Lu Lu's Ryan takes stroke-play medal, moves on to #GAPJrJr Quarters - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jul 31, 2017

Lu Lu’s Ryan takes stroke-play medal, moves on to #GAPJrJr Quarters

PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. — Josh Ryan’s junior golf resume mirrors one of a savvy and experienced veteran. Although just 13 years old, Ryan has already forged memories that he’ll never forget from his once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

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  The Norristown, Pa. native competed in the 2014 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals as a 10-year-old at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. and placed third. He received his trophy from 2013 Masters Champion and Australian, Adam Scott.

  “Competing and being at Augusta hasn’t set in for me yet,” Ryan said. “It is a once in a lifetime experience and you have to soak in every moment. I started on driving and my goal was to hit a 200-yard drive. I hit the drive 201 yards and I was amazed that I hit it that good on such a big stage. It is so green there that it seems fake but it isn’t.”

  He also competed in the 2015 and 2016 PGA Junior League Championships at the Palms Course at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. and Grey Hawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., respectively. In addition, Ryan just came back from Pinehurst No. 5 where placed in a tie for fifth in the U.S. Kids Teen World Championships after a three-day total of 1-under-par.

  Ryan, of Lu Lu Country Club, relied on his experiences to claim medalist honors in the Junior-Junior Boys’ Championship at Phoenixville Country Club (par 35, 2,437 yards) with an even-par 35 in the 9-hole qualifier.

  Ryan’s lone birdie on the nine came on the par-5 5th (455 yards). After pulling a drive left off of the tee, Ryan hit a low-stinging fade to the front of the green and was able to get up-and-down to secure his four. His scorecard also included seven pars and a bogey on No. 2, his first hole of the day in the shotgun start.

  “There are some birdies out here,” Ryan said. “If you make a couple of bogeys you know you have a chance to get them back. I took the flag out on No. 2 for my chip and I hit the back of the cup but made bogey. I was happy with how I bounced back.”

  The last year has also been an adjustment for the young power hitter. He encountered a growth spurt, growing a total of 12 inches.

  This growth had its pros and cons. The major benefit has been Ryan’s added length off of the tee, but as you would expect, his clubs became too short for him.

  “I got all new TaylorMade irons about a month ago,” Ryan, who will be a home-schooled ninth grader at the Commonwealth Connections Academy, said. “My old irons were too whippy and I was hitting huge hooks with them. Playing with the wrong length clubs can start to develop some bad habits and I was definitely bending over way too much. I am hitting it about 20 yards longer than I did with my old clubs.”

  After earning the No. 1 seed, Ryan faced Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park’s Bryan Sundheim, and defeated him, 5&3.

  Although satisfied with how his day turned out, Ryan wants to get more out of his putter, a club which he was disappointed with on Monday.

  “I just hope I can make more putts on Tuesday,” Ryan said. “Tomorrow is a new day and I look forward to being able to improve on what I was able to do today.”

  Ryan will face off in the quarterfinals tomorrow against Blue Bell Country Club’s Kevin Lafond at 7:30 a.m.

  Now in its 69th year, the Junior-Junior Boys’ Championship is open to players from Member Clubs who are 10 to 13 years of age.

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Championship Flight
Round of 16
1. Josh Ryan, Lu Lu CC d. 16. Bryan Sundheim, Skippack GC at Evansburg State Park, 5&3.
9. Kevin Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club d. 8. Ryan Garvey, Rolling Green Golf Club, 4&3.
4. Evan Barbin, GAP Junior Players Club d. 13. Chris LaRosa, Cedarbrook CC, 12 holes.
12. Kristof Kopecky, Concord CC d. 5. Nicholas Ciocca, Aronimink GC, 2&1.
15.Benjamin Saggers, Applecross CC d. 2. Matthew Normand, Riverton CC, 11 holes.
7. Matthew Zerfass, Brookside CC of Allentown d. 10. Patrick Maxwell, Whitford CC, 4&3.
3. Jack Davis, Aronimink GC d. 14. Anthony Ciconte, Wilmington CC, 1-up.
11. Henry Stone, Bidermann Golf Club d. 6. Darren Nolan, Talamore CC, 2-up.

First Flight
Round of 16
1. Eric Fryer, Talamore CC d. 16. Justin Forman, Running Deer GC, 10 holes.
8. Ben Rubinich, RiverCrest GC & Preserve d. 9. Lucas Steinmetz, Spring Ford CC, 10 holes.
4. Nick Werner, Wyoming Valley CC d. 13. Chase Crisiella, Laurel Creek CC, 2&1.
5. Jack Romeo, Cedarbrook CC d. 12. Matthew Hurchalla, The Springhaven Club, 2&1.
15. Jackson Fryer, Talamore CC d. 2. Evan Markowski, Chester Valley GC, 2&1.
7. Jeffrey Homer, Wilmington CC d. 7. Jack Homer, Wilmington CC, 3&1.
3. Charlie Hurchalla, The Springhaven Club d. 14. Jimmy Mahon, Manufacturers’ G&CC, 4&3.
11. Matthew Homer, Wilmington CC d. 6. Ethan Niu, Radnor Valley CC, 4&3.

Championship Flight
Name, club Score
Joshua Ryan, Lu Lu Country Club 35
Matthew Normand, Riverton Country Club 39
Jack Davis, Aronimink Golf Club 40
Evan Barbin, GAP Junior Players Club 41
Nicholas Ciocca, Aronimink Golf Club 41
Darren Nolan, Talamore Country Club 42
Matthew Zerfass, Brookside CC of Allentown 42
Ryan Garvey, Rolling Green Golf Club 43
Kevin Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club 43
Kristof Kopecky, Concord Country Club 44
Chris LaRosa, Cedarbrook Country Club 44
Patrick Maxwell, Whitford Country Club 44
Henry Stone, Bidermann Golf Club 44
Anthony Ciconte, Wilmington Country Club 45
Benjamin Saggers, Applecross Country Club 45
Bryan Sundheim, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park 45
First Flight
Name, club Score
Eric Fryer, Talamore Country Club 45
Evan Markowski, Chester Valley Golf Club 45
Charlie Hurchalla, The Springhaven Club 45
Jack Romeo, Cedarbrook Country Club 46
Nick Werner, Wyoming Valley Country Club 46
Jeffrey Homer, Wilmington Country Club 47
Ethan Niu, Radnor Valley Country Club 47
Ben Rubinich, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 47
Lucas Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club 47
Jack Homer, Wilmington Country Club 48
Matthew Homer, Wilmington Country Club 48
Matthew Hurchalla, The Springhaven Club 49
Chase Cristella, Laurel Creek Country Club 51
Jimmy Mahon, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 52
Jackson Fryer, Talamore Country Club 52
Justin Forman, Running Deer Golf Club 52
Failed to qualify
Richie Biborosch, Aronimink Golf Club 52
Nathan Guertler, Tavistock Country Club 53
Nick Prosperi, III, Flourtown Country Club 53
Kidder Urban, Bellewood Country Club 56
Joshua Baker, West Chester Golf & Country Club 57
Kasim Narinesingh-Smith, Radley Run Country Club 58
Devin Charles, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park 59
Jonathan Logan, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 59
Jack Brennan, Bellewood Country Club 60
Dylan Cyr, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 67
Michael Block, Overbrook Golf Club WD
Christian Matt, Talamore Country Club WD
*-determined in a playoff

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