The Sheehan sweep: Talamore titan takes two titles
ORELAND, Pa. — In a summer of close calls, it seems fitting — and bizarrely ironic — that a callout allowed Patrick Sheehan to call up a couple of wins Monday.
The Talamore Country Club member (pictured above with Citadel Senior Financial Advisor Joseph Herron) carded a 2-under-par 70 to capture the 35th Jock MacKenzie Memorial, part of the GAP Junior Series presented by Citadel, at a spectacular Sandy Run Country Club (par 72, 6,469 yards). He also earned the prized Harry Hammond Award with a remarkable score of 6-under-par 208. The Harry Hammond Award is emblematic of the Junior Boys’ Championship Qualifier, Christman Cup and Jock MacKenzie.
Sheehan’s haul almost never happened. His name didn’t occupy the Jock MacKenzie Memorial tee sheets prior to the weekend. Huntsville Golf Club’s Brett Ostroski withdrew from the event, opening a spot for the next individual on the waitlist.
Sheehan’s call came.
“I didn’t even know about the Harry Hammond Award.”Patrick Sheehan
“Another tournament that I forgot to sign up for, and another email to Chris (Roselle, GAP Tournament Director) asking if I can be put on the waitlist,” Sheehan, 18, of Doylestown, Pa., said. “It was nice to get that text on Saturday that someone withdrew and I could get into the Jock MacKenzie. I had nothing to do today. It’s kind of weird. I never played in this event before, so I never knew too much about it.”
In the realm of the unknown, Sheehan didn’t realize he stood tied for the Harry Hammond Award lead with Loch Nairn Golf Club’s Austin Barbin after 36 holes. He, coincidentally, finished second to Barbin in both the GAP Junior Boys’ Championship (a 5&4 loss in the Final) and The Christman Cup (one stroke back in the weather-shortened event at The 1912 Club). Barbin is competing in this week’s U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.
“I didn’t even know about the Harry Hammond Award. I saw that I was leading [after 36 holes] in a tweet at The Christman Cup, and I was confused about what it was. I looked it up,” Sheehan, who will attend Penn State University in the fall, said.
Looking up the Harry Hammond and Jock MacKenzie leaderboards Monday, Sheehan’s name occupied the first line. Four-straight birdies separated the willful walloper from his chasers.
On No. 8 (par 5, 540 yards), Sheehan knocked a wedge 91 yards to 14 feet above the flagstick. He buried the downhill, left-to-right breaker. Sheehan’s monstrous drive on the gettable par 4, 324-yard No. 9 landed long left. A heavy flop shot made a birdie appear far less likely. Sheehan defied those golf odds by executing a brilliant chip-in. On the par 3, 128-yard 10th hole, Sheehan’s 52-degree wedge shot set up an eight-footer for birdie. His par-5 mastery continued on the next hole (490 yards), where Sheehan launched a 4-iron 260 yards to the green’s front edge. Two putts for birdie No. 4.
After logging a bogey from 40 yards out on No. 14 (par 4, 428 yards), Sheehan, whose distance affords an advantage, responded with accustomed par-5 proficiency on the next hole (490 yards). His 8-iron from 193 yards bounced onto the green and stopped 30 feet below the hole location. Sheehan rolled his eagle attempt up the slope and into tap-in birdie territory.
Heading into Sandy Run’s closer (par 4, 337 yards), Sheehan held a two-stroke edge over Kennett Square Golf & Country Club’s William Bennink. A bogey there following a conservative 4-iron into the left fairway bunker merely meant a margin of one and nine stroke victories in the Jock Mackenzie and Harry Hammond, respectively.
Rolling Green Golf Club’s Andreas Aivazoglou, who carded an even-par 72 Monday, placed second in the Harry Hammond Award race. Bennink, 18, of Kennett Square, Pa., finished one back of Sheehan with a 1-under-par 71. He converted a 30-footer for birdie on No. 18 to solidify sole runner-up status.
“That’s one of the biggest fist pumps I’ve given on the golf course, for sure. I was so happy,” Bennink, who will attend Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., said. “My goal since last summer was to win a substantial tournament. I gave it a good shot today, so I’m really proud of that.”
A sense of pride is apparent in Sheehan, though he shies from showing it. He’s like the guy who eats his meal at the table, gives others time to indulge and then picks at the discarded yet delectable portions waiting for a mouth to call home.
“How could you not want more?” Sheehan said. “I’ve had a lot of good finishes, but I’m disappointed in the second-place finishes that I’ve had because I knew there was something there. I knew I could’ve won them, but then there was something in my game that wasn’t all there.”
With his Junior Division curtain call cultivating two trophies, a humbled humility finally cracks the surface.
“It’s nice to get a win because I haven’t won anything this summer. I like where my game is heading as I get ready for college,” Sheehan, identified as a “Player on the Rise” in the Spring 2019 edition of GAP Magazine, said. “That’s a good thing.”
Jack Homer carded a 4-over-par 40 to capture the event’s Junior-Junior (par 36, 2,790 yards) Boys’ Division.
“I drove it beautifully. I only missed one fairway,” Homer, 12, of Wilmington, Del., said. “Despite my shaky start on my first hole (No. 10, par 3, 114 yards), I bounced back and played the next eight in 2 over. I’m very pleased with the way I bounced back.”
On the aforementioned 10th hole, Homer, an incoming seventh grader at The Tatnall School, pulled a gap wedge into the right greenside bunker. His ball plugged, and the Wilmington Country Club member walked away with an unfortunate 5. Nevertheless, he also walked off Sandy Run’s grounds with a keepsake — one he attributes, in part, to the golf guidance of grandfather Tom Ciconte.
“I’d like to thank him because he taught us most of the golf. He’s been a big part of our golf game,” Homer, brother of twins and fellow golfers Jeffrey and Matthew, said.
