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Junior Boys’ Qualifier

Talamore’s Sheehan tops Junior Boys’ Qualifier

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COATESVILLE, Pa. — Patrick Sheehan thought he entered the 105th Junior Boys’ Championship, part of the GAP Junior Series presented by Citadel. A no-brainer, with it being his last year of eligibility for the event.

Then the alarm sounded.

“My friend (Jack Herbine) showed me the tee sheet. I looked at it and didn’t see my name on there, so I was kind of in a panic,” Sheehan, 18, of Doylestown, Pa., said. “This is one of my favorite tournaments to play in. I was disappointed when I found out I wasn’t on the tee sheet.”

A call to the GAP office resolved the registration mix-up. Sheehan slid into the 1 p.m. tee time Monday and slid out of Coatesville Country Club (par 71, 6,210 yards) with a 1-under-par 70 and medalist honors. He earned the No. 1 seed as a result.

Sheehan will face Gulph Mills Golf Club’s Charlie Baker, the last survivor of a 5-for-2 playoff, when match play begins at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow. The two, coincidentally, squared off in the Round of 16 a year ago at Blue Bell Country Club; Sheehan prevailed, 4&3.

Coatesville, a true topographical test, yielded a field scoring average of 81.5. Sheehan, who saw the venue for the first time Monday, defied the odds by posting the lone subpar score.

“My distance definitely helped. A lot of holes here are drive-able. All of the par 5s are reachable,” Sheehan, a Talamore Country Club member, said. “It helped driving it to 12 feet on No. 11 (par 4, 301 yards) and making eagle.”

That eagle followed a two-putt birdie on the previous hole (par 5, 540 yards). Sheehan also capitalized on No. 15 (par 5, 533 yards), nearly reaching the putting surface in two strokes with a 6-iron from 204 yards. Sheehan converted an eight-footer for birdie.

Coatesville’s par 3s prevented a clean Sheehan scorecard. Wind direction deceived Sheehan on No. 2 (155 yards) tee. He selected 8-iron, only to watch it bounce over the green. Sheehan missed a six-footer to save par. He “stabbed an 8-iron into the ground” on No. 12 (195 yards), which created a downhill lie in the right greenside bunker. Sheehan couldn’t complete the sand save. On the next hole (185 yards), he attempted to draw a 9-iron toward a center hole location, but it never responded. Sheehan, a recent Central Bucks High School East graduate, missed a 12-footer for par.

Sheehan, identified as a “Player on the Rise” in the Spring 2019 edition of GAP Magazine, earned the No. 8 seed in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship at Stonewall last week. He fell to Manasquan River Golf Club’s Jack Wall, 4&2, in the Round of 16.

“I played well at Stonewall. It was just kind of a disappointing finish,” Sheehan, who will attend Penn State University in the fall, said. “I didn’t putt too well, but my ball-striking, for the most part, was on point. It was the same today.”

Like Sheehan, Loch Nairn Golf Club’s Austin Barbin is fresh off a match play appearance in the 119th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship. He earned the No. 2 seed Monday with an even-par 70.

“I played a practice round here and kept a scorecard filled with notes and what clubs to hit,” Barbin, 18, of Elkton, Md., said. “I was very disciplined off the tee. I think I only hit five drivers.”

Barbin, a recent Red Lion Christian Academy graduate, will attend the University of Maryland in the fall. He reached the semifinals in last year’s Junior Boys’ Championship.

Blue Bell Country Club, represented by Matthew Lafond, Nick Martin and Dylan Lasecki, retained the Junior Team Championship with a score of 222. The Junior Team Championship runs concurrently with the Junior Boys’ Championship Qualifier. Three of four scores count toward the team total.

The Junior Boys’ Championship is the premier Major in the GAP Junior Division. It is open to GAP Member Club golfers aged 14-18 who have not started their college education and who hold a handicap index of 14.4 or lower. Sixteen players qualify for match play; an additional 16 advance into the event’s First Flight.

The Junior Boys’ Champion is awarded the Peg Burnett Trophy, named in honor of the Association’s Executive Secretary from 1951-76. Ms. Burnett was an ardent Junior golf supporter who emphasized sportsmanship and respect for the game. “I was very strict about checking the rule book. I didn’t make the rules, but since they are there, you have to abide by them.”

