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Philadelphia CC’s Brennan takes Jock MacKenzie Memorial

  ORELAND, Pa.–Ted Brennan of Philadelphia CC capped his Junior golf career and a fantastic 2010 Golf Association of Philadelphia summer campaign with a long-awaited victory. Brennan, 17, of Radnor, Pa., survived a three-way playoff with Paul Carbone, Jr., of Old York Road CC and Eric Slawter of St. Davids GC for the 26th Jock MacKenzie Memorial Boys’ Division (14 to 17 years of age) title on Monday at a stifling Sandy Run CC (par 72, 6,495 yards) to take his first GAP championship since 2006, when he was a Junior-Junior.

  All three players posted even-par 72s in regulation. Brennan parred the first extra hole and his two competitors registered bogeys.

TED BRENNAN
JACKIE ROGOWICZ
JACK QUIRK
MAGGIE SCHOELLER
  “It feels great to finally win one,” said Brennan, a senior at The Haverford School. “I’ve been playing in the Golf Association of Philadelphia so long and it’s been kind of been a struggle since I’ve moved up to 18 holes. Last year was a disappointment to me, I really struggled. This year I’ve been playing a lot better.”

  That’s an understatement.

  Brennan’s Jock victory also propelled him to the Harry Hammond Award and a likely Junior Player of the Year Award. 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.

  “It’s kind of an overwhelming thing to win it all in one day,” said Brennan of his successes. “My focus today was the Harry Hammond. I knew if I played well today I would have a chance to win it. You can say the Player of the Year is a nice added bonus.”

  In the playoff, Brennan, Carbone and Slawter teed off in that order.

  Slawter found left side tree trouble off the tee and had to chip out, but Brennan and Carbone, Jr. each had fairly benign approaches to the green (No. 1, par 4, 352 yards). Carbone had 127 yards to the hole, but caught his gap wedge a bit thin and watched it fly long. Brennan, up last, and seeing his fellow competitors with issues, knocked his 54-degree wedge from 100 yards to 15 feet into the center of the green.

  Carbone had a tough lie for his the chip but left himself 20 feet and watched his par try from the front of the putting surface move right for a bogey. Brennan, up next, trickled his birdie effort down to tap-in range and an easy par. Slawter faced a big right-to-left breaker from 10-feet and didn’t start it high enough. He carded a bogey as well.

  “I was excited for the playoff,” said Slawter, 17, of Wayne, Pa. “It’s a shame I couldn’t pull it out but it was a good experience.”

  Added Brennan, “It looked like [the birdie] putt was going to go in. I really just wanted to extend the playoff as long as possible. I was like I don’t want to three putt this.”

  Brennan posted his 72 score first, making a birdie and a bogey on the front side to turn in even-par 36. He bogeyed No. 13 (par 4, 390 yards) after a poor drive and stood on the 15th tee knowing he needed something special.

  “I said OK, let’s birdie out,” said Brennan.

  He proceeded to do exactly that on No. 15 (par 5, 487 yards) when his 5-wood from 225 yards stopped five yards short of the green and he chipped up to inches for a 4. On No. 16 (par 4, 378 yards), he hit his wedge from 110 yards to 20 feet below the hole and made the putt. Two holes, two birdies. He came a couple rolls short of a third-straight red figure on No. 17 (par 4, 389 yards) before almost giving it all away when his drive on No. 18 (par 4, 322 yards) found the right trees. In fact, his ball was only a foot or so from being out-of-bounds. When all was said and done, however, he missed an eight-foot par to fall back to even par.

  Carbone followed soon thereafter. The 17-year-old Huntingdon Valley, Pa., resident had eight pars and a birdie on the front nine before riding a rollercoaster inward side. He birdied No. 11 (par 5, 564 yards) when he chipped up tight from 20 yards short. He then proceeded to bogey the next three holes in three different ways. He three-putted No. 12 (par 3, 167 yards) when he lipped out from 40 feet and again from the remaining 10 feet; came up short of the green on No. 13 (par 4, 390 yards) and failed to get up-and-down; and then pulled a drive on No. 14 (par 4, 420 yards) into the left trees. Carbone stuck with, though, and on No. 15 (par 5, 487 yards) chipped his third shot from just short of the green to inches for a birdie. He parred out to shoot level par.

  “It feels good, especially with all the talk about where you want to go to school. It gives coaches a clearer view and helps you in that regard,” said Carbone, a senior at Archbishop Wood High School.

  Slawter was the final one of the trio to finish. He turned in 1 over, and dropped to 2 over after No. 14 (par 4, 420 yards) when he hit his drive into the right rough and his 6-iron came up short of the green.

  Like his competitors, though, Slawter grinded on and birdied No. 16 (par 4, 378 yards) with a lob wedge from 90 yards that stopped eight feet from the hole and No. 17 (par 4, 389 yards) when his 9-iron from 145 yards landed 12 feet from the cup. He parred No. 18 for a 72.

  “I was just trying to par out and keep the round in the low 70s,” said Slawter, an Upper Merion High School senior. “I wasn’t really worried about winning.”

