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Jalen Griffin directs his birdie into the jar on No. 17 (par 3, 163 yards).

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Talamore’s Griffin grabs Junior Boys’ medal, sets scoring record

  RINGOES, N.J. — If a Golf Association of Philadelphia scoring record needs to remain intact, then it shouldn’t be placed within Jalen Griffin’s crosshairs. The Talamore Country Club youngster is likely to shatter it, as evident by his performance Tuesday in the qualifying round of the 99th Junior Boys’ Championship at a serene The Ridge at Back Brook (par 72, 6,358 yards). Less than a year removed from a record-setting victory in The Christman Cup (a 7-under-par 133), Griffin set another scoring benchmark, carding a 5-under-par 67 to earn medalist honors.

  His score, in relation to par, breaks Kevin Melnick, Jr. of Plymouth Country Club’s mark of 67, set at Cavaliers Country Club, a par 71, in 2007.

  “That’s absolutely amazing,” a jubilant Griffin, 17, of Ambler, Pa., said. “I’m definitely getting my game back. Hopefully someone can beat me in the next few years. Not to sound cocky, but I guess I’m giving someone a number to go after.”

  Griffin will occupy the No. 2 seed when match play begins tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. Fox Hill Country Club’s Mariano Medico is seeded No. 1 because he is returning as the tournament’s defending champion. Medico, 17, of Shavertown, Pa., filed a 5-over-par 77 Tuesday.

  Griffin’s effort came as a slight surprise, given his wobbly golf game as of late. In last week’s Amateur Championship Qualifier, Griffin posted a resonate 163-total and failed to advance into match play. The incoming Wissahickon High School senior completed his final exams three days ago (“That was a big stress reliever I guess,” he said), purchased a new putter and, with the academic year in the books, dedicated more time to the practice range. The new flatstick is clearly working wonders; Griffin tallied 25 putts on receptive surfaces en route to the Junior Boys’ medal.

  “The greens are unbelievably perfect. Everything runs so true,” he said. “I really hit my lines today.”

  Short in stature yet tall in talent, Griffin, who represented GAP in the 2012 Williamson Cup, played The Ridge at Back Brook’s par 5s in 4 under. He executed a 20-yard pitch shot that caught the downslope and stopped two feet from the No. 5 (515 yards) cup. With 80 yards to the No. 7 (550 yards) flagstick, he left a lob wedge 25 feet above the hole and canned the 12-inch breaker. Griffin faced an identical yardage on No. 14 (517 yards), used the same club for his approach and swept in a five-footer. After nearly reaching the 512-yard 11th hole with a 3-wood from 243 yards, Griffin utilized the unbridled terrain by hitting a flop shot that settled five feet from the jar.

  “My short game was unbelievable today. I hit everything exactly where I wanted,” he said. “I put myself in 80 yards a lot today. I was hitting lob wedge dead perfect.”

  Griffin didn’t leave the par 4s and 3s unscathed, either. He hit a pitching wedge 140 yards to 15 feet for birdie on the No. 4 (par 4, 380 yards). And on the par 3, 163-yard 17th hole, Griffin stopped a 9-iron nine feet left of the flagstick and sunk a downhill left-to-right slider that dropped in the heart. His lone blemish occurred on the challenging No. 9 (par 4, 370 yards). After knocking a wedge from 55 yards to 35 feet above the hole, Griffin proceeded to three-putt.

  “I’m not a big scoreboard watcher, but I was trying to see who was on it,” he said. “I guess I wasn’t focused on putting much there.”

  All are now bound to watch Griffin’s name on the scoreboard.

  To secure the medalist’s scoring record, Griffin needed to rely on the power he felt in the aforementioned 80-yard hot zone. He launched a downhill 6-iron from 203 yards into an environmentally sensitive area, took a drop and stopped, you guessed it, a lob wedge three feet from the hole location.

