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June 19, 2018

Anthony Barr plays his third shot on No. 9 (par 5, 516 yards).

Raising the Barr: Blue Bell’s own tops 104th Junior Boys’ Qualifier

  BLUE BELL, Pa. — On the 17th hole, Anthony Barr plopped onto the ground and smiled at the sky for a moment. The golf gods gave once again, and shock — the good kind, that is — overtook the Blue Bell Country Club member.

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  Fortunate bounces, plus a sizzling putter, offered Barr plenty to smile about Tuesday. He carded a 4-under-par 67 to earn medalist honors in the 104th Junior Boys’ Championship Qualifier on his home course (par 71, 6,269 yards). The cut line stopped at 73.

  Barr, as a result of his performance, is the tournament’s No. 1 seed. He will face Spring Ford Country Club's Ryan Tall, fresh off a semifinal appearance in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship, when the Round of 16 begins tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. The quarterfinals will follow.

  “On the front nine, it felt like I couldn’t miss a putt. On the back nine, I got a lot of lucky breaks,” Barr, 18, of Harleysville, Pa., said. “It was a good day. I’ll take it for sure. Knowing I’m at my home course, it gave me a lot of confidence. I just wanted to see how low I could go. I knew I felt comfortable on the greens and had the reads.”

  All the reads … and the feels Tuesday. It started on No. 3 (par 3, 153 yards) when Barr buried an uphill 20-footer following a smooth 8-iron. Barr, playing in the morning, then assembled a trio of birdies to charge up the leaderboard. On No. 5 (par 4, 359 yards), he hit a 58-degree wedge 65 yards to four feet. Barr stopped an 8-iron at three feet on the par 3, 164-yard No. 6. After sending a 6-iron into the front left bunker on the next hole (par 5, 508 yards), he splashed out to six feet and cleaned up the ensuing birdie putt. The putter provided peace on mind in the form of pars otherwise.

  As for the fortuitous bounces and golf god gifts, look no further than the par 5, 516-yard No. 9, in addition to the aforementioned No. 17 (par 5, 484 yards). On the former, Barr swiftly swung a driver and consequently saw it drifting out-of-bounds right. He teed up a provisional, only to learn he didn’t need it. Barr’s drive careened off the cart path and remained in play. He walked away unscathed.

  “I got very lucky. I’ve hit that tee shot before in member play while never actually trying to do it. I blocked it right and got scared, but it worked out,” Barr said.

  As a member, Barr is keenly aware of Blue Bell’s demands: tee precision and strategic ball placement. With out-of-bounds right and hazard left, the 17th is no exception. Barr’s 3-wood breached the white stakes there. He played his third shot into the left rough and then hit a heavy pitching wedge from 170 yards. It hitched a ride on the downslope and settled eight feet from a front right hole location. Barr, who will attend McDaniel College in the fall, drained the par putt, sunk to his knees and laughed.

  “I just hit some bad shots, and I just got lucky on the outcomes,” he said.

  Sharing in the jovial spirts were playing partners Patrick Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley Country Club and Patrick Sheehan of Talamore Country Club. The two heaped praise and expressed their disbelief — in a good way — throughout the day.

  “It calms you down. You’re not really thinking about a lot of stuff because you’re talking the whole time,” Barr, the 2015 men’s champion at Blue Bell, said.

  Barr’s personal best at Blue Bell is a 65. He turned in his best Golf Association of Philadelphia finish Tuesday.

  “It feels really good to be able to put myself in a position I was hoping to be in. There’s a lot of work to be done tomorrow still,” Barr said.

  Woodcrest Country Club’s Noah Schwartz carded a 3-under-par 68 to finish a shot back. The incoming Cornell University freshman and recent Penn Charter graduate registered 16 greens in regulation and rarely faced a birdie opportunity outside of 20 feet.

  “I was just steady. My caddie [and friend Joel Hark] was a big help. I don’t think I would’ve come close to 68 without him,” Schwartz, 18, of Cherry Hill, N.J., said.

