Overbrook GC’s Michael Kania tops Junior Team Championship - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jun 24, 2008

Overbrook GC’s Michael Kania tops Junior Team Championship

  HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. – Michael Kania of Overbrook GC carded a 1-under-par 69 to take medallist honors at the individual stroke play qualifying portion of the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 94th Junior Boys’ Championship Tuesday at Huntingdon ValleyCC (Centennial/Flynn Courses) (par 70, 6,487 yards).

  The soon-to-be senior at The Haverford School came out firing on all cylinders and birdied his first (No. 1, par 4, 397 yards) and third (No. 3, par 5, 550 yards) holes to end up playing the front nine (Centennial Course) in 1-under-par 34.

  Kania, who said he knew the Montgomery County course was going to play tough, fired an 8-iron from 160 yards out to within six feet for birdie on the first hole. And then nearly made an eagle on No. 3 after he almost jarred his chip shot on the par 5 as his ball rattled the flagstick and came to rest on the lip for a tap-in birdie.

  “I just played really steady all day and got off to a really good start,” said Kania, who’s field-low round guarantees his fourth-consecutive trip into the Championship Flight of the Junior Boys’ Championship. “I was 2-under after three [holes] and from there I figured I was in good shape and could just cruise through the rest of the round by making a bunch of pars.”

  Kania, in fact, cruised along to finish the back nine at even par with smart iron play and steady putting.

  “Most of the time I was playing it a club short with hopes of landing the ball on the front fringe and having it release,” Kania said. “I played for the middle of the greens most of the time and figured that if I was in the middle of the green and had a look at birdie I could hopefully make some putts and see what happens.”

  Joining Kania at the top of the leaderboard was defending, three-time Junior Boys’ Champion and Huntingdon Valley CC member Robert Galbreath, Jr., who managed to fire five birdies on the day to finish at 2-over-par 72.

  Galbreath, who hopes to become the first player in the Junior Program’s 94-year history to win four Junior Boys’ Championship titles, used some of his local knowledge to stay close to the top.

  “I think that local course knowledge really comes into play from 125 yards and in here,” Galbreath said. “You have to be able to play the slopes here and a lot of guys won’t know about that and it’s definitely an advantage for me.”

  Meredith M. Jack of Merion Cricket Club was the only other player to win three Junior titles, only he did it in consecutive fashion from 1914 to 1916.

  “I have my eyes set on it,” said Galbreath of his possible place in history. “I’m just going to play the hardest I’ve ever played to try and win this. We’ve got a great field so I have to play as hard as I can.”

  As the defending champion, Galbreath will be the first seed in the match play potion of the Championship and Kania will be seeded second.

  “Hopefully I can get off to a good start again, make some birdies and play strong out here on a tough course,” said Kania of the start of match play.

  “I’m just glad that I hung in there today,” Galbreath said. “Especially with the course playing so difficult.”

  The first tee time for Wednesday is set for 8 a.m. where Galbreath will face off against the No. 16 seed in Christopher DeLuca of Lookaway GC in the first match of the Championship Flight.

  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.

  Huntington Valley’s second team and its four entrants – Robert Galbreath, Jr. (72), Patrick Welsh (81), Mike Meehan (82) and Kevin Seybert (87)– finished with a team total of 235.

  The Junior Team Championship started in 1950.

  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 136 Member Clubs and 56,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

