Jul 26, 2004

Patrick Welsh takes Junior-Junior Championship medal

  CHERRY HILL, N.J. – Patrick Welsh of Huntingdon Valley CC fired a 1-over-par 37 to take the qualifying medal in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 56th Junior-Junior Boys’ Championship Monday at Merchantville Country Club (par 36, 2,814 yards).   

Welsh, 13, carded four birdies in a row, from No. 2 through No. 5, to lead 26 players in the championship’s 9-hole qualifier, despite a four-putt double-bogey six, from 60 feet, on the par 4, 380-yard 9th hole.   

The low eight players qualified for the Championship Flight.   Nine-hole match play in four flights begins Tuesday morning, with 18-hole match play in flight finals scheduled for Wednesday.   

Welsh was 4-under-par after five holes, his birds coming on a 30-foot chip and putts of 15, one and two feet.   But he double-bogeyed the par 3, 146-yard 6th hole after taking two shots to get out of a greenside bunker, and bogeyed the 320-yard, par 4 8th after driving into a hazard off the tee.   

Welsh, a five handicapper, said he’s been playing well lately, including a 1-under-par 69 at Huntingdon Valley in junior team matches last week, where he carded a 31 on the back nine.   

“I’ve been driving well,” he said, “and hitting my utility wedges close.”   John Inman of Cherry Valley CC and James Tallent of Merion GC, were second low qualifiers, each shooting a 4-over-par 40.

Name Club Total
Patrick Welsh Huntingdon Valley Country Club 37
John Inman Cherry Valley Country Club 40
James Tallent Merion Golf Club 40
Garrett Conway Burlington Country Club 41
Robert Taylor Riverton Country Club 42
Greg Verde Spring Ford Country Club 43
Michael Kania Overbrook Golf Club 44
Daniel Bernard RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 45
Martin Schlenker Downingtown Country Club 46
C.J. Van Ostenbridge Spring Ford Country Club 46
John Palmer Chester Valley Golf Club 46
Erik Schlenker Downingtown Country Club 47
Will Crowley St. Davids Golf Club 47
Connor Eichman Llanerch Country Club 48
Edward McCrossen Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 49
Devon Sweeney Greate Bay Golf Club 49
Benjamin Cooley Lu Lu Country Club 50
Dylan Panebianco Brookside C.C. of Allentown 50
Ted Kerschner Overbrook Golf Club 51
Jonathan Burns North Hills Country Club 51
Jim Johnston Merion Golf Club 51
Mike Meehan Moorestown Field Club 53
Ian Byerly Coatesville Country Club 54
Daniel O’Shea Llanerch Country Club 57
Julian Dorey Tavistock Country Club 67
A.J. Kania Overbrook Golf Club 72
Alex Blickle Berkleigh Country Club WD
Stephen Harrington Philadelphia Cricket Club WD

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