  In the Junior Girls’ Division (14 to 17 years of age), Jackie Rogowicz of Yardley CC carded a 1-over-par 73 to walk away with the victory. Rogowicz,12, of Yardley, Pa., carded two birdies and three bogeys.

  In the Junior-Junior Divisions, a pair of Huntingdon Valley CC members walked away with titles. Jack Quirk took the Boys’ crown and Maggie Schoeller earned the Girls’ title. Quirk carded a 2-over-par 38 and Schoeller posted a 56.

Junior Boys'

Name, club

Score

*Ted Brennan, Philadelphia Country Club

72

*Eric Slawter, St. Davids Golf Club

72

*Paul Carbone, Jr., Old York Road Country Club

72

Julian Dorey, Tavistock Country Club

73

Benjamin Cooley, Lu Lu Country Club

74

Connor Eichman, Llanerch Country Club

74

Regan Papariello, White Manor Country Club

74

George Braun, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

75

Jack Russell, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75

Rich Thorpe, Lu Lu Country Club

75

Daniel Furman, Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

W. Evan Thornton, Berkshire Country Club

76

Evan Galbreath, Philmont Country Club

77

Justin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

Kevin Zipf, Philadelphia Country Club

77

Brock Kovach, Berkshire Country Club

78

Chris Szal, Jr., Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

78

Colin Goan, Little Mill Country Club

79

Matthew Fedder, Bala Golf Club

79

R. Morgan Dougherty, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

Robert Hoeppner, Commonwealth National Golf Club

79

William Breskman, Rolling Green Golf Club

79

Bobby Svigals, Radnor Valley Country Club

80

Steven Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

80

Alex Dupre, Rolling Green Golf Club

82

Michael Hillard, Sandy Run Country Club

82

Zach Arsenault, Little Mill Country Club

82

Brendan Papariello, White Manor Country Club

83

Eric Stafford, Philadelphia Publinks GA

83

John Leighton, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

83

Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club

83

Luke Liddell, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

83

Andrew Willner, White Manor Country Club

84

Daniel Dansbury, Yardley Country Club

84

Drew Guarino, Little Mill Country Club

84

Jack Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

84

Christopher Rotelli, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

85

J.P. Kelley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

85

Jonathan Liu, Commonwealth National Golf Club

85

Ryan Fogel, Penn Oaks Golf Club

85

Ryan Sander, Medford Village Country Club

85

Sam Gallen, Berkshire Country Club

85

Austin Mann, Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour

86

Ben Kleiman, Radnor Valley Country Club

86

Mac Walsh, Aronimink Golf Club

86

Todd Smith, Trenton Country Club

87

Francis Worthington, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

88

Jack Lewis, Spring Ford Country Club

89

Anthony Van Devort, Tavistock Country Club

90

Dutch Markward, North Hills Country Club

90

Matt Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

91

Jack Lawless, Philadelphia Publinks GA

94

Robert Firth, Jr., Commonwealth National Golf Club

95

Steven Hladczuk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

95

Joseph Rueter, Jr., Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

97

Jonathan Bebey, Sandy Run Country Club

102

Christian Holt, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

NS

Conor Pocino, Old York CC at Chesterfield

WD

Jesse Hunsicker, Talamore Country Club

NS

Justin Knisely, West Chester Golf & Country Club

WD

Mac Selverian, Aronimink Golf Club

NS

Mike O'Connor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

WD

Nick McNiff, Sunnybrook Golf Club

NS

Paul Acierno, Sandy Run Country Club

WD

Zachary Melnick, Plymouth Country Club

WD

 

Junior-Junior Boys'

Name, club

Score

Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

38

Connor Goodrich, Merchantville Country Club

39

Quinn Dolan, Rolling Green Golf Club

41

R.J. Wren, Honeybrook Golf Club

41

Daniel Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

43

Jack McAleese, Aronimink Golf Club

43

William Daly, Philadelphia Cricket Club

43

Cory Hunter, Commonwealth National Golf Club

44

Chris Ferguson, North Hills Country Club

45

Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

46

Patrick McGrath, PGA Individual Member

46

Cole Swiger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

47

Max Siegfried, Philadelphia Country Club

47

Ryan Brennan, Rolling Green Golf Club

47

Jake Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

49

Mark Lunney, Sandy Run Country Club

49

Hugh Farris, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

50

Nicholas Wert, Merion Golf Club

52

Ryan Keefe, Radnor Valley Country Club

52

Wyatt Willner, White Manor Country Club

52

Phillip Held, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

55

Patrick Clearkin, Old York Road Country Club

58

Michael Reynolds, Jr., Sandy Run Country Club

60

Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

63

Christopher Hladczuk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

WD

 

Junior Girls'

Name, club

Score

Jackie Rogowicz, Yardley Country Club

73

Caroline Sawin, Merion Golf Club

87

Alise McNutt, Old York Road Country Club

94

Paloma Santiago, Mary's Girls

96

Sarah Easton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

102

 

Junior-Junior Girls'

Name, club

Score

Maggie Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

56

Christiana Turner, Sandy Run Country Club

87

Franca Hurtado, Sandy Run Country Club

WD

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