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June 24, 2014

Merchantville Country Club’s Connor Goodrich tees off No. 14 (par 3, 188 yards).

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Goodrich, Medico share medalist honors in Junior Boys’ Qualifier

  CINNAMINSON, N.J. — A rising star and a past champion shared the top seat in the 100th Junior Boys’ Championship Qualifier at a gorgeous Riverton Country Club (par 70, 6,257 yards) Monday. Merchantville Country Club’s Connor Goodrich, an imposing ball-striker who stands a stout 6’4”, and Fox Hill Country Club’s Mariano Medico, the event’s 2012 titleholder, carded respective 1-under-par 70s to share medalist honors in the 18-hole stroke play portion.

  Order of scorecard return determined seeding for match play, which begins tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. As a result, Goodrich, who played in the day’s second group, is the No. 1 seed, Medico No. 2.

  “I was battling a lot,” Goodrich, 17, of Woodbury, N.J., said. “Every time I would get a birdie, I would get a bogey. I would have to bounce back off of that. I started off confident. I felt like I was going to make a lot of putts because when I putted on the practice green, they were so smooth and perfect.”

  “I putted pretty well today. It was a solid day of golf,” Medico, 18, of Shavertown, Pa., said. “It’s crazy how bad my luck has been in these last couple tournaments. In the [Golf Association of Philadelphia] Amateur, I missed the cut by one because I had a two-shot penalty. I’ve just been getting a lot of weird things that have been happening. It’s good to get a couple good breaks and to start playing well. My game’s right where I want it to be.”

  In addition to posting identical scores, Goodrich and Medico both eagled the par 5, 484-yard No. 9. Goodrich chipped in after leaving a 3-iron just short of the putting surface. Medico smashed a 6-iron 195 yards to 10 feet and executed the downhill putt.

  “I had this weird stance, but I felt confident that I was going to put it pretty close,” Goodrich said of the chip-in. “It just hit perfect, ran out and dropped right in.”

  Goodrich, an incoming senior at Gloucester Catholic High School, also inked red on Nos. 5 (par 4, 352 yards), 12 (par 4, 414 yards) and 18 (par 4, 342 yards). He hit a 60-degree wedge 90 yards to 10 feet on No. 5; a 9-iron 145 yards to three feet on No. 12 and a 56-degree wedge 100 yards to 20 feet on No. 18. A missed green on No. 3 (par 4, 394 yards), courtesy of a 9-iron, and a three-putt from 30 feet on No. 7 (par 5, 510 yards) resulted in two outward bogeys. Riverton’s par 3s gave Goodrich fits heading in. He dumped a 9-iron into the back bunker on the 145-yard 11th and a 6-iron into the right greenside bunker on the 188-yard 14th, failing to get up-and-down for pars on each.

  An injury during last year’s stroke play qualifying round in the Junior Boys’ Championship sealed Goodrich’s match play fate. He fell to eventual champion Roland Massimino in the first round, citing an ailing spine.

  “I felt like last year was a difficult year,” Goodrich said. “After stroke play qualifying, I actually hurt my back really bad. I wasn’t really ready for the match with Michael.”

  Healthy and rejuvenated, Goodrich feels ready for his bout with Jack Henderson of Gulph Mills Golf Club, who upended Talamore Country Club’s Quinn Guzman in a sudden-death playoff for the final match play spot. Henderson, 17, of Wayne, Pa., advanced with a two-putt birdie on No. 17 (par 5, 470 yards), the second playoff hole.

  In Medico’s case, the 17th hole brewed outright medalist honors after the recent Holy Redeemer High School graduate painted the flagstick with a 6-iron from 195 yards. Medico left his 15-footer for eagle six inches in the heart. He carded a birdie on the previous hole (par 3, 150 yards), where he bumped an 8-iron to eight feet. Medico, who will attend Monmouth University in the fall, took a conservative approach on No. 18 and watched his 4-iron crept into the rough. He negotiated a flyer lie with a pitching wedge from 120 yards, but missed the green and registered a bogey. Misclubs on Nos. 6 (par 3, 205 yards) and 11 marked Medico’s other Monday miscues.

  Donald Ross designs gel with Medico’s game, and Riverton seemed to disperse plenty of good vibes.

