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Overbrook GC’s Michael Kania tops Junior Boys’ Qualifier

  HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. – Michael Kania of Overbrook GC carded a 1-under-par 69 to take medallist honors at the individual stroke play qualifying portion of the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 94th Junior Boys’ Championship Tuesday at Huntingdon Valley CC (Centennial/Flynn Courses) (par 70, 6,487 yards).

  The soon-to-be senior at The Haverford School came out firing on all cylinders and birdied his first (No. 1, par 4, 397 yards) and third (No. 3, par 5, 550 yards) holes to end up playing the front nine (Centennial Course) in 1-under-par 34.

  Kania, who said he knew the Montgomery County course was going to play tough, fired an 8-iron from 160 yards out to within six feet for birdie on the first hole. And then nearly made an eagle on No. 3 after he almost jarred his chip shot on the par 5 as his ball rattled the flagstick and came to rest on the lip for a tap-in birdie.

  "I just played really steady all day and got off to a really good start," said Kania, who’s field-low round guarantees his fourth-consecutive trip into the Championship Flight of the Junior Boys’ Championship. "I was 2-under after three [holes] and from there I figured I was in good shape and could just cruise through the rest of the round by making a bunch of pars."

  Kania, in fact, cruised along to finish the back nine at even par with smart iron play and steady putting.

  "Most of the time I was playing it a club short with hopes of landing the ball on the front fringe and having it release," Kania said. "I played for the middle of the greens most of the time and figured that if I was in the middle of the green and had a look at birdie I could hopefully make some putts and see what happens."

  Joining Kania at the top of the leaderboard was defending, three-time Junior Boys’ Champion and Huntingdon Valley CC member Robert Galbreath, Jr., who managed to fire five birdies on the day to finish at 2-over-par 72.

  Galbreath, who hopes to become the first player in the Junior Program’s 94-year history to win four Junior Boys’ Championship titles, used some of his local knowledge to stay close to the top.

  "I think that local course knowledge really comes into play from 125 yards and in here," Galbreath said. "You have to be able to play the slopes here and a lot of guys won’t know about that and it’s definitely an advantage for me."

  Meredith M. Jack of Merion Cricket Club was the only other player to win three Junior titles, only he did it in consecutive fashion from 1914 to 1916.

  "I have my eyes set on it," said Galbreath of his possible place in history. "I’m just going to play the hardest I’ve ever played to try and win this. We’ve got a great field so I have to play as hard as I can."

  As the defending champion, Galbreath will be the first seed in the match play potion of the Championship and Kania will be seeded second.

  "Hopefully I can get off to a good start again, make some birdies and play strong out here on a tough course," said Kania of the start of match play.

  "I’m just glad that I hung in there today," Galbreath said. "Especially with the course playing so difficult."

  The first tee time for Wednesday is set for 8 a.m. where Galbreath will face off against the No. 16 seed in Christopher DeLuca of Lookaway GC in the first match of the Championship Flight.

  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.

  Huntington Valley’s second team and its four entrants – Robert Galbreath, Jr. (72), Patrick Welsh (81), Mike Meehan (82) and Kevin Seybert (87)– finished with a team total of 235.

  The Junior Team Championship started in 1950.

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  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 136 Member Clubs and 56,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

Championship Flight

Name

Club

Total

Michael Kania

Overbrook Golf Club

69

Robert Galbreath, Jr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72

Vince Boyle

JC Melrose Country Club

74

Ben Feld

Blue Bell Country Club

76

Greg Jarmas

Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

Sam Lerner

Woodcrest Country Club

76

Christopher Prechtl

Five Ponds Golf Club

77

Edward McCrossen, Jr.

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

77

James Braunsberg

Blue Bell Country Club

77

Russell Hartung

Doylestown Country Club

77

Tommy Shin

Laurel Creek Country Club

77

Jack Rosenberg

Waynesborough Country Club

78

James Tallent

Merion Golf Club

78

Ted Brennan

Philadelphia Country Club

78

*Christopher DeLuca

Lookaway Golf Club

79

*Pierce Dever

Jericho National Golf Club

79

  

First Flight

*Tucker Koch

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

79

Benjamin Cooley

Lu Lu Country Club

80

Cameron Liebert

Edgmont Country Club

80

Davis Schaller

Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

80

Garrett Conway

Burlington Country Club

80

Jerry Temple, Jr.

