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Trenton’s Erhardt brothers sweep 27th Jock MacKenzie Memorial

  ORELAND, Pa. — The Erhardts will save space for July 18, 2011 in the family scrapbook. Brothers Reilly and Regan, both of Trenton CC, captured their respective divisions in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 27th Jock MacKenzie Memorial at Sandy Run CC (par 72, 6,354 yards) Monday. The Newtown, Pa. residents are the second set of brothers to win the event in the same year. Eric and Steve Zayes of Doylestown CC turned the task in 1988.

Reilly and Regan Erhardt
  “This is great. To win something with my brother is just fantastic,” Reilly, 15, said. “Regan came in [to follow me] when I was on the 14th hole and said that he had won. I was so proud of him. I wanted to see if I could try to do that myself. Fortunately, I was able to.”

  “It’s pretty incredible,” Regan, 13, said. “I was really happy that I won, but I’m even happier that Reilly won too.”

  Reilly Erhardt carded a 1-over-par 73 to top the Junior Flight. The win served as the icing on a delectable 2011 GAP cake. He finished as runner-up in the Junior Boys’ Championship at Running Deer GC and tied for third in the Christman Cup at Bidermann GC.

  “This is overwhelming,” an emotional Erhardt said of the Jock win. “I didn’t really play well last year in a lot of these tournaments, and this year, to play so well and finally win one is pretty cool.”

  With the win Monday, Reilly Erhardt also earned the Harry Hammond Award, which 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.

  “I figured that if I posted a good round today, I’d have a good shot to win it,” Erhardt, a soon-to-be freshman at The Hun School, said. “It’s a great award. I’ve seen some pretty great people win it, and I’m pretty proud that I can be a part of it.”

Sarah Easton
  And what a good round of golf it was. Erhardt fired three consecutive birdies to move into red figures early. He negotiated an obstructing tree on No. 4 (par 4, 318 yards) with a 50-degree wedge from 100 yards out. Erhardt cleaned up a seven-footer for birdie.

  “I was just behind a tree. I had a little gap that I was trying to go through,” he said of the challenging approach. “I told my caddie, ‘if it put it through here, it can be really close.’ And that’s exactly what I did.”

  On No. 5 (par 4, 384 yards), Erhardt pured an 8-iron 145 yards to seven feet. The slender swinger crushed a 5-iron 170 yards to three feet on No. 6 (par 4, 377 yards) to cap the birdie stretch. A double bogey on the par 4, 317-yard No. 7 doused Erhardt’s hot putter. His 3-wood tee shot deflected off a seed box and into the fairway bunker. Erhardt’s bulky sand shot came up short. He launched a pitching wedge to the back of the green and three-putted. Erhardt also failed to get up-and-down on No. 9 (par 4, 324 yards) after hitting a heavy pitching wedge from 100 yards out.

  “It seemed like I got some really good breaks and some really bad breaks to even it up,” he said.

  Erhardt didn’t let the round get away from him, though. He again compiled a three-birdie stretch to burrow back into red figures. On No. 14 (par 4, 407 yards), he rifled an 8-iron 150 yards to 10 feet. Following a 6-iron punch-out from the fairway bunker on No. 15 (par 5, 487 yards), Erhardt watched his pitching wedge shot from 80 yards collide into a ridge in front of the green and coast to 10 feet. He canned the left-to-right breaker. Erhardt stuck a soft pitching wedge 125 yards to a foot on No. 16 (par 4, 372 yards).

  “I tried to hit a low spinner sort of thing,” Erhardt, who won the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Junior Boys’ Championship two weeks ago, said. “That was my best shot of the day.”

Cassidy Gavaghan
  A pair of missteps coming in prevented Erhardt from maintaining red on the scorecard. He left a 9-iron from 135 yards out short of the No. 17 (par 4, 370 yards) green. Erhardt’s chip didn’t release the way he intended, and he missed an ensuing eight-footer to save par. He attempted to muscle a 6-iron out of the left rough on No. 18 (par 4, 322 yards), but his ball clipped a tree and settled in the rough inches from the front bunker. Erhardt’s pitch stopped nine feet shy. He pushed his par putt left of the jar.

  Onto Regan, who registered a nine-hole score of 3-over-par 39 to take the Junior-Junior Division. Regan has served as Reilly’s bag-totter for the duration of the tournament season. He showcased his competitive chops Monday.

  “People know that I’m a pretty good caddie, but now that they’ve seen me play, they know that I’m a pretty good player,” Regan Erhardt said.

