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June 20, 2017

Patrick Sheehan will face medalist and No. 2 seed Conor McGrath in the quarterfinals tomorrow.

Huntingdon Valley’s McGrath medals, gains Junior Boys’ quarterfinals

  ROYERSFORD, Pa. — Despite a change in weather, playing format and caddie, Conor McGrath is still eating good in the Spring Ford neighborhood.

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  The Huntingdon Valley Country Club youngster secured medalist honors in the weather-delayed 103rd Junior Boys’ Championship Qualifier presented by PURE Insurance on the par 72, 6,362-yard layout Tuesday morning. McGrath completed 10 holes yesterday amid windy conditions before a stormfront halted play for the day at 3:15 p.m. He finished the remaining eight holes in 2 under on Tuesday morning, good enough for a 6-under-par 66 and the tournament’s No. 2 seed.

  In the Round of 16, McGrath ousted Inniscrone Golf Club’s Matthew Kristick, 3&2. He is one of eight players who advanced to the quarterfinals, which begin tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. The semifinals will follow.

  “I didn’t get ahead of myself. On the car ride home, we were pretty relaxed,” McGrath, 17, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., said following his medalist performance. “I went to Applebee’s with the [Huntingdon Valley] squad after the rain delay yesterday. [Tyson, our waiter] played a big role in keeping me loose. He was hilarious. I had the mindset that it wasn’t over yet. I had eight more holes to finish. I kept my mind on the task.”

  Caddie Matt Beck also kept McGrath loose during the event’s stroke-play qualifier. Beck, however, needed to report for duty at Huntingdon Valley in the afternoon, so McGrath assigned younger brother Brett to the bag. Different pairing, same successful result, though golf volume caught up with McGrath in his bout against Kristick.

  “I almost passed out on No. 8. I’m not kidding,” McGrath, a rising senior at Academy of the New Church, said. “I went to the bathroom and for like 10 minutes was washing my face and head. Something came over me and I was really struggling. It took a couple of holes until I started playing better.”

  Birdies on the match’s final three holes suggest better play. With tee honors on No. 14 (par 3, 166 yards), McGrath stopped a 9-iron at 12 feet. Kristick followed with a short iron to two feet. McGrath toppled in his birdie putt to net a crucial halve. On No. 15 (par 5, 480 yards), McGrath decimated a 3-iron 230 yards onto the upslope in front of the green. He chipped into gimme range. Kristick missed a five-footer to match. McGrath closed the contest on the downhill par 3, 189-yard 16th hole when he choked up on a 4-iron, flighted it upwind and landed it four feet right of the flagstick for a winning 2.

  “I’m going to go home and just kind of relax. No Applebee’s tonight,” McGrath said.

  McGrath will face Talamore Country Club’s Patrick Sheehan at 7:45 a.m. tomorrow. Sheehan, a GAP newcomer, defeated Caleb Ryan of the GAP Junior Players Club, 2&1, in the Round of 16. He won four consecutive holes, starting with a birdie on No. 6 (par 4, 275 yards). Sheehan hammered a 3-iron to the back of the green and two-putted.

  The 6-foot-4 soon-to-be junior at Central Bucks East High School is enjoying his Junior Boys’ Championship debut so far.

  “I knew it was a good event and I know kids in the past have had fun with it,” Sheehan, 16, of Doylestown, Pa., said. “I’m not familiar with Conor, but I am familiar with his good score.”

  Thanks to his 66, a personal tournament-best, McGrath clipped Benjamin Pochet of the host club, who posted a 4-under-par 68 yesterday morning, for the qualifying honor.

  “The course kind of fits my eye,” McGrath said. “The greens are rolling pretty true. I just felt like you could make a lot of putts out there. Matt (Beck) was awesome. He did a really great job with keeping me focused and not letting me get down after a bad shot.”

  True to form, it’s a bad shot that jeopardized McGrath’s medalist effort. He stood at 4 under entering his 11th hole (No. 2, par 4, 403 yards). Uncertain of an optimal position off the tee, McGrath flung a 2-iron into the right rough and then left a 4-iron short of the right greenside bunker. Open the flood gates — outside at Spring Ford, inside McGrath’s mind.

