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June 29, 2016

Nicholas Gianelos visualizes his next shot on No. 18 (par 4, 380 yards) tee.

Radley Run’s Gianelos grabs Junior Boys’ medal, breaks record

  HADDONFIELD, N.J. — A triple bogey is a tough way to start a tournament. Ten birdies thereafter are an unbelievable way to recover.

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  Radley Run Country Club’s Nicholas Gianelos experienced that wild scenario Wednesday during the 102nd Junior Boys’ Championship Qualifier at Tavistock Country Club (par 72, 6,346 yards). He carded a 7-under-par 65 to top the field of 142. Gianelos broke the event’s scoring record, in relation to par, of 67 — a mark set in 2013 by Talamore Country Club’s Jalen Griffin.

  The rising Unionville High School junior will face No. 16 seed Griffin Smith of Jericho National Golf Club in the Championship Flight. Match play begins at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow.

  “After starting off with a triple (bogey), I was like, ‘Forget it and see what happens,’” Gianelos, 16, of West Chester, Pa., said. “I got a practice round in here before, so I learned the greens very well. That helped greatly, knowing how to play the slopes.”

  After striping a “perfect drive” on No. 1 (par 4, 326 yards), Gianelos thinned a 75-yard wedge shot into a bed of mulch behind the green. A chunk here, a smack there and a 7 on the scorecard.

  “My mindset was just to forget. I know that I’m good enough to keep on playing and get strokes back,” he said.

  Gianelos proved it.

  On the par 5, 533-yard No. 2, he knocked a wedge 97 yards to 15 feet for birdie. He stuffed a pitching wedge to a foot on No. 4 (par 3, 142 yards). A “make the cut” round soon became an unforgettable round. Gianelos, a visual player who models his pre-shot routine after Jason Day, rattled off four consecutive birdies to flip his scorecard. Knowing the behavior of Tavistock’s green complexes, he played a 4-iron off the No. 8 (par 3, 190 yards) slope and watched it drift to two feet. On No. 9 (par 4, 340 yards), he choked down on a pitching wedge from 132 yards and dropped a five-footer. A “mediocre, three-quarter 60-degree wedge” shot from 85 yards on the par 4, 432-yard 10th hole stranded Gianelos 20 feet from a front-center hole location. He promptly returned to birdie shore. Gianelos lifted a pitching wedge from 123 yards to 25 feet and converted a left-to-right bender.

  “In between Nos. 9 and 10, I felt like I could pull this round together after a bad start,” he said.

  Gianelos pulled together and pushed himself into the GAP history books. A flurry finish awed his groupmates and set the scoring area abuzz. Gianelos stopped a 110-yard wedge at two feet on No. 15 (par 5, 508 yards). He accounted for the slope on No. 16 (par 3, 168 yards), aimed a 6-iron right and sunk a slippery five-footer for birdie. Gianelos nearly holed out for eagle on the next hole (par 5, 487 yards), landing a 60-yard wedge below the hole location and letting it trickle into tap-in territory. On the par 4, 380-yard 18th hole, he safely launched a 9-iron from 125 yards to 25 feet right of the flagstick. Next came a smile and a fist bump.

  “The putt broke about seven feet. It felt good to make that one,” Gianelos said.

  “That was ridiculous. The way he was putting today, you knew it was going in,” playing partner Ron Robinson said. “We were both making a lot of birdies. It was really fun for the both of us.”

  Robinson, a Commonwealth National Golf Club member, carded a 3-under-par 69. He is seeded No. 3.

  Gianelos’ 65 marked his best competitive round, in relation to par. He didn’t realize it broke a scoring record.

  “That’s pretty cool. It feels great,” he said. “Today was pretty perfect. No complaints.”

  Gianelos made his Junior Boys’ Championship debut a year ago. He was a victim in a seven-for-one playoff for the Championship Flight, but went on to capture the First Flight title.

  “That whole tournament gave me a lot of confidence because, like this year, it had a lot of good players in it. I know that I can compete with everyone,” Gianelos said.

  Without a doubt.

  Huntingdon Valley Country Club, represented by Conor McGrath, D.J. Pinciotti, III and Brent Schoeller, took the Junior Team Championship with a score of 229. It tied Whitford Country Club, but the addition of a fourth score served as the method by which the deadlock was broken. 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. Huntingdon Valley Country Club holds the most titles with 10.

NOTES — Kyle Vance of the GAP Junior Players Club, the tournament’s defending champion, didn’t compete Wednesday … Tavistock’s own Doug Ergood is the lone home-club representative in the Championship flight. He carded a 1-under-par 71 to advance … DuPont Country Club’s Danny Dougherty, Rolling Green Golf Club’s Joseph Dougherty and Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Justin Dougherty played in the same group. Although they share the same last name, no relation.

