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August 12, 2015

Charles-Éric Bélanger of Golf Québec earned medalist honors.

Metropolitan Golf Association wins Williamson Cup; Bélanger medals

  BETHLEHEM, Pa.–The Metropolitan Golf Association captured its record 11th Fred E. Williamson Cup on Wednesday at Saucon Valley Country Club’s Weyhill Course (par 72, 6,811 yards). Team MGA powered to a victory with solid and steady play, posting a 5-over-par 437 total for the 36 holes of the competition. The Washington Metropolitan Golf Association, who led by five strokes after Round 1, placed second at 7 over. Host Golf Association of Philadelphia tied the Pennsylvania Golf Association for third.

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  Charles-Éric Bélanger of Golf Québec took individual medalist honors at 4 under. Bélanger carded rounds of 71-69 for a 140 total.

  The Williamson Cup is regarded as one of the nation’s most prestigious Junior golf events. It is a 36-hole stroke play competition among teams from 10 state and regional golf associations. The low three scores of each four-man team in each round count toward the team total.

  Team MGA members were Ryan Davis, John Felitto, Brent Ito and Ethan Ng.

  Davis was the low MGA finisher, placing third in the individual portion with rounds of 73-71 (144 total). Felitto tied for fourth at 146 (74-72) and Ito seventh at 147 (72-75). Ng carded a pair of 76s (152 total), a 12th-place showing. Washington Metropolitan also placed three players in the Top 10 – Chris Navarro (2), Luke Schaap (8) and Tyler Koch (T9). Schaap was the 2014 Williamson Cup medalist.

  “The guys played great today. To make up six shots on the front side in the afternoon was fantastic,” said Lou Cutolo, the MGA captain. “We definitely thought we would be competitive. The guys on our team play well both locally and nationally. They are very consistent players.”

  Davis secured victory in spectacular style. On No. 18 (par 5, 536 yard), he knocked a 7-iron from 150 yards to 15 feet and made the sliding birdie putt. He needed a two-putt for the win.

  It was a bit of redemption for Davis. The 17-year-old from Berkley Heights, N.J., narrowly missed out on qualifying for the U.S. Junior Amateur, finishing as the first alternate, and recently placed mid-pack at the Carter Cup, the MGA’s Junior Stroke Play Championship.

  “My teammates wouldn’t tell me what the putt on the final hole meant, but luckily I made it,” said a jubilant Davis. “[To win] meant a lot. We knew we had a really good shot. After the first round we were down but we knew if we hung in there it would definitely be possible.”

  The MGA’s last Williamson triumph came in 2012. Other title years were 1965, 1972, 1985-86, 1986, 1995-96, 2004 and 2011.

  Bélanger, 16, of Québec City, Québec, was tied for second in the individual standings after an opening 1-under 71. The aforementioned Navarro of Washington opened with a 5-under 67. However, Navarro wasn’t as crisp in Round 2 and Bélanger made the turn on his second 18 at 2 under, one back at the time. With Navarro, bound for the University of Maryland in the fall still fighting his swing, Bélanger registered two more red figures to secure medalist honors.

  Bélanger was a member of the 2014 Québec team that won the Williamson Cup. He entered this year’s edition just days removed from a victory in the 77th Canadian Junior Boys Championship at Summerlea Golf & Country Club in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Québec.

  “We won [the Williamson Cup] last year. I play for the team,” said Bélanger. “I just try to make every shot the best I could. I wish to play great every time I go on the golf course. I just focus on my process, hitting fairways and greens.”

  Bélanger’s recipe for success on Wednesday, he hit 15 first-round greens and 16 in Round 2.

  He is the third medalist to represent Golf Québec joining Dan McNeeley (1992) and Nicolas Archambau (2005).

  Fred E. Williamson, the event’s namesake, was one of the founders of the famed Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. He was junior golf advocate and firm promoter of the game's rules, disciplines and traditions.

  In 1964, teams from the four original cities — New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Buffalo — met at Winged Foot to institute the Williamson Cup. Washington, D.C., won the competition — founded by Williamson’s son A. Fred Williamson.

  The Syracuse District Golf Association hosts the 2016 Williamson Cup.