  “I got up there, was getting ready and the horn sounded. I had to think about that chip shot for a long time,” McGrath said.

  The chip shot stopped 25 feet below the hole location; McGrath converted a double-breaker for par. He separated from Pochet with birdies on Nos. 5 (par 5, 520 yards) and 8 (par 4, 324 yards). On the first, he knocked a 54-degree wedge 81 yards to 10 feet. McGrath almost walked away from the latter with an eagle. His 54-degree wedge from 101 yards nearly plummeted on the fly. It skipped past the cup, peeled back and almost tumbled in again. Next came a kick-in.

  Prior to yesterday’s stoppage, McGrath’s card carried four birdies. With wind speeds increasing as the storm approached, McGrath adjusted strategy to his advantage. On No. 12 (par 4, 380 yards), he sent a 60-degree wedge 84 yards to four feet for a 3. Powerful long irons produced red figures on Nos. 15 (par 5, 475 yards) and 18 (par 5, 500 yards). McGrath deposited birdie putts of two and seven feet, respectively. He also birdied No. 1 (par 4, 435 yards) after whacking a wedge 125 yards to 10 feet above the flagstick.

  McGrath ordered the 2 for $20 at Applebee’s last night. He’ll take the 3&2 (66 included) today.

NOTES — Home course advantage? Spring Ford, represented by Alex Golland, Jonathan Lumley and Benjamin Pochet, secured the Junior Team Championship with a 1-under-par 215 total. The Junior Team Championship runs concurrently with the 18-hole qualifier on the event’s first day. Teams consist of three or four players with the low three scores counting toward the final total. Spring Ford also won in 2015.

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Round of 16
Championship Flight

16. Nikita Romanov, GAP Junior Players Club d. 1. David Colleran, Jr., Overbrook GC, 5&3
9. Dawson Anders, Indian Valley CC d. 8. Jonathan Lumley, Spring Ford CC, 5&3
13. Wills Montgomery, Applecross CC d. 4. Drew Warner, Saucon Valley CC, 2&1
5. Will Riva, Bent Creek CC d. 12. Ryan Conners, Whitford CC, 3&1
2. Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley CC d. 15. Matthew Kristick, Inniscrone GC, 3&2
7. Patrick Sheehan, Talamore CC d. 10. Caleb Ryan, GAP Junior Players Club, 2&1
14. Zachary Barbin, GAP Junior Players Club d. 3. Benjamin Pochet, Spring Ford CC, 3&1
6. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley CC d. 11. Alex Golland, Spring Ford CC, 3&2

First Flight

1. Ryan Tall, Spring Ford CC d. 16. Richie Kline, Kennett Square G&CC, 3&2
8. Bobby Beck, Lehigh CC d. 9. Jon Nolan Perry, Waynesborough CC, 19 holes
13. Kyle Vance, GAP Junior Players Club d. 4. Matt Graeff, Manufacturers G&CC, 6&4
5. Kevin Scherr, Woodstone CC d. 12. Matthew Thomas, Medford Village CC, 8&7
15. Christopher Skean, Kennett Square G&CC d. 2. Alex Seelig, Reading CC, 1-up
10. Jake McCloskey, Radley Run CC d. 7. Alex Cook, Waynesborough CC, 1-up
3. Andrew Wallace, Green Valley CC d. 14. Jacob Hanzel, Running Deer GC, 4&3
6. Andreas Aivazoglou, Rolling Green GC d. 11. Dante DiStefano, Commonwealth National GC, 3&2

Qualifiers

Championship Flight

Name, club

Score

Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

66

Benjamin Pochet, Spring Ford Country Club

68

Drew Warner, Saucon Valley Country Club

70

Will Riva, Bent Creek Country Club

72

Jonathan Lumley, Spring Ford Country Club

73

Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

73

Patrick Sheehan, Talamore Country Club

73

Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club

74

Alex Golland, Spring Ford Country Club

74

Wills Montgomery, Applecross Country Club

74

Ryan Conners, Whitford Country Club

74

Caleb Ryan, GAP Junior Players Club

74

Zachary Barbin, GAP Junior Players Club

74

*Matthew Kristick, Inniscrone Golf Club

75

*Nikita Romanov, GAP Junior Players Club

75

 

