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Arthur, Morris top Junior Boys’ Qualifier

  GLADWYNE, Pa.–Bobby Arthur of Tavistock CC and Scott Morris of Doylestown CC waited three days to complete their Junior Boys’ Championship stroke play qualifying rounds at Philadelphia CC (par 71, 6,507 yards), but both are glad they did. Arthur, 16, of Marlton, N.J., and Morris, 17, of Doylestown, Pa., both finished with impressive 2-over-par 73s on Thursday to earn co-medallist honors. Arthur and Morris will be the second and third seed, respectively, behind two-time defending champion Robert Galbreath, Jr. of Huntingdon Valley CC, who as the reigning titleholder is automatically the top seed.

  Players with a 77 or lower qualified for the Championship Flight (16 players). The First Flight cut number fell at 82 where Michael Gallagher of Honeybrook GC defeated Austin Anthony of Philadelphia Cricket Club in a playoff.

  The 92nd Junior Boys’ Championship is in its fourth day. Stroke play qualifying was postponed on Monday and play was subsequently suspended for the previous two days due to the torrential rains that have hit the area.

  The first round of match play is set for today with the quarterfinals and semifinals scheduled for Friday beginning at 7:30 a.m. The finals, for both flights, will be a mutually agreeable date on or before 8 a.m. on July 21.

  Both Arthur and Morris head into match play following solid qualifying performances.

  Arthur carded four birdies, including two on his final nine today, four bogeys and a double bogey. His double bogey was on the first hole of the tournament.

  “At that point, after the double bogey, I was just trying to grind it out,” said Arthur, a junior at Cherokee High School. “I had a caddie the first day and he told me to forget about it. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have had a good round.”

  Arthur made the turn in 38 and resumed his first round on Thursday on the 10th (par 4, 414 yards) green. A poor tee shot on No. 11 (par 3, 177 yards) resulted in a bogey, but he rallied with a three on No. 13 (par 4, 362 yards) by rolling in a quick downhill 10-footer. Arthur then answered another bogey, this one on 16 (par 4, 400 yards), with a sensational 4-iron to 15 feet on the difficult 17th hole (par 4, 444 yards). He made that putt and carded a par on the finishing hole for a back nine 35 and 2-over 73.

  “All I can say is I wasn’t expecting this,” said Arthur of earning the medallist honor.

  Morris echoed Arthur’s sentiments.

  The Central Bucks East senior golf captain entered the Junior Boys’ in a little funk.

  He finished the front side at 2-over-par 38 before finishing the back side in an even-par 35.

  Morris carded a pair of birdies on Nos. 10 (par 4, 414 yards) and 12 (par 5, 539 yards), including a kick-in on the par 5, before bogeying No. 13 (par 4, 362 yards) and No. 18 (par 4, 381 yards).

  “After I made the birdie on the 12th hole, the nerves were really building up,” said Morris. “This means a lot. I don’t have that good of a tournament history.”

  This was Arthur’s third Junior Boys’ Championship. He failed to qualify in his first year before advancing to the second round of the First Flight last summer at Torresdale-Frankford CC.

  This was Morris’ first attempt at the Junior Boys’ Championship.

  A field of 83 players competed in the Junior Boys’.

  The qualifying round for the Junior Boys’ Championship and scores from the two rounds of the Christman Cup comprise the Harry Hammond Award.

  The Junior Team Championship also runs concurrently with the Junior Boys’ Championship Qualifier. Teams consist of three or four players with the low three scores counting toward the final total.

  Penn Oaks GC and its four entrants – Chris Allan, Jr. (77), Kevin Huntington (76), Kevin Ignatuk (77) and Michael Ignatuk (91) – finished with a 230 a total, eight shots clear of Overbrook GC (238).

  This was the first Junior Team Championship for Penn Oaks GC.

  The event started in 1950.

