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July 13, 2015

Mark Benevento, Jr. won the Jock MacKenzie Memorial
in a playoff over Aronimink Golf Club’s Max Siegfried.

Greate Bay’s Benevento books Jock MacKenzie win with playoff birdie

  ORELAND, Pa. — In a two-hole span, the 31st Jock MacKenzie Memorial transformed into a tussle between playing partners Mark Benevento, Jr. and Max Siegfried. Both birdied the par 4, 373-yard 17th hole following picture-perfect wedges into kick-in range. Siegfried, of Aronimink Golf Club, bogeyed the 18th hole (par 4, 325 yards) while Benevento, who calls Greate Bay Country Club home, dropped a five-footer for a 3, forcing a sudden-death playoff between the compatriots.

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  Another Benevento birdie on No. 9 (par 4, 324 yards), the second playoff hole, declared the incoming University of Delaware freshman the victor Monday. He and Siegfried carded 3-under-par 69s in regulation at Sandy Run Country Club (par 72, 6,370 yards).

  “It’s awesome. I’m just happy that I hung in there all day,” Benevento, 18, of Somers Point, N.J., said. “I got to three shots down [to Max] and finished 3 under in the last four holes, which is an awesome feeling. Neither of us made many mistakes. It really came down to who made the least mistakes and who played the smartest after they made them.”

  “I’m kind of frustrated to be honest. My goal was to win and I didn’t. It kind of stings,” Siegfried, 17, of Villanova, Pa. “I’m glad Mark won. He’s one of my buddies. I think we spent every day together the last four days.”

  Benevento’s chances of winning appeared dim the moment his tee shot on No. 1 (par 4, 351 yards), the first playoff hole, settled underneath a pine tree. He attempted to mimic a regulation 5-iron that drew onto the fairway’s left edge, but it never responded. Siegfried, a rising senior at The Haverford School, sat comfortably in the fairway, 120 yards from the hole location. With playing honors, he knocked a 50-degree wedge to 30 feet. Benevento, peering through a dangerous window of green space, lined a 7-iron into the front bunker. He splashed out to five feet, completed the sand save and essentially halved Siegfried with a 4.

  “I never counted him out of it. You can’t really assume anything,” Siegfried, a Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine Player to Watch in 2015, said. “I was thinking I needed to make something happen. He made an awesome par.”

  An awesome par followed by an equally awesome birdie.

  Benevento decimated a drive to 40 yards on No. 9. With bunkers buffering his path to a back hole location, he landed a 54-degree wedge on the green’s front edge and watched it chase. Meanwhile, Siegfried pulled a 54-degree wedge from 75 yards left. His golf ball muzzled atop a mound of fringe. He rolled the ensuing birdie attempt into the good-good zone. Benevento, seeing an identical line of putt to one in regulation, made good on his effort from eight feet.

  “I played it just outside the right edge and it went in,” he said.

  In regulation, Benevento matched birdies with Siegfried on the par 5, 475-yard 15th hole to remain two back. He pulverized a 7-iron 200 yards and then bumped a wedge to two feet. Siegfried stopped a wedge at a foot. A “monkey see, monkey do” mantra highlighted No. 17: Benevento hit a 58-degree wedge 75 yards to two feet, Siegfried a 58-degree 70 yards to three feet.

  The aforementioned 18th prompted the tournament’s playoff existence. Both players approached the narrow par 4 conservatively. Siegfried’s hybrid sailed underneath an obstructing tree on the right side, prompting an innocent chip-out. Benevento, keenly aware of the circumstances, laid a knockdown 5-iron into the fairway and then aimed a 50-degree wedge from 130 yards right of the flagstick. It drew as he hoped and stopped at six feet. Siegfried failed to convert a 30-footer for par, leaving a deadlock door open.

  Benevento barged through it. He’s now won a pair of GAP tournaments in a week. Benevento joined Matthew Davis, also of Aronimink, to take the Francis X. Hussey Memorial at Rolling Green Golf Club. Siegfried, ironically, caddied for the team.

  “It’s an honor to have my name on two Junior tournaments. There’s a lot of history here,” Benevento, who will major in finance at Delaware, said.

Harry Hammond Award
  The day wasn’t a total loss for Siegfried. He tied J.T. Barker of Saucon Valley Country Club for the Harry Hammond Award at 282. The two will compete in an 18-hole stroke-play playoff at a date and venue to be determined.

  The Harry Hammond Award is given to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the Junior Boys’ Championship Qualifier, the Christman Cup and the Jock MacKenzie Memorial. Siegfried, who won the Christman Cup presented by Global Golf Post last week, trailed Barker by a stroke entering the Jock MacKenzie. The latter carded a 2-under-par 70 Monday to finish third.

Jacob Zeng

Junior-Junior
  A par on the 18th hole (par 4, 300 yards) unearthed a Jacob Zeng smile. The score, commonplace on this day, also assured a Junior-Junior (Ages 10-13) victory for the Applecross Country Club youngster. Zeng carded a 1-over-par 37, which included eight pars and a bogey.

  “I was really happy when I made the final putt and realized that I won. It’s really exciting for me,” Zeng, 13, of Downingtown, Pa., said.

  Zeng’s lone blemish occurred on the par 4, 318-yard 17th hole, where he lipped a four-footer after reaching the green in regulation. He only stressed another on No. 10 (3, 112 yards) after catching the left greenside bunker with a pitching wedge. An extraction to two feet cooled that sweat.

