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Philadelphia CC's Brennan heads Jr. Boys' Championship Qualifier

  EXTON, Pa. - Ted Brennan of Philadelphia CC bested 89 players on a brutally humid day to earn medalist honors in Monday’s Junior Boys’ Championship Qualifier at Whitford CC (par 72, 6,401 yards). The Newtown Square, Pa. resident carded a 1-over-par 73 to secure the No. 1 seed in the Championship Flight.

  “It’s a good thing (to be seeded No. 1), but I don’t think it’s that important,” he said.

Ted Brennan, Philadelphia CC
  Brennan, 17, settled into an immediate rhythm by firing a birdie on No. 1 (par 4, 358 yards). Although his hybrid found the left fairway bunker, Brennan extricated himself with a 9-iron from 135 yards out and bumped in a five-footer.

  “I started with a birdie, which is always nice,” he said. “I would describe today as solid. As the day went on, I felt more comfortable with my game.”

  The Haverford School senior, however, ran into trouble on the monstrous par 5, 562-yard 4th hole. A wayward tee shot forced Brennan to punch out with a 7-iron. He missed the green with his third shot, chipped back on and three-putted to card a double bogey. On the par 3, 118-yard No. 5, Brennan reclaimed a stroke by knocking pitching wedge to two-feet and making the under-par chance. He drilled his 8-iron 145 yards and tapped-in for birdie on No. 6 (par 4, 378 yards). On No. 8 (par 4, 386 yards), Brennan hit an errant drive, punched out with a 4-iron, missed the green with his pitching wedge and two-putted for bogey. Despite that blemish, Brennan began his inward tour in red figures.

  “I was feeling good and confident,” he said.

  Brennan struggled on No. 11 (par 4, 336 yards). He sliced his drive into the right rough, returned to the fairway, knocked a wedge to 15-feet and failed to convert the par effort. But again, Brennan rallied on his next hole, the par 5, 500-yard No. 12. He launched his 3-wood 270 yards and chopped his pitching wedge just short of the green. Brennan then executed a 10-yard chip shot for birdie. He knocked his 9-iron into the No. 13 (par 3, 146 yards) bunker, but blasted out to four feet and saved par.

  “At that point, I was just like, ‘keep it together,’” Brennan said.

  His composure waned lightly on the par 4, 358-yard 14th hole. After his drive landed in the fairway, Brennan, feeling a rush of adrenalin, nuked his wedge from 100 yards out over the green, chipped back on and pushed his five-footer for par past the cup. Brennan thought he converted a 20-footer for birdie on No. 16 (par 5, 517 yards) after striking his 60-degree wedge 80 yards, but it barely grazed the top edge of the cup. He registered a bogey on his final hole, the par 4, 374-yard 18th hole. He escaped the fairway bunker by piercing his 9-iron 140 yards, but rolled a 20-footer for birdie five-feet past and missed the comebacker.

  Nevertheless, Brennan feels confident in his golf game entering tomorrow’s Round of 16.

  “I’ve been hitting the ball much better this year and making a lot of greens,” he said. “I’ve been struggling with the putter. Nerves are getting to me, but I’ve been working on that. I’m working on my pre-shot routine. Today, it just kind of came together. It’s a step in the right direction.”

  Brennan will now face Mike McCullough of the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour, who survived a six-for-one sudden-death playoff to snag the No. 16 seed. Match play for the Championship Flight begins at 8 a.m. The First Flight gets underway at 9 a.m.

  Junior Team Championship

  The team of Robert Firth, Jr., Jonathan Liu, Kyle Martin and T.J. Summers from Commonwealth National GC collectively carded a 235-total to win the Junior Team Championship. Martin registered a 4-over-par 76 to lead Commonwealth.

Qualifiers

Championship Flight

Name

Club

Scores

Ted Brennan

Philadelphia Country Club

73

Kyle Martin

Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

Matthew Long

Great Bear Golf & Country Club

76

Conor Pocino

Old York CC at Chesterfield

76

Vince Boyle

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

76

Louis Kelly

Philmont Country Club

77

Evan Galbreath

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

Benjamin Cooley

Lu Lu Country Club

78

T. J. Summers

Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

Rich Thorpe

Lu Lu Country Club

78

Bobby Svigals

Radnor Valley Country Club

78

Tim Godshalk

Whitford Country Club

78

Daniel Dansbury

Yardley Country Club

78

W. Evan Thornton

Berkshire Country Club

78

Reilly Erhardt

Trenton Country Club

78

#Michael McCullough

Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour

79

First Flight

#Alex Blickle

LedgeRock Golf Club

79

#Jack Gregor

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

#R. Morgan Dougherty

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

#Justin Smith

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

#Zach Arsenault

Little Mill Country Club

79

Matthew Fedder

Bala Golf Club

80

Alex Dupre

Rolling Green Golf Club

80

Matt Yanek

Woodstone Country Club

80

Steven Altieri

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

80

Will Young

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

80

Eric Slawter

St. Davids Golf Club

81

Geordie Lukas

Whitford Country Club

81

William Breskman

Rolling Green Golf Club

81

Joseph Rueter, Jr.

