It was a pretty good weekend at Penn State for the Chadds Ford duo of Roy Anderson and Jack Cooley as the Philadelphia Section PGA staged a 36-hole Junior Golf Scoreboard State College Series event.
In Sunday’s windup of the weekend, Anderson captured the 13-to-15 division with a 5-over-par 77 over the 6,473-yard, par-72 Penn State Blue Course that included birdies at the par-4 second hole and the par-5 ninth.
Cooley was a shot back with a 78 to finish tied for second with Karl Frisk of Spring Grove.
It was the other way around Saturday as Cooley fired a 77 that included a birdie on the par-5 fifth hole to win the 13-to-15 division. Anderson got a share of second place with Jackson Putney of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., each carding a 79.
Cooley emerged as the overall Series winner for the weekend in the 13-to-15 division as his 155 total was just one shot better than Anderson’s 156. Frisk, who finished tied for fourth Saturday with an 80, was third overall at 158.
Jun Lee of York finished fourth in the 13-to-15 division Sunday with a 79. Luke Watson of Royersford was fifth with an 80, Jaxon Eck of Harrisburg was sixth with an 81, Owen Fahs of Nazareth was seventh with an 82 and Mason Asadoorian of Richboro was eighth with an 83.
Rounding out the top 10 were three players tied for ninth at 85, including Putney of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., Garnet Valley freshman Jake Sokalsky and John Peters of Carlisle.
Alex Pillar of Hawley captured the 16-to-18 division Sunday in a match of scorecards with Casey Dao of Elkins Park after each carded a solid 3-over 75. Pillar’s back nine of 1-over proved to be the difference.
Since Pillar is from Hawley, which is the home of The Country Club at Woodloch Springs, and John Pillar is the Director of Golf at Woodloch Springs, I’m going to guess that Alex is John’s son. Just a guess, though. It was already a pretty good week for the Pillars as John Pillar was a co-medalist in a local U.S. Open qualifier at The Country Club of Scranton.
Dao did not leave State College empty-handed, though, as he was the overall Series winner, his 75 Sunday, combined with the 76 he shot while finishing tied for third Saturday, giving him a 151 total. Troy Kelleher of Clarks Summit, who finished a shot behind Pillar and Dao in third place Sunday with a 76, was the Series runnerup with a 153 total
The two daily winners, Pillar and Tyler Wassell of Lancaster, who took top honors in the 16-to-18 division Saturday with an outstanding 1-over 73, shared third place in the overall scoring at 155.
Mason Wills of Lititz and Corbin Babyak of Tafton finished tied for fourth in Sunday’s daily scoring, a shot behind Kelleher at 77. Michael Festa of Ambler and Dan DiRita of Media finished tied for sixth, each posting a 78.
Mason Gattuso of Shavertown finished eighth with a 79 and Brett Wagner of Cresco was ninth with an 80. A second Kelleher of Clarks Summit got into the top 10 as Connor Kelleher finished in a tie for 10th with an 81. He was joined at that figure by Cole Shaw of West Chester.
It wasn’t a bad weekend for Team Sohosky of Bloomsburg either.
Morgan Sohosky captured the girls 13-to-15 division title Sunday with a 77 that featured a front nine of eight pars and a bogey. She traded places with Lily Yang of West Chester as Yang was the runnerup Sunday with an 82.
Yang, however, was the 13-to-15 winner Saturday with a strong 3-over 75, the Blue Course measuring 5,442 yards for the girls. Yang had three birdies in her round, going back-to-back with birdies on the fourth and fifth holes. Sohosky was the runnerup Saturday with an 83.
Yang captured top honors for the Series with a 157 total. Sohosky was the runnerup at 160.
Benjamin Sohosky, meanwhile, topped the field of nine-holers Sunday as he won a match of cards with Maxwell Wager of State College after each posted a 5-over 41. Sohosky’s last six holes proved decisive in the scorecard playoff.
Wager, who finished tied for fourth among the nine-holers Saturday with a 43, was the Series winner with a total of 84. Sohosky, who finished tied for sixth Saturday with a 44, was the Series runnerup a shot behind Wager at 85.
Isaak Bloom of Bellefonte, with a third-place finish Sunday with a 44 and a third-place finish Saturday with a 42, was third overall for the Series at 86.