  The Junior Boys’ Championship is the premier Major in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Junior Division. 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. Ms. 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

Nicholas Gianelos, Radley Run Country Club

65

Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club

69

Ron Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

69

Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club

71

Doug Ergood, Tavistock Country Club

71

Billy Civitella, Radnor Valley Country Club

73

David Hurly, White Manor Country Club

73

Andreas Aivazoglou, Rolling Green Golf Club

74

Andrew Lombardo, Indian Valley Country Club

74

Billy Matthews, North Hills Country Club

74

Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74

Cory Haldeman, Saucon Valley Country Club

74

David Colleran, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

74

Griffin Smith, Jericho National Golf Club

74

Marty McGuckin, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

74

Ryan Conners, Whitford Country Club

74

First Flight

Akhil Giri, Laurel Creek Country Club

75

Danny Dougherty, DuPont Country Club

75

Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club

75

Ryan Tall, Spring Ford Country Club

75

Samuel Walker, St. Davids Golf Club

75

Zachary Barbin, GAP Junior Players Club

75

Andrew Ring, Meadowlands Country Club

76

Hayden Rousselle, Lookaway Golf Club

76

John Updike, Aronimink Golf Club

76

Ryan Bree, Fieldstone Golf Club

76

William Mitchell, Laurel Creek Country Club

76

*Anthony Barr, Blue Bell Country Club

77

*Caleb Ryan, GAP Junior Players Club

77

*D.J. Pinciotti, III, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

*Max Harrington, Moselem Springs Golf Club

77

*Wills Montgomery, Whitford Country Club

77

Failed to qualify

Ben Wiseman, The Bucks Club

77

Davis Flannery, Overbrook Golf Club

77

Alex Mulrooney, DuPont Country Club

78

Austin Barbin, GAP Junior Players Club

78

Brendan Hansen, Metedeconk National Golf Club

78

Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

Dante DiStefano, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

David Kim, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

Greg DeLuca, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

78

Jack Melville, Lu Lu Country Club

78

Jack Mitchell, V, Waynesborough Country Club

78

Joe Delfranco, McCall Golf & Country Club

78

Kyle Quagliero, Medford Lakes Country Club

78

Lukas Clark, Jericho National Golf Club

78

Matt Graeff, Cedarbrook Country Club

78

Nicky Marrollo, Whitford Country Club

78

Philip James, Cedarbrook Country Club

78

Brandon Jensen, Philadelphia Cricket Club

79

Brian Aslanian, Galloway National Golf Club

79

Case Hummer, Aronimink Golf Club

79

Jake Sitzler, Burlington Country Club

79

Joseph Dougherty, Rolling Green Golf Club

79

Kevin Smith, The Springhaven Club

79

Nick Maff, Northampton Country Club

79

Noah Harrington, Cedarbrook Country Club

79

Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club

79

Stephen Lorenzo, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

79

William Foxman, Gulph Mills Golf Club

79

Andrew Desjardins, Waynesborough Country Club

80

Greg Welsh, Talamore Country Club

80

Jacob Hanzel, Running Deer Golf Club

80

Jon Nolan Perry, Waynesborough Country Club

80

Joseph Morganti, Llanerch Country Club

80

Mathew Becker, Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

Matthew McGettigan, Sandy Run Country Club

80

Pat Donaldson, Tavistock Country Club

80

Ronald Yanoski, III, Glen Oak Country Club

80

Clay Asplundh, The Ridge at Back Brook

81

Dylan Audi, LedgeRock Golf Club

81

Eric Carlidge, North Hills Country Club

81

Evan Brown, Hartefeld National

81

Evan McNally, Medford Lakes Country Club

81

Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

Shane Nocito, Philmont Country Club

81

Andrew Kotler, Cherry Valley Country Club

82

Bobby Beck, Lehigh Country Club

82

Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

82

Cooper Kronenberger, Penn Oaks Golf Club

82

Gavin Sims, Overbrook Golf Club

82

Hunter Eife, Merchantville Country Club

82

Joel Hark, Woodcrest Country Club

82

Kevin Scherr, GAP Junior Players Club

82

Matthew Rizzo, Sea Oaks Golf Club

82

Nick Kuhn, Blue Bell Country Club

82

Thomas Dzwonczyk, Country Club of Scranton

82

Buddy Hansen, IV, Blue Bell Country Club

83

Daniel Rieger, Sunnybrook Golf Club

83

Finnian McGarry, Tavistock Country Club

83

Gunnar Gale, Plymouth Country Club

83

Jacob Zeng, Applecross Country Club

83

Jake McCloskey, Radley Run Country Club

83

Kevin Caverly, Brookside CC of Allentown