  “It reminds me a lot of Torresdale-Frankford [Country Club, site of the 2012 Junior Boys’ Championship] two years ago,” Medico, a semifinalist in 2013, said. “It’s short with tricky greens so I really like that. It’s going to be a good test of golf tomorrow. Hopefully I play as well as I did today.”

  Applecross Country Club, represented by Joshua Madarang, Nicholas McCook, R.J. Wren and Paul Yun, won the Junior Team Championship with a 218 total. The Junior Team Championship runs concurrently with the 18-hole qualifier on the event’s first day. Teams consist of three or four players with the low three scores counting toward the final total.

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Qualifiers

Championship Flight

Name, club

Scores

Connor Goodrich, Merchantville Country Club

70

Mariano Medico, Fox Hill Country Club

70

Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club

71

Joshua Madarang, Applecross Country Club

71

Alex Butler, Blue Bell Country Club

72

Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72

Nicholas McCook, Applecross Country Club

72

Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club

72

Blaine Lafferty, Burlington Country Club

72

Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club

73

#Jalen Griffin, Talamore Country Club

73

Erik Reisner, Plymouth Country Club

73

Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club

73

Alex Willey, Burlington Country Club

73

Cody Fitzpatrick, Commonwealth National Golf Club

73

Brock Kovach, Berkshire Country Club

73

*Jack Henderson, Gulph Mills Golf Club

74

First Flight

Quinn Guzman, Talamore Country Club

74

Ben Litt, Riverton Country Club

75

Steve Cerbara, Yardley Country Club

75

Nicholas Cappetti, Burlington Country Club

75

Paul Yun, Applecross Country Club

75

Sawyer Wolfers, GAP Junior eClub

75

Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

75

Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club

75

Griffin Colvin, Concord Country Club

75

*Matthew Haddon, Riverton Country Club

76

*Jake Fitts, Talamore Country Club

76

*Gregory Szrom, GAP Junior eClub

76

*Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

*Michael Reed-Price, Sunnybrook Golf Club

76

*Jack Melville, Lu Lu Country Club

76

*Trey Swanson, Penn Oaks Golf Club

76

Failed to qualify

Jacob Klaus, Tavistock Country Club

76

Paul Mauer, Stonewall

76

Matthew Cleary, Wilmington Country Club

76

Daniel Rieger, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park

77

Mark Miller, Applecross Country Club

77

Thomas Fisher, Talamore Country Club

77

Benjamin Kotler, Squires Golf Club

77

R.J. Wren, Applecross Country Club

77

Drew Petri, Jericho National Golf Club

77

Jake Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

Matt Graeff, Cedarbrook Country Club

77

Ryan Bree, Fieldstone Golf Club

77

Lukas Clark, Jericho National Golf Club

78

Kyle Vance, GAP Junior eClub

78

Justin Elwell, Running Deer Golf Club

78

Frankie Brigidi, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78

Michael Barychewsky, Spring Mill Country Club

78

Logan Fuglestad, Jericho National Golf Club

78

Jake Sitzler, Burlington Country Club

78

Jack St. Amour, Llanerch Country Club

78

Evan Brown, Hartefeld National

78

Nick Calabrese, Edgmont Country Club

78

John Foley, Spring Ford Country Club

79

Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

Cole Swiger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club

79

Luca Jezzeny, The Bucks Club

79

Patrick Rafferty, Jr., Blue Bell Country Club

79

Owen Davis, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

Davis Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club

79

Brad Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook

80

Brandon Raihl, Heidelberg Country Club

80

Shravann Palaniswamy, Laurel Creek Country Club

80

Ryan Cleary, Wilmington Country Club

80

Richard Vanni, III, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

80

Tom Gravina, Aronimink Golf Club

81

Liam Hanna, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

81

Jack Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

81

Blake Vogdes, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

81

