AGC's Hummer defeats HVCC's Gregor for 66th Jr.-Jr. Boys' title
FLOURTOWN, Pa.-Case Hummer had the shakes when his Junior-Junior Boys’ Championship title contest with Frankie Gregor went extra holes on Wednesday at Flourtown Country Club. It was the third time in four matches this week, Hummer’s contests required additional attention.
“I was kind of nervous going into it. I said ‘not again.’”
His game masked any anxiousness, though, and when opponent Gregor conceded Hummer’s birdie 4 on the 19th hole, he was the winner of the 66th Junior-Junior Boys’ Championship (Ages 13-and-under). Hummer is the first Aronimink Golf Club member to turn the feat.
“It means a lot to win. It’s a big tournament with a lot of good players,” said Hummer, 13, of Glen Mills, Pa. “I was a little surprised I made it this far. Last night I sat around talking with my mom about how I could possibly win this. I went into today wanting to have a good attitude on every hole and play consistent golf.”
Both players turned in clutch, championship caliber performances.
Hummer forged a 2-up lead with three holes to play before Gregor of Huntingdon Valley Country Club responded with a birdie and par on Nos. 16-17, respectively, to square the match. Gregor knocked a 9-iron second shot from 135 yards to three feet on the par 4, 290-yard 16th (No. 7) and followed that up with a pitching wedge to eight feet on No. 17 (No. 8, par 3, 129 yards).
“The shot on 16 was my best of the tournament,” said Gregor, 13, of North Wales, Pa. “I followed that up with a good one on 17 and he got a bit unlucky when his tee shot hit the cart path.”
On No. 18 (par 4, 340 yards), the two halved with nervous bogeys. Hummer found the green in regulation 35 feet from the hole. He watched a five-footer to win roll by the high side.
Heading to No. 1 (par 5, 421 yards) for a third time (Flourtown is a nine-hole facility) both players put themselves in good position off the tee. Gregor played first from the fairway and pulled his approach against the left boundary fence.
“I got a bit antsy,” said Gregor.
Hummer, from the left rough, rolled his approach across the green and just over the back. Gregor took an unplayable lie and almost holed his fifth stroke. Hummer knocked his third shot to six feet. Gregor’s eight-footer for bogey rolled by and he conceded Hummer’s birdie.
“Again, I was kind of nervous going into it. I really wanted to win,” said Hummer, a rising seventh-grader at Episcopal Academy. “He hit a really good drive, but didn’t hit a good second shot. My 7-iron from 154 yards went just over. It worked out well.”
The match had its share of momentum swings.
Gregor won three of the first five holes to go 3-up. Hummer responded with wins on Nos. 7-10 to grab a 1-up advantage. Hummer sent the gallery into a buzz on No. 9 when his second shot clipped the large tree guarding the green and landed 20 feet to the right of the hole. He made the ensuing birdie putt.
“I thought I was going to be next to the tree, I couldn’t believe it,” said Hummer.
Added Gregor, “That didn’t rattle me. He still had to make the putt. I was more mad at myself for losing a 3-up lead.”
Hummer moved 2-up on No. 15 (No. 6, par 4, 380 yards) with a par before Gregor rallied.
In the First Flight final, Jacob Zeng of Applecross Country Club, a classmate of Hummer at Episcopal Academy, defeated Matthew Lafond of Blue Bell Country Club, 7&6.
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