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Riverton’s Kramarski grabs Jock MacKenzie in playoff

  ORELAND, Pa. — On the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Junior circuit, Kevin Kramarski of Riverton Country Club is best known for his wardrobe. The Moorestown, N.J. resident dresses in the vein of PGA Tour icon Rickie Fowler.

  Kramarski matched his idol’s attire and Championship prowess in the 28th Jock MacKenzie Memorial Monday. He defeated Yardley Country Club’s Reilly Erhardt, the tournament’s defending champion, in a sudden-death playoff to capture the crown at a stifling Sandy Run Country Club (par 72, 6,405 yards).

   “I just feel like my heart’s rushing,” an eager Kramarski said. “I have mixed emotions. I’m really happy, obviously. Everything feels good right now.”

   “I can’t really complain,” Erhardt, 16, of Newtown, Pa., said. “I played well. Kevin played well also. The tee shot in the playoff got me.”

  On the first playoff hole (par 4, 352 yards), Erhardt pulled a choked-down 3-wood left, punched out from underneath a tree and hit a wedge to 25 feet left of the flagstick. Kramarski, meanwhile, found the fairway with a solid 4-iron. He missed the green right with a pitching wedge from 135 yards. With a reasonable lie, Kramarski channeled his inner-Fowler and nestled a chip to two feet. Erhardt nearly canned his 25-footer to match Kramarski’s ensuing 4. His golf ball rammed the back of the jar and popped out.

   “I thought it was going in,” Erhardt said. “I read it how I wanted to and hit it how I wanted to. It was close.”

  Fowler earned his first PGA Tour victory this year in the Wells Fargo Championship. Kramarski followed suit by attaining his first GAP Junior trophy.

   “All I see in Rickie Fowler’s game is confidence,” Kramarski said. “He goes out there regretting nothing. He never really looks that nervous, and I look up to that. I admire how much he puts into his game.”

  After his performance Monday, Kramarski appears well-groomed for the Christman Cup, the final Junior Major of the season.

   “It definitely boosts my confidence. I just have to keep the same mindset for Friday,” he said.

  Kramarski experienced an eventful outward campaign in regulation. His scorecard featured four circles (birdies) and three squares (bogeys) in the first seven holes.

   “My approach shots were key because the birdies that I did make, I stuck them to within 10 feet,” Kramarski, an incoming sophomore at St. Joseph’s Prep, said. “The soft greens helped out a lot today. My drives were straight, which also helped.”

  Kramarski opened with a birdie on No. 1 (par 4, 352 yards), drilling a 9-iron 145 yards to six feet. He missed an 18-inch putt to save par on the next hole (par 3, 186 yards). Kramarski rebounded with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 3 (par 4, 411 yards) and 4 (par 4, 337 yards). He hit a pitching wedge 135 yards to feet on the first, a lob wedge 70 yards to four feet on the latter. Kramarski couldn’t maintain the newfound momentum, however. Missed greens on Nos. 5 (par 4, 384 yards) and 6 (par 4, 377 yards) created bogeys on the scorecard. Kramarski delved into his tight approach coffers for a birdie on the par 4, 317-yard No. 7. He lofted a lob wedge 60 yards to two feet.

  Kramarski moved to 2 under with a birdie on No. 11 (par 5, 564 yards). He crushed a hybrid 250 yards into the left rough just off the green. Kramarski then cozied a chip to 10 feet. A string of seven consecutive pars thrust Kramarski into a bind with Erhardt atop the leaderboard.

   “My game is pretty solid right now. I just need to be more consistent,” Kramarski, who qualified for match play in the Junior Boys’ Championship, said. “I feel like I have good rounds in me to come, but when I don’t play too well, it’s not too bad.”

  Erhardt relied on a rock steady short game, carding four birdies against two bogeys in regulation.

   “Every time I missed a green, I made up-and-downs, so that really helped me make pars,” Erhardt, an incoming sophomore at Holy Ghost Preparatory School, said. “I wasn’t really worried about where I finished. I just wanted to focus on hitting greens and two-putting. I capitalized on the greens I hit.”

  Erhardt strayed from his strategy on two holes, which resulted in his only bogeys. On the par 3, 186-yard No. 2, Erhardt three-putted from 35 feet. With 110 yards into the No. 18 (par 4, 322 yards) flagstick for his third stroke, he attempted to execute a bump-and-run 8-iron, but his golf ball darted into the rear rough. Cue the sharp short game, which allowed Erhardt to ease a chip into tap-in territory for a clutch bogey save.

  Erhardt’s first red figure occurred on No. 7(par 4, 317 yards). He knocked a 9-iron 135 yards to eight feet above the flagstick for birdie. Erhardt birdied a pair of par 3s on the back nine, stopping a crisp 9-iron on the No. 10 (128 yards) at 12 feet and an 8-iron at four feet on No. 12 (167 yards). He drained a downhill, left-to-right breaking 15-footer for a fist-pumping 3 on No. 17 (par 4, 370 yards) following a 115-yard pitching wedge shot.

   “I was really excited about that putt. I knew that I needed to make it to have a little bit of a comfort zone to make a mistake on No. 18,” Erhardt said.

