July 14, 2017

Benjamin Pochet eyes his drive on No. 8 (par 5, 530 yards)
during Round One Thursday.

Flight risk: Spring Fords Pochet hangs on, wins Christman Cup

  ELVERSON, Pa. Benjamin Pochet didnt play a hole at Stonewall (North) Friday. He wasnt even in the state of Pennsylvania when the Christman Cup presented by GlobalGolfPost concluded.

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  Nevertheless, the Spring Ford Country Club youngster emerged victorious from the weather-delayed, 36-hole affair. Pochet, one of seven players who completed play yesterday, filed a 1-over-par 141 total to ultimately prevail. He edged Austin Barbin of the GAP Junior Players Club and Ron Robinson of Commonwealth National Golf Club by a stroke. Both Barbin and Robinson finished Round Two Friday.

  Pochet was on a plane destined for Kansas and couldnt be reached for comment Friday. He is competing in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, set for July 17-22 at Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover, Kan.

  Lightning in the area suspended Round Two at 4:40 p.m. yesterday. Thirty-five players returned to Stonewall (par 70, 6,448 yards) Friday morning to finish the event. A handful of that collective, including Barbin and Robinson, stood within arms length of clipping Pochet at the top of the leaderboard. None managed to do so.

  Pochet, runner-up in the Christman Cup a year ago, stated his redemption intentions immediately with a birdie on No. 1 (par 4, 419 yards), where he knocked a gap wedge 120 yards to 12 feet. A yanked 4-iron and bladed chip tossed double bogey debris onto the stage. Pochet cleared it by firing three straight birdies. On No. 4 (par 4, 383 yards), he hit a sand wedge 105 yards to six feet on the volcanic complex. He deposited another six-footer on No. 5 (par 4, 390 yards) after a crisp 9-iron from 155 yards. On the downhill par 3, 145-yard No. 6, Pochet used the slope to advantage, stopping a pitching wedge in kick-in range. He nullified a bogey on the next hole by showcasing his length on the par 5, 530-yard No. 8. Capitalizing on Stonewalls forgiving fairways throughout the day, Pochet powered a 3-wood 260 yards to 40 feet and two-putted. A booming hybrid and a chip to four feet netted another par 5 birdie (No. 18 (par 5, 524 yards).

  I played the front nine relatively well today. I love a lot of those shots, Pochet, 17, of Royersford, Pa., said. In the practice round [on Tuesday], I actually thought it was the harder of the nines."

  Amid heat as severe as 94 degrees, Pochet withstood Mother Nature and a feisty field to become the events 18-hole leader at 2 under. Robinson, 18, of Hatfield, Pa., carded a 1-under-par 69 to become his closest chaser.

  Round Two, at the outset, told a different Pochet tale.

  Starting on the back nine, Pochet missed four-footers for par on Nos. 10 (par 4, 350 yards) and 15 (par 4, 395 yards). A 4-iron into the water hazard on the par 3, 200-yard 13th caused a double bogey in addition to leaderboard flux.

  Being 4 over through six holes was frustrating because I thought had I hit one bad iron shot, Pochet, a soon-to-be senior at Spring Ford High School, said. At that point, I just wasnt putting well. I wasnt getting my putts to the hole. I didnt really have a good hole on that nine. It was just rough but I made the birdie on No. 1 to settle down.

  That he did, this time lifting a lob wedge 100 yards to two feet. He turned a bogey on the par 5, 526-yard No. 3 into an afterthought by firing back-to-back birdies on Nos. 5 and 6 a stretch that favored his eye Thursday. Pochet again grabbed a 9-iron from 150 yards on the first, stopping it three feet from the hole location. An encore pitching wedge on No. 6 set up a six-footer. A three-putt from 20 feet on the next hole (par 4, 425 yards) left Pochet on the clubhouse ledge at 1 over.

  Late afternoon lightning forced Golf Association of Philadelphia officials to halt play, minutes after Pochet posted his 36-hole total. With two holes remaining, Robinson, who started Round Two on the back nine, also carried a 1 over in his pocket. The reigning Harry Hammond Award winner, however, bogeyed No. 8 after playing his third shot over the green and into a tedious lie. On No. 9 (par 3, 158 yards), Robinson helplessly crumbled to his knees as his chip-in birdie attempt stopped inches from the hole.

  Barbins best chance to catch Pochet came on No. 8. Sitting greenside right in two, he floated a chip to five feet. Barbin, 16, of Elkton, Md., hunched over and stared in disbelief as his birdie putt teased the cup, but never tumbled in.

  A Christman Cup champion, 30,000 feet in the air, was crowned.

