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Whitemarsh Valley CC's McCrossen tops Junior Boys' Championship Qualifier at Riverton CC

   CINNAMINSON, N.J.–Edward McCrossen, Jr. of Whitemarsh Valley CC carded a 3-under-par 68 to earn medalist honors at Tuesday’s Junior Boys' Championship Qualifier at Riverton CC (par 71, 6,253 yards).

   The Ambler, Pa., resident leapt to a strong start by firing birdies on Nos. 1 (par 4, 350 yards), 3 (par 4, 390 yards) and 5 (par 4, 356 yards). With a 70-yard wedge in, McCrossen, 17, knocked it to about 15 feet on No. 1 and converted the ensuing putt for birdie. For McCrossen’s second shot on No. 3, he went 9-iron and drilled it about 18 feet short of the flagstick. McCrossen continued his birdie barrage on No. 5 by hitting his 9-iron about 147 yards to the right-side of the green and draining a 22-footer.

   “I was just hitting fairways and greens and I knocked a couple of putts in,” he said.

   McCrossen continues to stay hot on the GAP circuit. Last week, he qualified for match play in the 109th Amateur Championship.

   “It gave me a lot of confidence,” McCrossen said. “Going into the Amateur, I wasn’t hitting my irons very well, and then in the Amateur, I was hitting everything stiff.”

   Though he topped Tuesday’s field of 95, McCrossen doesn’t want to get ahead of himself entering match play.

   “I’m just going to take it round-by-round, keep hitting it on the green and try to make my putts,” he said. “I just got to try and carry my momentum. I’m playing well right now.”

   Andrew Keeling of Yardley CC will be seeded No. 2 after carding a 2-under-par 69. The Langhorne, Pa., resident relied on his short game Tuesday.

   “I putted well. I got up and down when I needed to, and the driver was there,” Keeling said.

   Keeling, 17, carded birdies on Nos. 4 (par 4, 360 yards), 7 (par 5, 510 yards) and 9 (par 5, 485 yards).

   “I didn’t three-putt. I think I missed two greens,” he said.

   Mike Amole of Huntingdon Valley CC registered a 1-under-par 70 to place third. The 16 year old felt that he played “pretty smart.”

   “I made a lot of 10-footers for par and birdie,” he said. “I hit my irons pretty well. I just stuck with a gameplan not to hit driver much. I just wanted to put it down the middle and just not make a big number.”

   Overall, Amole, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., believes his chipping and putting anchored his steady play.

   “I didn’t hit many greens,” he said.

   Amole posted birdies on Nos. 2 (par 4, 375 yards), 8 (par 4, 319 yards), 9 (par 5, 485 yards) and 16 (par 3, 150 yards). On No. 2, his 7-iron sailed about 150 yards and landed about 20 feet from the flagstick. He converted a two-footer for birdie on No. 8 and knocked a sand wedge to about 10 feet on No. 9. On No. 16, his 8-iron deflected off the top of the hill and settled about 10 feet from the flagstick.

   Amole senses that tomorrow’s match play portion will prove challenging.

   “I don’t expect to have another day like this,” he said. “I made some lucky putts. I made a few mistakes, but they weren’t major.”

   Thirty-two players qualified for match play, which is split into two flights: Championship and First. McCrossen, the No. 1 seed in the Championship Flight, will tee off against No. 16 seed Greg Jarmas of Philadelphia Publinks GA at 7:30 a.m.

   Jericho National GC won the Team Championship, which runs concurrently with the qualifier. Teams consist of three or four players with the low three scores counting toward the final total.

Championship Flight

Name

Club

Scores

Edward McCrossen, Jr.

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

68

Andrew Keeling

Yardley Country Club

69

Mike Amole

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

70

Aaron Burton

Philadelphia Publinks GA

71

Vince Boyle

JC Melrose Country Club

71

Edmond Fenton

Jericho National Golf Club

72

Evan Galbreath

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72

James Tallent

Merion Golf Club

72

Cameron Liebert

Edgmont Country Club

73

Daniel Novak

Talamore Country Club

73

Kyle Raudenbush

Pine Valley Golf Club

73

Paul Carbone, Jr.

