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Whitemarsh Valley CC’s McCrossen wins Jock MacKenzie Memorial, Harry Hammond Award

ORELAND, Pa.-Edward McCrossen, Jr. of Whitemarsh Valley CC can finally exhale.

   The Ambler, Pa., resident won the 25th Jock MacKenzie Memorial Monday at Sandy Run CC (par 72, 6,507 yards) by shooting a 3-under-par 69. Prior to his triumph, McCrossen’s 2009 season on the GAP Junior circuit had been a case of “close, but no cigar.” He reached the quarterfinals of the Junior Boys’ Championship as the No. 1 seed, and fell to Vince Boyle of Torresdale-Frankford CC in a sudden-death playoff to finish second in last week’s Christman Cup.

   “This is really a great feeling,” McCrossen said. “Considering that I’ve been so close all year, to finally win is very rewarding.”

   The venue made the win even more special to McCrossen.

   “I play here a lot. We know a lot of people at Sandy Run, and I’m very familiar with the course,” McCrossen, a soon-to-be senior at Chestnut Hill Academy, said. “To win it here is pretty cool.”

   Course familiarity contributed to McCrossen’s triumph Monday. So did his putting, as the 17-year-old registered six birdies on the day – four of which came on his final nine holes. On No. 10 (par 3, 122 yards), he knocked his pitching wedge over the flagstick, but it spun backwards and settled about five feet from the hole. McCrossen stuck his 7-iron to about 17-feet on No. 12 (par 3, 167 yards) and drained the ensuing birdie putt.

   From that point, he continued to handle the flatstick well. On 13, a dog-leg par 4, McCrossen’s tee shot curled around the trees and found the fairway. With about 128 yards left, he drilled his pitching wedge to about seven feet and converted the birdie putt. McCrossen closed out his round with a birdie on No. 18 (par 4, 324 yards), when he dialed in a sand wedge from 85 yards out to about 14-feet to the right of the flagstick.

   “I really wanted to get below 70. I felt that would be a good score coming into the clubhouse,” McCrossen said.

   Mike Amole of Huntingdon Valley CC finished second by carding a 1-under-par 71. Amole, who is entering his junior year at Abington Friends School, felt that he excelled on the greens.

   “I made a lot of 15-footers,” he said. “I played smart. I hit driver and tried to keep it in play. I wasn’t hitting too well off the tee, but through my irons, I’d usually put it on the green and make the putt. I just didn’t make too many mistakes.”

   One of those 15-footers came on No. 10 as a result of a strong, pitching wedge tee shot. Amole, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., also fired birdies on Nos. 14 (par 4, 404 yards) and 16 (par 4, 378 yards) after sticking his approach 7-iron to 30 and five feet, respectively. This marks the second year that Amole, 16, participated in the Jock MacKenzie.

   “I think it helped playing the course before,” he said.

   Michael Johnson of Talamore CC was one of three players who registered an even-par 72. The Ambler, Pa., resident shot 2 under on his final nine holes.

   “I hit every green on the back nine. My irons were really solid,” Johnson, 17, said. “On the front nine, I couldn’t find the fairway, and that caused a lot of trouble.”

   After his drive on No. 7 (par 4, 321 yards) soared deep into the left-side trees, Johnson benched his driver and relied on his hybrid. He fired birdies on Nos. 10 (par 3, 122 yards) and 18 (par 4, 324 yards). He drained a 20-footer on No. 10 after finding the green with his pitching wedge. Johnson experienced a similar story on No. 18 after punching his GAP wedge to 20-feet. Ultimately, Johnson’s hybrid switch proved vital.

   “It definitely helped me,” he said.

   Emily Gimpel of Whitemarsh Valley CC carded a 6-over-par 78 to win the Junior Girls’ Division.

   Junior-Junior Divisions (par 35, 2,850 yards)

   Drew Guarino of Little Mill CC edged Eric Stafford of Philadelphia Publinks GA and Cole Berman of Philadelphia Cricket Club in a sudden-death playoff. He converted a four-footer for par on No. 11, the second playoff hole, to top the 32-player field.