Also in the girls 13-to-15 division Sunday, Ava O’Sullivan of Exton finished third behind Morgan Sohosky and Yang with a 96 and Kelsey McConaghy of Palmyra was fourth with a 103.
Julianne Lee of York captured top honors in the girls 16-to-18 division Sunday with an 87.
Savanna Haas of Pottstown was the runnerup with an 89. Haas was the overall Series winner. She finished third Saturday with a 94 for a weekend total of 183. Courtney Caiola of Schwenksville finished third Sunday with a 92 and fourth Saturday with a 98 to claim runnerup honors for the Series with a 190 total.
Rounding out the 16-to-18 division Sunday was Emma Nemitz of Madison Township who finished fourth with a 95.
Following the top three of Benjamin Sohosky, Wager and Bloom among the nine-holers Sunday, Julien de Brechard of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Tyler Fortney of Fayetteville finished in a tie for fourth, each carding a 48. Jason DiRita of the Media DiRitas, and Stefania Fedun of Glenmoore shared sixth place at 49.
Evan Jozwiak of Sinking Spring and Nicholas Joyce of Quakertown were another shot back in a tie for eighth at 50 and Anastasia Galko of Roaring Brook and Gwendolyn Powell of Madison Township rounded out the top 10 as they finished tied for 10th at 51.
Not a whole lot of players took advantage of the Junior Tour collegiate divisions, but Marco Nieto of Eynon certainly played some good golf at the Blue Course.
Nieto fired an even-par 72 Sunday that featured three birdies to take the men’s 17-to-24 division. Joshua Sheehan of Abington was the runnerup with an 80.
Nieto was even better Saturday as he fired a 3-under 69 that included four birdies, three of them on the back nine. Sheehan carded an 86 Saturday.
Annalia Kostow of Lebanon was the only woman to tee it up in the 17-to-24 division, carding a 97 Sunday and a 95 Saturday.
Tyler Wassel capped his 1-over 73 that gave him top honors in the 16-to-18 Saturday with a birdie-birdie finish. Bishop Shanahan’s Ryan Conners, the runnerup in the District One Class AAA Championship last fall, finished second with a 3-over 75.
Elkins Park’s Dao was third with a 76 and Troy Kelleher was fourth with a 77. Michael Festa of Ambler finished fifth with a 78.
Pillar, Cresco’s Wagner, Lititz’s Wills and Media’s Dan DiRita finished tied for sixth, each posting an 80. Connor Kelleher got the first of his two top-10 finishes for the weekend as his 81 enabled him to finish tied for 10th with Simon Asadoorian of Richboro.
Owen Fahs of Nazareth and Spring Grove’s Frisk finished tied for fourth Saturday behind the trio of Cooley, Anderson and Egg Harbor Township’s Putney in the 13-to-15 division as they each carded an 80. Royersford’s Watson and James Ulsh of Carlisle finished tied for sixth at 82.
A couple of the Central League’s top freshmen last fall, Garnet Valley’s Sokalsky and Radnor’s Davis Flannery, shared eighth place with Taylor Kipp of Reading at 83 to round out the top 10.
Alexandra Voight-Shelley of State College captured the girls 16-to-18 title with a strong 4-over 76 that was highlighted by two birdies, one on each nine. Jessica McClellan of Freeland was the runnerup with a 90.
Pottstown’s Haas was third with her 94, Schwenksville’s Caiola was fourth with a 98 and Anna McCormick of Harrisburg was fifth with a 111.
Trailing the 1-2 finish of Yang and Morgan Sohosky in the 13-to-15 division was Ava O’Sullivan of Exton, who posted a 95. Caitlyn Hagerty of Glen Mills finished fourth with a 97 and Palmyra’s McConaghy was fifth with a 106.
Hunter Probst of Bear Creek topped the field of nine-holers Saturday with a 4-over 40 that included six pars. John Keba of Emmaus was the runnerup with a 41. Bellefonte’s Bloom was third with a 42. State College’s Wager and Fortney of Fayetteville shared fourth place, each carding a 43.
Benjamin Sohosky and Sinking Spring’s Jozwiak finished tied for sixth at 44 and Quakertown’s Joyce was eighth with a 46. Rounding out the top 10 were Brooklyn’s de Brechard and Fedun of Glenmoore, who shared ninth place with 47s.