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White Manor CC’s Bernstein, Glenmaura National’s Hudacek earn Junior Boys' Championship honors

  PHILADELPHIA, Pa.–Jason Bernstein of White Manor CC failed to qualify for the Junior Boys’ Championship’s top flight by a shot each of the last two years. On Monday at Torresdale-Frankford CC (par 70, 6,160 yards), amidst rainy and wet conditions, Bernstein left no doubt he’ll not only be competing in the Championship Flight, but will also be a contender for the title. The 17-year-old resident of Paoli, Pa., carded a 1-over-par 71 and earned co-medallist honors in the Junior Boys’ Championship Qualifier. Stephen Hudacek, III of Glenmaura National GC also posted a 1-over-par 71.

  Bernstein will enter match play and the Championship Flight of the 91st Junior Boys’ Championship as the No. 2 seed. Hudacek will be the No. 3 seed, based on a tiebreaker. Robert Galbreath, Jr., of Huntingdon Valley CC, as the defending champion, automatically takes the top match play spot.

  "Last summer I was trying too hard and I was letting the bad shots get to me," said Bernstein, a senior-to-be at Conestoga High School. He failed to make a leaderboard at any of the Golf Association of Philadelphia tournaments a year ago. "I have a whole new mentality this year. I’m not losing my temper. I’m not as tentative with my swing anymore either. I feel I can hit any shot at any time."

  Bernstein opened with a 2-over-par 36 on his initial nine holes, but registered birdies on Nos. 11 (par 3, 199 yards), 14 (par 3, 180 yards) and 15 (par 4, 299 yards) to move to 1-under. He struck a pair of spectacular 6-irons on 11 and 14, to three feet and a foot, respectively, before dropping a lob wedge from 78 yards to inches on No. 15. He stayed in red figures until the 18th hole (par 4, 364 yards) when a wayward drive resulted in two bunkers shots and a double bogey.

  Bernstein points to maturity and a couple of college-bound practice playing partners, Conrad Von Borsig, who is heading to the University of Virginia, and Billy McCrossan, who is attending the University of Pennsylvania, as the reason for his newfound stability.

  "Watching those guys and how they play and manage the game has really helped me," said Bernstein.

  Hudacek used a precise short game to grab the third seed.

  He dropped a lob wedge from 80 yards to a foot on No. 1 (par 4, 345 yards). Bogeys on the second and fifth holes preceded another short birdie chance on No. 6 (par 4, 416 yards). A long drive left him a lob wedge from 95 yards. He dropped that to two feet.

  Another lob wedge on No. 15 (par 4, 299 yards) from 65 yards left him eight feet for a third birdie on the day. However, Hudacek bogeyed two par threes on the backside to finish at 1 over.
  This is the 17-year-old’s first trip into the match play portion of the Junior.

  "I wanted to come out and shoot a number and qualify," said Hudacek, who recently graduated from Scranton Prep and will attend St. Joseph’s University in the fall.

  Match play could prove favorable for the 6-foot-3 Hudacek. His high school league, Lackawanna South, uses match play for all its contests.

  "It’s my favorite format," said Hudacek of Scranton, Pa. "I play the course and not the player. You can get a little more aggressive in match play and not worry about making birdies."

  Sam Ryder of Aronimink GC and Steve Dressel of Spring Ford CC each carded 3-over-par 73s. Galbreath, who will be the top seed for match play after taking the title as a 13-year-old last summer, posted a 77. The cut for the Junior Boys’ Championship fell at 76.

  A field of 113 players competed in the Junior Boys’.

  The qualifying round for the Junior Boys’ Championship and scores from the two rounds of the Christman Cup comprise the Harry Hammond Award.

  The Junior Team Championship also runs concurrently with the Junior Boys' Championship Qualifier. Teams consist of three or four players with the low three scores counting toward the final total.

  Overbrook GC and its four entrants – Michael Kania (75), James Kania, Jr. (77), Reed Valutas (78) and Joe Hurley (94) – finished with a 230 a total, seven shots clear of White Manor CC (237).