Championship Flight
Name Club Total
Michael Kania Overbrook Golf Club 69
Robert Galbreath, Jr. Huntingdon Valley Country Club 72
Vince Boyle JC Melrose Country Club 74
Ben Feld Blue Bell Country Club 76
Greg Jarmas Philadelphia Publinks GA 76
Sam Lerner Woodcrest Country Club 76
Christopher Prechtl Five Ponds Golf Club 77
Edward McCrossen, Jr. Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 77
James Braunsberg Blue Bell Country Club 77
Russell Hartung Doylestown Country Club 77
Tommy Shin Laurel Creek Country Club 77
Jack Rosenberg Waynesborough Country Club 78
James Tallent Merion Golf Club 78
Ted Brennan Philadelphia Country Club 78
*Christopher DeLuca Lookaway Golf Club 79
*Pierce Dever Jericho National Golf Club 79
First Flight
*Tucker Koch RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 79
Benjamin Cooley Lu Lu Country Club 80
Cameron Liebert Edgmont Country Club 80
Davis Schaller Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa 80
Garrett Conway Burlington Country Club 80
Jerry Temple, Jr. Cavaliers Country Club 80
John Perrine Little Mill Country Club 80
Julian Dorey Tavistock Country Club 80
Michael Johnson Talamore Country Club 80
Connor Coldwater Glenmaura National Golf Club 81
Connor McNicholas Commonwealth National Golf Club 81
Patrick Welsh Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
Matthew Teesdale Commonwealth National Golf Club 82
Mike Amole Jr. Talamore Country Club 82
Mike Meehan Huntingdon Valley Country Club 82
Scott McCool Saucon Valley Country Club 82
Failed to qualify
Peter Eiler Commonwealth National Golf Club 82
Scott MacGregor Merion Golf Club 82
Max Matejik Yardley Country Club 83
Nelson Hargrove Merion Golf Club 83
Peter Nelson Glen Oak Country Club 83
Alexander Penza Llanerch Country Club 84
Bobby Wurtz Philadelphia Cricket Club 84
Daniel Novak Talamore Country Club 84
Eric Spiller Woodcrest Country Club 84
James DeLuca Lookaway Golf Club 84
Mark Hagel McCall Golf & Country Club 84
Ryan Worthy Merion Golf Club 84
Zachary Falone Rolling Green Golf Club 84
Aaron Burton Five Ponds Golf Club 85
Bill Kuchinsky Downingtown Golf Club 85
Daniel Bernard RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 85
John Leighton Huntingdon Valley Country Club 85
Kevin Cimina Edgmont Country Club 85
Michael Ashcraft Brookside C.C. of Allentown 85
Ed Fenton Jericho National Golf Club 86
Hunter Hanson Waynesborough Country Club 86
John Palmer Chester Valley Golf Club 86
Mike Gartenmayer Medford Village Country Club 86
Ted Kerschner Overbrook Golf Club 86
Zachary Dilcher Hartefeld National 86
Dan Trink Mercer Oaks Golf Course 87
Kevin Seybert Huntingdon Valley Country Club 87
Tim Pici Chester Valley Golf Club 87
J. Thomas Paff Chester Valley Golf Club 88
Kyle Martin Commonwealth National Golf Club 88
Brett Murphy Wildwood Golf & Country Club 89
CJ Van Ostenbridge Spring Ford Country Club 89
Evan Galbreath Huntingdon Valley Country Club 89
Greg Verde Spring Ford Country Club 89
Jack Ulan Cedarbrook Country Club 89
Rich Thorpe Talamore Country Club 89
Zach Bereznak Stonewall 89
Conrad Roman Hopewell Valley Golf Club 90
Drew Calamaro Rolling Green Golf Club 90
Kyle DiGiacobbe Five Ponds Golf Club 90
Kyle Hunter Commonwealth National Golf Club 90
Kyle Williams Glen Oak Country Club 90
Tyler Hughes Bucks County Golf Club 90
Christian Holt Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 91
Jeff LeFevre, Jr. Linwood Country Club 91
Jimmy Ryan Waynesborough Country Club 91
Alex McPherson Sandy Run Country Club 92
Ian Byerly Coatesville Country Club 92
Jack Russell Philadelphia Cricket Club 92
Sean Hogan Laurel Creek Country Club 92
Jeff Blechschmidt Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 93
John Fasy Wilmington Country Club 93
Bryce Caton Hopewell Valley Golf Club 94
Daniel O’Shea Llanerch Country Club 94
Nick Brooke Hopewell Valley Golf Club 94
Thomas Corr RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 94
Brendan Craig Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 95
Ryan Singer Jericho National Golf Club 95
Stephen McCallister Old York Road Country Club 95
Christopher Reynolds West Chester Golf & Country Club 96
Christopher Fuga Phoenixville Country Club 97
Martin Schlenker Penn Oaks Golf Club 97
Corey Melnick RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 98
Daniel Furman Commonwealth National Golf Club 98
Ryan Siegler Mercer Oaks Golf Course 98
Jackson Terman Medford Village Country Club 99
Luke Liddell Torresdale-Frankford Country Club 99
Patrick Gallagher Hopewell Valley Golf Club 100
Brian Mahlstedt Glen Oak Country Club 101
Bryan Pratt Yardley Country Club 101
Francis Worthington Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 101
Jack Parsons Huntingdon Valley Country Club 102
Erik Schlenker Penn Oaks Golf Club 104
Brian Stefanowicz, Jr. Huntingdon Valley Country Club 105
Matt Troost Medford Village Country Club 105
Jason Defazio Radley Run Country Club 106
Blaise Hopkins Jericho National Golf Club WD
Christian Mauriello Greate Bay Country Club WD
Nicholaus Trautman Hartefeld National WD
Phil Rothermel Golden Oaks Golf Club WD
*-decided in a playoff

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