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Whitemarsh Valley CC's McCrossen wins Jock MacKenzie Memorial, Harry Hammond Award

   ORELAND, Pa.-Edward McCrossen, Jr. of Whitemarsh Valley CC can finally exhale.

   The Ambler, Pa., resident won the 25th Jock MacKenzie Memorial Monday at Sandy Run CC (par 72, 6,507 yards) by shooting a 3-under-par 69. Prior to his triumph, McCrossen’s 2009 season on the GAP Junior circuit had been a case of “close, but no cigar.” He reached the quarterfinals of the Junior Boys’ Championship as the No. 1 seed, and fell to Vince Boyle of Torresdale-Frankford CC in a sudden-death playoff to finish second in last week’s Christman Cup.

   “This is really a great feeling,” McCrossen said. “Considering that I’ve been so close all year, to finally win is very rewarding.”

   The venue made the win even more special to McCrossen.

   “I play here a lot. We know a lot of people at Sandy Run, and I’m very familiar with the course,” McCrossen, a soon-to-be senior at Chestnut Hill Academy, said. “To win it here is pretty cool.”

   Course familiarity contributed to McCrossen’s triumph Monday. So did his putting, as the 17-year-old registered six birdies on the day – four of which came on his final nine holes. On No. 10 (par 3, 122 yards), he knocked his pitching wedge over the flagstick, but it spun backwards and settled about five feet from the hole. McCrossen stuck his 7-iron to about 17-feet on No. 12 (par 3, 167 yards) and drained the ensuing birdie putt.

   From that point, he continued to handle the flatstick well. On 13, a dog-leg par 4, McCrossen’s tee shot curled around the trees and found the fairway. With about 128 yards left, he drilled his pitching wedge to about seven feet and converted the birdie putt. McCrossen closed out his round with a birdie on No. 18 (par 4, 324 yards), when he dialed in a sand wedge from 85 yards out to about 14-feet to the right of the flagstick.

   “I really wanted to get below 70. I felt that would be a good score coming into the clubhouse,” McCrossen said.

   Mike Amole of Huntingdon Valley CC finished second by carding a 1-under-par 71. Amole, who is entering his junior year at Abington Friends School, felt that he excelled on the greens.

   “I made a lot of 15-footers,” he said. “I played smart. I hit driver and tried to keep it in play. I wasn’t hitting too well off the tee, but through my irons, I’d usually put it on the green and make the putt. I just didn’t make too many mistakes.”

   One of those 15-footers came on No. 10 as a result of a strong, pitching wedge tee shot. Amole, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., also fired birdies on Nos. 14 (par 4, 404 yards) and 16 (par 4, 378 yards) after sticking his approach 7-iron to 30 and five feet, respectively. This marks the second year that Amole, 16, participated in the Jock MacKenzie.

   “I think it helped playing the course before,” he said.

   Michael Johnson of Talamore CC was one of three players who registered an even-par 72. The Ambler, Pa., resident shot 2 under on his final nine holes.

   “I hit every green on the back nine. My irons were really solid,” Johnson, 17, said. “On the front nine, I couldn’t find the fairway, and that caused a lot of trouble.”

   After his drive on No. 7 (par 4, 321 yards) soared deep into the left-side trees, Johnson benched his driver and relied on his hybrid. He fired birdies on Nos. 10 (par 3, 122 yards) and 18 (par 4, 324 yards). He drained a 20-footer on No. 10 after finding the green with his pitching wedge. Johnson experienced a similar story on No. 18 after punching his GAP wedge to 20-feet. Ultimately, Johnson’s hybrid switch proved vital.

   “It definitely helped me,” he said.

   Emily Gimpel of Whitemarsh Valley CC carded a 6-over-par 78 to win the Junior Girls' Division.

   Junior-Junior Divisions (par 35, 2,850 yards)

   Drew Guarino of Little Mill CC edged Eric Stafford of Philadelphia Publinks GA and Cole Berman of Philadelphia Cricket Club in a sudden-death playoff. He converted a four-footer for par on No. 11, the second playoff hole, to top the 32-player field.

