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Yardley CCís Charen takes the
Christman Cup for his first GAP victory

  BUCKINGHAM, Pa.Ė It was a day of firsts for Daniel Charen of Yardley CC. The 17-year-old was first to tee off, part of the first group in the clubhouse and, most notably, in first place to take the 7th Christman Cup at Lookaway GC (par 72, 6,684 yards).

Daniel Charen eyes his tee
shot during his first round.
  Playing in only his third GAP event, the senior from Neshaminy High School would fire a field low, two-round score of 145 (74-71), passing the 29-player field by three strokes.

  And although his inexperience would show its face during his final round, Charen would hold on to win the championship.

  When asked if he was nervous, an ecstatic Charen put it simply.

  "Yes," he emphatically said. "I felt the nerves, knowing that I was now 4-under on the back nine."

  In second place after his first round score of 74, Charen finished the front nine of his second round 1-over par. A score he felt would not win him the championship.

  "I knew I didnít shoot myself out of the tournament in the first round, but I just knew that after a 1-over front nine, I had to do something special on the back," Charen said.

  That something special came quickly, as he would birdie No. 10 (par 4, 341 yards) and No. 11 (par 3, 182 yards) just before he found what he needed on No.13 (par 5, 512 yards) with an eagle.

  Charen would lace his drive nearly 300 yards down the left side of the fairway leaving him about 215 yards to the pin. He choked up on his rescue wood and stuck his shot on the left edge of the hole within nine feet, only to putt out from there.

Bobby Arthur of Tavistock CC.
  Charenís nerves would quickly take over, as the young man from Langhorne, Pa., would string together three consecutive bogeys on Nos. 14 (par 4, 447 yards), 15 (par 3, 170 yards) and 16 (par 4, 384 yards), before he regained control with a birdie on No. 17 (Par 5, 523 yards).

  The Bucks County resident would finish the back nine 2-under-par and emerge victorious with a strong short game at his side.

  "It feels good to win," said an elated Charen. "I put in so much time in on my short game, that itís nice to see the hard work pay off."

  Bobby Arthur of Tavistock CC took the Harry Hammond Award by three strokes over Charen and Robert Galbreath, Jr. of Philmont CC.

  The Christman Cup also serves as the final two rounds for the Harry Hammond Award. The Harry Hammond is given to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying round of the Junior Boys' Championship and the two rounds of the Christman Cup.

  With their wins, both Arthur and Charen have been invited to play in the Williamson Cup in Syracuse, N.Y. on August 14-15.

Results

Pos.

Name

Club

Rd 1

Rd 2

Total

1

Daniel Charen

Yardley CC

74

71

145

T2

Jason Cohan

The ACE Club

76

72

148

T2

Rob Galbreath, Jr.

Huntingdon Valley CC

76

72

148

T2

Robert Robertson

Sunnybrook Golf Club

70

78

148

5

Bobby Arthur

Tavistock CC

78

72

150

T6

Brett Falkoff

The ACE Club

76

76

152

T6

James Tallent

Merion GC

75

77

152

8

John Ladow

Bellewood GC

78

75

153

T9

Samuel Ryder

Aronimink GC

79

77

156

T9

Eric Chipin

Jericho National Golf Club

81

75

156

T9

Christopher Allan, Jr.

Penn Oaks GC

80

76

156

T9

Thomas Lindberg

St. Davids GC

78

78

156

T13

Kevin Genuardi

Cedarbrook CC

79

78

157

T13

Chip Culp

Philadelphia Cricket Club

79

78

157

T15

James Bea

Spring Mill CC

77

81

158

T15

Scott Morris

Doylestown CC

79

79

158

T17

Stephen Frey

Whitford CC

81

79

160

T17

Kevin Ignatuk

Penn Oaks GC

83

77

160

T17

Richard Gross

Glenmaura National Golf Club

82

78

160

T17

Patrick Welsh

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

83

160

T21

Mark Endres

Overbrook Golf Club

85

77

162

T21

Travis Gahman

Phila. Publinks GA

88

74

162

T23

Richard Marabella

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

86

77

163

T23

James Kania, Jr

Overbrook Golf Club

84

79

163

T23

Michael Kania

Overbrook GC

79

84

163

26

William Hoese

Links Golf Club

83

81

164

T27

Austin Anthony

Philadelphia Cricket Club

82

85

167

T27

Alexander Pompey

Country Club of Scranton

85

82

167

29

Paul Kovalcheck

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

96

NC

NC

 

*NC - no card

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