Huntingdon Valley’s McGrath medals, gains Junior Boys’ quarterfinals - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jun 20, 2017

Huntingdon Valley’s McGrath medals, gains Junior Boys’ quarterfinals

ROYERSFORD, Pa. — Despite a change in weather, playing format and caddie, Conor McGrath is still eating good in the Spring Ford neighborhood.

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  The Huntingdon Valley Country Club youngster secured medalist honors in the weather-delayed 103rd Junior Boys’ Championship Qualifier presented by PURE Insurance on the par 72, 6,362-yard layout Tuesday morning. McGrath completed 10 holes yesterday amid windy conditions before a stormfront halted play for the day at 3:15 p.m. He finished the remaining eight holes in 2 under on Tuesday morning, good enough for a 6-under-par 66 and the tournament’s No. 2 seed.

  In the Round of 16, McGrath ousted Inniscrone Golf Club’s Matthew Kristick, 3&2. He is one of eight players who advanced to the quarterfinals, which begin tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. The semifinals will follow.

  “I didn’t get ahead of myself. On the car ride home, we were pretty relaxed,” McGrath, 17, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., said following his medalist performance. “I went to Applebee’s with the [Huntingdon Valley] squad after the rain delay yesterday. [Tyson, our waiter] played a big role in keeping me loose. He was hilarious. I had the mindset that it wasn’t over yet. I had eight more holes to finish. I kept my mind on the task.”

  Caddie Matt Beck also kept McGrath loose during the event’s stroke-play qualifier. Beck, however, needed to report for duty at Huntingdon Valley in the afternoon, so McGrath assigned younger brother Brett to the bag. Different pairing, same successful result, though golf volume caught up with McGrath in his bout against Kristick.

  “I almost passed out on No. 8. I’m not kidding,” McGrath, a rising senior at Academy of the New Church, said. “I went to the bathroom and for like 10 minutes was washing my face and head. Something came over me and I was really struggling. It took a couple of holes until I started playing better.”

  Birdies on the match’s final three holes suggest better play. With tee honors on No. 14 (par 3, 166 yards), McGrath stopped a 9-iron at 12 feet. Kristick followed with a short iron to two feet. McGrath toppled in his birdie putt to net a crucial halve. On No. 15 (par 5, 480 yards), McGrath decimated a 3-iron 230 yards onto the upslope in front of the green. He chipped into gimme range. Kristick missed a five-footer to match. McGrath closed the contest on the downhill par 3, 189-yard 16th hole when he choked up on a 4-iron, flighted it upwind and landed it four feet right of the flagstick for a winning 2.

  “I’m going to go home and just kind of relax. No Applebee’s tonight,” McGrath said.

  McGrath will face Talamore Country Club’s Patrick Sheehan at 7:45 a.m. tomorrow. Sheehan, a GAP newcomer, defeated Caleb Ryan of the GAP Junior Players Club, 2&1, in the Round of 16. He won four consecutive holes, starting with a birdie on No. 6 (par 4, 275 yards). Sheehan hammered a 3-iron to the back of the green and two-putted.

  The 6-foot-4 soon-to-be junior at Central Bucks East High School is enjoying his Junior Boys’ Championship debut so far.

  “I knew it was a good event and I know kids in the past have had fun with it,” Sheehan, 16, of Doylestown, Pa., said. “I’m not familiar with Conor, but I am familiar with his good score.”

  Thanks to his 66, a personal tournament-best, McGrath clipped Benjamin Pochet of the host club, who posted a 4-under-par 68 yesterday morning, for the qualifying honor.

  “The course kind of fits my eye,” McGrath said. “The greens are rolling pretty true. I just felt like you could make a lot of putts out there. Matt (Beck) was awesome. He did a really great job with keeping me focused and not letting me get down after a bad shot.”

  True to form, it’s a bad shot that jeopardized McGrath’s medalist effort. He stood at 4 under entering his 11th hole (No. 2, par 4, 403 yards). Uncertain of an optimal position off the tee, McGrath flung a 2-iron into the right rough and then left a 4-iron short of the right greenside bunker. Open the flood gates — outside at Spring Ford, inside McGrath’s mind.

