Win Thomas of Coatesville, a regular on the leaderboard among the nine-holers a year ago, made his first 18-hole start in the 13-to-15 division of a Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Tour stop at Iron Valley Golf Club in Lebanon Sunday
It’s a 6,349-yard, par-72 course. Thomas is listed as being Class of 2023. That would make him a sixth-grader, or thereabouts. He shot 1-over 73 to take first in the division. He had four birdies and was 1-under on the front nine. Somebody’s been practicing. Sounds like young Mr. Thomas is going to be heard from this summer.
Logan Paczewski of Dallas was the runnerup with a solid 4-over 76. Mario Ventresa III of Blue Bell and Jack Cooley of Chadds Ford, coming off a Junior Tour win Saturday at Indian Spring Country Club, finished tied for third, each carding an 83.
Dylan Gooneratne of Plymouth Meeting and Karl Frisk of Spring Grove finished tied for fifth at 84 and John Peters was alone in seventh at 85. James Ulsh of Carlisle and William Pabst of Roaring Brook Township shared eighth place at 86. Rounding out the top 10 were three players tied for 10th at 87, including Jack Davis of Newtown Square, Keller Mulhern of Exton and Graham Calhoun of Lititz.
Two players, Mason Wills of Lititz and Garrett Engle of Harrisburg, matched Thomas’ 1-over 73 to finish tied atop the 16-to-18 division. The match of cards went to Wills for his score over the last six holes. Wills and Engle each had three birdies and both went 2-under on the outward nine.
Shawn Fedor of Lancaster finished third with a 77, Alex Mulrooney of Wilmington, Del. was fourth with a 78, Logan Hess of Willow Street was fifth with a 79 and Simon Asadoorian of Richboro and Nikita Romanov of Wilmington, Del. shared sixth place, each posting an 81.
Russell McPaul of York finished eighth with an 82, Brady St. Pierre was ninth with an 84 and Brock Fassnacht of Lititz rounded out the top 10 with an 85.
Grace Hickey of Downingtown captured top honors in the girls 16-to-18 division with a 91 that included a birdie on the par-4 ninth hole. Jessica McClellan of Freeland was the runnerup with a 93 and Alexandra Schaffer of Lancaster was third with a 133.
Kathleen Mark of Media also birdied the par-4 ninth on her way to a 93 that gave her a win in the 13-to-15 division. McKylie Boreman of New Cumberland was a shot behind Mark in second with a 94.
Peyton Kraras of Wyomissing finished third with a 95, Paige Richter of Camp Hill was fourth with a 103 and Lillian McNally of York was fifth with a 109.
Maxwell Wager of State College and Nicholas Gross of Downingtown both finished at 1-under 35 to top the leaderboard among the nine-holers. Both had two birdies. Wager was awarded the top spot based on his score over the last three holes.
Benjamin Saggers of West Chester, who has been on a roll lately, finished third with a 39. Michael Maslanka of Taylor finished fourth with a 43, Tyler Fortney of Fayetteville was fifth with a 44 and Luke Barbour of Etters and Isaak Bloom of Bellefonte ended up in a tie for sixth, each posting a 47.
Daniel Shin of Horsham and Stefania Fedun of Glenmoore finished tied for eighth, each posting a 50. Rounding out the top 10 were three players tied for 10th at 52, including Connor Gherghel of Orwigsburg, Ava O’Sullivan of Exton and Gwendolyn Powell of Madison Township.