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Mercer Oaks' Siegler captures Christman Cup at Bidermann GC

  WILMINGTON, Del. — Standing at 5 over after his first three holes, Ryan Siegler of Mercer Oaks GC could’ve thrown in the towel and enjoyed a no-frills day of golf. Instead, the West Windsor, N.J. resident forgot his mistakes and forged ahead to capture the Christman Cup Thursday at a beautiful Bidermann GC (par 72, 6,564 yards). Siegler outlasted the 47-player field, clutching onto a 3-over-par 147 total to prevail. The win marked his first on the Golf Association of Philadelphia Junior circuit.

Ryan Siegler
  “This is great,” Siegler, a relative GAP newcomer, said. “With this being my senior year, there’s a lot of pressure to put up good scores for colleges. I’ve been working on my game hard, and to see it pay off is rewarding.”

  Siegler, who began his morning round on the back nine, three-putted the No. 10 (par 4, 424 yards) green from 30 feet to lose a stroke. He dumped an 8-iron into the front left bunker on the par 3, 155-yard 11th hole. Siegler exploded out of a plugged lie, lofted a chip to 30 feet and again three-putted to card a triple bogey. Things didn’t get any easier on No. 12 (par 5, 520 yards). The lanky lefty three-putted for a 6 after reaching the putting surface in regulation with a sand wedge.

  “I didn’t really have a feel for the greens,” he said of the early miscues.

  A collected Siegler finally settled into the round with a birdie on No. 14 (par 4, 440 yards). He drilled a 9-iron 142 yards to three feet. Siegler, a soon-to-be-senior at West Windsor-Plainsboro North High School, shifted into full throttle on No. 1 (par 4, 315 yards). The long-hitter drove the green and two-putted from 50 feet behind the hole location for birdie. He eagled the par 5, 475-yard No. 2 following a 6-iron shot that sailed 170 yards to 15 feet. Putting woes re-emerged on Nos. 4 (par 3, 175 yards) and 5 (par 4, 379 yards) as Siegler missed a pair of par-gimmes. He recovered with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 6 (par 5, 479 yards) and 7 (par 4, 311 yards). On the first, Siegler hit an 8-iron 175 yards downwind to 30 feet and two-putted. His length off the tee served Siegler well on No. 7. He again ripped a drive to the front of the green and two-putted for a 3. Siegler posted a 33 on the back nine to finish as the first round leader with a 2-over-par 74.

  “I knew it couldn’t possibly get any worse. I was just in a groove and kept it going,” he said. “I knew I wasn’t hitting bad shots. I was just a little unlucky. I knew if I continued to hit good shots and make some putts, I could turn it around. I didn’t assume that I was going to have the first-round lead because I thought someone was going to come in lower than 74.”

  With the rest of the field giving chase, Siegler stayed comfortable in the pace car. He birdied No. 2 after smashing his 6-iron 170 yards to the right of the green and nestling a chip to three feet. Siegler failed to get up-and-down for par from the front left bunker on No. 4 (par 3, 175 yards). He reclaimed that stroke on No. 7 by driving the green once more and two-putting for birdie. Siegler found another red figure on the treacherous par 5, 504-yard 15th hole. He stuck a 6-iron 175 yards to 12 feet and again two-putted to move to 1 over for the tournament.

  “I knew that if I played OK coming in, I’d have a good shot,” Sigler, who finished fourth in last week’s Francis Hussey Memorial alongside clubmate Charles Cai, said. “I just tried to par as many holes as I could and take advantage when I hit it close.”

  Siegler stumbled out of his groove for a brief moment on No. 16 (par 3, 215 yards). He steered a 3-iron out-of-bounds and registered a double bogey. Two conservative pars preserved a 1 over for the afternoon.

  W. Evan Thornton of Berkshire CC logged a 6-over-par 150 total to finish second. The Wyomissing, Pa. resident used a 1-over-par 73 in the afternoon to shoot up the leaderboard.

W. Evan Thornton
  “I really wanted to go low today because it’s such a big tournament,” Thornton, 16, said. “I was really nervous in the beginning. I thought I needed to make a run on my second 18.”

  Thornton, an incoming junior at Wyomissing High School, did just that. He birdied two of his last four holes. After reaching the No. 6 (par 5, 479 yards) green in two strokes with a 6-iron from 185 yards out, Thornton almost canned a 15-footer for eagle. He came up 20 yards short of the No. 7 green and knocked a chip 10 feet. Thornton turned in his best GAP performance Thursday. Last year, he finished tied for fourth in the Jock MacKenzie Memorial and qualified for match play in the Junior Boys’ Championship.

Name, club

R1-R2–Score

Ryan Siegler, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

74-73–147

W. Evan Thornton, Berkshire Country Club

77-73–150

T.J. Summers, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77-75–152

Reilly Erhardt, Trenton Country Club

76-76–152

Connor Eichman, Llanerch Country Club

76-79–155

Zach Arsenault, Little Mill Country Club

83-74–157

Ryan Rucinski, Hartefeld National

80-77–157

Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78-79–157

Kevin Zipf, Philadelphia Country Club

77-80–157

Kyle Sterbinsky, Yardley Country Club

83-75–158

Jonathan Rennard, Phoenixville Country Club

76-82–158

Sean Fahey, Overbrook Golf Club

79-80–159

Jack Fosselman, Hartefeld National

83-77–160

R. Morgan Dougherty, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

83-77–160

Joseph Rueter, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

89-74–163

Sam Gallen, Berkshire Country Club

81-82–163

Matt Yanek, Woodstone Country Club

85-78–163

Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford Country Club

79-85–164

Steven Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club

85-81–166

Sam Soeth, White Manor Country Club

87-79–166

Alex Dupre, Rolling Green Golf Club

82-84–166

Jon Stewart, Honeybrook Golf Club

89-78–167

Alex Kane, Radley Run Country Club

82-85–167

Connor Goodrich, Merchantville Country Club

85-83–168

Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club

80-88–168

Kevin Hosey, DuPont Country Club

88-82–170

Liam McAnally, Applecross Country Club

86-84–170

Francis Worthington, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

86-84–170

Brendan Papariello, White Manor Country Club

81-90–171

Mac Selverian, Aronimink Golf Club

82-89–171

Chris Burns, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

82-89–171

Ryan Sander, Medford Village Country Club

84-88–172

Mac Ryan, Overbrook Golf Club

81-91–172

Chris Szal, Jr., Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

94-81–175

Brock Kovach, Berkshire Country Club

88-87–175

Liam Fahey, Overbrook Golf Club

94-83–177

Mac Walsh, Aronimink Golf Club

90-88–178

Sean Fitzpatrick, Cavaliers Country Club

91-89–180

Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

88-94–182

Robert Firth, Jr., Commonwealth National Golf Club

100-85–185

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