close_icon

*HARRY HAMMOND AWARD STANDINGS

Doylestown CC’s Hartung takes
Christman Cup and Harry Hammond Award

  NEW HOPE, Pa.– Doylestown CC’s Russell Hartung made it twice as nice.

Russell Hartung
  In this, his first Golf Association of Philadelphia tournament season, the 15-year-old from Doylestown, Pa., took both the 8th Christman Cup, leading wire-to-wire with a 3-over-par 147 (72-75), and the Harry Hammond Award on Thursday at Jericho National GC (par 72, 6,736 yards). It was his initial pair of GAP victories.

  The Harry Hammond Award is earned by the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying round of the Junior Boys' Championship, the Jock MacKenzie Memorial and the two rounds of The Christman Cup. Hartung finished at 294 for the Hammond (71-76-72-75).

  "I hit everything alright today," Hartung said. "I hit my driver pretty good and hit most of the fairways. It was just an overall good day."

  Hartung carded three birdies on the day under sweltering conditions, including a back-to-back birdie effort on hole Nos. 13 (par 4, 401 yards) and 14 (par 5, 596 yards) to best the 58-player field by two strokes.

  "It means a lot, this being the first [GAP tournament] I have ever won," he said. "I’m happy I held it together."

  As previously mentioned, Hartung’s field-low round also earned him the Harry Hammond Award. But the soon-to-be sophomore at Central Bucks East pointed to his even-par 71 at the Junior Boys’ Championship this past June as somewhat of a catalyst for his success at this level of competition.

Jimmy Bea
  "That’s when I started to realize I can compete with these kids," said the rookie GAP participant of his experience at the Junior Championship. "I’m just happy to win [the Harry Hammond Award] and the Christman Cup in my first year."

  Added Hartung, "Winning [the Harry Hammond Award] means I played pretty good in every tournament and held it together. It’s is a big one."

  His victory also grants him an invitation to represent the Golf Association of Philadelphia in the 44rd running of Williamson Cup, a prestigious annual junior competition. Hartung will join Jimmy Bea of Spring Mill CC and two other GAP Junior players at the competition set for Aug. 12-13 at Williams CC in Weirton, W.V.

  Bea carded a 5-over-par 149 (76-73) to finish tied for second place in Thursday’s competition with Robert Galbreath, Jr., the 2007 Junior Boys’ Champion and current Junior Player of the Year points leader out of Huntingdon Valley CC.

  Bea, who said it will be fun to represent GAP at the Williamson Cup, started the day off with a 4-over-par 76 but came back strong to finish just two strokes back with a solid 1-over-par 73 under arguably more difficult playing conditions.

Galbreath gets out of trouble
on No. 6 (par 4, 403 yards).
  "This is one of the biggest tournaments of the year with a lot on the line with the Harry Hammond [Award] and the Player of the Year," Bea said. "The heat played a big factor today and I was really looking for a good finish since I slipped up in the morning. I was saying to myself that I needed to come back and have a really good round in the afternoon.

  Overall I’m pleased," said Bea of his effort. "This is a bigger tournament and I broke 150 which was solid."

  But for Galbreath, It was more a difference in his play between the front and back nine rather than the rounds. The 16-year-old played Jericho National GC’s front nine in a combined 2-under par for his two rounds compared to 7-over par on the back side.

  "I didn’t play well on the actual back nine all day," Galbreath said. "I just really could not have played worse on the back [nine] both times."

  Despite his difficulties, Galbreath’s finish, combined with Thursday’s absence of Sunnybrook GC’s Robert Robertson, has allowed him to take a more comfortable lead in the Junior Player of the Year standings.

  "Player of the Year is something I really take seriously," Galbreath said. "Because Philadelphia has an Association with so many great players and people, to have your name at the top of a list with so many great juniors means so much."

  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 135 Member Clubs and 60,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

Notes:
  The Williamson Cup is a 36-hole, stroke play event that features competition among four-man teams from 11 state and regional golf associations from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York, Ontario, Quebec and Washington, D.C.

  The Golf Association of Philadelphia took fourth place at the 2006 Williamson Cup held at Bellevue CC in Syracuse, N.Y.

Results

Name

Club

Rd 1

Rd 2

Total

Russell Hartung

Doylestown Country Club

72

75

147

James Bea

Spring Mill Country Club

76

73

149

Robert Galbreath, Jr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74

75

149

James Tallent

Merion Golf Club

76

74

150

Kevin Melnick, Jr.

Plymouth Country Club

78

73

151

Paul Kovalcheck

Lu Lu Country Club

79

72

151

Joseph Gunerman

Yardley Country Club

78

73

151

Kevin Genuardi

Cedarbrook Country Club

80

72

152

Andrew Zoeller

Waynesborough Country Club

75

77

152

Cory Siegfried

Philadelphia Country Club

77

75

152

Martin Hayden

Overbrook Golf Club

76

76

152

Mark Endres

Overbrook Golf Club

77

76

153

Peter Eiler

Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

76

153

John Fasy

Wilmington Country Club

75

78

153

Vince Boyle

Five Ponds Golf Club

78

76

154

Richard Marabella

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

76

78

154

Matt Dudas

Indian Valley Country Club

77

77

154

Michael Kania

Overbrook Golf Club

75

79

154

Nicholas Reach

Country Club of Scranton

75

79

154

Garrett Conway

Burlington Country Club

81

74

155

Bobby Arthur

Tavistock Country Club

82

73

155

Greg Walsh

Philadelphia Country Club

80

75

155

Ted Kerschner

Overbrook Golf Club

76

80

156

George Trosley

Sandy Run Country Club

78

79

157

Dave Long

Honeybrook Golf Club

77

80

157

Austin List

Merion Golf Club

80

77

157

Phillip Villari, Jr.

Riverton Country Club

76

81

157

Ryan Winchester

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

78

80

158

Pierce Dever

Jericho National Golf Club

81

78

159

Mark DiEleuterio

Cavaliers Country Club

80

79

159

Daniel Bernard

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

78

82

160

David Goodman

Bucks County Golf Club

81

79

160

Alex Pompey

Country Club of Scranton

84

76

160

Richard Gross

Glenmaura National Golf Club

81

79

160

Hunter Hanson

Waynesborough Country Club

85

76

161

William Hoese

Links Golf Club

87

75

162

Kent Dolby, Jr.

Waynesborough Country Club

79

83

162

Blayze DiPasquale

Jericho National Golf Club

82

82

164

Martin Schlenker

Penn Oaks Golf Club

83

82

165

Beau Guarino

Burlington Country Club

83

84

167

Zach Emery

White Manor Country Club

87

81

168

Joey Garrity

Northampton Country Club

83

85

168

Davis Schaller

Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

87

83

170

Peter Nelson

Glen Oak Country Club

94

77

171

Ted Brennan

Philadelphia Country Club

95

79

174

Jack Rosenberg

Waynesborough Country Club

86

89

175

Eric Schaft

Sandy Run Country Club

87

91

178

Patrick Welsh

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

84

WD

WD

J.D. Hall

Merion Golf Club

78

WD

WD

Nicholas Bellisario

Rolling Green Golf Club

87

WD

WD

John W Shelton

Sandy Run Country Club

87

WD

WD

 

WD-withdrawal

[ Back ]