Carson Bacha burst onto the scholastic scene as a freshman at Central York last fall, earning a fifth-place medal in his first appearance at the PIAA Class AAA Tournament at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort.
It was more of the same in a Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Tour stop in dreary, chilly conditions Saturday at Galen Hall Golf Club in Wernersville. Bacha shot a bogey-free 2-under 32 on the back nine of the 6,291-yard, par-72 Galen Hall layout on his way to a 1-under 71 that gave him the top spot in the 13-to-15 age group.
Roy Anderson of Chadds Ford was the runnerup with a solid 2-over 74. Morgan Lofland of Paoli finished third with an 80, Dylan Gooneratne of Plymouth Meeting was fourth with an 81, Mario Ventresca III of Blue Bell was fifth with an 84 and Henry Fish of Malvern was sixth with an 86.
Colton Yenser of Douglassville and Jackson Putney of Egg Harbor Township, N.J. finished in a tie for seventh, each carding an 87. Mason Asadoorian of Richboro finished ninth with an 88 and Jack Cooley of Chadds Ford rounded out the top 10 with an 89.
Tristan Updegraff of Mohnton captured top honors in the 16-to-18 division with an even-par 72 that was highlighted by a hole-out for an eagle 2 on the par-4 third hole. Logan Hess of Willow Street was the runnerup with a 3-over 75.
Casey Dao of Elkins Park finished third with a 78 and Michael Robinson of Gettysburg and Brock Fassnacht of Lititz shared fourth place, each posting an 80.
Mason Wills of Lititz finished sixth with an 82, Simon Asadoorian of Richboro was seventh with an 83, Andrew Benner of Hellertown was eighth with an 84, Grant Gronka of Bloomsburg was ninth with an 85 and Austin Lauver of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. rounded out the top 10 with an 89.
Samantha Fritzinger of Allentown had a steady 87 that featured seven pars as she claimed a girls 16-to-18 victory. Minjoo Kim of Lansdale was the runnerup with an 87.
Casey Oppenheimer, the 2016 girls 16-to-18 Player of the Year from Conshohocken, finished third with a 94 and Lily Byrne of Downingtown and Cecilia Priolo of Ambler shared fourth place, each carding a 103. Courtney Caiola of Schwenksville and Alexandra Lowder of Wrightsville shared sixth place at 106, Kiera McGrath of Denver was eighth with a 108 and Jenna Miller of Temple and Sarah Fernandes of Downingtown rounded out the top 10 as they finished tied for ninth at 111.
Eden Richmond of Princeton, N.J. had three birdies, two on the front nine and one on the incoming nine, as she fired an 85 to win the 13-to-15 division. Grace Babinchak of Hazleton was the runnerup with a 95.
Leah Walter of West Chester finished third with a 86 in her Junior Tour debut, Peyton Kraras of Wyomissing was fourth with a 107 and Amanda Schuebel of King of Prussia was fifth with a 113.
Benjamin Saggers of West Chester bested the field of nine-holers with a 5-over 42 that included a birdie on the par-5 sixth hole. Henry Stone of Kennett Square and Ajeet Bagga of Blue Bell shared second place, each carding a 43.
Nicholas Gross of Downingtown finished fourth with a 45, Nicholas Joyce of Quakertown was fifth with a 49, Luke Barbour of Etters was sixth with a 50 and Evan Jozwiak of Sinking Spring and Daniel Shin of Horsham shared seventh place at 51. Winston Kelenc-Blank of Rumson, N.J. finished ninth and Sydney Yermish of Wynnewood, who appears regularly in the top 10 in the nine-hole division, rounded out the top 10 with a 54.