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Whitemarsh Valley CC’s McCrossen tops Junior Boys’ Championship Qualifier at Riverton CC

CINNAMINSON, N.J.–Edward McCrossen, Jr. of Whitemarsh Valley CC carded a 3-under-par 68 to earn medalist honors at Tuesday’s Junior Boys’ Championship Qualifier at Riverton CC (par 71, 6,253 yards).

   The Ambler, Pa., resident leapt to a strong start by firing birdies on Nos. 1 (par 4, 350 yards), 3 (par 4, 390 yards) and 5 (par 4, 356 yards). With a 70-yard wedge in, McCrossen, 17, knocked it to about 15 feet on No. 1 and converted the ensuing putt for birdie. For McCrossen’s second shot on No. 3, he went 9-iron and drilled it about 18 feet short of the flagstick. McCrossen continued his birdie barrage on No. 5 by hitting his 9-iron about 147 yards to the right-side of the green and draining a 22-footer.

   “I was just hitting fairways and greens and I knocked a couple of putts in,” he said.

   McCrossen continues to stay hot on the GAP circuit. Last week, he qualified for match play in the 109th Amateur Championship.

   “It gave me a lot of confidence,” McCrossen said. “Going into the Amateur, I wasn’t hitting my irons very well, and then in the Amateur, I was hitting everything stiff.”

   Though he topped Tuesday’s field of 95, McCrossen doesn’t want to get ahead of himself entering match play.

   “I’m just going to take it round-by-round, keep hitting it on the green and try to make my putts,” he said. “I just got to try and carry my momentum. I’m playing well right now.”

   Andrew Keeling of Yardley CC will be seeded No. 2 after carding a 2-under-par 69. The Langhorne, Pa., resident relied on his short game Tuesday.

   “I putted well. I got up and down when I needed to, and the driver was there,” Keeling said.

   Keeling, 17, carded birdies on Nos. 4 (par 4, 360 yards), 7 (par 5, 510 yards) and 9 (par 5, 485 yards).

   “I didn’t three-putt. I think I missed two greens,” he said.

   Mike Amole of Huntingdon Valley CC registered a 1-under-par 70 to place third. The 16 year old felt that he played “pretty smart.”

   “I made a lot of 10-footers for par and birdie,” he said. “I hit my irons pretty well. I just stuck with a gameplan not to hit driver much. I just wanted to put it down the middle and just not make a big number.”

   Overall, Amole, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., believes his chipping and putting anchored his steady play.

   “I didn’t hit many greens,” he said.

   Amole posted birdies on Nos. 2 (par 4, 375 yards), 8 (par 4, 319 yards), 9 (par 5, 485 yards) and 16 (par 3, 150 yards). On No. 2, his 7-iron sailed about 150 yards and landed about 20 feet from the flagstick. He converted a two-footer for birdie on No. 8 and knocked a sand wedge to about 10 feet on No. 9. On No. 16, his 8-iron deflected off the top of the hill and settled about 10 feet from the flagstick.

   Amole senses that tomorrow’s match play portion will prove challenging.

   “I don’t expect to have another day like this,” he said. “I made some lucky putts. I made a few mistakes, but they weren’t major.”

   Thirty-two players qualified for match play, which is split into two flights: Championship and First. McCrossen, the No. 1 seed in the Championship Flight, will tee off against No. 16 seed Greg Jarmas of Philadelphia Publinks GA at 7:30 a.m.

   Jericho National GC won the Team Championship, which runs concurrently with the qualifier. Teams consist of three or four players with the low three scores counting toward the final total.