   In the Junior-Junior Girls Division, Madelein Herr of Jericho National GC carded a 13-over-par 48 to win her flight. All Junior-Junior divisions competed over the back nine holes at Sandy Run CC.

   Harry Hammond Award

   With his score of 69, McCrossen earned his first Harry Hammond Award Monday.

   “That was something that I had my eye on in the beginning of the year because I knew that I was going to play all of the tournaments that make you eligible for it,” he said. “All four rounds, I played really solid golf. That’s a big accomplishment for me. The biggest thing is the fields. We have so many strong players in the area, and to win this tournament and the Harry Hammond feels really great.”

   McCrossen shot 68 in the qualifying round of the Junior Boys' Championship. He carded a 75 and 73, respectively, at the Christman Cup.

   The Harry Hammond Award is given to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying round of the Junior Boys' Championship, the Christman Cup and the Jock MacKenzie Memorial.

Junior Boys

Name

Club

Scores

Edward McCrossen, Jr.

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

69

Mike Amole

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

71

CJ Van Ostenbridge

Spring Ford Country Club

72

Michael Johnson

Talamore Country Club

72

Tommy Horgan

Plymouth Country Club

72

Benjamin Cooley

Lu Lu Country Club

73

Robert Hoeppner

Commonwealth National Golf Club

73

Kyle Raudenbush

Pine Valley Golf Club

74

Charles Castellano

Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour

75

Jackson Terman

Little Mill Country Club

75

Russell Hartung

Doylestown Country Club

75

Ryan Fogel

Penn Oaks Golf Club

75

Zachary Herr

Jericho National Golf Club

75

Austin List

Merion Golf Club

76

Bobby Wurtz

Philadelphia Cricket Club

76

Cameron Liebert

White Manor Country Club

76

Colby Lederer

Yardley Country Club

76

Daniel Furman

Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

Daniel Novak

Talamore Country Club

76

Garrett Conway

Burlington Country Club

76

Greg Jarmas

Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

Jack Ulan

Cedarbrook Country Club

76

Matt Pulos

St. Davids Golf Club

76

Eric Slawter

St. Davids Golf Club

77

Kyle Martin

Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

Paul Carbone, Jr.

Old York Road Country Club

77

Evan Galbreath

Philmont Country Club

78

Julian Dorey

Tavistock Country Club

78

Luke Schweitzer

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

Ted Brennan

Philadelphia Country Club

78

Andrew Keeling

Yardley Country Club

79

Christopher Moran

Overbrook Golf Club

79

Mac Selverian

Aronimink Golf Club

79

Tucker Koch

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

79

Vince Boyle

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

79

Andrew Willadsen

Sakima Country Club

80

Jack Russell

Philadelphia Cricket Club

80

Jonathan Burns

Talamore Country Club

80

Jack Rosenberg

Waynesborough Country Club

81

Oliver White

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

81

Paul Acierno

Sandy Run Country Club

81

Bryce Caton

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

82

Jack Walsh, Jr.