83

Noah Schwartz, Woodcrest Country Club

83

Rahil Patel, Woodcrest Country Club

83

Vince Burke, LedgeRock Golf Club

83

Hayden Moffat, Talamore Country Club

84

Mac Costin, Merion Golf Club

84

Matthew Davis, The Bucks Club

84

Matthew Law, Yardley Country Club

84

Parker Wine, Radley Run Country Club

84

Shravann Raja, Laurel Creek Country Club

84

Alex Cook, Waynesborough Country Club

85

Dylan Willey, Burlington Country Club

85

Matthew Acker, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

85

Michael Zeng, Applecross Country Club

85

Andrew Curran, Overbrook Golf Club

86

Archie Filshill, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

86

Blake Stephano, Aronimink Golf Club

86

Christian Rossi, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg

86

J.T. Spina, Spring Ford Country Club

86

Kyle Kellenbenz, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

86

Matt Marino, Waynesborough Country Club

86

Alec Stern, Green Valley Country Club

87

Daniel Bastian, Rolling Green Golf Club

87

Jack Martinides, Trenton Country Club

87

John Cooper, Blue Bell Country Club

87

Joshua Elder, Riverton Country Club

87

Justin Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club

87

Pat Muth, West Chester Golf & Country Club

87

Timothy Jones, Riverton Country Club

87

Christohper Dalessandro, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club

88

Andrew Gallagher, Laurel Creek Country Club

89

Daniel Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

89

Jack Daley, Blue Bell Country Club

89

Justin Hershey, Applebrook Golf Club

89

Matt Barkann, White Manor Country Club

89

Seamus Gibbons, Sandy Run Country Club

89

Trevor Paolone, Overbrook Golf Club

89

Zak Summy, Applebrook Golf Club

89

Tyler Roland, Overbrook Golf Club

90

Harrison Fellheimer, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

91

Jake Butler, Green Valley Country Club

91

Nicholas Wert, Merion Golf Club

91

Charlie Shallow, Medford Village Country Club

94

Hayden Greer, Laurel Creek Country Club

94

Jack Burton, Overbrook Golf Club

94

Joseph Polidoro, GAP Junior Players Club

97

Forrest Swisher, Jericho National Golf Club

NS

Sean O'Sullivan, Riverton Country Club

WD

Thomas Coakley, GAP Junior Players Club

WD

* - advanced in playoff; NS - no show; WD - withdrawal

Junior Team Championship results

 

Team

Total

 

%Huntingdon Valley Country Club

229

 

Brent Schoeller

78*

 

Conor McGrath

74*

 

Brian Isztwan

82

 

D.J. Pinciotti, III

77*

 

 

Whitford Country Club

229

 

Ryan Conners

74*

 

Nicky Marrollo

78*

 

Wills Montgomery

77*

 

 

Aronimink Golf Club

230

 

Matthew Davis

75*

 

Case Hummer

79*

 

Blake Stephano

86

 

John Updike

76*

 

 

Radley Run Country Club

232

 

Nicholas Gianelos

65*

 

Jake McCloskey

83*

 

Parker Wine

84*

 

 

Talamore Country Club

233

 

Hayden Moffat

84*

 

Ron Robinson

69*

 

Greg Welsh

80*

 

 

Tavistock Country Club

234

 

Pat Donaldson

80*

 

Doug Ergood

71*

 

Finnian McGarry

83*

 

 

Cedarbrook Country Club

235

 

Matt Graeff

78*

 

Noah Harrington

79*

 

Philip James

78*

 

 

Laurel Creek Country Club

235

 

Akhil Giri

75*

 

Andrew Gallagher

89

 

William Mitchell

76*

 

Shravann Raja

84*

 

 

Commonwealth National Golf Club

236

 

Mathew Becker

80*

 

Dante DiStefano

78*

 

David Kim

78*

 

 

Overbrook Golf Club

237

 

David Colleran, Jr.

74*

 

Andrew Curran

86*

 

Davis Flannery

77*

 

Tyler Roland

90

 

 

Rolling Green Golf Club

240

 

Andreas Aivazoglou

74*

 

Daniel Bastian

87*

 

Joseph Dougherty

79*

 

 

Blue Bell Country Club

242

 

Anthony Barr

77*

 

Jack Daley

89

 

Buddy Hansen, IV

83*

 

Nick Kuhn

82*

 

 

Waynesborough Country Club

243

 

Alex Cook

85*

 

Matt Marino

86

 

Jack Mitchell, V

78*

 

Jon Nolan Perry

80*

 

 

Green Valley Country Club

247

 

Jake Butler

91*

 

Alec Stern

87*

 

Andrew Wallace

69*

 

 

Sandy Run Country Club

248

 

Seamus Gibbons

89*

 

Brandon Jensen

79*

 

Matthew McGettigan

80*

 

 

Woodcrest Country Club

248

 

Joel Hark

82*

 

Noah Schwartz

83*

 

Rahil Patel

83*

 

 

Huntingdon Valley Country Club 2

252

 

Frankie Gregor

81*

 

Daniel Galbreath

89

 

Archie Filshill, Jr.

86*

 

Matthew Acker

85*

 

 

Merion Golf Club

254

 

Peter Bradbeer

79*

 

Mac Costin

84*

 

Nicholas Wert

91*

 

 

Overbrook Golf Club 2

265

 

Jack Burton

94*

 

Trevor Paolone

89*

 

Gavin Sims

82*

 

 

* - counted toward team total

 

% - won via the addition of a fourth score

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