In the Junior Girls’ Division (par 72, 5,572 yards), Merion Golf Club’s Lauren Jones successfully defended her title, carding a 6-over-par 78.
“It’s exciting. Sandy Run is an awesome golf course. I love coming out here every year, and I love supporting the GAP,” Jones, 16, of Newtown Square, Pa., said.
Jones, an incoming junior at The Episcopal Academy, points to a chip-in birdie on the par 4, 377-yard 14th hole as the day’s highlight. Her 8-iron from 150 yards leaked right of the flagstick. Jones then executed a 30-yard chip that tracked and dropped.
Monday’s win comes on the heels of a U.S. Girls’ Junior invitation. Jones carded a tournament-best 1-over-par 73 in a qualifying event two weeks ago at Steel Club.
“I’m so excited to go and compete [in the U.S. Girls’ Junior at SentryWorld in Stevens Point, Wis.]. My mom (Loraine) competed in the 1993 U.S. Women’s Amateur, so I think it’s cool to keep building that legacy,” Jones said.
North Hills Country Club’s Gabrielle Courtney (par 36, 2,790 yards) won the Junior-Junior Girls’ Division with a score of 66. Courtney, 13, of Lafayette Hill, Pa., is an incoming freshman at Mount Saint Joseph Academy.
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|Junior Boys’ Division|
|Name, club, score|
|Patrick Sheehan, Talamore Country Club||70|
|William Bennink, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club||71|
|Andreas Aivazoglou, Rolling Green Golf Club||72|
|Liam Hart, Spring Mill Country Club||72|
|Christopher Skean, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club||72|
|Stephen Lorenzo, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club||73|
|Joseph Morganti, Llanerch Country Club||73|
|Charlie Baker, Gulph Mills Golf Club||74|
|Joshua Ryan, GAP Youth on Course||74|
|Alec Stern, Philadelphia Country Club||75|
|Zach Bruecks, Inniscrone Golf Club||76|
|Andrew Curran, Philadelphia Cricket Club||76|
|Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||76|
|Connor Bennink, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club||77|
|John Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club||77|
|Stephen Butler, Indian Valley Country Club||77|
|Anthony Ciconte, Wilmington Country Club||77|
|Luke Corcoran, Cedarbrook Country Club||77|
|Matthew Homer, Wilmington Country Club||77|
|Lucas Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club||77|
|Thomas Butler, Indian Valley Country Club||78|
|Alec Ryden, Laurel Creek Country Club||78|
|Michael Walz, White Manor Country Club||78|
|Davis Flannery, Overbrook Golf Club||79|
|Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club||79|
|Andrew Miller, Philadelphia Country Club||80|
|Simon Miller, Woodcrest Country Club||80|
|Keller Mulhern, Whitford Country Club||80|
|Darren Nolan, Talamore Country Club||80|
|Henry Pilliod, Reading Country Club||80|
|Max Strout, Westwood Golf Club||80|
|Corey Haydu, Spring Mill Country Club||81|
|Kevin Smith, The Springhaven Club||81|
|Patrick Sullivan, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA||81|
|Justin Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club||82|
|Jeffrey Homer, Wilmington Country Club||82|
|Rory Nesbitt, Merion Golf Club||82|
|James O’Malley, GAP Youth on Course||82|
|Bryce Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||83|
|Henry Fish, Chester Valley Golf Club||83|
|Kevin Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club||83|
|Luke Watson, Spring Ford Country Club||83|
|Eric Fryer, Commonwealth National Golf Club||84|
|Matthew Hanzel, Running Deer Golf Club||85|
|Evan Drummond, Applecross Country Club||86|
|Christopher Buysse, Waynesborough Country Club||87|
|Andrew Ranaudo, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club||87|
|Quinn Bookbinder, Overbrook Golf Club||92|
|Jeffrey Reilly, Jr., Hidden Creek Golf Club||94|
|Dylan Gute, Bellewood Country Club||99|
|Matthew Hurchalla, The Springhaven Club||99|
|Reid Walker, Riverton Country Club||106|
|Seamus Leonard, Talamore Country Club||NS|
|James Gradisek, Philadelphia Country Club||WD|
|Nathan Guertler, Tavistock Country Club||WD|
|Junior Girls’ Division|
|Name, club, score|
|Lauren Jones, Merion Golf Club||78|
|Clare Gimpel, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club||83|
|Nimah Narinesingh-Smith, Radley Run Country Club||87|
|Molly Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||89|
|Grace Smith, The Springhaven Club||91|
|Junior-Junior Boys’ Division|
|Name, club, score|
|Jack Homer, Wilmington Country Club||40|
|Jackson Fryer, Commonwealth National Golf Club||41|
|Kasim Narinesingh-Smith, Radley Run Country Club||41|
|Paul Reilly, Hidden Creek Golf Club||45|
|Gavin Michener, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||47|
|Shane Powelson, Bidermann Golf Club||47|
|Joe Ciconte, Wilmington Country Club||48|
|Devin Carpenter, GAP Youth on Course||50|
|Ravi Khana, Talamore Country Club||51|
|Zach Moua, St. Davids Golf Club||51|
|Ian Larsen, Honeybrook Golf Club||52|
|Tyler Manwarren, North Hills Country Club||52|
|Dominic Musso, Burlington Country Club||55|
|Brad McDermott, Merion Golf Club||56|
|Jack O’Connor, Bellewood Country Club||57|
|Nick Shanahan, Applebrook Golf Club||62|
|Jeffrey Grimes, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club||67|
|Junior-Junior Girls’ Division|
|Name, club, score|
|Gabrielle Courtney, North Hills Country Club||66|
|NS — no show; WD — withdrawal|