Old York Road Country Club

82

Jonathan Liu

Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

Ty Flagler

Lu Lu Country Club

82

Corey Melnick

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

83

Kevin Zipf

Philadelphia Country Club

83

Matt Troost

Little Mill Country Club

83

Mike Gartenmayer

Medford Village Country Club

83

Steven Altieri

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

83

Troy Vannucci

Little Mill Country Club

83

Drew Calamaro

Rolling Green Golf Club

84

Edmond Fenton

Jericho National Golf Club

84

Kyle Hunter

Commonwealth National Golf Club

84

T.J. Summers

Doylestown Country Club

84

W. Evan Thornton

Berkshire Country Club

84

Zach Bereznak

Stonewall

84

Colin Goan

Little Mill Country Club

85

Pete Hayes

Philadelphia Country Club

85

R. Morgan Dougherty

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

85

Zachary Melnick

Plymouth Country Club

85

Daniel O'Shea

Llanerch Country Club

86

David Fischer

Merion Golf Club

87

Matt Fazio

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

87

Ryan Worthy

Merion Golf Club

87

Gregory Devine

Llanerch Country Club

88

John Leighton

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

88

Justin Smith

Lu Lu Country Club

88

Drew London

Philadelphia Publinks GA

89

Gordon Dunlap, III

Bensalem Township Country Club

89

Jonathan Bebey

Sandy Run Country Club

89

Michael Hillard

Sandy Run Country Club

89

Mike Isaacman

Talamore Country Club

89

Mitch Van Ostenbridge

Spring Ford Country Club

89

Robert Bass

Sandy Run Country Club

89

Ryan Aceto

Waynesborough Country Club

89

Dutch Markward

North Hills Country Club

90

JP Kelley

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

90

Rich Thorpe

Lu Lu Country Club

90

Ryan Walker

St. Davids Golf Club

90

Stuart Blank

Commonwealth National Golf Club

90

Vincent Espinoza

Sandy Run Country Club

90

Kyle Aceto

Waynesborough Country Club

91

Sam Gallen

Berkshire Country Club

92

Mike O'Connor

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

93

Alex Peter Lafond

Blue Bell Country Club

95

Jack Lewis

Spring Ford Country Club

97

Stephen Morello

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

97

Steven Hladczuk

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

97

Jake Marks

Squires Golf Club

98

Carter Rauch

McCall Golf & Country Club

99

Quint Frazier

Philadelphia Cricket Club

99

Blaise Hopkins

Jericho National Golf Club

WD

Jim Kramarski

Riverton Country Club

NS

Jimmy Ryan

Waynesborough Country Club

WD

Todd Smith

Trenton Country Club

WD

 

Junior-Junior Boys

Name

Club

Scores

*Drew Guarino

Little Mill Country Club

39

Cole Berman

Philadelphia Cricket Club

39

Eric Stafford

Philadelphia Publinks GA

39

Andrew Willner

White Manor Country Club

40

Connor Goodrich

Woodbury Country Club

41

Chad Thompson

White Manor Country Club

42

Christopher Dalglish

Philadelphia Cricket Club

44

Jack Gregor

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

44

Jack Quirk

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

44

Daniel Altieri

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

45

Joseph Rueter, Jr.

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

45

Quinn Dolan

Rolling Green Golf Club

45

Brian Todaro

Rolling Green Golf Club

46

Jacob Klaus

Tavistock Country Club

46

Ryan Keefe

Radnor Valley Country Club

46

Kevin McGeary, Jr.

Llanerch Country Club

47

Robert Firth, Jr

Commonwealth National Golf Club

48

Jack McAleese

Aronimink Golf Club

49

Michael Kassak

Laurel Creek Country Club

49

R.J. Wren

Honeybrook Golf Club

49

Jake Fazio

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

50

Luke Ryan

Waynesborough Country Club

50

Matthew Bastian, Jr.

Rolling Green Golf Club

50

Scott Zimmer

Laurel Creek Country Club

51

Christian Ritondo

Yardley Country Club

54

Nolan Dirienzi

Rolling Green Golf Club

54

Chris Binet

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

55

Max Siegfried

Philadelphia Country Club

55

Mark Lunney

Sandy Run Country Club

56

Jack Farris

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

58

Ryan Brennan

Rolling Green Golf Club

68

Jake Van Arkel

Merion Golf Club

WD

 

Junior Girls

Name

Club

Scores

Emily Gimpel

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

78

Aliza Shatzman

Meadowlands Country Club

83

Jackie Rogowicz

Yardley Country Club

86

Tierney Sadowl

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

86

Emily Reinhart

French Creek Golf Club

90

Alise McNutt

Old York Road Country Club

94

Sara Clark

Merion Golf Club

95

Jennifer Jenkins

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

103

Sarah Easton

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

104

 

Junior-Junior Girls

Name

Club

Scores

Madelein Herr

Jericho National Golf Club

48

Brynn Walker

St. Davids Golf Club

51

Julia Curley

Philadelphia Country Club

53

Reilly Sadowl

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

63

 

WD - withdrawal; NS - no show

*-determined in playoff

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