Jul 16, 2004

Philadelphia CC’s Willcox takes Christman Cup in playoff

  Willcox found the center of the fairway and the green on No. 2 (par 4, 341 yards) for par. Battaglini found the fairway bunker and then greenside bunker before failing to get up-and-down.

  The Christman Cup is a one-day, 36-hole stroke play event. It serves as the stroke play championship for Juniors.

  “This is awesome,” said Willcox, 16, of Wayne, Pa. “I was hitting the ball great and after the hole-in-one, I knew something good was going to happen. I’ve been hitting the ball well for awhile and it finally came together today.”

  James Kania, Jr. of Overbrook GC carded a 147 total to finish a shot back in third place.

  Willcox, a junior at Malvern Prep, registered a hole-in-one on No. 7 (par 3, 194 yards) in his initial 18 holes en route to a 73. He hit a 4-iron for his first ace.

  “I didn’t see it go in at first,” said Willcox. “One of my playing partners told me it was in.”

  His afternoon loop of 73 was highlighted with two round-saving pars on the final two holes.

  He made a 15-foot par save on No. 17 (par 4, 340 yards) and then go up-and-down on No. 18 (par 4, 410 yards) from the back bunker.

  Willcox finished fifth in the Inter-Ac League Championships this spring to earn All-League honors.

  Battaglini earned a berth in the playoff with rounds of 74 and 72.

  The 17-year-old St. Joseph’s Prep senior survived a triple-bogey on the par-3, 10th hole in the first round when he misclubed and knocked a 7-iron long, left out of bounds.

  Still weighing on his mind, Battaglini bogeyed the ensuing hole (No. 11, par 4, 439 yards) but regrouped to par the remaining holes.

  In the second round, Battaglini netted four bogeys and two birdies for a 2-over-par 72.

  “I made the putts I had and got up and down when I had to,” said Battaglini, a resident of Wayne, Pa. “This was a little redemption for the Junior Boys’ Championship (he shot an 83 in qualifying and missed the Championship Flight).”

  Battaglini was an All-Philadelphia Catholic League selection this spring.

  Will Gallagher, III of Coatesville CC also recorded a hole-in-one on the day. In his second round he watched an 8-iron bounce on the front of green, go to the right and duck into the hole.

  It was Gallagher’s first ace.

Pos Name Club Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total
T1 *Cole Willcox Philadelphia Country Club 73 73 146
T1 Andrew Battaglini Chester Valley Golf Club 74 72 146
3 James Kania, Jr Overbrook Golf Club 77 70 147
4 Brian Creghan Plymouth Country Club 75 75 150
5 Billy Macknis Downingtown Country Club 75 76 151
6 Michael Gross Glenmaura National Golf Club 82 70 152
T7 Daniel Rexon Tavistock Country Club 78 75 153
T7 Craig Tallent Merion Golf Club 78 75 153
9 Ryan Beck Old York Road Country Club 77 78 155
T10 Christopher Allan, Jr. Downingtown Country Club 76 80 156
T10 Tyler Glassman Meadowlands Country Club 79 77 156
T10 Matthew Pesci Yardley Country Club 80 76 156
T13 Jason Bernstein White Manor Country Club 77 80 157
T13 Steve Dressel Spring Ford Country Club 79 78 157
T15 Nathan Sutherland Berkshire Country Club 73 85 158
T15 Scott Deakins St. Davids Golf Club 77 81 158
T17 Eric Schmehl Moorestown Field Club 77 83 160
T17 Tony Perla Olde York Country Club 81 79 160
T17 Robert Galbreath, Jr. Huntingdon Valley Country Club 82 78 160
20 Zach Smith Doylestown Country Club 85 76 161
T21 Pieter Lamley Downingtown Country Club 84 78 162
T21 Reed Valutas Overbrook Golf Club 80 82 162
T21 Greg Forster Sandy Run Country Club 84 78 162
T21 Michael O’Keefe Little Mill Country Club 84 78 162
T21 Will Gallagher III Coatesville Country Club 79 83 162
T26 Brent Piattelli Downingtown Country Club 82 83 165
T26 Austin Anthony Philadelphia Cricket Club 81 84 165
28 Michael Harrigan Moorestown Field Club 81 85 166
29 David Taraschi Merchantville Country Club 89 82 171
30 Stephen Sieracki Merchantville Country Club WD
*-won in playoff

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