Jun 20, 2023

109th #GAPJunior: Day One

Fieldstone’s Conaway captures medal at LuLu

GLENSIDE, Pa. — Davis Conaway didn’t have to con his way into a Junior Boys’ Championship Round of 16 match play spot. Instead, the Fieldstone Golf Club member tricked a field of 119 players with steady golf during Stroke-Play Qualifying at LuLu Country Club (par 71, 6,191 yards) on Tuesday. Conaway finished at 2-under 69, two shots better than any other competitor.

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“I played well,” Conaway, 15, of West Chester, Pa., said. “I just played solid. [I] didn’t make a ton of putts coming in, but I just made a lot of pars.”

Conaway isn’t fooling anyone; 13 pars embellished his card along with two birdies and an eagle. Conaway started on No. 8 (par 4, 400 yards) (for logistical purposes). On No. 9 (par 4, 311 yards), Conaway’s second hole, his tee shot found the left side of the fairway, trickled up to the green and settled eight feet from the hole. Conaway capitalized on the putt for a red figure early. On the par 4, 327 yard, 16th hole, Conaway laced a driver up the right side, leaving himself 30 yards into the green. A 58-degree wedge to three feet allowed for an easy birdie. On No. 1 (par 5, 486 yards), a well-struck drive led Conaway to thump a 5-iron to 13 feet. The eagle putt lipped out, but he converted the tap-in birdie.

No mind games here.

The cut line stopped at 75 by day’s end. A five-for-three playoff decided the Championship Flight’s final contestants: Jack Homer of Wilmington Country Club, Aidan Farkas of Llanerch Country Club and Charlie Ferrise of RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve. As medalist, Conaway will assume the No. 1 seed heading into match play and will face the No. 16 seeded Homer.

The Round of 16 begins at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow.

In 2021, Conaway won the 73rd #GAPJrJr after facing Merion Golf Club’s Sean Curran in the Final (20 holes). In last year’s edition of the Junior Boys’ Championship, the Malvern Preparatory School rising sophomore lost to Brookside Country Club of Allentown’s Matthew Zerfass in the Round of 16 (3&1). With this experience under his belt, Conaway has has his mind set on winning.

“Typically, I play well in match play cause it’s just me against somebody else,” Conaway said. “I didn’t play my best golf in the Round of 16 last year, [but] I’ve gotten a lot better.”

Short game, wedge shots and overall distance are areas of his game that have improved from last year.

No cons for Conaway today.

In the Junior Team Championship, the Wilmington Country Club team was its usual family affair. The Homer brothers (Jeffrey, Matthew and Jack) combined for 10-over-par 223 to edge the Overbrook Golf Club squad by five shots. Wilmington Country Club becomes the third team to capture the Junior Team title three consecutive years. The last team to accomplish this feat was Saucon Valley Country Club (1982-84). The Junior Team Championship runs concurrently with Junior Boys’ Championship Qualifying. Three of four scores count toward the team total … Last year, The 1912 Club’s Josh Ryan became the second individual in the 108-year history of the Junior Boys’ Championship to win the event three consecutive times. The last to do so was Meredith M. Jack (1914-16). In 2023, Ryan exhausted his eligibility due to age.

Junior Boys’ Championship
The Junior Boys’ Championship is the premier Major in the GAP Junior Division. It is open to members of a GAP Member Club 14-18 years of age who have not started their college education and who hold a handicap index of 14.4 or lower. Sixteen players qualify for match play; an additional 16 advance into the event’s First Flight.

The Junior Boys’ Champion is awarded the Peg Burnett Trophy, named in honor of the Association’s Executive Secretary from 1951-76. Ms. Burnett was an ardent Junior golf supporter who emphasized sportsmanship and respect for the game. “I was very strict about checking the rule book. I didn’t make the rules, but since they are there, you have to abide by them.”

Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The organization’s 340 Member Clubs and 100,000 individual members are spread across Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Championship Flight
Name, clubScore
Davis Conaway, Fieldstone Golf Club69
John Stevenson, LuLu Country Club71
Ian Natale, Sunnybrook Golf Club71
Jaden Minter, Spring Ford Country Club72
Michael Lugiano, Huntsville Golf Club72
Jeffrey Homer, Wilmington Country Club73
Hunter Stetson, Aronimink Golf Club73
Lannon Boyd, Overbrook Golf Club73
Michael Deussing, Jericho National Golf Club74
Carson Thompson, Laurel Creek Country Club74
J.P. Hoban, The 1912 Club74
Winston Kelenc-Blank, Saucon Valley Country Club74
Nicky Riscica, Trenton Country Club74
*Jack Homer, Wilmington Country Club75
*Aidan Farkas, Llanerch Country Club75
*Charlie Ferrise, RiverCrest GC & Preserve75
First Flight
Name, clubScore
*Matthew Homer, Wilmington Country Club75
*Kyle Mauro, Waynesborough Country Club75
Ryan Quinn, Commonwealth National Golf Club76
Jack Dare, Riverton Country Club76
Marshall Kain, Overbrook Golf Club76
Jackson Puskar, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club76
Nicky Nemo, Merion Golf Club76
Harrison Brown, Philadelphia Country Club76
Eli Shah, Penn Oaks Golf Club76
John Keba, USGA/GAP GC76
Ryan Hromiak, Heidelberg Country Club77
Benjamin Saggers, Applecross Country Club77
Matthew Hurchalla, The Springhaven Club77
Seiji Sako, McCall Golf Club77
*Kevin Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club78
*Liam Crowley, Aronimink Golf Club78
Failed to qualify
*David Nissen, Philadelphia Cricket Club78
*Tyler Leyden, North Hills Country Club78
*Nolan Corcoran, Philadelphia Junior Tour78
*Julian Boyer, GAP Youth on Course78
*Michael Vital, Northampton Country Club78
*John Rouse, Aronimink Golf Club78
*Anestis Kalderemtzis, Penn Oaks Golf Club78
*Noah Moelter, Blue Bell Country Club78
Quin Zuegner, Lookaway Golf Club79
Kasim Narinesingh-Smith, Radley Run Country Club79
Michael Henry, Overbrook Golf Club79
Win Thomas, USGA/GAP GC79
Matthew Sanderson, Jericho National Golf Club79
Jack Rosen, Saucon Valley Country Club79
Tommy Marshall, Medford Lakes Country Club79
Paul Henkels, Philadelphia Cricket Club79
Will Dunsmore, Jericho National Golf Club80
Jack Orr, Little Mill Country Club80
Brian Cotter, Legacy Club at Woodcrest80
Alex Nemo, Merion Golf Club80
Chris Vahey, North Hills Country Club80
Declan McLane, North Hills Country Club81
Peter Lafon, GAP Youth on Course81
Nathan Guertler, Merion Golf Club81
Quin Bongiovanni, Overbrook Golf Club81
Justin Forman, Scotland Run Golf Club81
Evan Gebhart, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club81
Cullen Moran, Country Club of Scranton81
Cade Kelleher, Country Club of Scranton81
Gavin Marks, GAP Youth on Course82
Anthony DePietress, Carlisle Country Club82
Cole Berry, Overbrook Golf Club82
Owen Tilsner, LuLu Country Club82
Noah Richardson, USGA/GAP GC82
Connor Matteo, Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club82
Ben Pintof, Rolling Green Golf Club82
Nick Linkchorst, Golf Course at Glen Mills83
Ajeet Bagga, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club83
James DeRocini, Westwood Golf Club83
Joshua Emel , White Clay Creek Country Club83
Zach Moua, St. Davids Golf Club83
Paul Reilly, Galloway National Golf Club83
Liam McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club83
Will Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club83
Tyler Debusschere, The Springhaven Club84
Frank Boensch, Steel Club84
Jackson Fryer, Commonwealth National Golf Club84
John Curran, Chester Valley Golf Club85
Luke McGraw, Belles Springs Golf Club85
Ryan Heenan, USGA/GAP GC85
Liam Shearn, McCall Golf Club85
Christian Dawley, Philadelphia Country Club85
Nick Waskey, Doylestown Country Club85
Nick Iuliucci, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia86
Matthew Dietl, GAP Youth on Course86
Matt Rieger, Sunnybrook Golf Club86
Devin Carpenter, Walnut Lane Golf Club87
Sam Morris, Riverton Country Club87
Alec Thiele, Walnut Lane Golf Club87
Landon Finsen, Burlington Country Club87
Owen Sun, Cherry Valley Country Club87
Ian Larsen, Honeybrook Golf Club88
Colin Sarnoski, Saucon Valley Country Club88
Matthew Normand, Laurel Creek Country Club88
Ben Mayer, Concord Country Club88
Joe Ciconte, Wilmington Country Club89
Ethan Barroway, Legacy Club at Woodcrest89
Sam Houchen, GAP Youth on Course89
Brent Glah, Commonwealth National Golf Club91
John Diamond, John F. Byrne Golf Club91
Benjamin Gwazdacz, GAP Youth on Course91
Niklas Skjeveland, Commonwealth National Golf Club91
Ian McEwen, North Hills Country Club91
Joey Crissman, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club91
Chase Wilson, DuPont Country Club91
Connor Eberly, USGA/GAP GC92
Gregory Kriz, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club92
Shane Powelson, Bidermann Golf Club92
Isaac Birdsong, GAP Youth on Course94
Luke Daniels, Aronimink Golf Club94
Brady Manning, Honeybrook Golf Club96
Kieran Gillespie, GAP Youth on Course97
Brady Knott, Rolling Green Golf Club97
Joe Nolan, Makefield Highlands Golf Club114
Matthew Vital, Northampton Country ClubNS
* – determined in playoff
NS – no show

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