Jul 21, 2008

DeLuca overcomes late mistakes to grab Jock MacKenzie title

  ORELAND, Pa.– Christopher DeLuca of Lookaway GC hung on to take the 24th Jock MacKenzie Memorial by a stroke on Monday at Sandy Run CC (par 72, 6,525 yards) with a 1-under-par 71.

  DeLuca, a soon-to-be senior at Holy Ghost Preparatory School, got off to a fast start carding birdies on hole Nos. 2 (par 3, 193 yards), 3 (par 4, 411 yards), 5 (par 4, 410 yards) and 7(par 4, 322 yards). An electric start that was mainly due to the 17-year-old’s the flatstick.

  “I was putting really well and made a bunch of putts on the front side,” he said.

  One of those included a spectacular, left-to-right breaking, 35-footer on No. 2 that he made for his first birdie of the day.

  “That was a great start for me,” DeLuca said. “I felt like it gave me some momentum.”

  And although the birdie barrage ended once DeLuca reached the backside, the Langhorne, Pa., resident kept his score at 3-under-par through 14 holes. But some rare putting miscues made things closer than he would have liked and almost caused him to give the tournament away. His 3-under-par 33 on the front side was nearly eclipsed by his 2-over par 38 on the back nine.

  “I got a little nervous on the back nine and missed a couple short putts,” said DeLuca, who knew that Andrew Zoeller of Waynesborough CC was already in the club house win an even-par 72. “But once I started making some putts again, I got comfortable and held it together.”

  DeLuca indeed kept things intact finishing with a pair of pars on No. 17 (par 4, 385 yards) and 18 (par 4, 324 yards) after back-to-back bogies on hole Nos. 15 (par 5, 487 yards) and 16 (par 4, 375 yards).

  “I’m just excited and happy that I played a good round of golf,” he said of winning the event. “I finally strung together some good shots and it paid off.”

  Zoeller, who finished a close second, attributed his strong play to some momentum of his own from a solid fourth place finish at the 2008 Christman Cup.

  “It really has helped me with my confidence,” said the Malvern Preparatory golfer of his experiences on the GAP Junior circuit. “I’ve been striking the ball pretty well as of late and today just helps keep a good summer going. Hopefully this leads into the fall.”

  Aliza Shatzman of the Meadowlands CC carded a 6-over-par 78 to top the girls division of the Jock MacKenzie Memorial.

  The 16-year-old from Ambler, Pa., carded a birdie on each side (No. 7, par 4 307 yards; No 15, par 5, 451 yards) on the way to her division-low round.

  Junior-Junior Divisions (par 36, 2,909 yards)
  Michael Davis of Merion GC won the Junior-Junior Boys’ Division of the Jock MacKenzie Memorial with a 2-over-par 38. Davis registered a birdie on his first hole (No. 10, par 3, 114 yards) en route to his win over the 32-player field.

  In the Junior-Junior Girls Division, Jackie Rogowicz of Yardley CC fired an 8-over-par 44 to win her flight.

  All Junior-Junior divisions competed over the back nine holes at Sandy Run CC.

  Michael Kania of Overbrook GC sealed his first Harry Hammond Award Monday with a final round score of 3-over-par 75 at the Jock MacKenzie Memorial.

  “It’s been a goal of mine all year,” said Kania of winning the Harry Hammond Award. “I’m just happy to have played consistent golf throughout the year.”

  The Harry Hammond Award is given to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying round of the Junior Boys’ Championship, the Christman Cup and the Jock MacKenzie Memorial.

  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.

