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.
The local qualifier is scheduled for July 10 and 21 boys and four from the group of nine-holers earned spots in that event Tuesday at Downingtown.
Sullivan had five birdies in bettering par at the 6,334-yard, par-72 Downingtown layout and earned the victory in the 16-to-18 division. Maxwell Rubin of Marlton, N.J. and Colin Walsh of Warminster shared second place, each carding a 1-over 73.
David Kim of Dresher and Jimmy Gillespie of Glen Mills shared fourth place at 74, A.J. Adams of Malvern and Matthew Fleming of Richboro, N.J. finished in a tie for sixth at 75, Matthew Becker of Downingtown and Michael Festa of Ambler were tied for eighth at 76 and Drew Steinmetz of Gilbertsville, Joseph Dougherty of Drexel Hill and Mark Groenhuysen of West Chester were tied for 10th at 77.
Alec Ryden of Moorestown, N.J. and D.J. Scott III of Kennett Square finished tied for 13th, each posting a 78 and grabbing the last two spots into the final round of qualifying out of the older age group.
Joseph Morganti of Havertown had four birdies in a solid 1-over 73 that gave him the top spot in the 13-to-15 division. It was Morganti’s second Junior Tour win of the season. Matthew Lafond of Blue Bell was the runnerup with a 75.
Connor Bennink of Kennett Square, Dylan Gooneratne of Plymouth Meeting and Win Thomas of Unionville finished in a tie for third, each carding a 77. Evan Drummond of Exton and Michael Mitnick of Linwood, N.J. were tied for sixth, each with a 79, and earned the last two berths for the final round of qualifying among the 13-to-15 competitors.
Morgan Lofland of Paoli and William Bennink, another of the Benninks of Kennett Square, finished tied for eighth at 80 and Hunter King of Atglen and Joseph Taggart of Broomall rounded out the top 10 by finishing tied for 10th at 81.
Elise Glauser of Newark, Del. captured top honors in the girls 16-to-18 division with an 85, edging runnerup Cristea Park of Blue Bell by a shot. It was Glauser’s first career Junior Tour win.
Liv Juliana of Malvern finished third with an 87, Olivia Patrow of East Stroudsburg was fourth with a 92, Marykate Chambers of Malvern and Episcopal Academy was fifth with a 94 and Olivia Schwandt of Wilmington, Del. was sixth with a 96.
Sarah Scarpill of Warrington was another first-time Junior Tour winner in the 13-to-15 division with a 91. Leah Walter of West Chester was the runnerup with a 93.
Among the nine-holers, Benjamin Saggers of West Chester earned his ninth Junior Tour win of the season with a 3-over 39 and headed the list of four qualifiers in the division for the final round of Junior PGA Championship qualifying.
Hunter Probst of Bear Creek was the runnerup with a 41 and Kevin Lafond of Blue Bell and Bret Bergey of Downingtown finished tied for third at 44 and grabbed the last two berths to the local qualifier among the nine-holers.
Davin Lysik of Wilmington, Del. and Kristof Kopecky of Garnet Valley finished tied for fifth, each carding a 48, and Rhianna Gooneratne of Plymouth Meeting and Ben Rubinich of Phoenixville shared seventh place at 49.
Joshua Baker of West Chester finished ninth with a 53 and Sammi Yeselavage of Doylestown rounded out the top 10 with a 58.