Patrick Sheehan seems to like the Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Tour Precision Pro Golf Open format.
The Precision Pro Golf Open tournaments are 36-hole Junior Golf Scoreboard events and for the second time in three weeks, Sheehan, a junior at Central Bucks East, cruised to the title. A couple of weeks ago, Sheehan won a Precision Pro Golf Open event, finishing 3-under par over two days on Hickory Valley Golf Club’s Ambassador and Presidential courses.
Last fall, Sheehan fell one frustrating shot short of advancing to the PIAA Class AAA East Regional with an 8-over 152 total in the District One Championship. This week, particularly in Thursday’s second round, Sheehan got a little bit of revenge on the 6,518-yard, par-72 Turtle Creek layout.
Sheehan fired a 5-under 67 Thursday, which, combined with a 2-under 70 in Monday’s opening round, gave him a 7-under 137 total. For the two days, Sheehan blitzed the Turtle to the tune of 12 birdies and an eagle. Look out for him when the District One Championship returns to the Turtle in October.
Sheehan’s effort gave him the top spot in the 16-to-18 division and in the overall JGS Scoreboard scoring for players 13 to 18.
Caleb Ryan, who did advance out of districts last fall as a sophomore at Norristown and made it all the way to the PIAA Championship, was the runnerup to Sheehan at the Turtle this week. Ryan torched the Turtle to the tune of a 5-under 67 in Wednesday’s opening round, but fell back with a 4-over 76 Thursday to finish six shots behind Sheehan in second place at 1-under 143.
Still, Ryan was the only other player to finish under par for the two days and it was another six shots in the 16-to-18 division back to two players tied for third at 5-over 149. They were J.T. Spina, the Pope John Paul II standout who was the Junior Tour’s 16-to-18 Player of the Year in 2016, and Thomas Butler of Telford.
Spina, who was the top District One finisher in the PIAA Class AAA Championship with a tie for third, matched par Thursday with a 72 after opening with a 77. Butler added a 76 to his opening-round 73.
Robert Brock of Allentown finished fifth at 151 after adding a 79 to his opening-round 72 and Jimmy Gillespie of Glen Mills was another shot back of Brock at 152 after a 3-over 75 Thursday.
Michael Campanelli of Manahawkin, N.J. and A.J. Adams of Malvern finished in a tie for seventh at 153. Campanelli had a 75 Thursday while Adams, who had opened with a 3-under 69, struggled home with an 84.
Rounding out the top 10 in a tie for ninth at 154 were Akira Pavey of Dover, Del. and Conner Gollwitzer of Boyertown. Pavey had a second straight 77 while Gollwitzer added a 78 to his opening-round 76.
Hunter King of Atglen had the day’s second-best round, a 1-under 71, to take top honors in the 13-to-15 division at even-par 144. King also finished third in the overall JGS 13-to-18 scoring. He got hot with four birdies in a five-hole stretch during his round Thursday.
Morgan Lofland of Paoli was the runnerup in the 13-to-15 division with rounds of 76 and 75 for a 151 total.
Low Ryan for the day was Caleb’s younger brother Joshua, who matched par with a 72 – an eight-shot improvement on his opening-round 80 -- and finished in third place at 152. Davis Flannery of Wayne finished fourth at 157 after a second-round 80 and Jack Cooley of Chadds Ford, who had an 83 Thursday, finished fifth at 160.
Four players – Justin Dougherty of Wyndmoor, Dylan Gooneratne of Plymouth Meeting, Joseph Taggart of Broomall and Joseph Morganti of Havertown – finished tied for sixth at 162. Dougherty had a 79 Thursday and Gooneratne, Taggart and Morganti each posted a second straight 81.
Rounding out the top 10 was Jack Davis of Newtown Square, who had a final-round 84 for a 165 total.
Lily Yang of West Chester was the only girls 13-to-15 competitor, so her rounds of 78 and 79 and her 157 total won that division. But it was also good enough to leave her atop the overall JGS scoring for girls 13 to 18.
Cristea Park of Blue Bell claimed the 16-to-18 title with a 169 total after she added a 90 to her opening-round 79. Maya Torpey of Malvern was the runnerup at 171 after a final-round 88.
Megan Adelman of Bryn Mawr added a 46 to her opening-round 39 to finish first among the nine-holers with an 85. Hunter Probst of Bear Creek was a shot back at 86 after a second-round 45.
Sydney Yermish of Wynnewood finished third at 90 after a final-round 46 and Serena Bagga of Blue Bell was fourth at 94 after a 49 Thursday.
Andrew Simpson of Perkasie captured the men’s 17-to-24 division as he added a solid 1-over 73 to his opening-round 77 for a 6-over 150 total. Thomas Schaffer of Collegeville was the runnerup at 153 after a final-round 75.
Emily McGarrigle of Wernersville won the women’s 17-to-24 division with a 165 total. After opening with an 80, she carded an 85 Thursday, a round that included a birdie on the par-5 eighth.
Former Perkiomen Valley standout Carly Dorminy was the runnerup at 169 after a final-round 85. Former Archbishop Prendergast standout Anna Haley had opened with a solid 82, but fell back with a 95 Thursday to finish third at 177. Annalia Kostow of Lebanon finished fourth at 180 after a final-round 93.