   In the Junior-Junior Girls Division, Madelein Herr of Jericho National GC carded a 13-over-par 48 to win her flight. All Junior-Junior divisions competed over the back nine holes at Sandy Run CC.

   Harry Hammond Award

   With his score of 69, McCrossen earned his first Harry Hammond Award Monday.

   “That was something that I had my eye on in the beginning of the year because I knew that I was going to play all of the tournaments that make you eligible for it,” he said. “All four rounds, I played really solid golf. That’s a big accomplishment for me. The biggest thing is the fields. We have so many strong players in the area, and to win this tournament and the Harry Hammond feels really great.”

   McCrossen shot 68 in the qualifying round of the Junior Boys’ Championship. He carded a 75 and 73, respectively, at the Christman Cup.

   The Harry Hammond Award is given to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying round of the Junior Boys’ Championship, the Christman Cup and the Jock MacKenzie Memorial.

Junior Boys
Name Club Scores
Edward McCrossen, Jr. Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 69
Mike Amole Huntingdon Valley Country Club 71
CJ Van Ostenbridge Spring Ford Country Club 72
Michael Johnson Talamore Country Club 72
Tommy Horgan Plymouth Country Club 72
Benjamin Cooley Lu Lu Country Club 73
Robert Hoeppner Commonwealth National Golf Club 73
Kyle Raudenbush Pine Valley Golf Club 74
Charles Castellano Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour 75
Jackson Terman Little Mill Country Club 75
Russell Hartung Doylestown Country Club 75
Ryan Fogel Penn Oaks Golf Club 75
Zachary Herr Jericho National Golf Club 75
Austin List Merion Golf Club 76
Bobby Wurtz Philadelphia Cricket Club 76
Cameron Liebert White Manor Country Club 76
Colby Lederer Yardley Country Club 76
Daniel Furman Commonwealth National Golf Club 76
Daniel Novak Talamore Country Club 76
Garrett Conway Burlington Country Club 76
Greg Jarmas Philadelphia Publinks GA 76
Jack Ulan Cedarbrook Country Club 76
Matt Pulos St. Davids Golf Club 76
Eric Slawter St. Davids Golf Club 77
Kyle Martin Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
Paul Carbone, Jr. Old York Road Country Club 77
Evan Galbreath Philmont Country Club 78
Julian Dorey Tavistock Country Club 78
Luke Schweitzer Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
Ted Brennan Philadelphia Country Club 78
Andrew Keeling Yardley Country Club 79
Christopher Moran Overbrook Golf Club 79
Mac Selverian Aronimink Golf Club 79
Tucker Koch RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 79
Vince Boyle Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 79
Andrew Willadsen Sakima Country Club 80
Jack Russell Philadelphia Cricket Club 80
Jonathan Burns Talamore Country Club 80
Jack Rosenberg Waynesborough Country Club 81
Oliver White Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 81
Paul Acierno Sandy Run Country Club 81
Bryce Caton Hopewell Valley Golf Club 82
Jack Walsh, Jr. Old York Road Country Club 82
Jonathan Liu Commonwealth National Golf Club 82
Ty Flagler Lu Lu Country Club 82
Corey Melnick RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 83
Kevin Zipf Philadelphia Country Club 83
Matt Troost Little Mill Country Club 83
Mike Gartenmayer Medford Village Country Club 83
Steven Altieri Hopewell Valley Golf Club 83
Troy Vannucci Little Mill Country Club 83
Drew Calamaro Rolling Green Golf Club 84
Edmond Fenton Jericho National Golf Club 84
Kyle Hunter Commonwealth National Golf Club 84
T.J. Summers Doylestown Country Club 84
W. Evan Thornton Berkshire Country Club 84
Zach Bereznak Stonewall 84
Colin Goan Little Mill Country Club 85
Pete Hayes Philadelphia Country Club 85