  Griffin’s company Tuesday also factored into his 5 under score. He played alongside Makefield Highlands Golf Club’s Reilly Erhardt, Merchantville Country Club’s Connor Goodrich and Riverton Country Club’s Kevin Kramarski. The foursome posted a combined 3 under.

  Schedule conflicts prevented Griffin from previously competing in the Junior Boys’ Championship. Now, he looks forward to his match play debut.

  “Hopefully, I won’t put too much pressure on myself,” Griffin said. “Instead of looking at scoreboards, I’ll know where I am in the match.”

  Griffin will face Phoenixville Country Club’s Kyle Allan, who emerged from a seven-for-three sudden-death playoff to advance. The cut line for the Championship flight stopped at 76 by day’s end.

  NOTES—Play was suspended for an hour and five minutes due to lightning in the area … Erhardt, the 2011 Junior Player of the Year, and Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Cole Berman, the reigning Junior POY and Harry Hammond Award winner, both finished at 1 under to advance into match play … Riverton’s Matthew Ade, David Gall, Ben Litt and Kramarski won the Junior Team Championship. Counting three of four scores, the group carded a collective 222 to lead their home course to its first Junior Team title.

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Qualifiers

Championship Flight

Name, Club

Scores

Jalen Griffin, Talamore Country Club

67

Reilly Erhardt, Makefield Highlands Golf Course

71

Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club

71

Michael Massimino, The Ridge at Back Brook

72

Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club

72

Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72

Will Flood, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

72

Carey Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club

72

Matthew Ade, Riverton Country Club

74

Nick Cappetti, Burlington Country Club

75

Connor Goodrich, Merchantville Country Club

75

Nate Menon, LedgeRock Golf Club

75

*Liam Lafferty, Links Golf Club

76

*Kyle Allan, Phoenixville Country Club

76

*Jake Van Arkel, Merion Golf Club

76

First Flight

J.T. Twomey, Jericho National Golf Club

76

Ben Litt, Riverton Country Club

76

Stewart Rickenbach, Talamore Country Club

76

Alexander Dupre, Rolling Green Golf Club

76

JB Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club

77

#Mariano Medico, Fox Hill Country Club

77

Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club

77

Sam Gallen, Berkshire Country Club

77

Paul Mauer, Stonewall

77

Brian Todaro, Rolling Green Golf Club

78

R.J. Wren, Applecross Country Club

78

Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club

78

Evan Thornton, Berkshire Country Club

78

Ryan Bowman, Aronimink Golf Club

78

Drew Guarino, Burlington Country Club

78

Chase Makowski, Huntsville Golf Club

78

*Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club

79

Failed to qualify

Regan Erhardt, Makefield Highlands Golf Course

79

Joey Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club

79

Trey Croney, Overbrook Golf Club

79

Brock Kovach, Berkshire Country Club

79

Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford Country Club

79

Alex Willey, Burlington Country Club

79

Jack Fowler, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

80

Drew Petri, Jericho National Golf Club

80

Steven Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

80

Luke McKeogh, Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

Justin Elwell, Running Deer Golf Club

80

Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

80

Jay Losty, Merion Golf Club

80

John Concannon, Concord Country Club

80

Christopher Chizauskie, Concord Country Club

80

Nat Gallen, Berkshire Country Club

80

John Buliga, Yardley Country Club

81

Connor Sharp, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

81

Joseph Markmann, Talamore Country Club

81

Nick Calabrese, Edgmont Country Club

81

Forrest Swisher, Jericho National Golf Club

82

Brad Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook

82

Daniel Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