  “I got up there, was getting ready and the horn sounded. I had to think about that chip shot for a long time,” McGrath said.

  The chip shot stopped 25 feet below the hole location; McGrath converted a double-breaker for par. He separated from Pochet with birdies on Nos. 5 (par 5, 520 yards) and 8 (par 4, 324 yards). On the first, he knocked a 54-degree wedge 81 yards to 10 feet. McGrath almost walked away from the latter with an eagle. His 54-degree wedge from 101 yards nearly plummeted on the fly. It skipped past the cup, peeled back and almost tumbled in again. Next came a kick-in.

  Prior to yesterday’s stoppage, McGrath’s card carried four birdies. With wind speeds increasing as the storm approached, McGrath adjusted strategy to his advantage. On No. 12 (par 4, 380 yards), he sent a 60-degree wedge 84 yards to four feet for a 3. Powerful long irons produced red figures on Nos. 15 (par 5, 475 yards) and 18 (par 5, 500 yards). McGrath deposited birdie putts of two and seven feet, respectively. He also birdied No. 1 (par 4, 435 yards) after whacking a wedge 125 yards to 10 feet above the flagstick.

  McGrath ordered the 2 for $20 at Applebee’s last night. He’ll take the 3&2 (66 included) today.

NOTES — Home course advantage? Spring Ford, represented by Alex Golland, Jonathan Lumley and Benjamin Pochet, secured the Junior Team Championship with a 1-under-par 215 total. The Junior Team Championship runs concurrently with the 18-hole qualifier on the event’s first day. Teams consist of three or four players with the low three scores counting toward the final total. Spring Ford also won in 2015.

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Round of 16
Championship Flight

  1. Nikita Romanov, GAP Junior Players Club d. 1. David Colleran, Jr., Overbrook GC, 5&3
    9. Dawson Anders, Indian Valley CC d. 8. Jonathan Lumley, Spring Ford CC, 5&3
    13. Wills Montgomery, Applecross CC d. 4. Drew Warner, Saucon Valley CC, 2&1
    5. Will Riva, Bent Creek CC d. 12. Ryan Conners, Whitford CC, 3&1
    2. Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley CC d. 15. Matthew Kristick, Inniscrone GC, 3&2
    7. Patrick Sheehan, Talamore CC d. 10. Caleb Ryan, GAP Junior Players Club, 2&1
    14. Zachary Barbin, GAP Junior Players Club d. 3. Benjamin Pochet, Spring Ford CC, 3&1
    6. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley CC d. 11. Alex Golland, Spring Ford CC, 3&2