  Yardley CC (238), Tavistock CC (239) and St. Davids GC (240) rounded out the top five.

  This was the first Junior Team Championship for Overbrook GC.

  The event started in 1950.

Name

Club

Out

In

Total

Jason Bernstein

White Manor Country Club

36

35

71

Stephen Hudacek, III

Glenmaura National Golf Club

34

37

71

Samuel Ryder

Aronimink Golf Club

33

40

73

Stephen Dressel

Spring Ford Country Club

38

35

73

Amory Davis

DuPont Country Club

35

39

74

Brian Creghan

Plymouth Country Club

38

36

74

Mike Dunphy, Jr.

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

38

36

74

Michael Kania

Overbrook Golf Club

33

42

75

Tony Perla

Olde York Country Club

39

36

75

Jason Ochroch

Meadowlands Country Club

38

37

75

Jon Glennie

Yardley Country Club

38

38

76

Andrew Hardin

Northampton Country Club

38

38

76

Duncan Zeiders

Old York Road Country Club

37

39

76

Phillip Anzaldo

Tavistock Country Club

35

41

76

Grant Gaugler, III

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

38

38

76

John Inman

Cherry Valley Country Club

39

38

77

Robert Galbreath, Jr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

39

38

77

Adam Pifer

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

38

39

77

James Kania, Jr

Overbrook Golf Club

38

39

77

Eric Schmehl

Moorestown Field Club

38

39

77

J.D. Hall

Merion Golf Club

39

38

77

C.J. Socie

Lancaster Country Club

39

38

77

Eric Feather

Saucon Valley Country Club

38

39

77

Alexander Muller

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

38

39

77

Justin Rusk

Yardley Country Club

37

40

77

Bobby Arthur

Tavistock Country Club

36

41

77

Philip Bartholomew

Yardley Country Club

36

41

77

A.J. Donatoni

White Manor Country Club

37

40

77

Richard Marabella

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

39

39

78

Peter Lansinger

St. Davids Golf Club

38

40

78

Greg Forster

Radnor Valley Country Club

38

40

78

Brent Piattelli

Penn Oaks Golf Club

39

39

78

Matt Van Ostenbridge

Spring Ford Country Club

37

41

78

Reed Valutas

Overbrook Golf Club

38

40

78

Kevin Dansbury

Yardley Country Club

41

38

79

Austin Anthony

Philadelphia Cricket Club

40

39

79

Nathan Sutherland

Berkshire Country Club

37

42

79

James Tallent

Merion Golf Club

40

39

79

Scott Deakins

St. Davids Golf Club

37

43

80

Doug Marcincin

Northampton Country Club

36

44

80

Beau Guarino

Burlington Country Club

38

42

80

Billy March

Spring Ford Country Club

39

41

80

Tedd Meyer

Philmont Country Club

39

41

80

Erik Fischer

Merion Golf Club

37

43

80

Matthew Fieger

Chester Valley Golf Club

37

44

81

Robert Sylvia

Overbrook Golf Club

39

42

81

Eric Linder

North Hills Country Club

42

39

81

Adam Greitzer

Bala Golf Club

43

38

81

Nicholas Bellisario

Rolling Green Golf Club

42

40

82

Cole Willcox

Philadelphia Country Club

40

42

82

Thomas Lindberg

St. Davids Golf Club

40

42

82

Chip Culp

Philadelphia Cricket Club

39

43

82

Matthew Pesci

Yardley Country Club

43

39

82

Daniel Charen

Makefield Highlands Golf Club

42

40

82

Jordan Wycoff

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

40

43

83

Michael Rush

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

41

42

83

Parker Davis

DuPont Country Club

41

42

83

Brett Falkoff

The ACE Club

41

42

83

Patrick Welsh

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

40

43

83

Tommy Ferguson

Merion Golf Club

