It was an interesting mix of guys who competed in this week's Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 103rd Junior Boys’ Championship, guys who stuck it out for three rounds of the Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Tour’s Junior Golf Scoreboard Mizuno Rehoboth Beach Series this week and some Junior Tour regulars.
And Hannah Lydic, too.
It was a Junior PGA Championship Qualifier held Thursday at the Bayside Resort in Selbyville, Del. The top third of boys 13 to 18 and the top two nine-holers advanced to the final stage of Junior PGA Championship qualifying, which will be held next month.The Girls Junior PGA Championship and the Junior PGA Championship have expanded this year. In the past, each of the 41 PGA sections sent one boy and one girl to the national event, but this year each section will send two boys and two girls.
The Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, Mo. will host the Girls Junior PGA Championship July 18 to 21 and the Junior PGA Championship from July 31 to Aug. 1.
Joe Parrini of York had the day’s best score, a sparkling 3-under-par 69 over the 6,289-yard, par-72 Bayside layout. Parrini had five birdies, rattling off three in a row on the 13th, 14th and 15th holes.
Ben Pochet, the District One Class AAA champion as a junior at Spring-Ford last fall, was the runnerup at 1-over 73. Pochet finished second in qualifying for the GAP Junior Boys on his home course, Spring-Ford Country Club, before falling in the first round of match play.
Pochet is halfway to a big summertime double for a junior golfer in this area. He has already earned a trip to the U.S. Junior Amateur in a qualifier last week at Makefield Highlands Golf Club. If he can make it to the Junior PGA Championship, he would match the feat accomplished by his buddy and Pioneer Athletic Conference rival Kyle Vance, the former Methacton standout, last summer.
Austin Barbin of Elkton, Md. finished third with a 2-over 74 and earned low-Barbin honors, not the easiest of feats.
Older brother Zachary finished in the group tied for fourth with a 75. Zachary Barbin also qualified for the championship flight in the GAP Junior Boys and knocked off Pochet in the opening round of match play before falling in the quarterfinals.
Also in that group tied for fourth at 75 was Nicholas Covey of Easton, Md., who captured top honors in the Rehoboth Beach Series highlighted by a sparkling 1-under 70 at Kings Creek Country Club.
Rounding out the trio at 75 was Luca Jezzeny of Furlong.
Caleb Ryan, another player who earned a spot in the championship flight in the GAP Junior Boys, finished alone in seventh with a 76. Younger brother Joshua won the 13-to-15 division Thursday at Bayside with an 80 and joined his brother in advancing to the final round of qualifying for the Junior PGA Championship.
Joshua Ryan was the only player in the 13-to-15 division to advance.
Timothy Chaykosky Jr. of Ambler finished alone in eighth in the 16-to-18 division, a shot behind Caleb Ryan with a 77.
Nathan Potts of Wilmington, Del., Bryan Donato of Chester Springs and Andrew Lombardo of Lansdale finished tied for ninth, each carding a 79.
Heading the group of four players who finished tied for 12th at 80 and grabbed the final berths in the next round of qualifying, along with Joshua Ryan, was Frankie Markiewicz of Middletown, Del. Markiewicz also teed it up in all three legs of the Rehoboth Beach Series and was the runnerup to Covey for the series.
Also in the group at 80 were Brady St. Pierre and Matthew Bricker, both of York, and Andrew Wallace of Narberth.
Joshua Ryan’s winning 80 in the 13-to-15 division was highlighted by a birdie at the 14th hole. Jake Maddaloni of Newtown Square was the runnerup with an 82 that included a pair of birdies, one on each side at Bayside.
Alec Stern of Bryn Mawr finished third with an 87. Roy Anderson of Chadds Ford, who was the 13-to-15 Rehoboth Beach Series winner, was another shot back in fourth with an 88. Anderson’s fellow Chadds Ford resident, Jack Cooley, was another shot behind Anderson in fifth with an 89.
The third member of the Barbin contingent, Evan, finished sixth with a 91. Colby Hook of Selbyville, Del. and Jack Fialko of Berwyn shared seventh place at 92. Kevin Motil of Sewell, N.J. finished ninth with a 93.
Rounding out the top 10 was Tyler Kipp of Reading with a 94. Kipp teed it up in all three legs of the Rehoboth Beach Series and was the runnerup to Anderson in the 13-to-15 division.
Olivia Schwandt of Wilmington, Del. was the only competitor in the girls 16-to-18 division and her 94 gave her her first Junior Tour victory of the season.
It’s been a winning week for Hannah Lydic of Ocean View, Del. Lydic fired a 39 on the back nine at Bayside on her way to an 81 Thursday that beat sister Sarah by 11 shots to win the 13-to-15 division. Hannah Lydic won every stop on the Rehoboth Beach Series, which, of course, gave her the series title. So yeah, pretty good week for Hannah Lydic.
Sarah Lydic was the runnerup to, whom I’m guessing is, her big sister with a 92.
It was a pretty good week as well for Benjamin Saggers of West Chester, who bested the field of nine-holers with a 5-over 41. Saggers was the Rehoboth Beach Series winner among the nine-holers.
The second ticket to the next round of Junior PGA qualifying went to Sawyer Brockstedt of Rehoboth Beach, Del., who was just a shot behind Saggers with a 42. She also played in all three legs of the Rehoboth Beach Series and was third in the series overall.
Henry Stone of Kennett Square finished third with a 45 and Davin Lysik of Wilmington and Megan Adelman of Bryn Mawr shared fourth place at 46. Bret Bergey of Downingtown finished sixth with a 48 and Griffin Gaughan of Avondale was seventh with a 53.