110th Junior Boys' Championship: Day One - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Young rallies to medal at The Ridge

RINGOES, N.J. – A week ago, Thomas Young made a run to the Round of 16 in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, ultimately falling to Talamore Country Club’s Patrick Sheehan.

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The Saucon Valley Country Club youngster may have bowed out before his ultimate goal, but he came to the 110th Junior Boys’ Championship locked in and ready to roll.

“I learned last week at the Philadelphia Amateur that I could do it and play with the best amateurs in the area,” Young, 18, of Center Valley, Pa., said. “My goal is to play professional golf and Patrick is about to turn pro. I went toe to toe with him without having my best version of my driver. That week gave me a lot of confidence and now I am trying to keep that momentum going.

“I was so focused on the outcome of that match and making birdies that I lost track of my process and ended up giving away a couple opportunities. Today I was really focused on my process and not what happens after the shot.”

Young, aided by a back-nine revival and a charged driver, took medalist honors with a round of 69 Monday in the Junior Boys’ Championship at The Ridge at Back Brook (par 71, 6,555 yards).

The cutline for the Top 16 for the Championship Flight stopped at 75. The cutline for the First Flight was 77.

Defending champion John Stevenson of LuLu Country Club carded a round of 73. As the reigning titleholder, Stevenson automatically garners the No. 1 seed. Young will be the No. 2 seed. Stevenson will play Talamore’s Ethan Martin and Young will play North Hills Country Club’s Declan McLane.

“I’ve felt like my game has been firing at around a C grade,” Young, who will attend Methodist University in the fall, said. “I feel like that because my tee shots have been lacking and causing issues. I feel like my tee shots were a lot better today and I gave myself a lot of opportunities. I was able to build off that.”


A strong front nine of 1 under put Young in a good position to hold the medalist crystal. As he went to strike his tee shot on No. 12 (par 3, 163 yards), an untimely “fore” yell hit him on the downswing. His ball sailed right into the water and a double bogey ensued. He could have spiraled at something he couldn’t control. But he remained in his process.

“The fore yell didn’t catch me off guard that much, I just made a bad swing,” Young, who recently graduated from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., said. “Bad shots are going to happen. You just have to learn to move on. I was playing well and knew I would have opportunities coming in. I kept my composure well, which I was proud of.”

He would go on to make three birdies in his last five holes. He began by two-putting for birdie on No. 14 (par 5, 534 yards) after hitting a pitching wedge from 160 yards to 27 feet. He buried a 26-footer on No. 16 (par 4, 410 yards).

His prodigious length served him well on the last (par 5, 518 yards). A tomahawked torpedo off the tee left him 118 yards. For those calculating at home, that equated to a 400-yard drive. A 54-degree to 15 feet helped him close with a two-putt birdie.

Lessons learned at Whitemarsh Valley will serve him well. Young said he enjoyed The Ridge because it requires a strong mental game as much as it does a strong physical game.

“The biggest key for me is to stay focused in my process,” Young said. “I can’t imagine things that go wrong. I need to place my mind on thinking about what can go right. That’s what will help me in this event the rest of the week.” 

Saucon Valley Country Club, represented by Thomas Young, Colin McAskin, David Burmeister and Caleb Walsh captured the Junior Team Championship. It filed an 8-over-par 221 to prevail by three strokes over Overbrook Golf Club. The Junior Team Championship runs concurrently with Junior Boys’ Championship Qualifying. Three of four scores count toward the team total.