Junior Boys Results
Name Club Total
Christopher DeLuca Lookaway Golf Club 71
Andrew Zoeller Waynesborough Country Club 72
Andrew Keeling Yardley Country Club 73
Edmond Fenton Jericho National Golf Club 73
Michael Johnson Talamore Country Club 74
Russell Hartung Doylestown Country Club 74
Greg Verde Spring Ford Country Club 75
Jerry Temple, Jr. Cavaliers Country Club 75
John Fasy Wilmington Country Club 75
Michael Kania Overbrook Golf Club 75
Pierce Dever Jericho National Golf Club 75
Cameron Liebert Edgmont Country Club 76
Daniel Dansbury Yardley Country Club 76
Joseph Fabrizio Aronimink Golf Club 76
Alex McPherson Sandy Run Country Club 77
Connor McNicholas Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
Daniel Bernard RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 77
James DeLuca Lookaway Golf Club 77
Mike Amole Talamore Country Club 77
Scott McCool Saucon Valley Country Club 77
Greg Jarmas Philadelphia Publinks GA 78
John Palmer Chester Valley Golf Club 78
Mike Meehan Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
Daniel Hayes III Yardley Country Club 79
Jack Rosenberg Waynesborough Country Club 79
John Inman Cherry Valley Country Club 79
Ryan Siegler Mercer Oaks Golf Course 79
Aaron Burton Five Ponds Golf Club 80
Ben Feld Blue Bell Country Club 80
Daniel Novak Talamore Country Club 80
Garrett Conway Burlington Country Club 80
J. Tommy Tighe Philadelphia Country Club 80
Ted Brennan Philadelphia Country Club 80
Tim Pici Chester Valley Golf Club 80
Zach Bereznak Stonewall 80
Alexander Penza Llanerch Country Club 81
Daniel O’Shea Llanerch Country Club 81
Aaron Burton Five Ponds Golf Club 80
Ben Feld Blue Bell Country Club 80
Daniel Novak Talamore Country Club 80
Garrett Conway Burlington Country Club 80
J. Tommy Tighe Philadelphia Country Club 80
Ted Brennan Philadelphia Country Club 80
Tim Pici Chester Valley Golf Club 80
Zach Bereznak Stonewall 80
Alexander Penza Llanerch Country Club 81
Daniel O’Shea Llanerch Country Club 81
Robert Pina Chester Valley Golf Club 82
Zachary Herr Jericho National Golf Club 82
Blaise Hopkins Jericho National Golf Club 83
Brett Murphy Wildwood Golf & Country Club 84
Evan Galbreath Huntingdon Valley Country Club 84
Hunter Hanson Waynesborough Country Club 84
Jack Russell Philadelphia Cricket Club 84
Matt Pulos St. Davids Golf Club 84
Regan Papariello White Manor Country Club 84
Ryan Fogel Penn Oaks Golf Club 84
Ryan Worthy Merion Golf Club 84
Benjamin Cooley Lu Lu Country Club 85
Bobby Hoeppner Commonwealth National Golf Club 85
Jonathan Burns Five Ponds Golf Club 85
Martin Schlenker Penn Oaks Golf Club 85
Ty Flagler Talamore Country Club 85
Dan Trink Mercer Oaks Golf Course 86
Eric Slawter St. Davids Golf Club 86
Jack Ulan Cedarbrook Country Club 86
Luke Liddell Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 86
Mike Gartenmayer Medford Village Country Club 86
Ryan Singer Jericho National Golf Club 87
Teague Emery French Creek Golf Club 87
Brendan Craig Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 88
Daniel Furman Commonwealth National Golf Club 88
Jimmy O’Brien Cedarbrook Country Club 88
Kyle Hunter Commonwealth National Golf Club 88
Kyle West Whitford Country Club 88
Erik Schlenker Penn Oaks Golf Club 89
Ian Byerly Coatesville Country Club 89
J. Thomas Paff Chester Valley Golf Club 89
Kyle Martin Commonwealth National Golf Club 89
Michael Ashcraft Brookside C.C. of Allentown 89
Paul Carbone, Jr. Old York Road Country Club 89
Will Crowley St. Davids Golf Club 89
Bryan Pratt Yardley Country Club 90