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Qualifiers
Championship Flight
Name, club, score
Patrick Sheehan, Talamore Country Club70
Austin Barbin, Loch Nairn Golf Club71
Win Thomas, Concord Country Club72
Liam Hart, Spring Mill Country Club73
Matthew Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club73
Nick Martin, Blue Bell Country Club73
William Mirams, Shawnee Country Club73
Kevin Smith, The Springhaven Club73
Michael Walz, White Manor Country Club74
Andreas Aivazoglou, Rolling Green Golf Club75
William Bennink, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club75
Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club75
Darren Nolan, Talamore Country Club75
Luke Watson, Spring Ford Country Club75
*Nikita Romanov, Loch Nairn Golf Club76
*Charlie Baker, Gulph Mills Golf Club76
First Flight
Connor Bennink, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club76
Stephen Butler, Indian Valley Country Club76
Dylan Lasecki, Blue Bell Country Club76
Tyler Zimmer, Philadelphia Country Club76
Evan Barbin, Loch Nairn Golf Club77
Jack Davis, Aronimink Golf Club77
Morgan Lofland, Phoenixville Country Club77
Jake Maddaloni, Aronimink Golf Club77
Joey Morganti, Llanerch Country Club77
Billy Pabst, Jr., Elmhurst Country Club77
Christopher Dorey, Metedeconk National Golf Club78
Evan Drummond, Applecross Country Club78
Andrew Miller, Philadelphia Country Club78
*Conrad Benford, Spring Ford Country Club79
*John Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club79
*Andrew Curran, Philadelphia Cricket Club79
Failed to qualify
*Roy Anderson, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club79
*Nicholas Hano, III, Commonwealth National Golf Club79
*Stephen Lorenzo, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club79
*Ryan McCabe, The Springhaven Club79
*Alex Seelig, Reading Country Club79
*Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club79
Nicholas Ciocca, Aronimink Golf Club80
Martin Cryan, Fox Hill Country Club80
Ryan D’Ariano, Penn Oaks Golf Club80
Michael Fioravante, LedgeRock Golf Club80
Davis Flannery, Overbrook Golf Club80
Case Hummer, Aronimink Golf Club80
Tyler Kipp, Golden Oaks Golf Club80
Richie Kline, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club80
Nate Pierce, Spring Ford Country Club80
Max Rubin, Little Mill Country Club80
Jack Cooley, Bidermann Golf Club81
Henry Pilliod, Reading Country Club81
Jacob Sokalsky, Penn Oaks Golf Club81
Jack Hamilton, Merion Golf Club82
Milo Jezzeny, The Bucks Club82
Thomas Lynch, Country Club of Scranton82
Jack Fialko, Aronimink Golf Club83
Ryan Kennedy, Applecross Country Club83
Collin McDonald, Cedarbrook Country Club83
Jason Rieger, Sunnybrook Golf Club83
Chase Stephano, Aronimink Golf Club83
Thomas Butler, Indian Valley Country Club84
Justin Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club84
Elijah Ruppert, Golden Oaks Golf Club84
Cole Shew, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club84
Lucas Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club84
Zach Bruecks, Inniscrone Golf Club85
Charlie Hurchalla, The Springhaven Club85
Chad Kemmerer, Waynesborough Country Club85
Brett Ostroski, Huntsville Golf Club85
Corey Haydu, Spring Mill Country Club86
Andrew Ranaudo, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club86
Alec Stern, Philadelphia Country Club86
Jack Dunsmore, Talamore Country Club87
Shane Lawler, Chester Valley Golf Club87
Brett McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club87
Rory Nesbitt, Merion Golf Club87
Matthew Normand, Riverton Country Club87
Jeffrey Reilly, Jr., Hidden Creek Golf Club87
Zach Sandler, Bluestone Country Club87
Kevin Deng, Radnor Valley Country Club88
James Gradisek, Philadelphia Country Club88
Nathan Guertler, Tavistock Country Club89
Chris La Rosa, Cedarbrook Country Club89
Michael Lynch, III, Country Club of Scranton89
Matthew Hanzel, Running Deer Golf Club90
Kevin Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club90
Bryce Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club91
Kyle Resuta, Spring Ford Country Club92
Quinn Bookbinder, Overbrook Golf Club93
Jack Herbine, Talamore Country Club93
Edward Trumpbour, Philadelphia Country Club93
Carter Gates, Huntingdon Valley Country Club95
Ben Gehrt, Hartefeld National96
Michael Gallagher, Galloway National Golf ClubWD
Jack Irons, Little Mill Country ClubWD
Matthew Zerfass, Brookside CC of AllentownWD
* — determined in playoff
WD — withdrawal
Junior Team Championship results
Club, score
Blue Bell Country Club222
Loch Nairn Golf Club224
Kennett Square Golf & Country Club230
Talamore Country Club232
Spring Ford Country Club234
Aronimink Golf Club237
The Springhaven Club237
Philadelphia Country Club240
Merion Golf Club248
Huntingdon Valley Country Club253