41

42

83

Jonathan Master

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

42

41

83

Matt Ehrlich

Meadowlands Country Club

39

45

84

Robert Pina

Chester Valley Golf Club

47

37

84

Michael Gross

Glenmaura National Golf Club

41

43

84

Stephen McManus

Aronimink Golf Club

40

44

84

Dan Gallagher

Riverton Country Club

40

44

84

Philip Haun

Spring Mill Country Club

42

42

84

Nelson Hargrove

Merion Golf Club

39

45

84

Jason Kahn

Commonwealth National Golf Club

43

42

85

Andy Flexon

Medford Village Country Club

40

45

85

Greg Verde

Spring Ford Country Club

40

45

85

Jordan Cowan

Penn Oaks Golf Club

42

43

85

Tim Wilson

Philadelphia Country Club

40

45

85

Cory Siegfried

Philadelphia Country Club

42

43

85

Phillip F. Villari, Jr.

Riverton Country Club

44

41

85

Eric Chipin

Philmont Country Club

43

43

86

Daniel Rexon

Tavistock Country Club

41

45

86

Steven Broll

Aronimink Golf Club

43

43

86

Jonathan Radick

Spring Mill Country Club

45

41

86

Sean Hirschler

Glen Oak Country Club

44

42

86

James Braunsberg

Plymouth Country Club

42

44

86

Ryan Carroll

Chester Valley Golf Club

43

44

87

Ryan Kelly

Spring Mill Country Club

42

45

87

Brian Carrigan

Chester Valley Golf Club

42

45

87

Domenick Trentalange

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

46

41

87

Andrew Schmehl

Moorestown Field Club

38

49

87

Billy Givens

Woodbury Country Club

43

44

87

Greg Pecko, Jr.

DuPont Country Club

44

44

88

Nicholas Zawarski

Saucon Valley Country Club

42

47

89

Nicholas Irwin

Philadelphia Cricket Club

44

45

89

Zach Emery

White Manor Country Club

40

49

89

Brett Truskin

Spring Mill Country Club

41

48

89

Matthew Monkhouse

Spring Mill Country Club

46

43

89

Zach Rothaus

Philmont Country Club

41

49

90

Devon Sweeney

Greate Bay Golf Club

41

49

90

Adam Uretsky

Linwood Country Club

46

45

91

Paul Kovalcheck

Ashbourne Country Club

43

48

91

Ryan Kidd

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

52

39

91

Michael Seiden

Spring Mill Country Club

41

50

91

Tom Kingston

Saucon Valley Country Club

42

49

91

Joe Hurley

Overbrook Golf Club

44

48

92

Christopher Gunsel

Spring Mill Country Club

44

48

92

Chris Applegate

Trenton Country Club

45

47

92

Steven Verde

Spring Ford Country Club

47

46

93

Chad Goldstein

Commonwealth National Golf Club

45

48

93

Brandon Dalinka

Jericho National Golf Club

45

48

93

Michael Manwaring

Philadelphia Cricket Club

41

52

93

Greg Kiss

Philadelphia Cricket Club

47

48

95

Pierce Dever

Trenton Country Club

50

46

96

Christian Brailsford

Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club

49

47

96

Bill Shotzbarger

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

49

48

97

Stephen Fox

Linwood Country Club

47

51

98

John Palmer

Chester Valley Golf Club

49

53

102

Adam Brown

Yardley Country Club

WD

WD

WD

Colin Smith

Radley Run Country Club

WD

WD

WD

Dominic Origlio, III

Philadelphia Cricket Club

WD

WD

WD

Erik Radick

Spring Mill Country Club

WD

WD

WD

Joel Kaufman

Linwood Country Club

WD

WD

WD

Mark Kemenosh

Tavistock Country Club

WD

WD

WD

Sean Tudor

Medford Village Country Club

WD

WD

WD

Tim Pici

Chester Valley Golf Club

WD

WD

WD

Zach Smith

Doylestown Country Club

DQ

DQ

DQ

Parker Gill

Merion Golf Club

DQ

DQ

DQ

 

DQ-disqualification; WD-withdrawal

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