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June 22, 2015

J.T. Barker of Saucon Valley Country Club watches his birdie attempt on No. 15 (par 5, 541 yards).

Saucon Valley’s Barker bites into 101st Junior Boys’ medal

  TELFORD, Pa. — Senior Week is typically “a last hurrah” for students as they prepare to part ways and follow different life paths. For J.T. Barker, it provided much-needed downtime from golf.

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  The Saucon Valley Country Club member returned from an Ocean City, Md. getaway ready and refocused for the 101st Junior Boys’ Championship at Indian Valley Country Club (par 72, 6,443 yards) Monday. Barker carded a 2-under-par 70 to earn medalist honors in the event’s stroke play qualifier.

  The cut line stopped at 76. Barker will face Dawson Anders of the host club, who emerged from a seven-for-one sudden-death playoff to seize the final spot in the Championship Flight. Match play begins at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow.

  “This is great for me,” Barker, 18, of Bethlehem, Pa., said. “Coming in, I wasn’t playing well. I tried to qualify for the [Pennsylvania Golf Association] Amateur and shot 78 and missed [the cut] by four. Then I took a week off and didn’t touch a club. I think I needed a break.”

  Playing in his first Junior Boys’ Championship, Barker, a recent Bethlehem Catholic High School graduate, broke onto the scene with a pair of frontside eagles. After decimating a drive into the left rough on the downhill, dogleg left No. 3 par 5, 490 yards), Barker drilled a 6-iron 190 yards to 10 feet below the flagstick. He hammered a 3-wood 252 yards to the green’s front edge on No. 8 (par 5, 492 yards) and converted a 25-footer for his second eagle of the day.

  “I had to come up over the false front and I just made it right in the middle. It was good,” Barker, who will take classes at Northampton Community College in the fall, said of the putt.

  His putter proved temperamental, though. Barker missed a tap-in for par on No. 2 (par 4, 428 yards). Three-putt bogeys on Nos. 4 (par 3, 141 yards), 7 (par 4, 392 yards) and 10 (par 4, 357 yards) made Barker’s dual circles (eagles) seem like flukes. But the flatstick behaved in a big way on the par 4, 357-yard 14th hole. Barker lifted a gap wedge 105 yards to 45 feet below a back right hole location. He played the ensuing birdie putt two cups out and marveled as it dropped.

  “I didn’t think I played it high enough in the beginning. I thought it was going to break off and it just stayed right there in the middle of the cup,” Barker said.

  A bogey on the par 3, 146-yard 16th hole thanks to a pulled 6-iron knocked Barker back to even. He charged into the medalist’s circle by closing with consecutive birdies. Barker hit a pitching wedge 155 yards to seven feet on No. 17 (par 4, 383 yards), a sand wedge 105 yards to eight feet on No. 18 (par 4, 357 yards).

  Last summer marked Barker’s first full-fledged foray into competitive golf. He intends to increase his workload this year.

  “I’m trying to get a résumé up and play in as many tournaments as I can,” Barker said. “I played in the [BMW GAP] Team Matches for Saucon Valley’s team this year. The GAP is awesome: good tournaments, good competition.”

  Spring Ford Country Club, represented by Connor Boham, John Foley, J.T. Spina and Drew Steinmetz, won the Junior Team Championship with a score of 227. 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. Nineteen teams from 15 clubs competed at Indian Valley. Huntingdon Valley Country Club holds the most titles with nine.

NOTES — At age 19, Mariano Medico of Fox Hill Country Club, the tournament’s defending champion, is no longer eligible for the event. Applecross Country Club’s Cole McCook, runner-up a year ago, advanced into match play in the Championship Flight with a score of 74 … the host club was well-represented Monday. Six players who hail from Indian Valley competed Monday … Roland Massimino of Jericho National Golf Club is the lone former champion in the field. He qualified as the No. 3 seed in the Championship Flight.

  The Junior Boys’ Championship is the premier Major in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Junior Division. Now in its 101st year, it is open to GAP Member Club golfers aged 14-18 who have not started their college education and who hold a handicap index of 14.4 or lower. Sixteen players qualify for match play; an additional 16 advancing into the event’s First Flight.

  The Junior Boys’ Champion is awarded the Peg Burnett Trophy, named in honor of the Association’s Executive Secretary from 1951-76. Mrs. Burnett was an ardent Junior golf supporter who emphasized sportsmanship and respect for the game. “I was very strict about checking the rule book. I didn’t make the rules, but since they are there, you have to abide by them.”

