SPRINGFIELD, Pa. — Different partner, same result.
Daniel Galbreath, who won the Francis X. Hussey Memorial alongside Matthew Acker a year ago, successfully defended his title Monday at Rolling Green Golf Club (par 71, 6,336 yards). He did so with good friend and clubmate Conor McGrath as a teammate. The Huntingdon Valley Country Club members carded a blistering 7-under-par 64 for a two-stroke victory. Tavistock Country Club’s Doug Ergood and Finnian McGarry finished second.
The Francis X. Hussey Memorial is a better-ball of partners event.
“A few weeks ago, Matt (Acker) was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, and he thought he was still going to be able to play. Then he had an abscess and had to get surgery maybe a week ago,” Galbreath, 18, a recent Lower Moreland High School graduate, said. “Conor was originally supposed to play with Frankie (Gregor). Frankie was playing basketball at Conor’s house. Conor was not there when Frankie broke his foot. On the first tee, we knew we were playing for them today.”
“We had the same common goal: do it for Matt and do it for Frankie,” McGrath, 17, a soon-to-be senior at The Academy of the New Church, said. “Dan and I play together at the club all of the time. We have a tightly knit group at Huntingdon Valley. We’re all really close.”
Galbreath and McGrath meshed well to manufacture red Monday.
“We know each other’s game so well,” Galbreath, who will attend Stetson University in the fall as a finance major, said. “I caddied for Conor in the [BMW Philadelphia] Amateur Qualifier for 36 holes. I know how he hits the ball. I know how he putts. We play together all of the time, so he knows my game, too. We were able to help each other out all day.”
A 12-footer for par by Galbreath on No. 2 (par 4, 415 yards), and a “saved by the flagstick” chip by McGrath on No. 3 (par 3, 162 yards) provided a much-needed reset at the outset. Galbreath knocked a 60-degree wedge 80 yards to 10 feet for a birdie on No. 5 (par 4, 375 yards). McGrath’s length led to an eagle on the par 5, 514-yard No. 7. He smashed a 6-iron 195 yards to 35 feet left of the hole location. A speedy downhiller rammed into the jar. McGrath, out of the hole after hitting a tree four times, relinquished the red floor to Galbreath on No. 8 (par 4, 404 yards). He pull-hooked a soft 9-iron from 130 yards, but buried an unpredictable 60-footer for birdie.
“I was stressing, ‘Find the speed. Let’s get out of here with a two-putt,’” McGrath said. “I didn’t want him to get ahead of himself. Then he went and made it.”
The gettable 12th hole (par 4, 275 yards) yielded another eagle for the Huntingdon Valley, Pa. residents. Galbreath drove the green and drained a 25-footer. The team avenged a bogey on a par 3 (No. 14, 187 yards) with a birdie on a par 3 (No. 16, 127 yards). McGrath stopped a 54-degree wedge at 30 feet. The ensuing conversion placed his team a shot clear of Ergood and McGarry, playing in the group ahead. McGrath erased any doubt when his extrication attempt from the front left bunker on No. 17 (par 5, 486 yards) set up a tap-in birdie.
With a triumph in his last year of eligibility, Galbreath summarized his Hussey experience with a Hallmark tagline.
“Back-to-back wins, different partners, great friends,” he said.
Junior-Junior Boys’ Division
Darren Nolan and Henry Fish never played together on the golf course before. They made their team debut a triumphant one.
Fish, 13, of Malvern, Pa., and Nolan, 13, of Glenside, Pa., claimed the Junior-Junior Boys’ Division title (par 36, 3,333 yards) with a 1-under-par 35.
Fish, an incoming eighth grader at Malvern Prep, and Nolan, a rising eighth grader at Abington Junior High School, both wanted a clean scorecard but were unable to do so after bogeying No. 2 (par 4, 415 yards). Their collective mindset didn’t change as a result of the early slip-up.
“You just have to keep playing your game regardless of what your score is,” Fish said. “You have to think about making pars instead of really being aggressive and making silly bogeys.”
They were able to bounce back in the best-ball format with a birdie on No. 4 (par 4, 355 yards).
Fish hit his approach shot 30 yards short of the flagstick but used a perfectly-executed pitch with his sand wedge to jar the duo’s first of two birdies. Fish also recorded the other birdie on No. 7 (par 5, 514 yards).
Nolan, of Talamore Country Club, and Fish, of Chester Valley Golf Club, first met each other on the Philadelphia Junior Tour last year and used good teamwork to claim the title.
“We were focused on the strategy of the tournament,” Nolan said. “If we would have someone putting for birdie we would try to make it if one of us was in close for a par. This format requires strategy and I think we did a good job today.”
Junior Girls’ Division
Home-club hopeful Kathleen Mark and Llanerch Country Club’s Riley Quartermain carded an 8-over-par 79 to take the event’s Junior Girls’ (par 71, 5,560 yards) title. Mark, a rising freshman at Episcopal Academy, and Quartermain, a soon-to-be freshman at Haverford High School, pointed to a pair of back nine birdies as the day’s highlight. On No. 10 (par 3, 183 yards), Quartermain, 14, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., blasted a 6-iron to 15 feet. Mark, 14, of Media, Pa., lifted a gap wedge 80 yards to 10 feet for a 3 on the par 4, 281-yard 12th hole.