First Flight

Alex Seelig, Reading Country Club

75

Ryan Tall, Spring Ford Country Club

75

Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club

75

Matt Graeff, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

75

Alex Cook, Waynesborough Country Club

76

Jake McCloskey, Radley Run Country Club

76

Jon Nolan Perry, Waynesborough Country Club

76

Andreas Aivazoglou, Rolling Green Golf Club

76

Bobby Beck, Lehigh Country Club

76

Kevin Scherr, Woodstone Country Club

76

Kyle Vance, GAP Junior Players Club

77

Matthew Thomas, Medford Village Country Club

77

Dante DiStefano, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

*Richie Kline, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

78

*Jacob Hanzel, Running Deer Golf Club

78

*Christopher Skean, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

78

 

Failed to qualify

Chase Miller, Heidelberg Country Club

78

Jacob Macinanti, Bent Creek Country Club

78

David Hurly, White Manor Country Club

78

Jack Habeeb, Country Club of Scranton

78

Jack Cooley, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

78

Troy Kelleher, Country Club of Scranton

78

Luca Jezzeny, The Bucks Club

78

Andrew Curran, Overbrook Golf Club

78

Cole Kemmerer, Waynesborough Country Club

79

Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club

79

James Gillespie, Jr., Concord Country Club

79

Dylan Topaz, Philadelphia Cricket Club

79

Davis Flannery, Overbrook Golf Club

79

Nicholas Gianelos, Radley Run Country Club

79

Daniel Dirita, Jr., The Springhaven Club

79

Stephen Lorenzo, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

79

Drew Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club

80

Simon Asadoorian, Heidelberg Country Club

80

Jack Murray, Stonewall

80

Mac Costin, Merion Golf Club

80

Hayden Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club

80

Anthony Barr, Blue Bell Country Club

80

Austin Barbin, GAP Junior Players Club

80

Andrew Lombardo, Indian Valley Country Club

81

Luke Watson, Spring Ford Country Club

81

Cal Buonocore, Llanerch Country Club

81

David Kim, Commonwealth National Golf Club

81

Matthew Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club

81

Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

Jack Sullivan, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

81

Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

Connor Boham, Spring Ford Country Club

81

Alec Stern, Green Valley Country Club

82

Tyler Roland, Overbrook Golf Club

82

RJ Vantash, Bent Creek Country Club

82

Christopher Knox, Applecross Country Club

82

Ron Robinson, Talamore Country Club

82

William Mitchell, Laurel Creek Country Club

82

Matthew Pulcini, Saucon Valley Country Club

82

Matthew Law, Yardley Country Club

82

Case Hummer, IV, Aronimink Golf Club

83

Matthew Hanzel, Running Deer Golf Club

83

Chistopher Colman, RiverWinds Golf & Tennis Club

83

A.J. Thomas, Spring Ford Country Club

84

Charlie Baker, Gulph Mills Golf Club

84

Brett McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

84

Patrick Laushell, Yardley Country Club

84

Frank Rauscher, IV, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

84

Sam Walker, St. Davids Golf Club

85

Axel Kalbach, Spring Ford Country Club

85

Andrew Fuhrman, Spring Ford Country Club

85

Nick Schnur, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

85

Liam Ward, Applecross Country Club

85

D.J. Pinciotti, III, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

85

Greg DeLuca, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

85

Andrew Gallagher, Laurel Creek Country Club

85

William Pabst, Jr., GAP Junior Players Club

85

Colman Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club

85

Bryan Donato, French Creek Golf Club

86

Daniel Bastian, Rolling Green Golf Club

86

Justin Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club

86

Ryan Borrmann, Five Ponds Golf Club

86

Jake Maddaloni, Aronimink Golf Club