Championship Flight
Name Club Scores
Edward McCrossen, Jr. Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 68
Andrew Keeling Yardley Country Club 69
Mike Amole Huntingdon Valley Country Club 70
Aaron Burton Philadelphia Publinks GA 71
Vince Boyle JC Melrose Country Club 71
Edmond Fenton Jericho National Golf Club 72
Evan Galbreath Huntingdon Valley Country Club 72
James Tallent Merion Golf Club 72
Cameron Liebert Edgmont Country Club 73
Daniel Novak Talamore Country Club 73
Kyle Raudenbush Pine Valley Golf Club 73
Paul Carbone, Jr. Old York Road Country Club 73
Tucker Koch RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 73
Zachary Dilcher Hartefeld National 73
#Zachary Herr Jericho National Golf Club 74
#Greg Jarmas Philadelphia Publinks GA 74
First Flight
#Luke Liddell Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 74
#Benjamin Cooley Lu Lu Country Club 74
#C.J. Van Ostenbridge Spring Ford Country Club 74
Garrett Conway Burlington Country Club 75
Will Young Hopewell Valley Golf Club 75
Bobby Wurtz Philadelphia Cricket Club 76
John Inman Cherry Valley Country Club 76
Matt Cocco Commonwealth National Golf Club 76
Adam Rudofker Blue Bell Country Club 77
Kyle Hunter Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
Robert Hoeppner Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
Daniel Furman Commonwealth National Golf Club 78
David Pompey, Jr. Country Club of Scranton 78
Justin Smith Lu Lu Country Club 78
Matt Troost Little Mill Country Club 78
Ted Brennan Philadelphia Country Club 78
Failed to qualify
Alex Kane Radley Run Country Club 79
Bobby Svigals Radnor Valley Country Club 79
Jack Rosenberg Waynesborough Country Club 79
Jimmy Kramarski Riverton Country Club 79
Kyle Williams Glen Oak Country Club 79
Conrad Roman Hopewell Valley Golf Club 80
Jack Russell Philadelphia Cricket Club 80
Colin Goan Little Mill Country Club 81
John Leighton Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
Joseph Fabrizio Aronimink Golf Club 81
Luke Schweitzer Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
Mike Gartenmayer Medford Village Country Club 81
Zachary Melnick Plymouth Country Club 81
Blaise Hopkins Jericho National Golf Club 81
Brian Franzblau Hopewell Valley Golf Club 82
Jackson Terman Little Mill Country Club 82
Jonathan Liu Commonwealth National Golf Club 82
Martin Schlenker Penn Oaks Golf Club 82
Matthew Fedder Bala Golf Club 82
Michael Johnson Talamore Country Club 82
Zach Bereznak Stonewall 82
Daniel Hayes, III Yardley Country Club 83
Jack Knowles Country Club of Scranton 83
Logan Cloak Spring Mill Country Club 83
Mike Isaacman Talamore Country Club 83
Oliver White Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 83
Tom Yarson Cherry Valley Country Club 83
Brian Motherway Cherry Valley Country Club 84
Bryce Caton Hopewell Valley Golf Club 84
Drew Templin LedgeRock Golf Club 84
Zach Arsenault Little Mill Country Club 84
Andrew Willadsen Sakima Country Club 85
Eric Spiller Woodcrest Country Club 85
Jack Walsh, Jr. The Bucks Club 85
Nick Brooke Hopewell Valley Golf Club 85
Robert Cummings Riverton Country Club 85
Ryan Meisenzahl Little Mill Country Club 85
Steven Altieri Hopewell Valley Golf Club 85
Zach Miller Cherry Valley Country Club 85
R.J. Dunnigan Riverton Country Club 86
Rich Thorpe Lu Lu Country Club 86
Brian Kraman The ACE Club 87
J.P. Kelley Huntingdon Valley Country Club 87
Eric Slawter St. Davids Golf Club 88
Mitch Van Ostenbridge Spring Ford Country Club 88
Daniel O’Shea Llanerch Country Club 89
David Fischer Merion Golf Club 89
Raleigh Chapin Jericho National Golf Club 89
T.J. Summers Doylestown Country Club 89
Brett Murphy Wildwood Golf & Country Club 90
Drew Calamaro Rolling Green Golf Club 91
Dutch Markward North Hills Country Club 92
Patrick Gallagher Hopewell Valley Golf Club 92
Daniel Dansbury Yardley Country Club 93
Gregory Devine Llanerch Country Club 93
Hayes Clark Lookaway Golf Club 93
Brian Janusz Links Golf Club 96
Erik Schlenker Penn Oaks Golf Club 103
Russell Hartung Doylestown Country Club WD
Eric Brown West Chester Golf & Country Club WD
Andrew Bauer Laurel Creek Country Club WD
Jack Ulan Cedarbrook Country Club WD
Jonathan Burns Talamore Country Club NS
#-determined in playoff; WD-withdrawal; NS-no show