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35th Francis X. Hussey Memorial

Maddaloni, Pabst post 64, take title

SPRINGFIELD, Pa. — A gesture of goodwill turned into a gold medal for Billy Pabst Tuesday.

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The Elmhurst Country Club member drove two-plus hours to team with Jake Maddaloni in the 35th Francis X. Hussey Memorial Tuesday at Rolling Green Golf Club (par 71, 6,321 yards). Maddaloni, an Aronimink Golf Club member, needed a partner after Jack Davis, his initial selection, withdrew because of an obligation. He called Pabst.

A bailout worked out. Maddaloni and Pabst carded a 7-under-par 64 to take the Junior Boys’ Division.

The Francis X. Hussey Memorial is a better-ball of partners event.

“Dropping putts” became the mantra for the Pabst and Maddaloni team.

And “not caring.”

“We were just having fun out there. On No. 17, it really set in that this was a tournament round,” Pabst, 17, of Roaring Brook Township, Pa., said.

Rolling Green’s 17th hole (par 5, 501 yards), coincidentally, is where the Maddaloni and Pabst team made its move. The latter reached the green in two with a 2-iron from 220 yards. He rolled an ensuing 50-footer for eagle into tap-in birdie territory. Playing partners Jeffrey and Matthew Homer, who tussled with the Maddaloni and Pabst team throughout the day, made par on No. 17 to stay a shot back.

“We saw where [the Homers] were and knew what we had to do,” Maddaloni, 18, of Newtown Square, Pa., said.

And they did it. On the par 5, 508-yard 18th hole, Maddaloni ripped a 4-iron from 210 yards to 40 feet below the flagstick. After a brief consultation with Pabst, Maddaloni, a recent graduate of The Haverford School, poured in the eagle putt.

The end juxtaposed the start. Both Maddaloni and Pabst bogeyed No. 1 (par 4, 394 yards). Victims of poor approaches. But both stayed in birdie step on Nos. 4 (par 4, 376 yards) and 5 (par 4, 363 yards) — a pair of six-footers on the former, three-footers on the latter. Both Maddaloni and Pabst birdied No. 7 (par 5, 501 yards): a flip wedge to 12 feet for Maddaloni, a two putt from 25 feet for Pabst.

Three back-nine birdies preceded their fireworks finale. On No. 11 (par 4, 425 yards), Maddaloni knocked a 52-degree wedge 105 yards to two inches. Pabst, a rising senior at North Pocono High School, drove the green on the par 4, 269-yard 12th hole and logged two putts from 12 feet. Staying true to the team’s “dropping putts” mantra, Maddaloni buried a 45-footer — with two feet of right-to-left break no less — on the par 3, 123-yard 16th hole following a smooth pitching wedge.

Maddaloni and Pabst met at The Club at Morgan Hill during a Philadelphia Junior Tour event in 2017. The two formed a friendship thereafter. Golf is the foundation.

“I’ve had him out to play golf at Aronimink. We’ll hit balls and practice together,” Maddaloni, the reigning Harry Hammond Award winner, said.

But does it start and end with golf? Both Maddaloni and Pabst, the 2019 Junior Sportsperson of the Year, pause. They look at each other and crack a smile. Pabst hastily speculates.

“You’re Italian right? You like pizza?” he said.

Maddaloni, who will attend Bucknell University in the fall, laughs.

“We don’t talk about much other than golf,” he said.

They’ll certainly talk about the first time they played golf as a team.

Ian Larsen & Davis Conaway

Junior-Junior Division
Like Maddaloni and Pabst, Davis Conaway and Ian Larsen met through the Philadelphia Junior Tour. Like Maddaloni and Pabst, they won Tuesday.

Conaway and Larsen carded a 3-over-par 39 to capture the event’s Junior-Junior Division (par 36, 2,926 yards).

“It was fun knowing that even if I made a bad score, I had Davis to back me up. It wasn’t like one bad hole was going to kill my whole round,” Larsen 12, of Glenmoore, Pa., said.

“I really liked the course. The greens are tough and quick,” Conaway, 13, of West Chester, Pa., added.

The Conaway and Larsen cited No. 7 (par 5, 446 yards) as a highlight. The former fired a birdie after reaching the green in two with a 5-hybrid from 180 yards. Conaway is an incoming eight grader at Malvern Prep. Larsen, who hails from Honeybrook Golf Club, is an incoming seventh grader at Downingtown Middle School.  

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.

GAP
Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The Association’s 300 Member Clubs and 80,000 individual members are spread across the Eastern half of Pennsylvania and parts of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Results
Junior Boys’ Division
NameClubScore
Jake Maddaloni, Billy PabstAronimink Golf Club, Elmhurst Country Club64
Anthony Ciconte, Jack HomerWilmington Country Club65
Matthew Homer, Jeffrey HomerWilmington Country Club66
Scott Hughes, Christian MattCedarbrook Country Club66
Bryce Fazio, Patrick IsztwanHuntingdon Valley Country Club68
Nicklaus Woods, Matthew PulcinellaConcord Country Club69
Kevin Lydon, Charles FeracoCommonwealth National Golf Club70
Colton Yenser, Elijah RuppertGolden Oaks Golf Club70
Matthew Normand, Nathan GuertlerLaurel Creek Country Club, Merion Golf Club71
Matt Tressler, Michael SewackHuntsville Golf Club, Glenmaura National Golf Club71
Darren Nolan, Luke CorcoranCedarbrook Country Club72
Jake Micewski, Joshua MurphyLuLu Country Club, Rolling Green Golf Club73
Chase Cristella, Tyler SmithLaurel Creek Country Club73
Ryan McCabe, Jackson DebusschereThe Springhaven Club73
Noah Sim, Alex FeracoCommonwealth National Golf Club73
Shane Powelson, Kasim Narinesingh-SmithBidermann Golf Club, Radley Run Country Club75
Brian Flaherty, Daniel FlahertyRolling Green Golf Club76
Marshall Kain, Michael HenryOverbrook Golf Club76
Jason DiRita, Christopher DiRitaThe Springhaven Club77
Charlie Hurchalla, Matthew HurchallaThe Springhaven Club77
Andrew Ranaudo, Jack PugleiseChester Valley Golf Club, Applebrook Golf Club78
Sam Narducci, Matthew MorrisTavistock Country Club78
Quinn Bookbinder, Jackson ReidThe 1912 Club, Aronimink Golf Club79
Joe Ciconte, Tommy CiconteWilmington Country Club, Country Club of Detroit80
Joe Kriz, Stephen RebarManufacturers’ Golf & Country Club80
Joe Scocca, Glenn FoleyTavistock Country Club, GAP Youth on Course82
Emmett Kappesser, Jim ChandlerFoxchase Golf Club86
Liam Coll, Finn CollSandy Run Country ClubNS
 
Junior-Junior Division
NameClubScore
Ian Larsen, Davis ConawayHoneybrook Golf Club39
Paul Reilly, Keller TannehillHidden Creek Golf Club, Atlantic City Country Club44
Walker Mannon, Jackson ArmstrongGAP Youth on Course47
Luke Herrell, Christopher SungWaynesborough Country Club48
Christopher Ventura, Kevin BrownOverbrook Golf Club52
Ethan Clouser, Reagan ClouserMerion Golf Club64
NS – no show