First Flight

  1. Ryan Tall, Spring Ford CC d. 16. Richie Kline, Kennett Square G&CC, 3&2
    8. Bobby Beck, Lehigh CC d. 9. Jon Nolan Perry, Waynesborough CC, 19 holes
    13. Kyle Vance, GAP Junior Players Club d. 4. Matt Graeff, Manufacturers G&CC, 6&4
    5. Kevin Scherr, Woodstone CC d. 12. Matthew Thomas, Medford Village CC, 8&7
    15. Christopher Skean, Kennett Square G&CC d. 2. Alex Seelig, Reading CC, 1-up
    10. Jake McCloskey, Radley Run CC d. 7. Alex Cook, Waynesborough CC, 1-up
    3. Andrew Wallace, Green Valley CC d. 14. Jacob Hanzel, Running Deer GC, 4&3
    6. Andreas Aivazoglou, Rolling Green GC d. 11. Dante DiStefano, Commonwealth National GC, 3&2
Championship Flight
Name, club Score
Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 66
Benjamin Pochet, Spring Ford Country Club 68
Drew Warner, Saucon Valley Country Club 70
Will Riva, Bent Creek Country Club 72
Jonathan Lumley, Spring Ford Country Club 73
Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 73
Patrick Sheehan, Talamore Country Club 73
Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club 74
Alex Golland, Spring Ford Country Club 74
Wills Montgomery, Applecross Country Club 74
Ryan Conners, Whitford Country Club 74
Caleb Ryan, GAP Junior Players Club 74
Zachary Barbin, GAP Junior Players Club 74
*Matthew Kristick, Inniscrone Golf Club 75
*Nikita Romanov, GAP Junior Players Club 75
First Flight
Alex Seelig, Reading Country Club 75
Ryan Tall, Spring Ford Country Club 75
Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club 75
Matt Graeff, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 75
Alex Cook, Waynesborough Country Club 76
Jake McCloskey, Radley Run Country Club 76
Jon Nolan Perry, Waynesborough Country Club 76
Andreas Aivazoglou, Rolling Green Golf Club 76
Bobby Beck, Lehigh Country Club 76
Kevin Scherr, Woodstone Country Club 76
Kyle Vance, GAP Junior Players Club 77
Matthew Thomas, Medford Village Country Club 77
Dante DiStefano, Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
*Richie Kline, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 78
*Jacob Hanzel, Running Deer Golf Club 78
*Christopher Skean, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 78
Failed to qualify
Chase Miller, Heidelberg Country Club 78
Jacob Macinanti, Bent Creek Country Club 78
David Hurly, White Manor Country Club 78
Jack Habeeb, Country Club of Scranton 78
Jack Cooley, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 78
Troy Kelleher, Country Club of Scranton 78
Luca Jezzeny, The Bucks Club 78
Andrew Curran, Overbrook Golf Club 78
Cole Kemmerer, Waynesborough Country Club 79
Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club 79
James Gillespie, Jr., Concord Country Club 79
Dylan Topaz, Philadelphia Cricket Club 79
Davis Flannery, Overbrook Golf Club 79
Nicholas Gianelos, Radley Run Country Club 79
Daniel Dirita, Jr., The Springhaven Club 79
Stephen Lorenzo, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 79
Drew Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club 80
Simon Asadoorian, Heidelberg Country Club 80
Jack Murray, Stonewall 80
Mac Costin, Merion Golf Club 80
Hayden Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club 80
Anthony Barr, Blue Bell Country Club 80
Austin Barbin, GAP Junior Players Club 80
Andrew Lombardo, Indian Valley Country Club 81
Luke Watson, Spring Ford Country Club 81
Cal Buonocore, Llanerch Country Club 81
David Kim, Commonwealth National Golf Club 81
Matthew Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club 81
Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
Jack Sullivan, Wildwood Golf & Country Club 81
Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
Connor Boham, Spring Ford Country Club 81
Alec Stern, Green Valley Country Club 82
Tyler Roland, Overbrook Golf Club 82
RJ Vantash, Bent Creek Country Club 82
Christopher Knox, Applecross Country Club 82
Ron Robinson, Talamore Country Club 82
William Mitchell, Laurel Creek Country Club 82
Matthew Pulcini, Saucon Valley Country Club 82
Matthew Law, Yardley Country Club 82
Case Hummer, IV, Aronimink Golf Club 83
Matthew Hanzel, Running Deer Golf Club 83
Chistopher Colman, RiverWinds Golf & Tennis Club 83
A.J. Thomas, Spring Ford Country Club 84
Charlie Baker, Gulph Mills Golf Club 84
Brett McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 84
Patrick Laushell, Yardley Country Club 84
Frank Rauscher, IV, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 84
