La Salle senior Buddy Hansen IV of Blue Bell closed with a rush, making birdies on his last four holes, to finish with a 3-under-par 67 that gave him a victory in the 16-to-18 division in a Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Tour stop at Skippack Golf Club Wednesday.
Hansen was coming off a strong showing in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Jock MacKenzie Memorial Monday in which he lost in a playoff for the title after carding an even-par 72 at Sandy Run Golf Club.
Hansen’s sub-par effort over the 5,790-yard, par-70 Skippack layout in the midst of Evansburg State Park gave him a whopping nine-shot margin of victory over Jason Swartz of Maple Glen and Nicholas Schnur of Lafayette Hill, both of whom carded a 6-over 76 to share second place.
The rest of the top 10 was bunched up behind Swartz and Schnur with five players tied for fourth at 77 and five more players tied for ninth at 78.
The group at 77 included Andrew Koh of Dresher, Michael Hamilton of Berwyn, Luke Fagley of Mohnton, Carter Valerio of Rosemont and Lucas LaCava of Collegeville. The fivesome at 78 included John Cooper of Lansdale, Harry Sheehy of Chester Springs, Jack Straub of Royersford, Nate Trout of Greentown and Matthew Fleming of Richboro.
Like Hansen, Tyler Zimmer of Bryn Mawr finished strong at Skippack with a bogey-free 1-under back nine as he carded a 1-under 69 to take the top spot in the 13-to-15 division. Jack Hamilton of Wayne and Connor Bennink of Kennett Square shared second place, each carding a solid 2-over 72.
Win Thomas of Unionville and Matthew Lafond of Blue Bell finished tied for fourth at 74. Alec Stern of Bryn Mawr finished sixth with a 75, Dylan Gooneratne of Plymouth Meeting was seventh with a 76, Jake Maddaloni of Newtown Square was eighth with a 77 and Nick Martin of Audubon was ninth with a 78.
Rounding out the top 10 was a five-player logjam at 79 that included James Omalley of Harleysville, Jack Davis of Newtown Square, Noah Sim of Ambler, another of the Bennink boys from Kennett Square, William, and Kyle Resuta of Phoenixville.
Liv Juliana of Malvern posted an 82 to capture top honors in the girls 16-to-18 division, her first Junior Tour victory of the season. Olivia Wirsching of Blue Bell was the runnerup with an 87.
Josie Genuardi of Kulpsville finished third with an 88, Lily Byrne of Downingtown was fourth with a 90, Kelly Brown of Coatesville was fifth with a 94, Helen Shaw of Harleysville was sixth with a 95 and Katie Pupillo of Skippack was seventh in her backyard with a 97.
Amanda Heins of Malvern finished eighth with a 104 and Elaine Loose of Malvern was ninth with a 132.
Lauren Jones of Newtown Square won the 13-to-15 division with an 82 that included a birdie on the tough par-3 11th at Skippack. Jones’ Episcopal Academy teammate, Kathleen Mark of Media, was the runnerup with an 88.
Benjamin Saggers of West Chester fired a 3-over 38, highlighted by a birdie on the par-5 second hole, to top the field of nine-holers. Kevin Lafond of the Blue Bell Lafonds was the runnerup with a 42.
Ajeet Bagga finished third with a 43 and was low Bagga among three of the Baggas of Blue Bell to finish in the top 10 in the coed 12-and-under division. Aidan Scott of Harleysville finished fourth with a 45 and Ethan Martin of North Wales was fifth with a 46.
Serena Bagga shared sixth place with William Huntley of Lansdale, each posting a 47. Joshua Baker of West Chester finished eighth with a 49, Nicole Yun of Limerick was ninth with a 51 and Kiran Bagga rounded out the top 10 with a 53.
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