Old York Road Country Club

73

Tucker Koch

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

73

Zachary Dilcher

Hartefeld National

73

#Zachary Herr

Jericho National Golf Club

74

#Greg Jarmas

Philadelphia Publinks GA

74

 

First Flight

#Luke Liddell

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

74

#Benjamin Cooley

Lu Lu Country Club

74

#C.J. Van Ostenbridge

Spring Ford Country Club

74

Garrett Conway

Burlington Country Club

75

Will Young

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

75

Bobby Wurtz

Philadelphia Cricket Club

76

John Inman

Cherry Valley Country Club

76

Matt Cocco

Commonwealth National Golf Club

76

Adam Rudofker

Blue Bell Country Club

77

Kyle Hunter

Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

Robert Hoeppner

Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

Daniel Furman

Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

David Pompey, Jr.

Country Club of Scranton

78

Justin Smith

Lu Lu Country Club

78

Matt Troost

Little Mill Country Club

78

Ted Brennan

Philadelphia Country Club

78

 

Failed to qualify

Alex Kane

Radley Run Country Club

79

Bobby Svigals

Radnor Valley Country Club

79

Jack Rosenberg

Waynesborough Country Club

79

Jimmy Kramarski

Riverton Country Club

79

Kyle Williams

Glen Oak Country Club

79

Conrad Roman

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

80

Jack Russell

Philadelphia Cricket Club

80

Colin Goan

Little Mill Country Club

81

John Leighton

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

Joseph Fabrizio

Aronimink Golf Club

81

Luke Schweitzer

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

Mike Gartenmayer

Medford Village Country Club

81

Zachary Melnick

Plymouth Country Club

81

Blaise Hopkins

Jericho National Golf Club

81

Brian Franzblau

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

82

Jackson Terman

Little Mill Country Club

82

Jonathan Liu

Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

Martin Schlenker

Penn Oaks Golf Club

82

Matthew Fedder

Bala Golf Club

82

Michael Johnson

Talamore Country Club

82

Zach Bereznak

Stonewall

82

Daniel Hayes, III

Yardley Country Club

83

Jack Knowles

Country Club of Scranton

83

Logan Cloak

Spring Mill Country Club

83

Mike Isaacman

Talamore Country Club

83

Oliver White

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

83

Tom Yarson

Cherry Valley Country Club

83

Brian Motherway

Cherry Valley Country Club

84

Bryce Caton

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

84

Drew Templin

LedgeRock Golf Club

84

Zach Arsenault

Little Mill Country Club

84

Andrew Willadsen

Sakima Country Club

85

Eric Spiller

Woodcrest Country Club

85

Jack Walsh, Jr.

The Bucks Club

85

Nick Brooke

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

85

Robert Cummings

Riverton Country Club

85

Ryan Meisenzahl

Little Mill Country Club

85

Steven Altieri

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

85

Zach Miller

Cherry Valley Country Club

85

R.J. Dunnigan

Riverton Country Club

86

Rich Thorpe

Lu Lu Country Club

86

Brian Kraman

The ACE Club

87

J.P. Kelley

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

87

Eric Slawter

St. Davids Golf Club

88

Mitch Van Ostenbridge

Spring Ford Country Club

88

Daniel O'Shea

Llanerch Country Club

89

David Fischer

Merion Golf Club

89

Raleigh Chapin

Jericho National Golf Club

89

T.J. Summers

Doylestown Country Club

89

Brett Murphy

Wildwood Golf & Country Club

90

Drew Calamaro

Rolling Green Golf Club

91

Dutch Markward

North Hills Country Club

92

Patrick Gallagher

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

92

Daniel Dansbury

Yardley Country Club

93

Gregory Devine

Llanerch Country Club

93

Hayes Clark

Lookaway Golf Club

93

Brian Janusz

Links Golf Club

96

Erik Schlenker

Penn Oaks Golf Club

103

Russell Hartung

Doylestown Country Club

WD

Eric Brown

West Chester Golf & Country Club

WD

Andrew Bauer

Laurel Creek Country Club

WD

Jack Ulan

Cedarbrook Country Club

WD

Jonathan Burns

Talamore Country Club

NS

 

#-determined in playoff; WD-withdrawal; NS-no show

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