Cavaliers Country Club

80

John Perrine

Little Mill Country Club

80

Julian Dorey

Tavistock Country Club

80

Michael Johnson

Talamore Country Club

80

Connor Coldwater

Glenmaura National Golf Club

81

Connor McNicholas

Commonwealth National Golf Club

81

Patrick Welsh

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

81

Matthew Teesdale

Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

Mike Amole Jr.

Talamore Country Club

82

Mike Meehan

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

82

Scott McCool

Saucon Valley Country Club

82

  

Failed to qualify

Peter Eiler

Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

Scott MacGregor

Merion Golf Club

82

Max Matejik

Yardley Country Club

83

Nelson Hargrove

Merion Golf Club

83

Peter Nelson

Glen Oak Country Club

83

Alexander Penza

Llanerch Country Club

84

Bobby Wurtz

Philadelphia Cricket Club

84

Daniel Novak

Talamore Country Club

84

Eric Spiller

Woodcrest Country Club

84

James DeLuca

Lookaway Golf Club

84

Mark Hagel

McCall Golf & Country Club

84

Ryan Worthy

Merion Golf Club

84

Zachary Falone

Rolling Green Golf Club

84

Aaron Burton

Five Ponds Golf Club

85

Bill Kuchinsky

Downingtown Golf Club

85

Daniel Bernard

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

85

John Leighton

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

85

Kevin Cimina

Edgmont Country Club

85

Michael Ashcraft

Brookside C.C. of Allentown

85

Ed Fenton

Jericho National Golf Club

86

Hunter Hanson

Waynesborough Country Club

86

John Palmer

Chester Valley Golf Club

86

Mike Gartenmayer

Medford Village Country Club

86

Ted Kerschner

Overbrook Golf Club

86

Zachary Dilcher

Hartefeld National

86

Dan Trink

Mercer Oaks Golf Course

87

Kevin Seybert

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

87

Tim Pici

Chester Valley Golf Club

87

J. Thomas Paff

Chester Valley Golf Club

88

Kyle Martin

Commonwealth National Golf Club

88

Brett Murphy

Wildwood Golf & Country Club

89

CJ Van Ostenbridge

Spring Ford Country Club

89

Evan Galbreath

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

89

Greg Verde

Spring Ford Country Club

89

Jack Ulan

Cedarbrook Country Club

89

Rich Thorpe

Talamore Country Club

89

Zach Bereznak

Stonewall

89

Conrad Roman

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

90

Drew Calamaro

Rolling Green Golf Club

90

Kyle DiGiacobbe

Five Ponds Golf Club

90

Kyle Hunter

Commonwealth National Golf Club

90

Kyle Williams

Glen Oak Country Club

90

Tyler Hughes

Bucks County Golf Club

90

Christian Holt

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

91

Jeff LeFevre, Jr.

Linwood Country Club

91

Jimmy Ryan

Waynesborough Country Club

91

Alex McPherson

Sandy Run Country Club

92

Ian Byerly

Coatesville Country Club

92

Jack Russell

Philadelphia Cricket Club

92

Sean Hogan

Laurel Creek Country Club

92

Jeff Blechschmidt

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

93

John Fasy

Wilmington Country Club

93

Bryce Caton

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

94

Daniel O'Shea

Llanerch Country Club

94

Nick Brooke

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

94

Thomas Corr

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

94

Brendan Craig

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

95

Ryan Singer

Jericho National Golf Club

95

Stephen McCallister

Old York Road Country Club

95

Christopher Reynolds

West Chester Golf & Country Club

96

Christopher Fuga

Phoenixville Country Club

97

Martin Schlenker

Penn Oaks Golf Club

97

Corey Melnick

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

98

Daniel Furman

Commonwealth National Golf Club

98

Ryan Siegler

Mercer Oaks Golf Course

98

Jackson Terman

Medford Village Country Club

99

Luke Liddell

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

99

Patrick Gallagher

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

100

Brian Mahlstedt

Glen Oak Country Club

101

Bryan Pratt

Yardley Country Club

101

Francis Worthington

Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

101

Jack Parsons

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

102

Erik Schlenker

Penn Oaks Golf Club

104

Brian Stefanowicz, Jr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

105

Matt Troost

Medford Village Country Club

105

Jason Defazio

Radley Run Country Club

106

Blaise Hopkins

Jericho National Golf Club

WD

Christian Mauriello

Greate Bay Country Club

WD

Nicholaus Trautman

Hartefeld National

WD

Phil Rothermel

Golden Oaks Golf Club

WD

  

*-decided in a playoff

WD-withdrawal

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