R. Morgan Dougherty Huntingdon Valley Country Club 85
Zachary Melnick Plymouth Country Club 85
Daniel O’Shea Llanerch Country Club 86
David Fischer Merion Golf Club 87
Matt Fazio Huntingdon Valley Country Club 87
Ryan Worthy Merion Golf Club 87
Gregory Devine Llanerch Country Club 88
John Leighton Huntingdon Valley Country Club 88
Justin Smith Lu Lu Country Club 88
Drew London Philadelphia Publinks GA 89
Gordon Dunlap, III Bensalem Township Country Club 89
Jonathan Bebey Sandy Run Country Club 89
Michael Hillard Sandy Run Country Club 89
Mike Isaacman Talamore Country Club 89
Mitch Van Ostenbridge Spring Ford Country Club 89
Robert Bass Sandy Run Country Club 89
Ryan Aceto Waynesborough Country Club 89
Dutch Markward North Hills Country Club 90
JP Kelley Huntingdon Valley Country Club 90
Rich Thorpe Lu Lu Country Club 90
Ryan Walker St. Davids Golf Club 90
Stuart Blank Commonwealth National Golf Club 90
Vincent Espinoza Sandy Run Country Club 90
Kyle Aceto Waynesborough Country Club 91
Sam Gallen Berkshire Country Club 92
Mike O’Connor Huntingdon Valley Country Club 93
Alex Peter Lafond Blue Bell Country Club 95
Jack Lewis Spring Ford Country Club 97
Stephen Morello Makefield Highlands Golf Club 97
Steven Hladczuk Huntingdon Valley Country Club 97
Jake Marks Squires Golf Club 98
Carter Rauch McCall Golf & Country Club 99
Quint Frazier Philadelphia Cricket Club 99
Blaise Hopkins Jericho National Golf Club WD
Jim Kramarski Riverton Country Club NS
Jimmy Ryan Waynesborough Country Club WD
Todd Smith Trenton Country Club WD
Junior-Junior Boys
Name Club Scores
*Drew Guarino Little Mill Country Club 39
Cole Berman Philadelphia Cricket Club 39
Eric Stafford Philadelphia Publinks GA 39
Andrew Willner White Manor Country Club 40
Connor Goodrich Woodbury Country Club 41
Chad Thompson White Manor Country Club 42
Christopher Dalglish Philadelphia Cricket Club 44
Jack Gregor Huntingdon Valley Country Club 44
Jack Quirk Huntingdon Valley Country Club 44
Daniel Altieri Hopewell Valley Golf Club 45
Joseph Rueter, Jr. Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 45
Quinn Dolan Rolling Green Golf Club 45
Brian Todaro Rolling Green Golf Club 46
Jacob Klaus Tavistock Country Club 46
Ryan Keefe Radnor Valley Country Club 46
Kevin McGeary, Jr. Llanerch Country Club 47
Robert Firth, Jr Commonwealth National Golf Club 48
Jack McAleese Aronimink Golf Club 49
Michael Kassak Laurel Creek Country Club 49
R.J. Wren Honeybrook Golf Club 49
Jake Fazio Huntingdon Valley Country Club 50
Luke Ryan Waynesborough Country Club 50
Matthew Bastian, Jr. Rolling Green Golf Club 50
Scott Zimmer Laurel Creek Country Club 51
Christian Ritondo Yardley Country Club 54
Nolan Dirienzi Rolling Green Golf Club 54
Chris Binet Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 55
Max Siegfried Philadelphia Country Club 55
Mark Lunney Sandy Run Country Club 56
Jack Farris Huntingdon Valley Country Club 58
Ryan Brennan Rolling Green Golf Club 68
Jake Van Arkel Merion Golf Club WD
Junior Girls
Name Club Scores
Emily Gimpel Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 78
Aliza Shatzman Meadowlands Country Club 83
Jackie Rogowicz Yardley Country Club 86
Tierney Sadowl Huntingdon Valley Country Club 86
Emily Reinhart French Creek Golf Club 90
Alise McNutt Old York Road Country Club 94
Sara Clark Merion Golf Club 95
Jennifer Jenkins Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 103
Sarah Easton Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 104
Junior-Junior Girls
Name Club Scores
Madelein Herr Jericho National Golf Club 48
Brynn Walker St. Davids Golf Club 51
Julia Curley Philadelphia Country Club 53
Reilly Sadowl Huntingdon Valley Country Club 63
 
WD – withdrawal; NS – no show
*-determined in playoff