Jun 27, 2011

Erhardt earns medalist honors at 97th Junior Boys’ Championship

PITTSGROVE TOWNSHIP, N.J.–A confident and composed Reilly Erhardt of Trenton CC carded a 2-under-par 70 to earn medalist honors in the 97th Junior Boys’ Championship Qualifier on Monday at Running Deer GC (par 72, 6,368 yards). Erhardt, 14, of Newtown, Pa., cited his experience in this event a year ago as a key factor.

  “The main thing I learned was that I could make match play and compete with the bigger kids who were outdriving me by 40 or 50 yards,” said Erhardt.

Reilly Erhardt of Trenton CC on the 18th tee.

  Now a big kid himself – he stands 6-foot – Erhardt navigated his way around the challenging Pittsgrove Township, N.J. track with a veteran’s poise. He made the turn in even-par 36 on the strength of two birdies and two bogeys before finding a back-nine groove. Taking what was in front of him, Erhardt registered seven pars and two birdies, both on the par 5s, to close with one of two under-par scores. He lofted a wedge from 85 yards to three feet on No. 14 (par 5, 510 yards) and then knocked a pitching wedge from 110 yards to 10 feet on No. 17 (par 5, 506 yards).

  “This feels amazing,” said Erhardt, a soon-to-be freshman at The Hun School of Princeton in Princeton, N.J. “I won a Philadelphia Section of the PGA Junior Tour (PJT) in Avalon (N.J.) and that’s given me a lot of confidence.”

  That PGA Junior Tour event took place on June 23.

  The only other player to post a red number was Sam Soeth of White Manor CC.

  Soeth, 15, was competing in his first-ever GAP tournament.


  “I’m trying to play in bigger tournaments this summer,” said Soeth, a sophomore at Marple Newtown High School. “I wanted to come out and play a good round and see what happened.”

  Soeth competes primarily in PJT events and has experienced some success. This spring/summer he has already won two of those.

  Starting on the back nine today, Soeth went double-bogey, bogey on his fifth and sixth hole, respectively, before answering in spectacular fashion with three straight birdies to turn at even par. Soeth hit a 7-iron to 10 feet on No. 16 (par 3, 161 yards); lofted a wedge on No. 17 (par 5, 506 yards) to three feet and closed on No. 18 (par 4, 425 yards) with a 5-iron to 10 feet.

  He bogeyed No. 2 (par 4, 390 yards) when his approach came up short, but birdied No. 3 (par 4, 340 yards) on a little downhill six footer and No. 6 (par 4, 375 yards) with a 130-yard 9-iron to five feet.

The 2011 Junior Team Champions from Hopewell Valley GC
(from left) Will Young, Dan Altieri, Steven Altieri
and Jack Fowler.

  “I just feel great that in my first big tournament I came out and played well,” said Soeth of Newtown Square, Pa. “I love match play, so I’m hopeful to come out and play pretty well.”

  The cut line for the Championship Flight of 16 fell at 78.

  Erhardt faces Francis Worthington of Manufacturers G&CC, the 16th seed, at 8 a.m. in his first-round match.

  The second 16 finishers in the field of 61 qualified for the First Flight.

  The quarterfinals will immediately follow tomorrow’s first round in each flight.*****
  The Junior Team Championship, which runs concurrently with the Junior Boys’ qualifier, was won for the first time by Hopewell Valley GC.

  Teams consist of three or four players with the low three scores counting toward the final total.

  Jack Fowler, Will Young and brothers Daniel and Steven Altieri finished with a team total of 237 to win the title by one stroke over Commonwealth National GC. Young carded a 73, Steven Altieri posted a 79 and Fowler finished with an 85.

Championship Flight
Name, club Score
Reilly Erhardt, Trenton Country Club 70
Sam Soeth, White Manor Country Club 71
Brandon Matthews, Fox Hill Country Club 72
Will Young, Hopewell Valley Golf Club 73
Alex Dupre, Rolling Green Golf Club 73
David Pompey, Jr., Country Club of Scranton 73
R. Morgan Dougherty, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
Mac Ryan, Overbrook Golf Club 74
Zach Arsenault, Little Mill Country Club 75
T.J. Summers, Commonwealth National Golf Club 75
Cody Dazen, Little Mill Country Club 76
Sean Fahey, Overbrook Golf Club 76
Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford Country Club 76
Brandon Roche, Burlington Country Club 78
Daniel Furman, Commonwealth National Golf Club 78
Francis Worthington, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 78
First Flight
Name, club Score
Joey Russo, Running Deer Golf Club 79
Connor Goodrich, Merchantville Country Club 79
Kevin Zipf, Philadelphia Country Club 79
Steven Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club 79
Gordon Dunlop, III, Bensalem Township Country Club 79
Gregory Szrom, Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour 80
Jake Van Arkel, Merion Golf Club 80
Mac Selverian, Aronimink Golf Club 80
Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 80
Eddie Maul, Concord Country Club 81
Brendan Papariello, White Manor Country Club 81
Matt Yanek, Woodstone Country Club 81
Jay Fisher, Five Ponds Golf Club 82
Jacob Klaus, Tavistock Country Club 82
Kyle Allan, Phoenixville Country Club 82
Brock Kovach, Berkshire Country Club 82
Failed to qualify
Name, club Score
Jesse Hunsicker, Talamore Country Club 83
Jack Knowles, Country Club of Scranton 83
Gary McCabe, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 83
John Concannon, Concord Country Club 84
Nicholas Johnson, Glenmaura National Golf Club 85
Robert Firth, Jr., Commonwealth National Golf Club 85
Jack Fowler, Hopewell Valley Golf Club 85
Jon Graulich, Meadowlands Country Club 85
Jon Stewart, Honeybrook Golf Club 86
Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club 86
Cole Swiger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 86
Patrick McGrath, Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour 86
Brendan Young, Chester Valley Golf Club 86
Jonathan Bebey, Sandy Run Country Club 86
Kyle Graham, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia 87
Mac Walsh, Aronimink Golf Club 88
Anthony Van Dervort, Tavistock Country Club 88
Connor Jones, Tavistock Country Club 88
Christopher Rotelli, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 88
Drew Guarino, Burlington Country Club 88
Joseph Rueter, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club 89
Liam McAnally, Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour 89
Jonathan Rennard, Phoenixville Country Club 89
Daniel Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club 90
Quinn Dolan, Rolling Green Golf Club 93
Alex Kane, Radley Run Country Club 94
Jack Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club WD
Jake McGlone, Overbrook Golf Club WD
Mike Dobbs, Riverton Country Club NS
NS-no show; WD-withdrawal
Junior Team Championship results
Team Total
Hopewell Valley Golf Club 237
Daniel Altieri 90
Steven Altieri 79*
Jack Fowler 85*
Will Young 73*
Huntingdon Valley Country Club 238
Jack Quirk 80*
R. Morgan Dougherty 74*
Christopher Rotelli 88*
Joseph Rueter, Jr. 89
Commonwealth National Golf Club 238
Robert Firth, Jr. 85*
Daniel Furman 78*
T.J. Summers 75*
Rolling Green Golf Club 252
Alex Dupre 73*
Quinn Dolan 93*
Matthew Bastian, Jr. 86*
Tavistock Country Club 258
Connor Jones 88*
Jacob Klaus 82*
Anthony Van Dervort 88*
*-score used in total

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