Jul 30, 2012

LedgeRock’s Menon nabs Junior-Junior Boys’ No. 1 seed

  PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. — If you visit LedgeRock Golf Club in the rolling hillsides of Berks County, then you’re bound to see Nate Menon roving its practice facility. The Wyomissing, Pa. resident spends 10-12 hours a day at his home club, diligently crafting his game.

  It’s time well-spent, based on Menon’s performance Monday in the 64th Junior-Junior Boys’ Championship at Phoenixville Country Club (par 35, 2,688 yards). He carded a 2-over-par 37 to earn medalist honors. Menon will occupy the No. 1 seed in the Championship Flight when match play begins at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

   “I work on my game every day,” Menon, 13, said. “I’m out there morning to dark. I want to become the best player I can be.”

  Menon certainly seems on the fast track toward that goal. Only two errors proved detrimental to his scorecard. He missed the No. 3 (par 4, 332 yards) green left with a wedge from 100 yards and failed to get up-and-down for par. After planting a 3-wood in the left greenside bunker on the challenging No. 7 (par 3, 204 yards), Menon splashed out to seven feet, but missed his par putt.

   “I was hitting the ball all over the place, and I managed to make some putts,” Menon said.

  Menon points to No. 5 (par 5, 452 yards) as a round-saver. Facing a jaded lie out of a divot, he lifted a 9-iron 120 yards to three feet. Although he didn’t finish off the birdie try, Menon walked off the green feeling settled.

  In last year’s semifinals at Moorestown Field Club, Menon, an incoming eighth grader at Wyomissing High School, fell to eventual Junior-Junior Champion, R.J. Wren of Honeybrook Golf Club, 1-up.

  “I was really disappointed in how I played in my match play loss, but I was able to build off it,” Menon said.

  Lukas Clark of Jericho National Golf Club finished second with a 41. The cut line for the Championship Flight fell to 45.

  Now in its 64th year, the Junior-Junior Boys’ Championship is open to players from Member Clubs who are 10 to 13 years of age. Phoenixville Country Club last hosted the event in 2003.

  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 145 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Championship Flight
Name, club Score
Nate Menon, LedgeRock Golf Club 37
Lukas Clark, Jericho National Golf Club 41
Connor Seifried, Laurel Creek Country Club 42
Evan Brown, Hartefeld National 43
Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club 44
Michael Limongelli, Phoenixville Country Club 44
Dominic Hagy, Philadelphia Publinks GA 44
Cory Hunter, Commonwealth National Golf Club 45
First Flight
Nick Wert, Merion Golf Club 46
James Gillespie, Jr., Concord Country Club 46
Christopher Morrison, Merion Golf Club 46
Matthew Civitella, Waynesborough Country Club 46
Billy Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club 47
Ryan Susanin, Overbrook Golf Club 48
Jake Calamaro, Rolling Green Golf Club 48
Andrew Desjardins, Waynesborough Country Club 48
Second Flight
Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 49
Andrew Kotler, Cherry Valley Country Club 49
Joseph O’Malley, West Chester Golf & Country Club 50
Matt Marino, Waynesborough Country Club 50
Matthew Acker, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 52
Rees Kirk, Tavistock Country Club 53
Kevin Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club 55
Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 55
Third Flight
Greg DeLuca, Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour 61
Jimmy Loftus, Phoenixville Country Club 62
Matthew Brennan, Rolling Green Golf Club 73
Carter Valerio, Philadelphia Country Club NS

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