Sam Walker, St. Davids Golf Club 85
Axel Kalbach, Spring Ford Country Club 85
Andrew Fuhrman, Spring Ford Country Club 85
Nick Schnur, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 85
Liam Ward, Applecross Country Club 85
D.J. Pinciotti, III, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 85
Greg DeLuca, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 85
Andrew Gallagher, Laurel Creek Country Club 85
William Pabst, Jr., GAP Junior Players Club 85
Colman Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club 85
Bryan Donato, French Creek Golf Club 86
Daniel Bastian, Rolling Green Golf Club 86
Justin Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club 86
Ryan Borrmann, Five Ponds Golf Club 86
Jake Maddaloni, Aronimink Golf Club 87
Daniel Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 87
Thomas Butler, Indian Valley Country Club 88
Brett Gulati, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 88
Cole Shew, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club 88
Jack Fialko, Aronimink Golf Club 89
Nicholas Hano, III, Commonwealth National Golf Club 89
Will Blatchford, St. Davids Golf Club 90
Tyler Teague, Applecross Country Club 90
Will Horn, Bala Golf Club 91
James Quinn, III, St. Davids Golf Club 92
Justin Hershey, Applebrook Golf Club 93
MarkThomas Prasalowicz, Llanerch Country Club 93
Archie Filshill, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club 93
John McClatchy, Whitford Country Club 94
Patrick Traynor, Overbrook Golf Club 94
Gee Smith, IV, Merion Golf Club 95
Ryan Niggeman, French Creek Golf Club 97
James Leroux, Gulph Mills Golf Club 97
August Blatney, Philadelphia Cricket Club 97
Edward Trumpbour, Philadelphia Country Club 100
Andrew Ridder, Waynesborough Country Club 101
Luke Shevlin, Concord Country Club NS
Hayden Rousselle, Lookaway Golf Club NS
Evan Mcnally, Medford Lakes Country Club WD
Buddy Hansen, IV, Blue Bell Country Club WD
Joseph Polidoro, GAP Junior Players Club WD
Michael Mitnick, Linwood Country Club WD
Ryan O’Neill, Talamore Country Club WD
John Cooper, Blue Bell Country Club WD
Ryan McHugh, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club WD
Max Rubin, Little Mill Country Club WD
Noah Schwartz, Woodcrest Country Club WD
John Mallozzi, Talamore Country Club WD
Jake Dolan, Little Mill Country Club WD
Evan Drummond, Applecross Country Club WD
Martin Cryan, Fox Hill Country Club WD
James Dalzell, Jr., Linwood Country Club WD
Liam Hart, Spring Mill Country Club WD
Mathew Becker, Commonwealth National Golf Club WD
Shane Nocito, Philmont Country Club WD
Finnian McGarry, Tavistock Country Club WD
Ryan Wagner, Penn Oaks Golf Club WD
Michael O’Neill, III, Overbrook Golf Club WD
David Colleran, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club WD
Stephen Schreder, Overbrook Golf Club WD
Brandon Cassidy, Commonwealth National Golf Club WD
Matthew Acker, Huntingdon Valley Country Club WD
Max Hansen, Blue Bell Country Club WD
Griffin Smith, Jericho National Golf Club WD
Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club WD
*-advanced in playoff
#David Colleran, Jr. – As defending champion, of Overbrook Golf Club is seeded No. 1 automatically.
NS-no show; WD-withdrawal
Junior Team Championship results
**Low 3 scores for each team used.**
Team Total
Spring Ford Country Club 215
Benjamin Pochet 72
Jonathan Lumley 68
Alex Golland 73
Conor Boham 74
Waynesborough Country Club 231
Alex Cook 76
Jon Nolan Perry 76
Cole Kemmerer 79
Andrew Ridder 101
Bent Creek Country Club 232
Will Riva 72
Jacob Macinanti 78
R.J. Vantash 82
Kennett Square Golf and Country Club 234
Jack Cooley 78
Richie Kline 78
Christopher Skean 78
Ryan McHugh WD
Spring Ford Country Club 2 236
Ryan Tall 75
Drew Steinmetz 80
Luke Watson 81
A.J. Thomas 84
Overbrook Golf Club 239
Andrew Curran 78
Davis Flannery 79
Tyler Roland 82
Applecross Golf Club 241
Wills Montgomery 74
Christopher Knox 82
Liam Ward 85
Evan Drummond WD
Indian Valley Country Club 243
Dawson Anders 74
Andrew Lombardo 81
Thomas Butler 88
Huntingdon Valley Country Club 2 246
Frankie Gregor 81
Patrick Isztwan 81
Brett McGrath 84
D.J. Pinciotti, III 85
Aronimink Golf Club 249
Matthew Davis 79
Case Hummer, IV 83
Jake Malddaloni 87
Jack Fialko 89
Huntingdon Valley Country Club 253
Brian Isztwan 73
Daniel Galbreath 87
Archie Filshill, Jr. 93
Brent Schoeller WD
Philadelphia Cricket Club 262
Dylan Topaz 79
Justin Dougherty 86
August Blatney 97

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