  In the Junior Girls’ Division (14 to 17 years of age), Sarah Easton of Manufacturers G&CC carded a 14-over-par 86 to walk away with the victory. Home-club hopeful Cassidy Gavaghan filed a score of 53 to prevail in the Junior-Junior Girls’ Division.

  The Jock MacKenzie Memorial, which originated in 1985, is open to boys and girls from Member Clubs who have not reached their 18th birthday by midnight of the tournament date. Sandy Run CC hosts the event each year.

Boys

Junior Division

Name, club

Score

Reilly Erhardt, Trenton Country Club

73

Sam Soeth, White Manor Country Club

75

Gordon Dunlop, III, Bensalem Township Country Club

76

Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford Country Club

76

Brock Kovach, Berkshire Country Club

77

Paul Acierno, Sandy Run Country Club

77

R. Morgan Dougherty, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

Sam Gallen, Berkshire Country Club

77

Steven Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

77

Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

78

Will Flood, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

78

Zachary Melnick, Plymouth Country Club

78

Alex Acciani, Talamore Country Club

79

Brian Fischer, Commonwealth National Golf Club

79

W. Evan Thornton, Berkshire Country Club

79

Brendan Papariello, White Manor Country Club

80

Danny Myers, French Creek Golf Club

80

Jesse Hunsicker, Talamore Country Club

80

Jonathan Liu, Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

Kevin Zipf, Philadelphia Country Club

80

Nick Cappetti, Burlington Country Club

80

Alex Dupre, Rolling Green Golf Club

81

Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

Zach Arsenault, Little Mill Country Club

81

Francis Worthington, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

82

Mac Selverian, Aronimink Golf Club

82

Ryan Sander, Medford Village Country Club

82

T J Summers, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

Zach Wintsch, Bellewood Golf Club

82

Christopher Rotelli, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

83

Eric Stafford, PGA Individual Member

83

Justin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

83

Vincent Espinoza, Sandy Run Country Club

83

Will Young, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

83

Daniel Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

84

Mac Ryan, Overbrook Golf Club

84

Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

85

Jake Van Arkel, Merion Golf Club

85

Kyle Allan, Phoenixville Country Club

85

Todd Smith, Trenton Country Club

85

Jonathan Bebey, Sandy Run Country Club

86

Nicholas Familetti, Rolling Green Golf Club

87

Jack Lewis, Spring Ford Country Club

88

Robert Firth, Jr., Commonwealth National Golf Club

88

Cole Swiger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

89

Jay Fisher, Five Ponds Golf Club

89

Jon Graulich, Meadowlands Country Club

89

Teddy Selverian, Aronimink Golf Club

89

Steven Hladczuk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

91

Jack McAleese, Aronimink Golf Club

93

Reid Worster, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

93

David Pontari, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

95

Mark Lunney, Sandy Run Country Club

95

Brian Kraman, The ACE Club

96

Frankie Brigidi, North Hills Country Club

98

James Gavaghan, III, Sandy Run Country Club

98

Nicholas Mazza, Sandy Run Country Club

99

Michael Reynolds, Jr., Sandy Run Country Club

113

Brendan Young, Chester Valley Golf Club

WD

Jack Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

WD

Ryan Mullen, Aronimink Golf Club

WD

 

Junior-Junior Division

Name, club

Score

Regan Erhardt, Trenton Country Club

39

R.J. Wren, Honeybrook Golf Club

41

Thomas Gravina, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club

41

Jake Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

42

Jimmy Gallo, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

43

Michael Reed-Price, Sunnybrook Golf Club

43

Cory Hunter, Commonwealth National Golf Club

45

Ryan Brennan, Rolling Green Golf Club

45

Chris Ferguson, North Hills Country Club

46

Matt Nesbitt, Sandy Run Country Club

46

Billy Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club

47

Hugh Farris, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

47

Kyle McGranaghan, Flourtown Country Club

48

Max Siegfried, Philadelphia Country Club

50

Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

55

Christopher Hladczuk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

57

David Kratz, Flourtown Country Club

62

Matthew Brennan, Rolling Green Golf Club

64

Patrick Clearkin, Old York Road Country Club

67

Girls

Junior

Name, club

Score

Sarah Easton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

86

Jessica Malone, Sandy Run Country Club

102

Maggie Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

110

Reilly Sadowl, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

111

Taylor Hollander, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

WD

 

Junior-Junior

Name, club

Scores

Cassidy Gavaghan, Sandy Run Country Club

53

Delaney Sadowl, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

Phoebe Brinker, Wilmington Country Club

NS

 

NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

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