  I knew the Christman Cup would be a fun tournament to play. The GAP runs great tournaments, Pochet said following his performance Thursday. I knew I wanted to get back. I didnt play [Wednesday] so I felt rested and excited to come in here relaxed. I hit the ball pretty well today. I just felt comfortable out there, which was a change from some of the rounds I had earlier this year.

  The Christman Cup is named in honor of J. Fred Christman, a longtime Director of Competitions for the Golf Association of Philadelphia who retired in January 2000.

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Name, club

R1-R2Total

Benjamin Pochet, Spring Ford Country Club

68-73141

Austin Barbin, GAP Junior Players Club

73-69142

Ron Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

69-73142

David Kim, Commonwealth National Golf Club

72-71143

Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club

72-72144

Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

75-69144

Akhil Giri, Laurel Creek Country Club

71-75146

Luca Jezzeny, The Bucks Club

73-74147

Caleb Ryan, GAP Junior Players Club

73-74147

Andrew Kotler, Cherry Valley Country Club

75-72147

Christopher Skean, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

73-74147

David Hurly, White Manor Country Club

77-71148

Ryan ConnersWhitford Country Club

72-77149

Liam Hart, Spring Mill Country Club

74-75149

Daniel Rieger, Sunnybrook Golf Club

71-78149

J.T. Spina, Spring Ford Country Club

73-76149

Cole Kemmerer, Waynesborough Country Club

74-75149

Daniel Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72-78150

Matt Graeff, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

74-76150

Wills Montgomery, Applecross Country Club

77-73150

Andrew Lombardo, Indian Valley Country Club

76-74150

Kyle Quagliero, Medford Lakes Country Club

75-75150

Danny Dougherty, DuPont Country Club

78-73151

Andrew Curran, Overbrook Golf Club

77-74151

Connor Boham, Spring Ford Country Club

76-77153

Dante DiStefano, Commonwealth National Golf Club

79-75154

Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77-77154

Noah Schwartz, Woodcrest Country Club

75-79154

Matthew KristickInniscrone Golf Club

78-77155

Nicholas Scott, Indian Valley Country Club

74-81155

Jacob Zeng, Applecross Country Club

75-80155

Joel Hark, Woodcrest Country Club

81-75156

Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

83-73156

Stephen Lorenzo, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

78-79157

Jacob Hanzel, Running Deer Golf Club

77-81158

Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

82-76158

Davis Flannery, Overbrook Golf Club

77-82159

R.J. VanTash, Bent Creek Country Club

80-79159

Jon Nolan Perry, Waynesborough Country Club

82-81163

Timmy Lorenzo, Philadelphia Cricket Club

80-85165

Roy Anderson, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

83-82165

Jack Murray, Stonewall

83-86169

Justin Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club

NS-NSNS

Daniel Bastian, Rolling Green Golf Club

NS-NSNS

Jack Sullivan, Wildwood Golf & Country Club

75-WDWD

Griffin Smith, Jericho National Golf Club

75-WDWD

Mac Costin, Merion Golf Club

76-WDWD

Drew Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club

77-WDWD

Jake McCloskey, Radley Run Country Club

78-WDWD

Peter Garno, Merion Golf Club

78-WDWD

Patrick Laushell, Yardley Country Club

78-WDWD

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

78-WDWD

Buddy Hansen, IV, Blue Bell Country Club

79-WDWD

Jack Habeeb, Country Club of Scranton

80-WDWD

Alec Ryden, Laurel Creek Country Club

80-WDWD

Sam Walker, St. Davids Golf Club

80-WDWD

Jack LaRosa, Philmont Country Club

80-WDWD

Michael Mitnick, Linwood Country Club

80-WDWD

Tyler Roland, Overbrook Golf Club

81-WDWD

Bobby Beck, Lehigh Country Club

82-WDWD

Greg DeLuca, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

82-WDWD

Max Rubin, Little Mill Country Club

82-WDWD

Cal BuonocoreLlanerch Country Club

83-WDWD

Matt Marino, Waynesborough Country Club

84-WDWD

Ryan McHugh, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

85-WDWD

Rahil Patel, Woodcrest Country Club

85-WDWD

Ryan Borrmann, Five Ponds Golf Club

86-WDWD

Jake McCarthy, Cherry Valley Country Club

86-WDWD

Nick Schnur, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

87-WDWD

Matthew Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club

88-WDWD

William Pabst, Jr., GAP Junior Players Club

89-WDWD

James Gillespie, Jr., Concord Country Club

91-WDWD

Matthew PulciniSaucon Valley Country Club

91-WDWD

Michael O'Neill, III, Overbrook Golf Club

92-WDWD

Griffin Kennedy, Overbrook Golf Club

105-WDWD

Michael Zeng, Applecross Country Club

WD-WDWD

Doug ErgoodTavistock Country Club

WD-WDWD

Finnian McGarry, Tavistock Country Club

WD-WDWD

 

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