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Qualifiers

Championship Flight

Name, club

Score

J.T. Barker, Saucon Valley Country Club

70

Kyle Vance, GAP Junior Players Club

71

Roland Massimino, Jericho National Golf Club

72

Cole Berger, White Manor Country Club

74

Cole McCook, Applecross Country Club

74

Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford Country Club

74

Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club

74

Jack Melville, Lu Lu Country Club

75

Jacob Hanzel, Running Deer Golf Club

75

John Foley, Spring Ford Country Club

75

J.T. Spina, Spring Ford Country Club

75

Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club

75

R.J. Wren, Applecross Country Club

75

Robert Welsh, Spring Mill Country Club

75

Ron Robinson, Talamore Country Club

75

*Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club

76

 

First Flight

Name, club

Score

*Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

*Andrew Lombardo, Talamore Country Club

76

*Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

*Nat Gallen, Berkshire Country Club

76

*Nicholas Gianelos, Radley Run Country Club

76

*Trey Croney, Overbrook Golf Club

76

*Adam Lowe, Indian Valley Country Club

77

*Alex Butler, Meadowlands Country Club

77

*Billy Civitella, Radnor Valley Country Club

77

*Connor Boham, Spring Ford Country Club

77

*Daniel Rieger, Sunnybrook Golf Club

77

*David Kim, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

*Erik Reisner, Philadelphia Publinks GA

77

*Greg Welsh, Talamore Country Club

77

*Jake Calamaro, Rolling Green Golf Club

77

*Nicky Marrollo, Whitford Country Club

77

 