  Zeng won the First Flight in last year’s GAP Junior-Junior Boys’ Championship. He is a soon-to-be eighth grader at Episcopal Academy.

  Jock MacKenzie served as Sandy Run Country Club’s head professional for more than three decades. The Memorial tournament, which originated in 1985, is named in his honor. It is open to Junior golfers — both male and female — from GAP Member Clubs. Sandy Run hosts the event each year.

Golf Association of Philadelphia
  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 151 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Boys

Junior (Ages 14-18)

Name, club

Score

*Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club

69

Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club

69

J.T. Barker, Saucon Valley Country Club

70

Brian Walker, Cherry Valley Country Club

72

Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club

72

Jack Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73

Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74

Daniel Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

74

Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

74

Thomas Lewis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

74

Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

75

Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

75

Quinn Dolan, Rolling Green Golf Club

75

Daniel Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

Hugh Farris, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

Trey Croney, Overbrook Golf Club

76

Bobby Beck, Lehigh Country Club

77

Jake Sitzler, Burlington Country Club

77

Joe Rochelle, Indian Valley Country Club

77

Michael Reed-Price, Sunnybrook Golf Club

77

Nick Calabrese, Edgmont Country Club

77

Trevor Paolone, Overbrook Golf Club

77

Cole Kemmerer, Waynesborough Country Club

78

John Hansel, Sandy Run Country Club

78

Michael Zeng, Applecross Country Club

78

Nicholas Wert, Merion Golf Club

78

Davis Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club

79

Jack Henderson, Gulph Mills Golf Club

79

Luke Nichols, Philadelphia Country Club

79

Matt Marino, Waynesborough Country Club

79

Michael Burns, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

79

Nick Hand, Golden Oaks Golf Club

79

Ryan McHugh, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

79

Troy Thierolf, Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

Brian Kilroy, Llanerch Country Club

81

John Buliga, Yardley Country Club

81

Andrew Wallace, Meadowlands Country Club

82

Brandon Jensen, Sandy Run Country Club

82

Daniel Bullock, Overbrook Golf Club

82

Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

82

Gavin Sims, Overbrook Golf Club

82

Greg Welsh, Talamore Country Club

82

Jack Mitchell, St. Davids Golf Club

82

Benjamin Kotler, Squires Golf Club

83

Drew Petri, Jericho National Golf Club

83

Matthew Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

83

Seamus Gibbons, Talamore Country Club

83

Ben Litt, Riverton Country Club

84

Cory Hunter, Commonwealth National Golf Club

84

Ethan Krohn, Overbrook Golf Club

84

Kyle Green, Bellewood Country Club

84

Mac Costin, Merion Golf Club

84

Max Harrington, Brookside CC of Allentown

84

Michael O'Neill, III, Overbrook Golf Club

84

Nat Gallen, Berkshire Country Club

84

Phillip Held, Jr., Blue Bell Country Club

84

Cole White, Blue Bell Country Club

86

Matt Aprile, Sandy Run Country Club

86

Matthew McGettigan, Sandy Run Country Club

86

Ryan Brennan, Rolling Green Golf Club

86

Archie Filshill, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

87

Kyle Kellenbenz, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

87

Andrew Curran, Overbrook Golf Club

88

Joey Centeno, Philadelphia Cricket Club

88

Jack Farrington, Sandy Run Country Club

89

Nate Pillion, Bala Golf Club

89

Justin Hershey, Applebrook Golf Club

90

Teddy Davis, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

90

Garrett Kearney, Aronimink Golf Club

95

Jack Burton, Overbrook Golf Club

96

Garrett Hallinan, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

100

Jack Bolger, Whitford Country Club

109

Max Hansen, Blue Bell Country Club

115

Vince Burke, LedgeRock Golf Club

NS

Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

WD

David Kim, Commonwealth National Golf Club

WD

Ryan Conner, Jericho National Golf Club

WD

Thomas Coakley, GAP Junior Players Club

WD

 

Junior-Junior (Ages 10-13)

Name, club

Score

Jacob Zeng, Applecross Country Club

37

Case Hummer, Aronimink Golf Club

41

Colman Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club

41

Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

41

Brett McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

43

Nicholas Hano, III, Aronimink Golf Club

43

Kevin Civitella, Radnor Valley Country Club

44

Matthew Hladczuk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

44

Matthew Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club

44

Darren Nolan, Talamore Country Club

45

Brennan Fluehr, North Hills Country Club

47

Dolan Cox, White Manor Country Club

47

Jake Mccabe, Flourtown Country Club

48

Scott Pfeiffer, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

56

Nathan Guertler, Laurel Creek Country Club

57

Charlie Hurchalla, The Springhaven Club

59

Cole Farrington, Sandy Run Country Club

59

Matthew Hurchalla, The Springhaven Club

84

Girls

Junior (Ages 14-18)

 

Name, club

Score

Georgia Naples, White Manor Country Club

82

Claire Brown, Philadelphia Cricket Club

94

Mary McGuinness, Tavistock Country Club

NS

Julia Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club

WD

Junior-Junior (Ages 10-13)

Name, club

Score

Lauren Jones, Merion Golf Club

44

Kathleen Mark, Rolling Green Golf Club

56

 

*-won in playoff

NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

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