Greg Welsh, Talamore Country Club

81

Patrick Corcoran, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

81

Jeff St Amour, Llanerch Country Club

81

Patrick Boyle, Metedeconk National Golf Club

81

Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

81

Ross Pilliod, Heidelberg Country Club

81

Liam Lafferty, Burlington Country Club

81

Carlos Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown

82

Daniel Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

82

David Gall, Riverton Country Club

82

Michael Duffy, Saucon Valley Country Club

82

Phillip Held, Jr., Blue Bell Country Club

82

Chase Abeldt, Inniscrone Golf Club

82

Luke Nichols, Philadelphia Country Club

82

Wills Montgomery, Whitford Country Club

82

Ronald Yanoski, III, Glen Oak Country Club

82

Max Harrington, Brookside CC of Allentown

82

Evan Bechtel, Talamore Country Club

83

John Buliga, Yardley Country Club

83

Jon Nolan Perry, Waynesborough Country Club

83

Anthony VanDervort, Tavistock Country Club

83

Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

83

Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club

83

Trevor Loeb, Cherry Valley Country Club

83

Luke McKeogh, Commonwealth National Golf Club

83

Ryan Conner, Jericho National Golf Club

83

Hank Kaufmann, Yardley Country Club

83

Hugh Farris, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

84

Michael Burns, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

84

Ryan Bowman, Aronimink Golf Club

84

Forrest Swisher, Jericho National Golf Club

84

James Nabial, Cherry Valley Country Club

84

Hayden Rousselle, Lookaway Golf Club

84

Jake Wiley, Indian Valley Country Club

84

Ryan Brennan, Rolling Green Golf Club

85

Hunter Tollinger, Back Creek Golf Club

85

Eric Carlidge, North Hills Country Club

85

Andrew Gallagher, Laurel Creek Country Club

87

Blake Kurtzman, Bala Golf Club

87

Cory Hunter, Commonwealth National Golf Club

88

Nat Gallen, Berkshire Country Club

88

Archie Filshill, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

89

Jordan Yahr, Talamore Country Club

89

Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

89

Timothy Jones, Riverton Country Club

90

Francis McVeigh, III, Llanerch Country Club

90

Matthew Deacon, Llanerch Country Club

93

Trey Fallows, Laurel Creek Country Club

94

Michael Castaldi, Llanerch Country Club

95

Austin Bond, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club

95

Andrew Ring, Philmont Country Club

97

Daniel Yahr, Talamore Country Club

99

* - advanced in playoff; # - not participating in match play

Junior Team Championship results

Club

Total

Applecross Country Club

218

Nicholas McCook

72*

Joshua Madarang

71*

R.J. Wren

77

Paul Yun

75*

Burlington Country Club

220

Jake Sitzler

78

Alex Willey

73*

Nicholas Cappetti

75*

Blaine Lafferty

72*

Talamore Country Club

223

Thomas Fisher

77

Jalen Griffin

73*

Quinn Guzman

74*

Jake Fitts

76*

Riverton Country Club

224

Kevin Kramarski

73*

Ben Litt

75*

Matthew Haddon

76*

David Gall

82

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

225

Liam McGrath

76*

Jake Fazio

77*

Jack Quirk

72*

Brian Isztwan

79

Philadelphia Cricket Club

231

Cole Berman

72*

Frankie Brigidi

78*

Jack Hirsh

81*

Blue Bell Country Club

233

Alex Butler

72*

Patrick Rafferty, Jr.

79*

Phillip Held, Jr.

82*

Wilmington Country Club

235

Matthew Cleary

76*

Ryan Cleary

80*

Davis Mitchell

79*

Aronimink Golf Club

236

Max Siegfried

71*

Ryan Bowman

84*

Tom Gravina

81*

Jericho National Golf Club

238

Drew Petri

77*

Forrest Swisher

84

Ryan Conner

83*

Lukas Clark

78*

Commonwealth National Golf Club

244

Cody Fitzpatrick

73*

Cory Hunter

88*

Luke McKeogh

83*

Huntingdon Valley Country Club 2

246

Conor McGrath

83*

Hugh Farris

84*

Cole Swiger

79*

Brent Schoeller

89

Llanerch Country Club

249

Michael Castaldi

95

Francis McVeigh, III

90*

Jeff St Amour

81*

Jack St. Amour

78*

Laurel Creek Country Club

261

Andrew Gallagher

87*

Shravann Palaniswamy

80*

Trey Fallows

94*

Talamore Country Club 2

269

Greg Welsh

81*

Daniel Yahr

99*

Jordan Yahr

89*

* - score counted toward total

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