Name Club F9 B9 Total
Bobby Arthur Tavistock Country Club 38 35 73
Scott Morris Doylestown Country Club 38 35 73
James Bea Spring Mill Country Club 39 35 74
Jordan Cowan Downingtown Golf Club 37 37 74
Matt Raudenbush Pine Valley Golf Club 39 35 74
Michael Kania Overbrook Golf Club 37 37 74
Thomas Lindberg St. Davids Golf Club 39 35 74
Andrew Hardin Northampton Country Club 38 38 76
James Tallent Merion Golf Club 38 38 76
John Ladow Bellewood Golf Club 39 37 76
Kevin Huntington Penn Oaks Golf Club 41 35 76
Christopher Allan, Jr. Penn Oaks Golf Club 42 35 77
Kevin Ignatuk Penn Oaks Golf Club 39 38 77
Robert Galbreath, Jr. Huntingdon Country Club 38 39 77
Stephen Frey Whitford Country Club 39 38 77
Travis Gahman Philadelphia Publinks GA 39 38 77
John Inman Cherry Valley Country Club 39 39 78
Jordan Wycoff Hidden Creek Golf Club 40 38 78
Kevin Genuardi Cedarbrook Country Club 36 42 78
Samuel Ryder Aronimink Golf Club 41 37 78
Chris Applegate Trenton Country Club 40 39 79
Dave Long Honeybrook Golf Club 39 40 79
Erik Fischer Merion Golf Club 39 40 79
Pierce Dever Trenton Country Club 41 38 79
Zach Rothaus Philmont Country Club 39 40 79
Daniel Charen Yardley Country Club 41 39 80
James Kania, Jr Overbrook Golf Club 40 40 80
Steve Minnick Bala Golf Club 43 37 80
Greg Walsh Philadelphia Country Club 40 41 81
James Braunsberg Plymouth Country Club 42 39 81
Matt Van Ostenbridge Spring Ford Country Club 40 41 81
Phillip Villari, Jr. Riverton Country Club 40 41 81
Austin Anthony Philadelphia Cricket Club 44 38 82
Michael Gallagher Honeybrook Golf Club 37 45 82
Duncan Zeiders Old York Road Country Club 39 44 83
Greg Verde Spring Ford Country Club 38 45 83
Joe Bernard RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 39 44 83
Nicholas Bellisario Overbrook Golf Club 41 42 83
Patrick Welsh Huntingdon Valley Country Club 43 40 83
Paul Kovalcheck Makefield Highlands Golf Club 42 41 83
Chris Ellinger Whitford Country Club 42 42 84
Kevin Zimmer Laurel Creek Country Club 41 43 84
Sean Hirschler Glen Oak Country Club 43 41 84
Steven Dougherty Woodbury Country Club 46 38 84
Ted Kerschner Overbrook Golf Club 47 37 84
Vinny Alessi McCall Golf & Country Club 42 42 84
Bryan Samaha Old York Road Country Club 41 44 85
Richard Marabella Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 42 43 85
Sean Flaherty Philadelphia Publinks GA 40 45 85
Alexander Pompey Country Club of Scranton 39 47 86
J. Tommy Tighe Philadelphia Country Club 43 43 86
Ryan Carroll Chester Valley Golf Club 42 44 86
Tim Pici Chester Valley Golf Club 41 45 86
Beau Guarino Burlington Country Club 43 44 87
Billy Givens Woodbury Country Club 44 43 87
Doug Marcincin Northampton Country Club 41 46 87
Dylan Chou St. Davids Golf Club 45 42 87
Martin Hayden Overbrook Golf Club 44 43 87
Matt Regan Honeybrook Golf Club 42 45 87
Brendan Mohler Northampton Country Club 44 44 88
C.J. Van Ostenbridge Spring Ford Country Club 42 46 88
Derrick Sandritter Golden Oaks Golf Club 44 44 88
Matt Loeslein Hartefeld National 49 39 88
Nicholas Zawarski Saucon Valley Country Club 43 45 88
Robert Pina Chester Valley Golf Club 45 43 88
Cameron Liebert Edgmont Country Club 47 42 89
Steven Broll Aronimink Golf Club 43 46 89
Adam Uretsky Linwood Country Club 44 46 90
Matthew Walsh, Jr. Philadelphia Country Club 46 44 90
Michael Ignatuk Penn Oaks Golf Club 44 47 91
Sam Pancoast Radley Run Country Club 46 45 91
Andrew Schmehl Moorestown Field Club 45 47 92
Greg Jarmas Philadelphia Publinks GA 43 49 92
Greg Kiss Philadelphia Cricket Club 46 46 92
Nicholas Trautman Cavaliers Country Club 47 45 92
John Palmer Chester Valley Golf Club 44 49 93
Mark Hagel McCall Golf & Country Club 48 46 94
Steven Verde Spring Ford Country Club 50 44 94
Kyle Hunter Commonwealth National Golf Club 50 46 96
Christian Brailsford Talamore at Oak Terrace Country Club 48 49 97
John Hunter V Commonwealth National Golf Club 45 53 98
David Fischer Merion Golf Club 52 48 100
Ian Byerly Coatesville Country Club 49 52 101
Alexander Penza Llanerch Country Club WD WD WD
Andrew Kennedy Concord Country Club WD WD WD
Bill Hoese Links Golf Club WD WD WD
Brett Murphy Wildwood Golf & Country Club WD WD WD
Brian Dionisio Jericho National Golf Club WD WD WD
Brian Graefe Spring Mill Country Club WD WD WD
Christopher DeLuca Lookaway Golf Club WD WD WD
Christopher Gunsel Spring Mill Country Club WD WD WD
Colin Smith Radley Run Country Club WD WD WD
Domencik Trentalange Torresdale-Frankford Country Club WD WD WD
Edward McCrossen Whitemarsh Valley Country Club WD WD WD
Garrett Conway Medford Village Country Club WD WD WD
George Henry Hartefeld National WD WD WD
J.D. Hall Merion Golf Club WD WD WD
Jon Gilmartin Concord Country Club WD WD WD
Kevin Melinck Plymouth Country Club WD WD WD
Matt Dudas Indian Valley Country Club WD WD WD
Matthew Monkhouse Spring Mill Country Club WD WD WD
Mike Blechschmidt Whitemarsh Valley Country Club WD WD WD
Nicholas DeLuca Lookaway Golf Club WD WD WD
Richard Gross Glenmaura National Golf Club WD WD WD
Tim Godshalk Whitford Country Club WD WD WD
Warren Taylor Yardley Country Club WD WD WD