Garrett Engle, the Mid-Penn Conference champion as a freshman at Central Dauphin last fall, matched par with a 71 to take top honors in the 16-to-18 division in a Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Tour stop at Five Ponds Golf Club in Warminster in summerlike conditions Saturday.
Engle had two birdies on the front side of the 6,422-yard, par-71 Five Ponds layout for a two-shot victory over Alex Mulrooney of Wilmington, Del. Mulrooney had four birdies, two on each side, in posting a 2-over 73.
Caleb Ryan, who reached the PIAA Class AAA Championship for the second year in a row while representing Norristown High as a junior last fall, headed a group of four players who finished tied for third with an 80. Joining Ryan at that figure were Ryan D’Ariano of West Chester, Nick Martin of Audubon and Kyle Rogers of Jackson, N.J.
Andrew Catania, another Audubon entry, finished alone in seventh with an 82. Bryan Donato of Chester Springs and Matthew Lafond of Blue Bell shared eighth place, each posting an 83, and Edward Trumpbour of Villanova rounded out the top 10 with an 85.
Win Thomas of Unionville, whose game really blossomed on the Junior Tour last year, fired a 1-over 72 to take top honors in the 13-to-15 division. Thomas is a Class of 2023 entry which makes him, what, a seventh-grader, but he made four birdies at Five Ponds, three on the incoming nine as he finished strong.
Joshua Ryan, Caleb’s younger brother who reached the PIAA Championship while representing Norristown High as a freshman last fall, was the runnerup, six shots behind Thomas with a 78. Josh did, however, finish two shots better than Caleb for low-Ryan honors.
Matthew Normand of Lumberton, N.J. was another shot behind Joshua Ryan in third with a 79. Normand is moving up from the nine-holers, a division in which he was the Sam Penecale Scoring Leader last season. Chase Cohen of Villanova finished fourth with an 80.
Noah Sim of Ambler and Darren Nolan of Glenside shared fifth place, each carding an 82, and Kevin Lafond, another of the Blue Bell Lafonds, and Christian Matt of Spring House, finished tied for seventh at 83.
Jackson Debusschere of Wallingford took ninth with an 84 and Adrian Jordan of Lawrenceville, N.J. rounded out the top 10 with an 85.
Christina Carroll of Bear, Del., won the girls 16-to-18 division with an 81, her fourth Junior Tour victory of the wraparound season that began last fall. Isabella McCloskey of Princeton Junction, N.J. was the runnerup with an 87.
Olivia Wirsching, a member of the District One Class AAA champion Mount St. Joseph team last fall, was another shot behind McCloskey in third with an 88.
Caroline McFadden of Perkasie took fourth with a 101 and Anna McCormick of Harrisburg was fifth with a 102.
Natasha Kiel of New Hope had the best round of the day among the girls with a 78 that won her top honors in the 13-to-15 division. Her round was highlighted by a birdie at the fifth hole.
Clare Gimpel, Wirsching’s teammate on Mount St. Joe’s district team champion and a Class AAA regional qualifier as a freshman last fall, was the runnerup to Kiel with a 79 that included two birdies, one on each side.
Chaela Barnett of Churchville finished third with an 82, Sarah Scarpill of Warrington took fourth with an 88, Kiera Bartholomew of Westhampton, N.J. was fifth with a 90 and Molly Gregor of North Wales was sixth with a 91.
Kathleen Mark, an Episcopal Academy freshman from Media, finished seventh with a 93, a couple of Furlong residents, Abigail Lynn and Morgan Graves were eighth and ninth with respective scores of 95 and 123, and Olivia Giuliano of Doylestown rounded out the top 10 with a 159.
Lola Barnett, a second entry from the Churchville Barnetts, topped the field of nine-holers with a 7-over 43 that gave her her first Junior Tour victory. Sammi Yeselavage of Doylestown and Nicholas Joyce of Quakertown shared runnerup honors as each posted a 45.
Ethan Martin of North Wales finished fourth with a 49 and a couple of Delco players, Sean Curran of Newtown Square and Tyler Debusschere of the Wallingford Debusscheres, shared fifth place at 50.
Rachel Joyce, another of the Quakertown Joyces, finished seventh with a 51, Brian Raby of Jamison and Noah Moelter of Doylestown shared eighth place at 53, Brendan Burke of Churchville was 10th with a 56 and Elora Walker of Philadelphia was 11th with a 62.