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Metropolitan Golf Association wins Williamson Cup; Bélanger medals

  BETHLEHEM, Pa.–The Metropolitan Golf Association captured its record 11th Fred E. Williamson Cup on Wednesday at Saucon Valley Country Club’s Weyhill Course (par 72, 6,811 yards). Team MGA powered to a victory with solid and steady play, posting a 5-over-par 437 total for the 36 holes of the competition. The Washington Metropolitan Golf Association, who led by five strokes after Round 1, placed second at 7 over. Host Golf Association of Philadelphia tied the Pennsylvania Golf Association for third. | Team Philadelphia experience | Team Scorecards | Individuals Scorecards |
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  Charles-Éric Bélanger of Golf Québec took individual medalist honors at 4 under. Bélanger carded rounds of 71-69 for a 140 total.

  The Williamson Cup is regarded as one of the nation’s most prestigious Junior golf events. It is a 36-hole stroke play competition among teams from 10 state and regional golf associations. The low three scores of each four-man team in each round count toward the team total.

  Team MGA members were Ryan Davis, John Felitto, Brent Ito and Ethan Ng.

  Davis was the low MGA finisher, placing third in the individual portion with rounds of 73-71 (144 total). Felitto tied for fourth at 146 (74-72) and Ito seventh at 147 (72-75). Ng carded a pair of 76s (152 total), a 12th-place showing. Washington Metropolitan also placed three players in the Top 10 – Chris Navarro (2), Luke Schaap (8) and Tyler Koch (T9). Schaap was the 2014 Williamson Cup medalist.

  “The guys played great today. To make up six shots on the front side in the afternoon was fantastic,” said Lou Cutolo, the MGA captain. “We definitely thought we would be competitive. The guys on our team play well both locally and nationally. They are very consistent players.”

  Davis secured victory in spectacular style. On No. 18 (par 5, 536 yard), he knocked a 7-iron from 150 yards to 15 feet and made the sliding birdie putt. He needed a two-putt for the win.

  It was a bit of redemption for Davis. The 17-year-old from Berkley Heights, N.J., narrowly missed out on qualifying for the U.S. Junior Amateur, finishing as the first alternate, and recently placed mid-pack at the Carter Cup, the MGA’s Junior Stroke Play Championship.

  “My teammates wouldn’t tell me what the putt on the final hole meant, but luckily I made it,” said a jubilant Davis. “[To win] meant a lot. We knew we had a really good shot. After the first round we were down but we knew if we hung in there it would definitely be possible.”

  The MGA’s last Williamson triumph came in 2012. Other title years were 1965, 1972, 1985-86, 1986, 1995-96, 2004 and 2011.

  Bélanger, 16, of Québec City, Québec, was tied for second in the individual standings after an opening 1-under 71. The aforementioned Navarro of Washington opened with a 5-under 67. However, Navarro wasn’t as crisp in Round 2 and Bélanger made the turn on his second 18 at 2 under, one back at the time. With Navarro, bound for the University of Maryland in the fall still fighting his swing, Bélanger registered two more red figures to secure medalist honors.

  Bélanger was a member of the 2014 Québec team that won the Williamson Cup. He entered this year’s edition just days removed from a victory in the 77th Canadian Junior Boys Championship at Summerlea Golf & Country Club in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Québec.

  “We won [the Williamson Cup] last year. I play for the team,” said Bélanger. “I just try to make every shot the best I could. I wish to play great every time I go on the golf course. I just focus on my process, hitting fairways and greens.”

  Bélanger’s recipe for success on Wednesday, he hit 15 first-round greens and 16 in Round 2.

  He is the third medalist to represent Golf Québec joining Dan McNeeley (1992) and Nicolas Archambau (2005).

  Fred E. Williamson, the event’s namesake, was one of the founders of the famed Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. He was junior golf advocate and firm promoter of the game’s rules, disciplines and traditions.

  In 1964, teams from the four original cities — New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Buffalo — met at Winged Foot to institute the Williamson Cup. Washington, D.C., won the competition — founded by Williamson’s son A. Fred Williamson.

  The Syracuse District Golf Association hosts the 2016 Williamson Cup.