  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

Anthony Barr, Blue Bell Country Club

67

Noah Schwartz, Woodcrest Country Club

68

William Mirams, Shawnee Country Club

69

Andreas Aivazoglou, Rolling Green Golf Club

71

Austin Barbin, Junior Players Club

71

William Bennink, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

71

Kevin Smith, The Springhaven Club

71

Charlie Baker, Gulph Mills Golf Club

72

Andrew Curran, Philadelphia Cricket Club

72

Nicholas Gianelos, Radley Run Country Club

72

Nikita Romanov, Junior Players Club

72

Patrick Sheehan, Talamore Country Club

72

Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

73

Alex Seelig, Reading Country Club

73

Ryan Tall, Spring Ford Country Club

73

Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club

73

First Flight

Liam Hart, Spring Mill Country Club

74

Matthew Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club

74

Benjamin Pochet, Spring Ford Country Club

74

Jack Sullivan, The Shore Club

74

Sam Walker, St. Davids Golf Club

74

Ryan D'Ariano, Penn Oaks Golf Club

75

Greg DeLuca, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

75

Buddy Hansen, IV, Blue Bell Country Club

75

Jack Irons, Little Mill Country Club

75

Matthew Law, Yardley Country Club

75

Morgan Lofland, Phoenixville Country Club

75

Ryan McCabe, The Springhaven Club

75

*Finnian McGarry, Tavistock Country Club

76

*Nate Pierce, Spring Ford Country Club

76

*Joshua Ryan, Junior Players Club

76

*Christopher Skean, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

76

Failed to qualify

Henry Fish, Chester Valley Golf Club

76

Richie Kline, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

76

Andrew Miller, Philadelphia Country Club

76

Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

Andrew Catania, Blue Bell Country Club

77

Nicholas Fioravante, LedgeRock Golf Club

77

Jack Habeeb, Country Club of Scranton

77

Jake McCloskey, Radley Run Country Club

77

Hayden Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club

77

Jacob Zeng, Applecross Country Club

77

Connor Bennink, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

78

Nicholas Hano, III, Aronimink Golf Club

78

Axel Kalbach, Spring Ford Country Club

78

Jack Murray, Stonewall

78

Darren Nolan, Talamore Country Club

78

Nick Schnur, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

78

J.T. Spina, Spring Ford Country Club

78

Dylan Williams, Bala Golf Club

78

Michael Zeng, Applecross Country Club

78

Evan Barbin, Junior Players Club

79

Jack Cooley, Bidermann Golf Club

79

Jack Davis, Aronimink Golf Club

79

Corey Haydu, Commonwealth National Golf Club

79

Jake Maddaloni, Aronimink Golf Club

79

Caleb Ryan, Junior Players Club

79

Drew Stern, Yardley Country Club

79

Colin Walsh, Commonwealth National Golf Club

79

John Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club

80

Thomas Butler, Indian Valley Country Club

80

Chase Cohen, Blue Bell Country Club

80

Hayden Greer, Laurel Creek Country Club

80

Case Hummer, Aronimink Golf Club

80

Brian Pelose, Tavistock Country Club

80

Liam Caspar, Running Deer Golf Club

81

David Colleran, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

81

Evan Drummond, Applecross Country Club

81

Ryan Kennedy, Applecross Country Club

81

Joseph Morganti, Llanerch Country Club

81

William Pabst, Jr., Elmhurst Country Club

81

Kyle Resuta, Spring Ford Country Club

81

Roy Anderson, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

82

Derek Answini, Fox Hill Country Club

82

Simon Asadoorian, Heidelberg Country Club

83

Joshua Brauer, Spring Ford Country Club

83

Stevie Eigenrauch, Laurel Creek Country Club

83

Jack Fialko, Aronimink Golf Club

83

Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

83

Dylan Lasecki, Blue Bell Country Club

83

Tyler Tornoe, St. Davids Golf Club

83

Joshua Brown, The Shore Club

84

Stephen Lorenzo, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

84

Simon Miller, Woodcrest Country Club

84

Andrew Ranaudo, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club

84

Stephen Butler, Indian Valley Country Club

85