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

81

Jonathan Liu

Commonwealth National Golf Club

81

Daniel Hayes, III

Yardley Country Club

81

Failed to qualify

Francis Worthington

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

82

Julian Dorey

Tavistock Country Club

82

Erik Meyer

Glen Oak Country Club

82

Christopher Reynolds

West Chester Golf & Country Club

82

Neil Langenstein

The Bucks Club

82

Matt Lewis

Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour

82

Brendan Papariello

White Manor Country Club

83

Ben Kleiman

Radnor Valley Country Club

83

Eric Montella

Glen Oak Country Club

83

Kyle Williams

Glen Oak Country Club

83

Mac Selverian

Aronimink Golf Club

83

Jon Stewart

Honeybrook Golf Club

84

Stephen Morello

Yardley Country Club

84

Cody Dazen

Little Mill Country Club

84

Regan Papariello

White Manor Country Club

85

David Pompey, Jr.

Country Club of Scranton

85

Robert Hoeppner

Commonwealth National Golf Club

85

Raleigh Chapin

Jericho National Golf Club

85

Paul Carbone, Jr.

Old York Road Country Club

85

Jesse Hunsicker

Talamore Country Club

86

Christopher Rotelli

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

86

Robert Firth, Jr.

Commonwealth National Golf Club

86

Luke Liddell

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

86

Drew Calamaro

Rolling Green Golf Club

87

Alex Cecco

Whitford Country Club

87

Drew Guarino

Little Mill Country Club

87

Matthew Bastian, Jr.

Rolling Green Golf Club

88

Jack Walsh, Jr.

Old York Road Country Club

88

Christian Holt

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

88

Kevin Kramarski

Riverton Country Club

88

Matthew Rubbino

Phoenixville Country Club

88

Nick McNiff

Sunnybrook Golf Club

89

Andrew Willner

White Manor Country Club

89

Mac Walsh

Aronimink Golf Club

90

Blaise Giroso

Fieldstone Golf Club

90

Colin Goan

Little Mill Country Club

90

Brock Kovach

Berkshire Country Club

90

John Esher-Hagel

McCall Golf & Country Club

91

Luke Schweitzer

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

92

Jonathan Rennard

Phoenixville Country Club

92

Dutch Markward

North Hills Country Club

93

John Leighton

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

93

Todd Smith

Trenton Country Club

96

Ryan Meisenzahl

Hidden Creek Golf Club

96

Nick Simmons

Edgmont Country Club

97

Steve Marshalek

Whitford Country Club

98

Jimmy Cunningham

Aronimink Golf Club

102

Scott Susanin

Overbrook Golf Club

104

Adam Stefanowicz, III

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

104

Nolan Dirienzi

Rolling Green Golf Club

NS

Patrick Battaglia

Plymouth Country Club

NS

Bobby Wurtz

Philadelphia Cricket Club

WD

Jack Knowles

Country Club of Scranton

WD

Zachary Melnick

Plymouth Country Club

WD

# - determined in playoff

NS - no show; WD - withdrawal

Team

Total

Commonwealth National

235

Robert Firth, Jr.

86

Jonathan Liu

81

Kyle Martin

76

T. J. Summers

78

Huntingdon Valley (1)

235

Evan Galbreath

77

Luke Schweitzer

92

Justin Smith

79

R. Morgan Dougherty

79

Yardley Country Club

243

Daniel Dansbury

78

Daniel Hayes, III

81

Stephen Morello

84

Torresdale-Frankford

243

Vince Boyle

76

Christian Holt

88

Luke Liddell

86

Joseph Rueter, Jr.

81

Whitford Country Club

246

Alex Cecco

87

Tim Godshalk

78

Geordie Lukas

81

Steve Marshalek

98

Glen Oak Country Club

248

Erik Meyer

82

Eric Montella

83

Kyle Williams

83

Rolling Green Golf Club

249

Drew Calamaro

87

Matthew Bastian, Jr.

88

William Breskman

81

Alex Dupre

80

Little Mill Country Club

250

Zach Arsenault

79

Cody Dazen

84

Colin Goan

90

Drew Guarino

87

White Manor Country Club

257

Brendan Papariello

83

Regan Papariello

85

Andrew Willner

89

Huntingdon Valley (2)

258

Adam Stefanowicz, III

104

Christopher Rotelli

86

John Leighton

93

Jack Gregor

79

Aronimink Golf Club

275

Jimmy Cunningham

102

Mac Selverian

83

Mac Walsh

90

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