David Hurly of Newtown Square and Samuel Walker of Radnor staged a little Haverford School intrasquad battle disguised as a Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Tour Precision Pro Golf Open event at Hershey Country Club that concluded Friday.
The Haverford School juniors battled for two days with Hurly pulling out a one-stroke victory over his teammate. I caddied for Haverford School junior A.J. Aivazoglou in the U.S. Amateur qualifier at Stonewall earlier this week. Looks like Gui Costin has a pretty strong junior class on Lancaster Avenue.
The Hurly-Walker battle began in Round 1 Thursday as each fired a 1-under-par 70 over the 6,439-yard, par-70 Hershey layout. Hurly had five birdies and Walker had four.
Hurly had two more birdies in Friday’s second round on his way to a 1-over 73 that gave him an even-par 142 total and the top spot in the 16-to-18 division. Hurly also captured the overall boys 13-to-18 title which is also on the line in the Precision Pro Golf Open events.
Walker carded a strong 2-over 73 to finish just a shot behind Hurly in the division and in the overall scoring at 1-over 143.
Logan Hess of Willow Street added a 74 to his opening round of even-par 71 to finish third in the 16-to-18 division and overall with a 3-over 145 total. Trey Kuntz of Lancaster had a 74, improving two shots from his opening-round 76 to take fourth at 150.
Gage Wolfle, a New Jersey guy, added a 78 to his opening-round 73 to take fifth at 151. Drew Warner (74-78) of Bethlehem, Nicholas Campanelli (76-76) of Manahawkin, N.J. and Troy Kelleher (74-78) of Clarks Summit finished tied for sixth at 152.
Brock Fassnacht of Lititz was four shots better in round 2 with a 75 to finish ninth at 154. Matthew Law of Yardley rounded out the top 10 as his 75 was five shots better than his opening-round 80 for a 155 total.
Karl Frisk of Spring Grove matched par Friday with a 71, which, combined with his opening-round 76, gave him the top spot in the 13-to-15 division and fourth in the overall scoring with a 5-over 147 total.
Central York sophomore Carson Bacha, who will represent the Junior Tour when the Boys Junior PGA Championship tees off Monday at the Country Club of St. Albans’ Lewis and Clark Course in St. Albans, Mo., matched par in round 1 with a 71, but fell back with a 77 to finish in a tie for second, a shot behind Frisk at 148.
Bacha shared second place with Logan Paczewski of Dallas, who added a 76 to his opening-round 72. Morgan Lofland of Paoli added a 74 to his opening-round 76 to finish fourth at 150. Jun Lee of York was another shot behind Lofland in fifth at 151 after rounds of 74 and 77.
Roy Anderson of Chadds Ford improved by four shots from his opening-round 78 with a 74 to finish sixth at 152. Derek McGlaughlin of Elizabethtown had a pair of 78s to end up seventh at 156. Daniel Flickinger of Clarks Summit was eighth at 161 after rounds of 82 and 79.
Eegan McDermott of East Brunswick, N.J. finished ninth with rounds of 82 and 81 and a 163 total. John Peters of Carlisle rounded out the top 10 at 164 after following up an opening-round 79 with an 85.
Lily Yang of West Chester was an easy winner in the 13-to-15 division and in the overall girls scoring as she fell back a little with an 88 Friday after an impressive opening-round 76 for a 164 total.
Charlotte Scully of Chadds Ford improved four shots from her opening-round 92 with an 88 Friday to finish second to Yang in the division and share second place in the overall scoring with 16-to-18 winner Grace Chang of Belle Mead, N.J. at 180.
Grace Babinchak of Hazleton took third in the 13-to-15 division with rounds of 92 and 94 and a 186 total.
Wang improved six shots from her opening-round 93 with an 87 to take top honors in the 16-to-18 division and share second place overall with Scully at 180. Alexandra Schaffer of Lancaster was the runnerup in the 16-to-18 division with rounds of 104 and 97 for a 201 total.
Hunter Probst of Bear Creek topped the field of nine-holers, adding a 41 to his opening-round 44 for an 85. It was Probst’s fourth Junior Tour victory of the season. Griffin Walizer of McElhattan was the runnerup with a pair of 45s for a total of 90.
Tyler Marchese of Moscow was the only entrant in the men’s 17-to-24 division and carded rounds of 81 and 85 for a 166 total. Marchese’s second round featured two birdies and an eagle on the second hole.
Emily Gilbert of Gilbertsville returned to the scene of her Middle Atlantic Championship title this spring to cruise to the victory in the women’s 17-to-24 division. Gilbert’s victory in the MAC tourney capped a strong sophomore season at Alvernia and earned her MAC Player of the Year honors.
Gilbert added a 78 Friday to her opening-round 76 for a 154 total. Emily McGarrigle of Wernersville was the runnerup at 170. McGarrigle had opened with a solid 79 Thursday, but fell back with a 91 Friday.
Annalia Kostow of Lebanon added an 88 to her opening-round 84 to finish third at 172.