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Radnor Valley CC's Bobby Svigals captures Christman Cup

  NORTH HILLS, Pa.-Bobby Svigals of Radnor Valley CC experienced a career-best performance on a day when he needed it most.

  The Villanova, Pa. resident registered a 36-hole total 143 to capture the Christman Cup Friday at Lu Lu CC (par 71, 6,327 yards). A humbled and soft-spoken Svigals expressed sentiments of pride and joy regarding a victory that featured a litany of firsts.

BOBBY SVIGALS

  "It's the first 36-hole tournament I"ve ever won," he said. "It's the first time I've ever broken 150. Seventy is the best score I've ever shot. It"s a really nice win. I've been playing good, but I really didn't have too many expectations coming in."

  Svigals, 17, started his title quest with three consecutive bogeys. On No. 1 (par 5, 478 yards), his tee shot nearly breached the out-bound stakes. He reached the putting surface with his fourth stroke, but missed a 10-footer to save par. He launched his 6-iron 175 yards on No. 2 (par 4, 357 yards) into the bushes and couldn't get up-and-down. A figurative dagger on No. 3 (par 4, 427 yards) again slashed Svigals' scorecard. His 4-iron from 190 yards out hooked to the right of the recover, and Svigals neglected to save par.

  Three bogeys on his first three holes could've severely damaged Svigals mentally, but the soon-to-be Episcopal Academy senior remained even-keeled.

  "I was hitting it all over. I'm not exactly sure what turned it around," he said. "I just started making a lot of putts after that. I played really consistent."

BEN COOLEY

  Svigals, who reached the semifinals in this year's Junior Boys' Championship, soon found magic with his flatstick. He carded his first birdie of the tournament on the par 4, 440-yard 13th hole. His 6-iron sailed 170 yards and settled 30-feet from the flagstick. Svigals rolled in a downhill, left-to-right breaker. He converted a six-footer for birdie on No. 14 (par 4, 358 yards) after a smooth 9-iron approach. Svigals' tee shot on the shortish par 4, 297-yard 16th hole fell short of the green, but he chipped up and fired a 15-footer to post his third red figure.

  Svigals carded a 2-over-par 73 in the morning round, one stroke shy of 18-hole leader Mike Davis of Merion GC. He had one goal in mind for the afternoon session.

  "Try to go as low as I could go," Svigals said. "I felt that I was putting really well."

  And he did just that, thanks to a fabulous flatstick. Following a string of six straight pars, Svigals, who started his second round on the back nine, fired a birdie on No. 16. His drive missed the green left, so Svigals chipped up and executed a 10-footer for birdie. He blasted his sand wedge 110 yards on No. 18 (par 4, 399 yards) and drained a 15-footer for birdie. Svigals continued his red figure surge by drilling his 7-iron 165 yards on No. 3 (par 4, 399 yards). His delicate, downhill 20-footer dropped into the jar.

  At that point, Davis and other challengers, such as Benjamin Cooley of Lu Lu CC and Ted Brennan of Philadelphia, had faded slightly. Standing at 1-under-par with six holes to play, Svigals implemented a conservative strategy to retain his place atop the leaderboard.

  "I figured a bunch of pars would get the job done," he said.

  Easier said than done. Svigals registered back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 5 (par 4, 443 yards) and 6 (par 3, 178 yards). His approach on the first drifted into the right-side trees. Svigals returned to the green with a lob wedge, but couldn"t convert a 20-footer for par.

On the latter, Svigals' 5-iron landed short of the green. His eight-footer for par lipped out. But Svigals stayed mellow and finished with three safe and sufficient pars.

  Cooley, runner-up in the Junior Boys' Championship, finished second with a 3-over-par 145 total.

Name

Club

Rd 1

Rd 2

Total

Bobby Svigals

Radnor Valley Country Club

73

70

143

Benjamin Cooley

Lu Lu Country Club

75

70

145

Ted Brennan

Philadelphia Country Club

73

74

147

Michael Davis

Merion Golf Club

72

75

147

Paul Carbone, Jr.

Old York Road Country Club

73

77

150

Zach Arsenault

Little Mill Country Club

74

76

150

S. Louis Kelly, Jr.

Philmont Country Club

79

71

150

Kyle Sterbinsky

Yardley Country Club

76

75

151

Mike Amole

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

75

151

Cole Berman

Philadelphia Cricket Club

75

78

153

Kyle Williams

Glen Oak Country Club

76

78

154

Bryce Caton

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

76

78

154

Regan Papariello

White Manor Country Club

78

77

155

L.J. Georgetti

Wildwood Golf & Country Club

78

77

155

John Leighton

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

76

79

155

Zachary Melnick

Plymouth Country Club

81

75

156

Austin Mann

Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour

76

80

156

Vincent Sirianni

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

74

82

156

Justin Smith

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

79

157

Jack Walsh, Jr.

Old York Road Country Club

82

75

157

Kyle Martin

Commonwealth National Golf Club

79

78

157

Christopher Crawford

Lu Lu Country Club

81

76

157

Alex Dupre

Rolling Green Golf Club

77

81

158

Colin Goan

Little Mill Country Club

80

78

158

W. Evan Thornton

Berkshire Country Club

78

80

158

Mac Selverian

Aronimink Golf Club

80

78

158

Rich Thorpe

Lu Lu Country Club

79

80

159

Evan Galbreath

Philmont Country Club

82

77

159

Vince Boyle

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

79

80

159

Chris Szal, Jr.

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

81

79

160

Eric Montella

Glen Oak Country Club

81

80

161

Brendan Papariello

White Manor Country Club

78

84

162

Brock Kovach

Berkshire Country Club

81

81

162

T.J. Summers

Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

81

163

Julian Dorey

Tavistock Country Club

77

86

163

R. Morgan Dougherty

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

83

164

Ryan Fogel

Penn Oaks Golf Club

79

85

164

Jonathan Rennard

Phoenixville Country Club

84

80

164

Matthew Fedder

Bala Golf Club

86

79

165

Jalen Griffin

Talamore Country Club

82

83

165

Daniel Hayes, III

Yardley Country Club

82

84

166

Conor Pocino

Old York CC at Chesterfield

79

87

166

Steven Altieri

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

84

82

166

Francis Worthington

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

81

85

166

Matt Yanek

Woodstone Country Club

83

84

167

Robert Hoeppner

Commonwealth National Golf Club

86

82

168

Eric Slawter

St. Davids Golf Club

84

84

168

Luke Liddell

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

82

87

169

Christopher Rotelli

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

82

88

170

Geordie Lukas

Whitford Country Club

84

88

172

Joseph Rueter, Jr.

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

89

83

172

Reilly Erhardt

Trenton Country Club

86

92

178

Matthew Bastian, Jr.

Rolling Green Golf Club

95

90

185

Ryan Meisenzahl

Hidden Creek Golf Club

89

96

185

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