82

Robert Newhouse, The Ridge at Back Brook

82

Robert Firth, Jr, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

82

Blaine Lafferty, Links Golf Club

83

Austin Bailey, The Ridge at Back Brook

83

D.J. Quinn, Links Golf Club

83

Peter Dissinger, Merion Golf Club

83

Brandon Raihl, Heidelberg Country Club

83

Griffin Colvin, Concord Country Club

83

Gregory Szrom, GAP Junior Players Club

83

Joseph Rueter, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

84

Quinn Dolan, Rolling Green Golf Club

84

Leo Massimino, The Ridge at Back Brook

85

Jake Fitts, Talamore Country Club

85

Daniel Yahr, Talamore Country Club

85

Jeff St. Amour, Llanerch Country Club

85

Luca Jezzeny, The Bucks Club

85

Phillip Held, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

85

Carlos Fullerton, Brookside C.C. of Allentown

85

Austin Bond, Seaview Resort & Spa

85

Jordan Yahr, Talamore Country Club

86

Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

86

Jack McAleese, Aronimink Golf Club

86

David Gall, Riverton Country Club

87

Lukas Clark, Jericho National Golf Club

87

Jack Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

87

Ryan Conner, Jericho National Golf Club

88

Jake Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

88

Troy Thierolf, The Bucks Club

88

David Pontari, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

88

Connor Jones, Tavistock Country Club

88

Jack St. Amour, Llanerch Country Club

89

Patrick Clearkin, Old York Road Country Club

89

Blake Kurtzman, Bala Golf Club

89

Austin Gobbo, Sea Oaks Golf Club

89

Cameron Cathcart, The Ridge at Back Brook

90

Max Siegfried, Philadelphia Country Club

90

Patrick McGrath, GAP Junior Players Club

90

Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club

91

Hank Kaufmann, Yardley Country Club

91

Matt Grubb, Overbrook Golf Club

91

Cabot Asplundh, The Ridge at Back Brook

95

Michael Barychewsky, Yardley Country Club

95

Rich Antonio, GAP Junior Players Club

95

Zack Burd, Burlington Country Club

96

Harrison Moon, St. Davids Golf Club

96

Liam Hanna, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

98

Ryan Brennan, Rolling Green Golf Club

99

Max Harrington, Brookside C.C. of Allentown

99

Timothy Wolak, Saucon Valley Country Club

WD

Trey Swanson, Penn Oaks Golf Club

WD

Hugh Farris, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

WD

* - advanced in playoff; # - defending champion

WD - withdrawal

Junior Team Championship results

Team

Scores

Riverton Country Club

222

Matthew Ade

74*

David Gall

87

Kevin Kramarski

72*

Ben Litt

76*

Talamore Country Club

224

Jake Fitts

85

Jalen Griffin

67*

Joseph Markmann

81*

Stewart Rickenbach

76*

Burlington Country Club

232

Zack Burd

96

Nick Cappetti

75*

Drew Guarino

78*

Alex Willey

79*

Merion Golf Club

233

JB Bradbeer

77*

Peter Dissinger

83

Jay Losty

80*

Jake Van Arkel

76*

Rolling Green Golf Club

233

Matthew Bastian, Jr.

79*

Quinn Dolan

84

Alexander Dupre

76*

Brian Todaro

78*

Berkshire Country Club

234

Sam Gallen

77*

Evan Thornton

78*

Brock Kovach

79*

Nat Gallen

80

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

236

Jake Fazio

88

Liam McGrath

80*

Jack Quirk

72*

Joseph Rueter, Jr.

84*

The Ridge at Back Brook

236

Michael Massimino

72*

Brad Ebersole

82*

Leo Massimino

85

Robert Newhouse

82*

Jericho National Golf Club

238

Drew Petri

80*

Forrest Swisher

82*

J.T. Twomey

76*

Ryan Conner

88

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

242

Daniel Altieri

82*

Steven Altieri

80*

Jack Fowler

80*

Links Golf Club

242

Blaine Lafferty

83*

Liam Lafferty

76*

D.J. Quinn

83*

Concord Country Club

243

Christopher Chizauskie

80*

Griffin Colvin

83*

John Concannon

80*

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

255

Chris Binet

82*

Phillip Held, Jr.

85*

David Pontari

88*

Yardley Country Club

267

Michael Barychewsky

95*

John Buliga

81*

Hank Kaufmann

91*

* - score counted toward total

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