John Leskow Laurel Creek Country Club 91
Kyle Aceto Waynesborough Country Club 91
Tommy Horgan Radnor Valley Country Club 91
Gregory Devine Llanerch Country Club 92
Jimmy Kramarski Riverton Country Club 92
Jimmy LaGreca Sandy Run Country Club 92
Shane McNichol Llanerch Country Club 92
Ryan Aceto Waynesborough Country Club 93
Luke Schweitzer Huntingdon Valley Country Club 94
Mitch Van Ostenbridge Spring Ford Country Club 94
Brad Applegate Trenton Country Club 95
John Leighton Huntingdon Valley Country Club 95
T. J. Maderia Burlington Country Club 95
Stuart Blank Commonwealth National Golf Club 98
Matt Fazio Huntingdon Valley Country Club 99
Mike Murphy Talamore Country Club 103
Todd Smith Trenton Country Club 104
Chris Mascioli White Clay Creek Country Club 123
Ted Kerschner Overbrook Golf Club DQ
Drew Templin LedgeRock Golf Club NS
Christian Holt Torresdale-Frankford Country Club WD
Christopher Prechtl Five Ponds Golf Club WD
Connor Eichman Llanerch Country Club WD
Danny Costello Spring Mill Country Club WD
Drew Calamaro Rolling Green Golf Club WD
John Thomas Spring Mill Country Club WD
Luke Tsarnas Trenton Country Club WD
Patrick Welsh Huntingdon Valley Country Club WD
Vince Boyle JC Melrose Country Club WD
Zachary Dilcher Hartefeld National WD
Junior Girls Results
Name Club Total
Aliza Shatzman Meadowlands Country Club 78
Amanda Lownes Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 85
Erica Herr Jericho National Golf Club 86
Carson Price Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 89
Emily Gimpel Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 89
Tierney Sadowl Huntingdon Valley Country Club 93
Emily Reinhart French Creek Golf Club 94
Caitlin O’Connor Huntingdon Valley Country Club 100
Sarah Easton Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 124
Nicole Cavalcante Plymouth Country Club WD
Jr-Jr Boys Results
Name Club Total
Michael Davis Merion Golf Club 38
Jack Gregor Huntingdon Valley Country Club 39
Andrew Willner White Manor Country Club 41
Jonathan Liu Commonwealth National Golf Club 41
Cole Berman Green Valley Country Club 42
Steven Altieri Hopewell Valley Golf Club 42
Joseph Rueter, Jr. Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 43
Max Norris Radnor Valley Country Club 43
Brendan Papariello White Manor Country Club 44
Drew Guarino Burlington Country Club 44
Sam Gallen Berkshire Country Club 44
Alex Dupre Rolling Green Golf Club 45
Connor Goodrich Woodbury Country Club 45
Jack Quirk Huntingdon Valley Country Club 45
Jesse Hunsicker Five Ponds Golf Club 45
Robert Firth, Jr Commonwealth National Golf Club 45
Eric Stafford Philadelphia Publinks GA 46
Peter Hayes Philadelphia Country Club 46
Kevin Kramarski Riverton Country Club 47
Kevin McGeary Jr. Llanerch Country Club 47
Thomas Walker Phoenixville Country Club 47
Daniel Altieri Hopewell Valley Golf Club 50
Michael Carrigan Chester Valley Golf Club 51
W. Evan Thornton Berkshire Country Club 52
Jack Farris Huntingdon Valley Country Club 53
Jake Fazio Huntingdon Valley Country Club 53
Jacob Klaus Tavistock Country Club 55
Thomas Leighton Huntingdon Valley Country Club 56
Mac Walsh Aronimink Golf Club 60
Hugh Farris Huntingdon Valley Country Club 66
Matthew Bastian, Jr. Rolling Green Golf Club NS
David Pompey Country Club of Scranton WD
Jr-Jr Girls Results
Name Club Total
Jackie Rogowicz Yardley Country Club 44
Keenan Eichman Llanerch Country Club 66
Madelein Herr Jericho National Golf Club 66
WD-withdrawal; NS-no show; DQ-disqualified

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