Failed to qualify

*Matt Keim, Brookside Country Club

77

Andrew Simpson, Indian Valley Country Club

78

Ben Litt, Riverton Country Club

78

Christopher Cerminaro, Glenmaura National Golf Club

78

Geoffrey Rice, Applecross Country Club

78

Hayden Moffat, Talamore Country Club

78

Jon Nolan Perry, Waynesborough Country Club

78

Luca Jezzeny, The Bucks Club

78

Lukas Clark, Jericho National Golf Club

78

Marco Nieto, Glenmaura National Golf Club

78

Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club

78

Michael Limongelli, Phoenixville Country Club

78

Noah Harrington, Cedarbrook Country Club

78

Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

Dan Dougherty, DuPont Country Club

79

John Updike, Aronimink Golf Club

79

Quinn Dolan, Rolling Green Golf Club

79

Wills Montgomery, Whitford Country Club

79

Ben Wiseman, The Bucks Club

80

Brian Zinman, Saucon Valley Country Club

80

Daniel Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

80

Drew Petri, Jericho National Golf Club

80

Forrest Swisher, Jericho National Golf Club

80

Jack Henderson, Gulph Mills Golf Club

80

Luke Sliwowski, Running Deer Golf Club

80

Ronald Yanoski, III, Glen Oak Country Club

80

Blake Vogdes, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

81

Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

Eric Carlidge, North Hills Country Club

81

Frankie Brigidi, Philadelphia Cricket Club

81

Hugh Farris, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

Logan Fuglestad, Jericho National Golf Club

81

Matthew Cleary, Wilmington Country Club

81

Sean O'Sullivan, Riverton Country Club

81

Troy Thierolf, Commonwealth National Golf Club

81

Bobby Beck, Lehigh Country Club

82

Cory Hunter, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

Michael Burns, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

82

Michael Reed-Price, Sunnybrook Golf Club

82

Michael Zeng, Applecross Country Club

82

Nathan Hess, Indian Valley Country Club

82

Otis Baker, Gulph Mills Golf Club

82

Ryan Bree, Fieldstone Golf Club

82

Andrew Wallace, Meadowlands Country Club

83

D.J. Colleran, Overbrook Golf Club

83

Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

83

Griffin Smith, Jericho National Golf Club

83

Jake Sitzler, Burlington Country Club

83

Marc Groenhuysen, Radley Run Country Club

83

Matthew Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

83

Seamus Gibbons, Talamore Country Club

83

Billy Matthews, North Hills Country Club

84

Daniel Yahr, Talamore Country Club

84

Davis Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club

84

Mac Costin, Merion Golf Club

84

Ryan O'Neill, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park

84

Ryan Zinsky, Burlington Country Club

84

Shravann Raja, Laurel Creek Country Club

84

Thomas Clements, Cedarbrook Country Club

84

Brad Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook

85

Cooper Kronenberger, Penn Oaks Golf Club

85

Greg Shiffer, Riverton Country Club

85

Jake Fitts, Talamore Country Club

85

Jake Niedosik, Blue Bell Country Club

85

Joseph Kim, Commonwealth National Golf Club

85

Joshua Elder, Riverton Country Club

85

Joshua Madarang, Applecross Country Club

85

Marty McGuckin, White Manor Country Club

85

Matt Civitella, Waynesborough Country Club

85

Max Harrington, Brookside CC of Allentown

85

Ryan Conner, Jericho National Golf Club

85

Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

86

Jake Wiley, Indian Valley Country Club

86

Timothy Jones, Riverton Country Club

86

Archie Filshill, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

87

Brandon Jensen, Sandy Run Country Club

87

Clay Asplundh, The Ridge at Back Brook

87

Ryan Brennan, Rolling Green Golf Club

87

Daniel Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

88

Francis McVeigh, III, Llanerch Country Club

88

Matt Graeff, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

88

Michael Barychewsky, Spring Mill Country Club

88

Oliver Hanley, LedgeRock Golf Club

88

Philip James, Cedarbrook Country Club

88

Vince Burke, LedgeRock Golf Club

88

Billy Edwards, Running Deer Golf Club

89

John Buliga, Yardley Country Club

89

Jordan Yahr, Talamore Country Club

89

Kyle Kellenbenz, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

89

Ryan Conners, Whitford Country Club

89

Donald Holton, Indian Valley Country Club

91

Jack Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

91

Matthew Becker, Commonwealth National Golf Club

91

Gavin Sims, Overbrook Golf Club

92

Conner Krzaczyk, Lookaway Golf Club

93

Jake Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

93

Drew Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club

95

Phillip Held, Jr., Blue Bell Country Club

95

Michael O'Neill, III, Overbrook Golf Club

97

Matthew Brennan, Rolling Green Golf Club

103

Brandon Cassidy, Commonwealth National Golf Club

104

Cole White, Indian Valley Country Club

NS

Finn McGarry, Tavistock Country Club

NS

Home Miller, Overbrook Golf Club

WD

Jacob Klaus, Tavistock Country Club

WD

Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club

WD

 

*-determined in playoff

NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

 

The Junior Team Championship runs concurrently with the Junior Boys’ Championship Qualifier. The low three of four team scores are used.

Junior Team Championship

Team

Total

Spring Ford Country Club

227

John Foley

75*

J.T. Spina

75*

Connor Boham

77*

Drew Steinmetz

95

 

Jericho National Golf Club

230

Roland Massimino

72*

Drew Petri

80*

Lukas Clark

78*

Logan Fuglestad

81

 

Whitford Country Club

230

Kevin Conners, Jr.

74*

Wills Montgomery

79*

Nicky Marrollo

77*

Ryan Conners

89

 

Applecross Country Club

231

Joshua Madarang

85

Cole McCook

74*

R.J. Wren

75*

Michael Zeng

82*

 

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

231

Jack Quirk

76*

Brian Isztwan

79*

Jake Fazio

93

Conor McGrath

76*

 

Aronimink Golf Club

232

Matthew Davis

78*

Max Siegfried

75*

John Updike

79*

 

Talamore Country Club

234

Ron Robinson

75*

Andrew Lombardo

76*

Jake Fitts

85

Seamus Gibbons

83*

 

Indian Valley Country Club

236

Cole White

NS

Andrew Simpson

78*

Dawson Anders

76*

Nathan Hess

82*

 

Talamore Country Club (2)

239

Greg Welsh

77*

Daniel Yahr

84*

Jordan Yahr

89

Hayden Moffat

78*

 

Commonwealth National Golf Club

243

Matthew Becker

91

David Kim

77*

Joseph Kim

85*

Troy Thierolf

81*

 

Rolling Green Golf Club

243

Quinn Dolan

79*

Jake Calamaro

77*

Ryan Brennan

87*

Matthew Brennan

103

 

Riverton Country Club

244

Ben Litt

78*

Greg Shiffer

85*

Timothy Jones

86

Sean O'Sullivan

81*

 

Running Deer Golf Club

244

Jacob Hanzel

75*

Luke Sliwowski

80*

Billy Edwards

89*

 

Jericho National Golf Club (2)

248

Griffin Smith

83*

Ryan Conner

85*

Forrest Swisher

80*

 

Huntingdon Valley Country Club (2)

249

Brent Schoeller

81*

Hugh Farris

81*

Archie Filshill, Jr.

87*

Daniel Galbreath

88

 

Cedarbrook Country Club

250

Thomas Clements

84*

Noah Harrington

78*

Philip James

88*

 

Overbrook Golf Club

250

Trey Croney

76*

Michael Burns, Jr.

82*

Home Miller

WD

Gavin Sims

92*

 

LedgeRock Golf Club

252

Nat Gallen

76*

Oliver Hanley

88*

Vince Burke

88*

Indian Valley Country Club (2)

254

Donald Holton

91*

Adam Lowe

77*

Jake Wiley

86*

 

*-counted toward team total

NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

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