Inter-Ac League champion Episcopal Academy placed three players on the All-Inter-Ac first team while runnerup Haverford School, led by Bert Linton Invitational winner Davis Rosato, was also represented by three players on the first team.
The Inter-Ac’s six regular-season invitationals that determine the league champion was an incredibly tight battle in which any of four teams – Episcopal, Haverford School, Malvern Prep and Penn Charter – could have claimed the title in the final mini-tournament hosted by the Fords at Gulph Mills Golf Club.
The Churchmen edged Haverford School by a shot to claim their first Inter-Ac crown since 1999. Representing Episcopal Academy on the first team are juniors Jon Nolan Perry and Cole Kemmerer and freshman Jacob Zeng.
Perry was consistent throughout the regular-season campaign, ending up second in the points standings with a record of 222-37-23 against the rest of the league. He also had a 39 in the clincher at Gulph Mills. Kemmerer fired a 3-over 73 at Aronimink Golf Club to finish third in the Bert Linton. He was one of three players tied for second, but the ties were broken with a match of cards.
Jacob Zeng was a standout freshman on a young Episcopal team, coming on strong when the Churchmen surged ahead in the final three invitationals.
Rosato was brilliant in bringing the Inter-Ac individual title to Lancaster Avenue as the Haverford School senior had six birdies and a back-nine 31 over the Donald Ross classic at Aronimink. His 2-under 68 gave him a runaway five-shot victory.
Rosato was joined on the first team by fellow Fords Sam Walker and David Hurly.
Walker, a sophomore, was the Fords’ most consistent player throughout the regular season and finished fourth in the points standings with a record of 218-43-21. He was the medalist in each of the final two invitationals as Haverford School came up just short in its bid for the league title. He was one of the three players to finish tied for second at Aronimink with a 3-over 73, but ended up fourth in the match of cards.
Malvern Prep is represented on the first team by sophomore John Updike and junior Matt Davis.
Updike, the reigning Pennsylvania Boys’ Junior champion, was third in the regular-season points standings with a record of 219-50-13. He was the runnerup to Rosato on his home course at Aronimink in the Bert Linton, matching the 73s posted by Kemmerer and Walker, but taking second on the match of cards.
Davis, a junior who is also an Aronimink member, finished alone in fifth in the Bert Linton with a 4-over 74 on his home course.
Rounding out the first-team selections were a pair of Penn Charter juniors, Brian Isztwan and Noah Schwartz.
Isztwan was easily the best player in the Inter-Ac throughout the six invitationals, compiling a record of 248-24-10. Schwartz finished fifth in the points standings with a 213-54-18 mark. Together they led the Quakers to a pair of outright firsts in two of the six invitationals and kept them in contention right to the final mini-tournament.
Three more Episcopal players – senior Matt Marino, sophomore Michael Zeng and junior Ashton Dunn -- head the All-Inter-Ac second team. When the Churchmen needed a clutch performance, they turned to their senior captain Marino. When he holed a birdie putt on the last hole at Gulph Mills, it gave Marino medalist honors for the day with a 38 and helped them edge Haverford School by a shot.
Haverford School had three players – Peter Garno, Mac Costin and Cal Buonocore – on the second team.
Malvern Prep was also represented by three players – senior Gavin Sims, sophomore Andrew Curran and sophomore Matt Civitella – on the second team.
Rounding out the second team was Penn Charter’s Joey Centeno.