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 Association’s 345 Member Clubs and 110,000 individual members are spread across the Eastern half of Pennsylvania and parts of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Championship Flight
Name, clubScore
Thomas Young, Saucon Valley Country Club69
Charlie Barrickman, Radley Run Country Club71
Michael Henry, Overbrook Golf Club72
Sebastian Botero, North Hills Country Club72
John Stevenson, LuLu Country Club73
Harrison Brown, Philadelphia Country Club73
Colin McAskin, Saucon Valley Country Club73
Jake Lairdieson, The Springhaven Club74
Seiji Sako, McCall Golf Club74
Noah Wallace, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club74
Aidan Farkas, Llanerch Country Club74
Diego Yanez, Cedarbrook Country Club74
Lannon Boyd, Overbrook Golf Club74
*Grant Burkhart, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club75
*Ethan Martin, Talamore Country Club75
*Declan McLane, North Hills Country Club75
First Flight
*Jack Homer, Wilmington Country Club75
*Ian Natale, Sunnybrook Golf Club75
Eddie Gebhardt, Rolling Green Golf Club76
Davis Conaway, Fieldstone Golf Club76
Colton Orris, USGA/GAP GC76
Ian Larsen, Honeybrook Golf Club76
Eamon Cochran, White Manor Country Club77
Tyler Sugarman, Cherry Valley Country Club77
Quin Zuegner, Lookaway Golf Club77
Callahan Harrell, Out Door Country Club77
Anthony Proud, GAP Youth on Course77
Nolan Corcoran, Cedarbrook Country Club77
Brad McDermott, Aronimink Golf Club77
Declan Conner, The Skramble House of Golf77
Anestis Kalderemtzis, Penn Oaks Golf Club77
Kieran Gillespie, GAP Youth on Course77
Failed to qualify
Lane Krosse, Regents’ Glen Country Club78
Liam McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club78
Travis Robertson, Sunnybrook Golf Club78
Chase Yenser, Reading Country Club78
Gavin Pychinka, Brookside CC of Allentown78
David Burmeister, Saucon Valley Country Club79
Liam Crowley, Aronimink Golf Club79
Julian Boyer, GAP Youth on Course79
Ryan Quinn, Commonwealth National Golf Club79
Andrew Ma, GAP Youth on Course79
Kasim Narinesingh-Smith, Radley Run Country Club79
Jackson Puskar, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club79
Cade Kelleher, Country Club of Scranton79
Luke McGraw, USGA/GAP GC79
Tommy Marshall, Medford Lakes Country Club79
Mac Traynor, Merion Golf Club79
Charlie Ferrise, RiverCrest GC & Preserve80
Logan Cassidy, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale81
Paul Reilly, Galloway National Golf Club81
Luca Kleinschmidt, The Springhaven Club81
Samuel Feeney, Applecross Country Club81
Chris Vahey, North Hills Country Club81
Cody Sutcliffe, The 1912 Club81
Nicky Nemo, Merion Golf Club81
Brian Cotter, Medford Village Country Club81
Judd Fletcher, Riverton Country Club82
J.P. Hoban, The 1912 Club82
Shayne O’Doherty, Stonewall82
Nicolas Gaughan, Concord Country Club82
Alex Nemo, Merion Golf Club82
Kellen Toussaint, North Hills Country Club82
Sean Curran, Merion Golf Club82
Adam Fluehr, North Hills Country Club82
Michael Deussing, Jericho National Golf Club83
Holden Schipper, Hawk Pointe Golf Club83
Kole Kohut, Ocean City Golf Club83
Zachary Antao, DuPont Country Club83
James DeRocini, Westwood Golf Club83
Nathan Mansueto, Radley Run Country Club83
Will Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club83
William Forman, Merion Golf Club83
Owen Sun, Cherry Valley Country Club84
John Diamond, John F. Byrne Golf Club84
Keller Tannehill, Atlantic City Country Club84
Nick Waskey, Doylestown Country Club84
Christopher Sung, Waynesborough Country Club84
Liam Littleton, Sunnybrook Golf Club84
Gregor Weissenberger, Aronimink Golf Club84
Jack Crowley, Aronimink Golf Club85
Paul Henkels, Philadelphia Cricket Club85
Marshall Kain, Overbrook Golf Club85
Brody Bell, Spring Ford Country Club85
Trevor Sieben, Little Mill Country Club86
Matt Weiss, Little Mill Country Club86
Joe Ciconte, Wilmington Country Club86
John Rouse, Aronimink Golf Club86
Tristan Smith, Cedarbrook Country Club86
Nick Linkchorst, Golf Course at Glen Mills86
Mac Gorman, LuLu Country Club87
Frank Boensch, Steel Club87
Caleb Walsh, Saucon Valley Country Club87
Christian Dawley, Philadelphia Country Club87
Beckett Chipman, Wilmington Country Club87
Reagan Flynn, Lebanon Country Club87
Luka Fediukov, Phoenixville Country Club88
Jack Dare, Riverton Country Club88
Michael Green, Cedarbrook Country Club88
Tre Lesperance, Hartefeld National88
Joel Toburen, USGA/GAP GC89
Marty Burns, John F. Byrne Golf Club89
Isaac Wolfe, GAP Youth on Course89
Phillip Mathews, Irem Country Club89
David Nissen, Philadelphia Cricket Club89
Charlie Isler, Stonewall89
Michael Liu, DuPont Country Club89
Landon Finsen, Burlington Country Club90
Caiden Jordan, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club90
Will Savarese, Llanerch Country Club90
Gregory Kriz, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club92
Jasper Dittus, Philadelphia Cricket Club92
Chase Carr, GAP Youth on Course92
Wyatt Cudmore, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club92
Matthew Smith, GAP Youth on Course93
Zach Moua, St. Davids Golf Club93
Luke Daniels, Aronimink Golf Club93
Robert Stout, Mercer Oaks Golf Course94
Beau Riviere, GAP Youth on Course94
Walker Mannon, Phoenixville Country Club94
William Simonson, Tavistock Country Club94
Niklas Skjeveland, Commonwealth National Golf Club95
Brady Knott, Rolling Green Golf Club95
Noah Richardson, Applecross Country Club95
Evan Oglesby, Ocean City Golf Club96
Brady Cobb, Tavistock Country Club96
Shane Klapinsky, GAP Youth on Course96
Hill Meserve, Bidermann Golf Club98
Andrew Walker, Tavistock Country Club101
Charlie Robinson, USGA/GAP GC103
Trey Minter, Trenton Country Club103
Colton Swain, GAP Youth on Course105
John Peyton, Rolling Green Golf ClubNC
*determined in playoff
NC – No card

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