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Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Cole Berman attempts to escape trouble on No. 10.

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Philadelphia Cricket’s Berman nabs Junior Boys' No. 1 seed

  PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Schedule conflicts and other competitive commitments prevented Cole Berman from playing in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Junior Boys’ Championship in previous years. With his calendar clear and goals shifted this year, though, the Haverford, Pa. resident booked a spot in the tournament’s 98th edition. He validated that decision Monday, carding an even-par 70 at a challenging Torresdale-Frankford Country Club (par 70, 6,087 yards).

  Berman earned medalist honors and will be the No. 1 seed when match play begins at 8 a.m. tomorrow. He will face Zachary Melnick of Plymouth Country Club, who emerged from a three-for-one playoff to grab the final spot in the Championship Flight. The cut line fell to 78 at the end of the day.

   “I’ve wanted to play in this for awhile. I just haven’t been able to,” Berman, who won the Association’s Junior-Junior Boys’ Championship in 2009, said. “I kind of just wanted to play a good round and get into match play. I stayed steady today. I made a couple of bad bogeys, but I had a good amount of birdies, too.”

  For an example of the aforementioned “bad bogeys,” look no farther than Berman’s first hole (par 4, 331 yards) Monday. He flew the green with a 110-yard pitching wedge shot that crossed into a “no-par” zone.

   “You can’t do anything if you’re long there,” Berman, 16, an incoming junior at The Haverford School, said.

  Berman reclaimed the lost stroke with a birdie on No. 2 (par 4, 370 yards). He drilled an 8-iron 140 yards to two feet. But those “bad bogeys” didn’t stay away for long as Berman encountered trouble on No. 3 (par 4, 377 yards). He drive landed in a divot and Berman failed to get up-and-down.

  With past success tucked in his arsenal, Berman leveled his played until No. 10 (par 5, 471 yards), where he blocked a 3-wood into the right tree-line. Berman’s low-liner pitching wedge landed on the green but released into the back rough. Berman nudged his ensuing downhill chip 10 feet past the jar and missed the comebacker for par. Another miss right led to a bogey on No. 12 (par 4, 323 yards). Berman steered his drive underneath towering trees, obstructed from the green. He exhausted his second stroke on a sideways punch-out and couldn’t save par.

  But the resilient yet reserved Berman kept his composure and fired consecutive birdies to return to 1 over. He knocked a lob wedge 70 yards to eight feet on No. 13 (par 5, 545 yards). Berman put a hybrid 20 feet below the No. 14 (par 3, 180 yards) flagstick and drained a downhill, right-to-left breaker for birdie. He added a fourth red figure to the scorecard on the par 5, 548-yard 16th hole, sticking a lob wedge 60 yards to two feet.

  Berman’s grown, both physically and mentally, since his 2009 victory.

   “I think my game’s been a little more mature this year,” he said. “I’m getting some distance and making more birdies than I use to. I’m limiting the mistakes, or trying to.”

  Also working in Berman’s favor this year is his affiliation with Philadelphia Cricket Club, which finished second in the GAP Team Matches, qualified for the Team Championship and fielded the GAP Middle-Amateur Champion in John Brennan.

   “We’re all very competitive with each other,” Berman said. “That’s helped me and it’s helped all of us.”

  NOTES — Play was delayed an hour due to lightning in the area … Yardley Country Club’s Reilly Erhardt, the reigning Junior Player of the Year and Harry Hammond Award winner, carded a 5-over-par 75 to qualify as the No. 8 seed. He will oppose Mariano Medico of Fox Hill Country Club tomorrow.

  Berkshire Country Club’s Sam Gallen, Brock Kovach and Evan Thornton won the Junior Team Championship. The trio carded a collective 236 — four strokes clear of nearest rival Yardley Country Club.

Championship Flight

Name, club

Score

Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club

70

Mac Ryan, Overbrook Golf Club

72

Cody Dazen, Little Mill Country Club

74

Ethan Heller, Green Valley Country Club

74

Benjamin Kotler, Bala Golf Club

74

Reilly Erhardt, Yardley Country Club

75

Mariano Medico, Fox Hill Country Club

75

Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford Country Club

75

Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club

75

Brendan Young, Chester Valley Golf Club

76

Evan Thornton, Berkshire Country Club

76

Austin Dunlap, St. Davids Golf Club

76

Drew Guarino, Burlington Country Club

77

Brock Kovach, Berkshire Country Club

77

Paul Yun, Applecross Country Club

77

*Zachary Melnick, Plymouth Country Club

78

 

