Episcopal Academy edged Haverford School by three shots Wednesday at the Inter-Ac League mini-tournament hosted by Germantown Academy at Bluestone Country Club to give the defending champion Churchmen a chance to at least get a share of the title with the Fords in the final mini-tournament of the season.
Senior Ashton Dunn carded a 1-over 37 to lead the way for Episcopal, which finished with a 232 total. Haverford School was just three shots behind at 235. The 4-1 day for the Fords leaves them atop the standings at 22-3. Episcopal’s 5-0 sweep leaves it at 19-6.
The Churchmen host the final mini-tournament Monday at Merion Golf Club’s West Course. They would need to finish first and get some help from Malvern Prep and Penn Charter to get a share of the title with Haverford School.
Malvern Prep finished third with a solid 238 total and Penn Charter was fourth at 243. Penn Charter, which won the first mini-tournament of the season on its home course at Huntingdon Valley Country Club, is in third place at 15-10 and Malvern Prep is fourth at 14-11.
Host Germantown Academy finished fifth on its home course at 268 and is fifth in the standings at 5-20 and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy finished sixth at 284 and is winless this season at 0-25.
Episcopal’s senior co-captain Jon Perry added a 2-over 38 for the Churchmen. Senior co-captain Cole Kemmerer and sophomores Case Hummer and Jacob Zeng all came in at 39. Junior Michael Zeng was the final counter with a 40.
Malvern Prep was led by junior John Updike, the 2016 Pennsylvania Junior Boys’ champion who matched par with a 36. It was a steady round for Updike, who made seven pars and offset his lone bogey with a birdie.
Juniors Matt Civitella and Andrew Curran each carded a 3-over 39 and senior captain Matt Davis and senior Mike Hennigan each posted a 41. Senior Eric McLaughlin and junior Kevin Hagan each came in at 42 to tie for the Friars’ sixth and final counter.
Episcopal took off Thursday for Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where the Churchmen will represent the Inter-Ac in the Honda Classic High School Invitational this weekend.