Golf Association of Philadelphia
Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 151 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Team

Association

R1-R2–Total

Metropolitan GA

219-218–437

Ryan Davis

73*-71*–144

John Felitto

74*-72*–146

Brent Ito

72*-75*–147

Ethan Ng

76-76–152

 

Washington Metropolitan GA

214-225–439

Luke Schaap

78-71*–149

Bennett Buch

76*-78*–154

Tyler Koch

71*-80–151

Chris Navarro

67*-76*–143

 

GA of Philadelphia

226-230–456

Kyle Vance

72*-74*–146

Max Siegfried

75*-79*–154

Jack Melville

81-77*–158

Evan Brown

79*-81–160

 

Pennsylvania GA

234-222–456

Gus Minkin

75*-71*–146

R.J. Wren

81*-74*–155

Alex Butler

81-78–159

Karsen Rush

78*-77*–155

 

GA of Ontario

229-228–457

Kyle MacDonald

78*-75*–153

Jake Bryson

81-75*–156

Brendan Seys

73*-78*–151

Sam Meek

78*-78–156

 

Quebec GA

229-228–457

Charles-Eric Belanger

71*-69*–140

Brendan Smith

77*-82*–159

Olivier Menard

82-85–167

Jared Dandy

81*-77*–158

 

Delaware State GA

232-233–465

Reed Winkler

75*-82–157

Ryan Bree

79*-76*–155

Austin Barbin

78*-79*–157

Zachary Barbin

81-78*–159

 

Western Pennsylvania GA

237-233–470

Brady Pevarnik

81*-80*–161

Mark Goetz

79*-80–159

Jason Li

77*-74*–151

Jackson Palmer

81-79*–160

Rochester District GA

233-240–473

Christian Chapman

77*-80*–157

Jack O'Donovan

76*-78*–154

Gavin Simon

80*-85–165

Frederic Shi

89-82*–171

Syracuse District GA

242-232–474

Danny Lapp

84-77*–161

Jon Petrin

82*-75*–157

Andrew Massa

83*-80*–163

Jeremy Sisson

77*-90–167

 

*-score used in total

 

Individuals

Name, association

R1-R2–Total

Charles-Eric Belanger, Quebec Golf Association

71-69–140

Chris Navarro, Washington Metropolitan Golf Association

67-76–143

Ryan Davis, Metropolitan Golf Association

73-71–144

Kyle Vance, Golf Association of Philadelphia

72-74–146

John Felitto, Metropolitan Golf Association

74-72–146

Gus Minkin, Pennsylvania Golf Association

75-71–146

Brent Ito, Metropolitan Golf Association

72-75–147

Luke Schaap, Washington Metropolitan Golf Association

78-71–149

Jason Li, Western Pennsylvania Golf Association

77-74–151

Tyler Koch, Washington Metropolitan Golf Association

71-80–151

Brendan Seys, Golf Association of Ontario

73-78–151

Ethan Ng, Metropolitan Golf Association

76-76–152

Kyle MacDonald, Golf Association of Ontario

78-75–153

Max Siegfried, Golf Association of Philadelphia

75-79–154

Bennett Buch, Washington Metropolitan Golf Association

76-78–154

Jack O'Donovan, Rochester District Golf Association

76-78–154

R.J. Wren, Pennsylvania Golf Association

81-74–155

Karsen Rush, Pennsylvania Golf Association

78-77–155

Ryan Bree, Delaware State Golf Association

79-76–155

Jake Bryson, Golf Association of Ontario

81-75–156

Sam Meek, Golf Association of Ontario

78-78–156

Reed Winkler, Delaware State Golf Association

75-82–157

Austin Barbin, Delaware State Golf Association

78-79–157

Christian Chapman, Rochester District Golf Association

77-80–157

Jon Petrin, Syracuse District Golf Association

82-75–157

Jack Melville, Golf Association of Philadelphia

81-77–158

Jared Dandy, Quebec Golf Association

81-77–158

Alex Butler, Pennsylvania Golf Association

81-78–159

Mark Goetz, Western Pennsylvania Golf Association

79-80–159

Zachary Barbin, Delaware State Golf Association

81-78–159

Brendan Smith, Quebec Golf Association

77-82–159

Evan Brown, Golf Association of Philadelphia

79-81–160

Jackson Palmer, Western Pennsylvania Golf Association

81-79–160

Brady Pevarnik, Western Pennsylvania Golf Association

81-80–161

Danny Lapp, Syracuse District Golf Association

84-77–161

Andrew Massa, Syracuse District Golf Association

83-80–163

Gavin Simon, Rochester District Golf Association

80-85–165

Jeremy Sisson, Syracuse District Golf Association

77-90–167

Olivier Menard, Quebec Golf Association

82-85–167

Frederic Shi, Rochester District Golf Association

89-82–171

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