went to Rosato’s Haverford School teammate Sam Walker, a sophomore.
Malvern Prep junior Matt Davis, another product of the Aronimink junior program, finished alone in fifth place with a 4-over 74. Malvern Prep senior Nick Miller was another shot back in sixth place at 75.
Penn Charter junior Brian Isztwan, who was the top player in the Inter-Ac’s points system during the six regular-season mini-tournaments, finished in a tie for seventh with a 76. Isztwan won the Bert Linton as a freshman two years ago.
Isztwan was joined at that figure by Episcopal Academy freshman Case Hummer, who seems to save his best stuff for this event. A coaches pick into the event a year ago at Merion Golf Club’s historic East Course, Hummer was the runnerup to Malvern Prep’s Marty McGuckin. Hummer, another Aronimink member, was again a coaches pick this year and earned a share of seventh place with Isztwan.
Ian Diaz of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy finished alone in ninth place with a 77.
Three Haverford School players – David Hurly, Cal Buonocore and Mac Costin – finished in a tie for 10th, each carding a 78.
Episcopal Academy junior Jon Nolan Perry, who was second behind Isztwan in the regular-season points standings, led a group of three players tied for 13th at 80. He was joined at that figure by Malvern Prep senior Gavin Sims and Penn Charter junior Noah Schwartz.
Haverford School sophomore Peter Garno was alone in 16th place with an 81.
Episcopal teammates Michael Zeng, a sophomore, and Ashton Dunn, a junior, were among four players tied for 17th at 82. Also carding 82s were Penn Charter’s Joey Centeno and Malvern Prep’s Andrew Curran.