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.
|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|