First Flight

R.J. Wren, Honeybrook Golf Club

78

Luke McKeogh, The Bucks Club

78

Jack Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

Joseph Rueter, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

Thomas Fisher, North Hills Country Club

79

Steven Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

79

David Pontari, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

79

Sean Fahey, Overbrook Golf Club

79

Robert Firth, Jr., Commonwealth National Golf Club

79

Brendan Papariello, White Manor Country Club

79

Michael Barychewsky, Spring Mill Country Club

80

Jake Van Arkel, Merion Golf Club

80

Ryan Foll, Yardley Country Club

80

Justin Elwell, Running Deer Golf Club

80

J.T. Twomey, Jericho National Golf Club

81

Shamus Gartley, Fox Hill Country Club

81

 

Failed to qualify

Regan Erhardt, Yardley Country Club

82

Gregory Szrom, Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour

82

Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club

82

Michael Reed-Price, Sunnybrook Golf Club

82

Rich Antonio, Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour

83

Daniel Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

83

Sam Gallen, Berkshire Country Club

83

Connor Sharp, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

83

Will Flood, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

83

Nick Cappetti, Burlington Country Club

83

Hank Kaufmann, Yardley Country Club

83

Mac Walsh, Aronimink Golf Club

83

John Concannon, Concord Country Club

84

Kyle Allan, Phoenixville Country Club

84

Sean Ebert, Commonwealth National Golf Club

84

Jacob Klaus, Tavistock Country Club

85

Kyle Putnam, Talamore Country Club

85

Ben Litt, Riverton Country Club

85

Alex Dupre, Rolling Green Golf Club

85

Jesse Hunsicker, Talamore Country Club

85

Jonathan Liu, Commonwealth National Golf Club

86

Quinn Dolan, Rolling Green Golf Club

86

Joey Russo, Running Deer Golf Club

86

Lane Udis, Meadowlands Country Club

86

Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

87

Paul Mauer, Jr., Stonewall

87

Brian Fischer, Commonwealth National Golf Club

87

Brad Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook

88

Jake Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

88

Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

88

Liam Dougherty, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

88

Jake Sotiros, Burlington Country Club

88

Kyle Kost, Lookaway Golf Club

89

Peter Dissinger, Merion Golf Club

89

Jack Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

89

Michael Winter, Seaview Resort & Spa

90

Matt Amey, Old York Road Country Club

90

Cole Swiger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

90

Harrison Moon, St. Davids Golf Club

90

Todd Smith, Trenton Country Club

90

Jack McAleese, Aronimink Golf Club

90

Colin Connor, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

91

Jack Lewis, Spring Ford Country Club

92

Evan Beaty, Plymouth Country Club

92

Eric Studer, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

92

Jack Grasso, Sunnybrook Golf Club

93

Dylan Delvecchio, Yardley Country Club

94

Michael Hammar, Yardley Country Club

95

Ryan Brennan, Rolling Green Golf Club

97

Ryan Bowman, Aronimink Golf Club

98

Patrick Clearkin, Old York Road Country Club

100

Drew Petri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

100

Hugh Farris, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

102

Matt Grubb, Overbrook Golf Club

WD

John Mastronardo, Cedarbrook Country Club

WD

Ryan Conner, Yardley Country Club

WD

Ken Taras, Laurel Creek Country Club

WD

Patrick McGrath, Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour

WD

Jay Losty, Merion Golf Club

WD

 

*-advanced in playoff; WD-withdrawal

Team

Total

Berkshire CC

236

Brock Kovach

77*

Evan Thornton

76*

Sam Gallen

83*

Yardley CC

240

Hank Kaufmann

83*

Reilly Erhardt

75*

Regan Erhardt

82*

Dylan Delvecchio

94

Huntingdon Valley CC

246

Jack Quirk

88*

Joseph Rueter, Jr.

79*

Jack Gregor

79*

Cole Swiger

90

Burlington CC

248

Nick Cappetti

83*

Drew Guarino

77*

Jake Sotiros

88*

Commonwealth National GC

249

Brian Fischer

87

Jonathan Liu

86*

Robert Firth, Jr.

79*

Sean Ebert

84*

Rolling Green GC

253

Matthew Bastian, Jr.

82*

Alex Dupre

85*

Quinn Dolan

86*

Ryan Brennan

97

Aronimink GC

271

Ryan Bowman

98*

Jack McAleese

90*

Mac Walsh

83*

Makefield Highlands GC

283

Colin Connor

91*

Drew Petri

100*

Eric Studer

92*

* - score counted toward team total

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