Junior-Junior

  Nick Miller of Overbrook Golf Club defeated Jacob Liberman of Radnor Valley Country Club in a sudden-death playoff to capture the Junior-Junior Division. Both players carded respective 40s (4 over) in regulation.

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Boys

Junior Division (ages 14-17)

Name, club

Score

*Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club

70

Reilly Erhardt, Yardley Country Club

70

Brock Kovach, Berkshire Country Club

71

Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club

71

Connor Goodrich, Merchantville Country Club

71

Evan Thornton, Berkshire Country Club

71

Drew Guarino, Burlington Country Club

72

Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford Country Club

72

Kyle Kost, Lookaway Golf Club

72

Steven Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

73

Jake Van Arkel, Merion Golf Club

74

John Foley, Spring Ford Country Club

74

Sam Soeth, White Manor Country Club

74

Jack Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

75

Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club

75

Sam Gallen, Berkshire Country Club

75

Andrew Willner, Phoenixville Country Club

76

Jonathan Liu, Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

Benjamin Kotler, Bala Golf Club

77

Brian Fischer, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

Regan Erhardt, Yardley Country Club

77

Daniel Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

78

Matthew Ade, Riverton Country Club

78

R.J. Wren, Applecross Country Club

78

Alex Dupre, Rolling Green Golf Club

79

Mac Ryan, Overbrook Golf Club

79

Michael Winter, Seaview Resort & Spa

79

John Mastronardo, Cedarbrook Country Club

80

Matt Grubb, Overbrook Golf Club

80

Max Siegfried, Philadelphia Country Club

80

Sean Ebert, Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

Jake Kieserman, Philmont Country Club

81

Kyle Allan, Phoenixville Country Club

81

Lane Udis, Meadowlands Country Club

81

Luke McKeogh, The Bucks Club

81

Michael Reed-Price, Sunnybrook Golf Club

81

Thomas Fisher, North Hills Country Club

81

Alex Acciani, Talamore Country Club

82

Austin Dunlap, St. Davids Golf Club

82

Ben Kleiman, Radnor Valley Country Club

82

Ben Litt, Riverton Country Club

82

Kyle Putnam, Talamore Country Club

82

Jordan Lerner, Metedeconk National Golf Club

83

Paul Yun, Applecross Country Club

83

Robert Firth, Jr., Commonwealth National Golf Club

83

Cole Swiger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

84

Harrison Moon, St. Davids Golf Club

84

Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

84

John Buliga, Yardley Country Club

84

Phillip Held, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

84

Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

85

Jack McAleese, Aronimink Golf Club

85

Todd Smith, Trenton Country Club

85

Brad Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook

86

Reid Worster, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

86

David Pontari, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

87

Frankie Brigidi, Philadelphia Cricket Club

87

Jack Grasso, Sunnybrook Golf Club

87

Michael Barychewsky, Spring Mill Country Club

88

Steven Hladczuk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

88

Austin Helms, Philadelphia Country Club

89

Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

89

Andrew Jannetta, Merion Golf Club

90

Cameron Cathcart, The Ridge at Back Brook

90

Chris Cunningham, Aronimink Golf Club

90

Eric Stafford, Philadelphia Junior Tour

90

Jake Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

90

Patrick Corcoran, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

90

Nicholas Mazza, Sandy Run Country Club

92

Edward Selverian, Aronimink Golf Club

93

Ryan Brennan, Rolling Green Golf Club

93

Hugh Farris, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

94

Jack Lewis, Spring Ford Country Club

95

Mark Lunney, Sandy Run Country Club

95

Patrick Clearkin, Old York Road Country Club

95

Cody Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

96

Thomas Gravina, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club

96

James Gavaghan, III, Sandy Run Country Club

98

Brendan Papariello, White Manor Country Club

WD

Christopher Pollan, Waynesborough Country Club

WD

Paul Mauer Jr, Stonewall

WD

 

Junior-Junior Boys (Ages 13-and-under)

Name, club

Score

*Nick Miller, Overbrook Golf Club

40

Jacob Liberman, Radnor Valley Country Club

40

Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club

41

Billy Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club

43

Cory Hunter, Commonwealth National Golf Club

43

Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

44

Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

45

Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

48

David Mester, Rolling Green Golf Club

50

Nick Wert, Merion Golf Club

51

Matthew Hladczuk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

52

Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

53

Matthew Brennan, Rolling Green Golf Club

54

Kevin Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club

59

Taylor Munn, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

62

David Kratz, Flourtown Country Club

NS

Christopher Hladczuk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

WD

 

Girls

Junior (Ages 14-17)

Name, club

Score

Annika Vandayar, Penn Oaks Golf Club

78

Ashley Cassidy, Commonwealth National Golf Club

83

Alison Snakard, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

89

Maggie Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

94

Meghan Donahue, Rolling Green Golf Club

100

Reilly Sadowl, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

103

Keenan Eichman, Llanerch Country Club

106

 

Junior-Junior (Ages 13-and-under)

Name, club

Score

Cassidy Gavaghan, Sandy Run Country Club

48

Delaney Sadowl, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

68

 

*-determined in playoff

NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

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