Justin Cinnamond, West Chester Golf & Country Club

85

John Haley, Blue Bell Country Club

85

Chad Kemmerer, Waynesborough Country Club

85

Nick Martin, Blue Bell Country Club

85

Collin McDonald, Cedarbrook Country Club

85

Justin Panner, Indian Valley Country Club

85

Frank Rauscher, IV, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

85

A.J. Thomas, Spring Ford Country Club

85

Matthew Hanzel, Running Deer Golf Club

86

Mario Ventresca, Cedarbrook Country Club

86

Will Blatchford, St. Davids Golf Club

87

Robbie Copit, Green Valley Country Club

87

Luke Corcoran, Cedarbrook Country Club

87

Drew Loughnane, Merion Golf Club

87

Henry Pilliod, Reading Country Club

87

Alec Ryden, Laurel Creek Country Club

87

Luke Watson, Spring Ford Country Club

87

James O'Malley, Junior Players Club

88

Zach Sandler, Bluestone Country Club

88

Christopher Buysse, Waynesborough Country Club

89

Noah Greenspun, Woodcrest Country Club

89

Christopher Knox, Downingtown Country Club

89

Matt Macbride, Moorestown Field Club

89

Drew Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club

89

Ben Lee, White Manor Country Club

90

Davis Flannery, Overbrook Golf Club

91

Michael Bednar, Rolling Green Golf Club

92

James Gradisek, Philadelphia Country Club

92

Elias Sulpizio, Riverton Country Club

92

Mason Asadoorian, Heidelberg Country Club

93

Sean Caspar, Running Deer Golf Club

93

Bryce Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

93

Jason Rieger, Sunnybrook Golf Club

93

Thomas Larkin, Junior Players Club

94

Zach Bruecks, Inniscrone Golf Club

95

Martin Cryan, Fox Hill Country Club

95

Jack Dunsmore, The Bucks Club

95

Edward Trumpbour, Philadelphia Country Club

96

Alec Stern, Philadelphia Country Club

98

Jimmy Mahon, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

103

Thomas Newman, II, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

104

Michael Fioravante, LedgeRock Golf Club

108

Will Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club

109

Daniel Bastian, Rolling Green Golf Club

NS

Tyler Hawley, Towanda Country Club

NS

Joe Dugery, Applebrook Golf Club

WD

James Quinn, III, St. Davids Golf Club

WD

* — determined in playoff

NS — no show; WD — withdrawal

Junior Team Championship results

Blue Bell Country Club

216

 

Anthony Barr

67

 

Matthew Lafond

74

 

Buddy Hansen, IV

75

 

Nick Martin

85

 

 

Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

223

 

William Bennink

71

 

Christopher Skean

76

 

Richie Kline

76

 

Connor Bennink

78

 

 

Spring Ford Country Club

225

 

Ryan Tall

73

 

Benjamin Pochet

74

 

J.T. Spina

78

 

Drew Steinmetz

89

 

 

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

232

 

Patrick Isztwan

73

 

Conor McGrath

76

 

Frankie Gregor

83

 

Bryce Fazio

93

 

 

Applecross Country Club

236

 

Jacob Zeng

77

 

Michael Zeng

78

 

Ryan Kennedy

81

 

Evan Drummond

81

 

 

Aronimink Golf Club

236

 

Nicholas Hano, III

78

 

Jake Maddaloni

79

 

Jack Davis

79

 

Case Hummer

80

 

 

Spring Ford Country Club 2

239

 

Nate Pierce

76

 

Axel Kalbach

78

 

A.J. Thomas

85

 

Luke Watson

87

 

 

Blue Bell Country Club 2

240

 

Andrew Catania

77

 

Chase Cohen

80

 

Dylan Lasecki

83

 

John Haley

85

 

 

Woodcrest Country Club

241

 

Noah Schwartz

68

 

Simon Miller

84

 

Noah Greenspun

89

 

 

St. Davids Golf Club

244

 

Sam Walker

74

 

Tyler Tornoe

83

 

Will Blatchford

87

 

 

Indian Valley Country Club

250

 

Thomas Butler

80

 

Stephen Butler

85

 

Justin Panner

85

 

 

Laurel Creek Country Club

250

 

Hayden Greer

80

 

Stevie Eigenrauch

83

 

Alec Ryden

87

 

Andrew Gallagher

WD

 

 

Cedarbrook Country Club

258

 

Collin McDonald

85

 

Mario Ventresca

86

 

Luke Corcoran

87

 

Chris LaRosa

WD

 

 

Running Deer Golf Club

260

 

Liam Caspar

81

 

Matthew Hanzel

86

 

Sean Caspar

93

 

 

Philadelphia Country Club

264

 

Andrew Miller

76

 

James Gradisek

92

 

Edward Trumpbour

96

 

Alec Stern

98

 

 

*top three scores count toward total*

 

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