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Scrantonís Reach birdies final hole to nab Christman Cup title

  EXTON, Pa. Ė Playing in only his second Golf Association of Philadelphia event, Nicholas Reach of the Country Club of Scranton birdied the 36th hole to take home the 2008 Christman Cup title in stunning fashion at Whitford CC (par 71, 6,539 yards) Friday.

  The Moscow, Pa., resident carded a 1-over-par 73 in the morning round only to come back strong with seven birdies in his final 18 holes to post a 4-under-par 68 in the afternoon, good for a two-round total of 3-under-par 141.

  "Itís just amazing," said the 16-year-old of winning the event over an impressive field. "The competition was so great. Iím just so excited."

  But amazing could be the best way to describe Reachís final-round work with the flatstick.

  The high school sophomore-to-be rolled in birdies from just about everywhere including a back-to-back-to-back stint on hole Nos. 15 (par 4, 407 yards), 16 (par 5, 525 yards) and 17 (par 3, 178 yards).

  "I was putting unbelievably in the second round," he said. "I made everything."

  But it was Reach who started to believe after his birdie on the 17th hole, his 26th hole of the day as he started on the back nine in the afternoon.

  The relatively unknown player carded a two after poking a 5-iron 15 feet left of the hole and draining the hard left-to-right breaking putt.

  "After I made that putt [on No. 17] I thought to myself ĎMan Iím really in this,' " Reach said. "It was a good curler."

  Knowing that Robert Galbreath, Jr., the four-time Junior Boysí Champion, was already in the clubhouse at 2-under-par 142 and that Warren Taylor of Yardley CC was making an impressive late charge of his own, Reach knew that all he had to do was finish at even par for the remaining four holes.

  But after an errant drive on No. 8 (par 4, 386 yards) caused the Scranton Prep golfer to make a bogey, plans changed. Reach now needed a tough birdie on the par 5 9th for the victory.

  "I knew that Rob [Galbreath] was 2 under for the day so I knew that I had to birdie my final hole to win," he said of his thoughts on No. 9 tee.

  Reach pulled his drive a tad left on the bending 9th hole and was forced to lay up in front of the pond. From there he knocked a 56-degree wedge eight feet past the hole, leaving a tricky downhill putt for the title.

  Reach surveyed his putt even more than usual, sent it in for birdie and said afterward that knowing the magnitude of that stroke "absolutely" helped him drain it.

  "I just had to get it started," he said of his downhill birdie putt on No. 9. "And it went in."

Notes:

  Warren Taylorís (76-69) 145 showing included a spectacular eagle on No. 9 during his remarkable final round in which, at one point, he stood at 6-under-par through 16 of his final 18 holes.

  Galbreath, who also eagled the ninth hole in his first round, finished second giving him the lead in the Harry Hammond Award standings going into the final event, the Jock MacKenzie Memorial set to take place on July 21 at Sandy Run CC.

  The Harry Hammond Award is given to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying round of the Junior Boys' Championship, the Christman Cup and the Jock MacKenzie Memorial.

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  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 136 Member Clubs and 56,000 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.

Results

Name

Club

Rd 1

Rd 2

Total

Nicholas Reach

Country Club of Scranton

73

68

141

Robert Galbreath, Jr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72

70

142

Warren Taylor

Yardley Country Club

76

69

145

Andrew Zoeller

Waynesborough Country Club

71

76

147

Michael Kania

Overbrook Golf Club

73

75

148

Jerry Temple, Jr.

Cavaliers Country Club

73

76

149

Russell Hartung

Doylestown Country Club

71

78

149

Mike Amole

Talamore Country Club

71

78

149

Ben Feld

Blue Bell Country Club

76

74

150

Ted Brennan

Philadelphia Country Club

74

78

152

Pierce Dever

Jericho National Golf Club

79

74

153

Vince Boyle

JC Melrose Country Club

77

76

153

Daniel Bernard

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

79

74

153

Jordan Keller

Brookside C.C. of Allentown

73

81

154

Joseph Gunerman

Yardley Country Club

77

77

154

Sam Lerner

Woodcrest Country Club

80

74

154

Tommy Shin

Laurel Creek Country Club

81

73

154

Peter Eiler

Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

78

155

Max Matejik

Yardley Country Club

80

76

156

Davis Schaller

Marriot Seaview Resort

81

76

157

John Fasy

Wilmington Country Club

74

83

157

Tucker Koch

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

81

77

158

Martin Hayden

Overbrook Golf Club

81

77

158

John Inman

Cherry Valley Country Club

84

74

158

Benjamin Cooley

Lu Lu Country Club

77

81

158

Christopher Prechtl

Five Ponds Golf Club

81

80

161

Jonathan Heydt

Moselem Springs Golf Club

83

80

163

Blayze DiPasquale

Jericho National Golf Club

82

81

163

Greg Verde

Spring Ford Country Club

73

91

164

James Braunsberg

Blue Bell Country Club

78

86

164

Edmond Fenton

Jericho National Golf Club

83

81

164

John Thomas

Spring Mill Country Club

80

84

164

James Tallent

Merion Golf Club

80

85

165

Zachary Falone

Rolling Green Golf Club

85

80

165

Zachary Dilcher

Hartefeld National

84

81

165

Cameron Liebert

Edgmont Country Club

84

82

166

Ian Byerly

Coatesville Country Club

87

81

168

Mark DiEleuterio

Cavaliers Country Club

88

81

169

CJ Van Ostenbridge

Spring Ford Country Club

92

78

170

Paul Carbone, Jr.

Old York Road Country Club

91

79

170

Matt McGovern

Talamore Country Club

85

85

170

Kyle DiGiacobbe

Five Ponds Golf Club

90

80

170

Michael Ashcraft

Brookside C.C. of Allentown

89

82

171

Martin Schlenker

Penn Oaks Golf Club

85

86

171

John Leskow

Laurel Creek Country Club

88

83

171

Jimmy Johnston

Merion Golf Club

86

86

172

Jack Rosenberg

Waynesborough Country Club

87

85

172

L.J. Georgetti

Wildwood Golf & Country Club

86

87

173

Aaron Burton

Five Ponds Golf Club

83

91

174

Drew Calamaro

Rolling Green Golf Club

85

89

174

Ted Kerschner

Overbrook Golf Club

96

90

186

Danny Costello

Spring Mill Country Club

99

89

188

Bobby Moratti

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

103

95

198

Bill Kuchinsky

Downingtown Golf Club

85

WD

WD

Ryan Worthy

Merion Golf Club

89

WD

WD

Scott McCool

Saucon Valley Country Club

85

WD

WD

Phil Rothermel

Golden Oaks Golf Club

93

WD

WD

  

WD-withdrawal

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