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Association R1-R2–Total
Metropolitan GA 219-218–437
Ryan Davis 73*-71*–144
John Felitto 74*-72*–146
Brent Ito 72*-75*–147
Ethan Ng 76-76–152
Washington Metropolitan GA 214-225–439
Luke Schaap 78-71*–149
Bennett Buch 76*-78*–154
Tyler Koch 71*-80–151
Chris Navarro 67*-76*–143
GA of Philadelphia 226-230–456
Kyle Vance 72*-74*–146
Max Siegfried 75*-79*–154
Jack Melville 81-77*–158
Evan Brown 79*-81–160
Pennsylvania GA 234-222–456
Gus Minkin 75*-71*–146
R.J. Wren 81*-74*–155
Alex Butler 81-78–159
Karsen Rush 78*-77*–155
GA of Ontario 229-228–457
Kyle MacDonald 78*-75*–153
Jake Bryson 81-75*–156
Brendan Seys 73*-78*–151
Sam Meek 78*-78–156
Quebec GA 229-228–457
Charles-Eric Belanger 71*-69*–140
Brendan Smith 77*-82*–159
Olivier Menard 82-85–167
Jared Dandy 81*-77*–158
Delaware State GA 232-233–465
Reed Winkler 75*-82–157
Ryan Bree 79*-76*–155
Austin Barbin 78*-79*–157
Zachary Barbin 81-78*–159
Western Pennsylvania GA 237-233–470
Brady Pevarnik 81*-80*–161
Mark Goetz 79*-80–159
Jason Li 77*-74*–151
Jackson Palmer 81-79*–160
Rochester District GA 233-240–473
Christian Chapman 77*-80*–157
Jack O’Donovan 76*-78*–154
Gavin Simon 80*-85–165
Frederic Shi 89-82*–171
Syracuse District GA 242-232–474
Danny Lapp 84-77*–161
Jon Petrin 82*-75*–157
Andrew Massa 83*-80*–163
Jeremy Sisson 77*-90–167
*-score used in total
Individuals
Name, association R1-R2–Total
Charles-Eric Belanger, Quebec Golf Association 71-69–140
Chris Navarro, Washington Metropolitan Golf Association 67-76–143
Ryan Davis, Metropolitan Golf Association 73-71–144
Kyle Vance, Golf Association of Philadelphia 72-74–146
John Felitto, Metropolitan Golf Association 74-72–146
Gus Minkin, Pennsylvania Golf Association 75-71–146
Brent Ito, Metropolitan Golf Association 72-75–147
Luke Schaap, Washington Metropolitan Golf Association 78-71–149
Jason Li, Western Pennsylvania Golf Association 77-74–151
Tyler Koch, Washington Metropolitan Golf Association 71-80–151
Brendan Seys, Golf Association of Ontario 73-78–151
Ethan Ng, Metropolitan Golf Association 76-76–152
Kyle MacDonald, Golf Association of Ontario 78-75–153
Max Siegfried, Golf Association of Philadelphia 75-79–154
Bennett Buch, Washington Metropolitan Golf Association 76-78–154
Jack O’Donovan, Rochester District Golf Association 76-78–154
R.J. Wren, Pennsylvania Golf Association 81-74–155
Karsen Rush, Pennsylvania Golf Association 78-77–155
Ryan Bree, Delaware State Golf Association 79-76–155
Jake Bryson, Golf Association of Ontario 81-75–156
Sam Meek, Golf Association of Ontario 78-78–156
Reed Winkler, Delaware State Golf Association 75-82–157
Austin Barbin, Delaware State Golf Association 78-79–157
Christian Chapman, Rochester District Golf Association 77-80–157
Jon Petrin, Syracuse District Golf Association 82-75–157
Jack Melville, Golf Association of Philadelphia 81-77–158
Jared Dandy, Quebec Golf Association 81-77–158
Alex Butler, Pennsylvania Golf Association 81-78–159
Mark Goetz, Western Pennsylvania Golf Association 79-80–159
Zachary Barbin, Delaware State Golf Association 81-78–159
Brendan Smith, Quebec Golf Association 77-82–159
Evan Brown, Golf Association of Philadelphia 79-81–160
Jackson Palmer, Western Pennsylvania Golf Association 81-79–160
Brady Pevarnik, Western Pennsylvania Golf Association 81-80–161
Danny Lapp, Syracuse District Golf Association 84-77–161
Andrew Massa, Syracuse District Golf Association 83-80–163
Gavin Simon, Rochester District Golf Association 80-85–165
Jeremy Sisson, Syracuse District Golf Association 77-90–167
Olivier Menard, Quebec Golf Association 82-85–167
Frederic Shi, Rochester District Golf Association 89-82–171