87

Daniel Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

87

Thomas Butler, Indian Valley Country Club

88

Brett Gulati, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

88

Cole Shew, Hershey's Mill Golf Club

88

Jack Fialko, Aronimink Golf Club

89

Nicholas Hano, III, Commonwealth National Golf Club

89

Will Blatchford, St. Davids Golf Club

90

Tyler Teague, Applecross Country Club

90

Will Horn, Bala Golf Club

91

James Quinn, III, St. Davids Golf Club

92

Justin Hershey, Applebrook Golf Club

93

MarkThomas Prasalowicz, Llanerch Country Club

93

Archie Filshill, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

93

John McClatchy, Whitford Country Club

94

Patrick Traynor, Overbrook Golf Club

94

Gee Smith, IV, Merion Golf Club

95

Ryan Niggeman, French Creek Golf Club

97

James Leroux, Gulph Mills Golf Club

97

August Blatney, Philadelphia Cricket Club

97

Edward Trumpbour, Philadelphia Country Club

100

Andrew Ridder, Waynesborough Country Club

101

Luke Shevlin, Concord Country Club

NS

Hayden Rousselle, Lookaway Golf Club

NS

Evan Mcnally, Medford Lakes Country Club

WD

Buddy Hansen, IV, Blue Bell Country Club

WD

Joseph Polidoro, GAP Junior Players Club

WD

Michael Mitnick, Linwood Country Club

WD

Ryan O'Neill, Talamore Country Club

WD

John Cooper, Blue Bell Country Club

WD

Ryan McHugh, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

WD

Max Rubin, Little Mill Country Club

WD

Noah Schwartz, Woodcrest Country Club

WD

John Mallozzi, Talamore Country Club

WD

Jake Dolan, Little Mill Country Club

WD

Evan Drummond, Applecross Country Club

WD

Martin Cryan, Fox Hill Country Club

WD

James Dalzell, Jr., Linwood Country Club

WD

Liam Hart, Spring Mill Country Club

WD

Mathew Becker, Commonwealth National Golf Club

WD

Shane Nocito, Philmont Country Club

WD

Finnian McGarry, Tavistock Country Club

WD

Ryan Wagner, Penn Oaks Golf Club

WD

Michael O'Neill, III, Overbrook Golf Club

WD

David Colleran, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

WD

Stephen Schreder, Overbrook Golf Club

WD

Brandon Cassidy, Commonwealth National Golf Club

WD

Matthew Acker, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

WD

Max Hansen, Blue Bell Country Club

WD

Griffin Smith, Jericho National Golf Club

WD

Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

WD

 

*-advanced in playoff

#David Colleran, Jr. - As defending champion, of Overbrook Golf Club is seeded No. 1 automatically.

NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

Junior Team Championship results

**Low 3 scores for each team used.**

Team

Total

Spring Ford Country Club

215

Benjamin Pochet

72

Jonathan Lumley

68

Alex Golland

73

Conor Boham

74

 

Waynesborough Country Club

231

Alex Cook

76

Jon Nolan Perry

76

Cole Kemmerer

79

Andrew Ridder

101

 

Bent Creek Country Club

232

Will Riva

72

Jacob Macinanti

78

R.J. Vantash

82

 

Kennett Square Golf and Country Club

234

Jack Cooley

78

Richie Kline

78

Christopher Skean

78

Ryan McHugh

WD

 

Spring Ford Country Club 2

236

Ryan Tall

75

Drew Steinmetz

80

Luke Watson

81

A.J. Thomas

84

 

Overbrook Golf Club

239

Andrew Curran

78

Davis Flannery

79

Tyler Roland

82

 

Applecross Golf Club

241

Wills Montgomery

74

Christopher Knox

82

Liam Ward

85

Evan Drummond

WD

 

Indian Valley Country Club

243

Dawson Anders

74

Andrew Lombardo

81

Thomas Butler

88

 

Huntingdon Valley Country Club 2

246

Frankie Gregor

81

Patrick Isztwan

81

Brett McGrath

84

D.J. Pinciotti, III

85

 

Aronimink Golf Club

249

Matthew Davis

79

Case Hummer, IV

83

Jake Malddaloni

87

Jack Fialko

89

 

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

253

Brian Isztwan

73

Daniel Galbreath

87

Archie Filshill, Jr.

93

Brent Schoeller

WD

 

Philadelphia Cricket Club

262

Dylan Topaz

79

Justin Dougherty

86

August Blatney

97

 

WD-withdrawal

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