Junior-Junior Girls’ Division
Huntingdon Valley Country Club Members Molly Gregor, 13, of North Wales, Pa. and Emma McGrath, 12, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. claimed the Junior-Junior Girls’ Division (par 36, 3,333 yards. Gregor, a rising eighth grader at the Ancillae-Assumpta Academy, and McGrath, a rising seventh grader at Bryn Athyn Church School, carded a 6-over-par 42.
Francis X. Hussey, the tournament’s namesake, was a Junior member at Rolling Green. He suffered from congenital heart disease and died in December 1983 while undergoing major heart surgery. He was 13 years old when he died. Francis was a student in the Haverford Township School system, an avid sports fan and an active Junior member at Rolling Green. His courage in the face of his illness was a great inspiration to all who knew him.
Golf Association of Philadelphia
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|Daniel Galbreath/Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||64|
|Finnian McGarry/Doug Ergood, Tavistock Country Club||66|
|Noah Harrington/Matt Graeff, Cedarbrook Country Club/Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club||70|
|Cole Kemmerer/Jacob Zeng, Waynesborough Country Club/Applecross Country Club||70|
|Timmy Lorenzo/Stephen Lorenzo, Philadelphia Cricket Club/Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club||70|
|Shane McCullough/Buddy Hansen, IV, Blue Bell Country Club||71|
|Greg DeLuca/Chris Benvenuto, Makefield Highlands Golf Club/Philadelphia Junior Tour||71|
|Ryan Tall/Alex Cook, Spring Ford Country Club/Waynesborough Country Club||71|
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|Wills Montgomery/Ryan Conners, Applecross Country Club/Whitford Country Club||71|
|Liam Hart/Jack LaRosa, Spring Mill Country Club/Philmont Country Club||72|
|Matt Marino/Jon Nolan Perry, Waynesborough Country Club||72|
|Ryan McHugh / Padraic Walsh, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club||72|
|Brett McGrath/Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||72|
|D.J. Pinciotti, III/Ryan Borrmann, Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Five Ponds Golf Club||72|
|Dante DiStefano/Archie Filshill, Commonwealth National Golf Club/Huntingdon Valley Country Club||73|
|Ryan Kennedy/Jack Cooley, Applecross Country Club/Kennett Square Golf & Country Club||75|
|Jack Fialko/Jake Maddaloni, Aronimink Golf Club||75|
|James Gradisek/Andrew Miller, Philadelphia Country Club||76|
|Christopher Buysse/Maceo Giampietro,Waynesborough Country Club/Applecross Country Club||76|
|William Pabst, Jr./Jake Millan, GAP Junior Players Club||76|
|Andrew Fuhrman/Drew Clifford, Spring Ford Country Club||76|
|Tyler Dalzell/Colin Kear, Huntingdon Valley Country Club/Doylestown Country Club||77|
|Jackson Tappen/Colin McDonald, Cedarbrook Country Club||78|
|Giles Elliott/Luke Kelly, Aronimink Golf Club/Merion Golf Club||79|
|Jake McCarthy/Brian Thompson, Cherry Valley Country Club||80|
|Daniel Dirita, Jr./Tommy Carroll, The Springhaven Club||80|
|August Blatney/Josh Felter, Philadelphia Cricket Club||81|
|Mark Thomas Prasalowicz/Joseph Taggart, Llanerch Country Club/Paxon Hollow Country Club||81|
|Andrew Damico/Emmett Fox, McCall Golf & Country Club||82|
|Bobby Nicholson/Matthew Weaver, Country Club of York||83|
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|Jack Schmidt/Scott Pfeiffer, Old York Road Country Club/Whitemarsh Valley Country Club||97|
|Tyler Roland/Cal Buonocore, Overbrook Golf Club/Llanerch Country Club||WD|
|Darren Nolan/Henry Fish, Talamore Country Club/Chester Valley Golf Club||35|
|Nathan Guertler/ Chase Cristella, Tavistock Country Club/Laurel Creek Country Club||40|
|Ryan Garvey/Sydney Yermish, Rolling Green Golf Club||40|
|Richie Biborosch/Jack Ploszay, Aronimink Golf Club/Chester Valley Golf Club||44|
|Charlie Hurchalla/Matthew Hurchalla, The Springhaven Club||49|
|Jonathan Logan/Ryan Jasudowich, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club||56|
|Kathleen Mark/Riley Quartermain, Rolling Green Golf Club/Llanerch Country Club||79|
|Lauren Jones/Amanda Jones, Merion Golf Club||80|
|Grace Simenson/Allison Bradley, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve/Aronimink Golf Club||81|
|Elaine Loose/Amanda Heins, Chester Valley Golf Club||96|
|Catherine Dare/Rose Litt, Riverton Country Club||96|
|Emma McGrath/Molly Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||42|
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