Recent Lower Merion graduate Alex Golland rode a hot start to victory in the 16-to-18 division as the Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Tour made a stop Monday at The Springhaven Club, a William Flynn design in Wallingford. The Graham Company is the title sponsor of the Junior Tour.
Golland fired a 2-under on the front nine on his way to a 3-over 73 over the 6,518-yard, par-70 Springhaven layout. Michael Hamilton of Berwyn was the runnerup with a 77, finishing up strong with a 1-over 36 on the incoming nine.
Radnor junior Blake Stephano, Strath Haven senior Ben Newlon and Dan DiRita of Media shared third place, each carding an 80. Simon Asadoorian of Richboro finished sixth with an 81 and Nathan Shaw of Hershey was seventh with an 84.
Alex VanScoy of Newark, Del. and Dylan Sterlacci of Dowingtown shared eight place, each posting an 85. Rounding out the top 10 were three players – Jack Cenci of Warwick, Ryan Wuelfling of Myerstown and Ryan Wagner of West Chester – tied for 10th at 86.
Ryan McCabe of Media birdied the tough third and the 16th to take top honors in the 13-to-15 division with a 4-over 74. He finished a shot ahead of Strath Haven sophomore Kevin Smith, who had 13 pars and a birdie on his home course in fashioning a 5-over 75.
Radnor sophomore Davis Flannery shared third place with Win Thomas of Unionville, each carding a 76. Smith and Flannery were part of a solid group of freshmen who made some noise in the Central League last fall.
Joseph Morganti of Havertown finished fifth with a 78 and Joseph Taggart of Broomall was another shot behind Morganti in sixth with a 79.
Rounding out the top 10 was a five-player logjam tied for seventh at 81, including Christopher Buysse of Paoli, Jake Maddaloni of Newtown Square, Jeffrey Reilly Jr. of West Creek, N.J., Andrew Damico of Havertown and Chad Kemmerer of Malvern.
Georgia Naples of West Chester had eight pars as she posted an 86 to win the girls 16-to-18 division, her first Junior Tour victory of the season. Lily Byrne of Downingtown was the runnerup with an 88.
Liv Juliana of Malvern finished third with an 89, Amanda Jones of Newtown Square was fourth with a 91, Episcopal Academy senior Marykate Chambers was fifth with a 95, Anna McCormick of Harrisburg was sixth with a 98 and Elaine Loose of Malvern was seventh with a 114.
Victoria Kim of West Chester fired a solid 80 to take top honors in the 13-to-15 division, her third Junior Tour win of the season. Lauren Jones of the Newtown Square Joneses was the runnerup with an 86.
Caitlyn Hagerty of Glen Mills finished third with a 93, Julia Li of Hockessin, Del. was fourth with a 97 and Niusha Parvisi of Gladwyne was fifth with a 98.
Kristof Kopecky of Garnet Valley has been a consistent top-10 finisher among the nine-holers and finally broke through with his first win of the season with a 5-over 40. Jason DiRita of Media was the runnerup with a 42.
Benjamin Saggers of West Chester finished third with a 45, Michael Dignazio of Wilmington, Del. was fourth with a 47 and Christopher DiRita of Drexel Hill and J.P. Hoban of Havertown shared fifth place, each coming in at 49. Noah Brand of Newtown Square finished seventh with a 53, Paul Reilly of West Creek, N.J. was eighth with a 56 and Jacob Nestor of Wallingford was ninth with a 62.