Jun 29, 2016

Radley Run’s Gianelos grabs Junior Boys’ medal, breaks record

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  Radley Run Country Club’s Nicholas Gianelos experienced that wild scenario Wednesday during the 102nd Junior Boys’ Championship Qualifier at Tavistock Country Club (par 72, 6,346 yards). He carded a 7-under-par 65 to top the field of 142. Gianelos broke the event’s scoring record, in relation to par, of 67 — a mark set in 2013 by Talamore Country Club’s Jalen Griffin.

  The rising Unionville High School junior will face No. 16 seed Griffin Smith of Jericho National Golf Club in the Championship Flight. Match play begins at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow.

  “After starting off with a triple (bogey), I was like, ‘Forget it and see what happens,’” Gianelos, 16, of West Chester, Pa., said. “I got a practice round in here before, so I learned the greens very well. That helped greatly, knowing how to play the slopes.”

  After striping a “perfect drive” on No. 1 (par 4, 326 yards), Gianelos thinned a 75-yard wedge shot into a bed of mulch behind the green. A chunk here, a smack there and a 7 on the scorecard.

  “My mindset was just to forget. I know that I’m good enough to keep on playing and get strokes back,” he said.

  Gianelos proved it.

  On the par 5, 533-yard No. 2, he knocked a wedge 97 yards to 15 feet for birdie. He stuffed a pitching wedge to a foot on No. 4 (par 3, 142 yards). A “make the cut” round soon became an unforgettable round. Gianelos, a visual player who models his pre-shot routine after Jason Day, rattled off four consecutive birdies to flip his scorecard. Knowing the behavior of Tavistock’s green complexes, he played a 4-iron off the No. 8 (par 3, 190 yards) slope and watched it drift to two feet. On No. 9 (par 4, 340 yards), he choked down on a pitching wedge from 132 yards and dropped a five-footer. A “mediocre, three-quarter 60-degree wedge” shot from 85 yards on the par 4, 432-yard 10th hole stranded Gianelos 20 feet from a front-center hole location. He promptly returned to birdie shore. Gianelos lifted a pitching wedge from 123 yards to 25 feet and converted a left-to-right bender.

  “In between Nos. 9 and 10, I felt like I could pull this round together after a bad start,” he said.

  Gianelos pulled together and pushed himself into the GAP history books. A flurry finish awed his groupmates and set the scoring area abuzz. Gianelos stopped a 110-yard wedge at two feet on No. 15 (par 5, 508 yards). He accounted for the slope on No. 16 (par 3, 168 yards), aimed a 6-iron right and sunk a slippery five-footer for birdie. Gianelos nearly holed out for eagle on the next hole (par 5, 487 yards), landing a 60-yard wedge below the hole location and letting it trickle into tap-in territory. On the par 4, 380-yard 18th hole, he safely launched a 9-iron from 125 yards to 25 feet right of the flagstick. Next came a smile and a fist bump.

  “The putt broke about seven feet. It felt good to make that one,” Gianelos said.

  “That was ridiculous. The way he was putting today, you knew it was going in,” playing partner Ron Robinson said. “We were both making a lot of birdies. It was really fun for the both of us.”

  Robinson, a Commonwealth National Golf Club member, carded a 3-under-par 69. He is seeded No. 3.

  Gianelos’ 65 marked his best competitive round, in relation to par. He didn’t realize it broke a scoring record.

  “That’s pretty cool. It feels great,” he said. “Today was pretty perfect. No complaints.”

  Gianelos made his Junior Boys’ Championship debut a year ago. He was a victim in a seven-for-one playoff for the Championship Flight, but went on to capture the First Flight title.

  “That whole tournament gave me a lot of confidence because, like this year, it had a lot of good players in it. I know that I can compete with everyone,” Gianelos said.

  Without a doubt.

  Huntingdon Valley Country Club, represented by Conor McGrath, D.J. Pinciotti, III and Brent Schoeller, took the Junior Team Championship with a score of 229. It tied Whitford Country Club, but the addition of a fourth score served as the method by which the deadlock was broken. The Junior Team Championship runs concurrently with the 18-hole qualifier on the event’s first day. Teams consist of three or four players with the low three scores counting toward the final total. Huntingdon Valley Country Club holds the most titles with 10.

NOTES — Kyle Vance of the GAP Junior Players Club, the tournament’s defending champion, didn’t compete Wednesday … Tavistock’s own Doug Ergood is the lone home-club representative in the Championship flight. He carded a 1-under-par 71 to advance … DuPont Country Club’s Danny Dougherty, Rolling Green Golf Club’s Joseph Dougherty and Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Justin Dougherty played in the same group. Although they share the same last name, no relation.

  The Junior Boys’ Championship is the premier Major in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Junior Division. It is open to GAP Member Club golfers aged 14-18 who have not started their college education and who hold a handicap index of 14.4 or lower. Sixteen players qualify for match play; an additional 16 advancing into the event’s First Flight.

  The Junior Boys’ Champion is awarded the Peg Burnett Trophy, named in honor of the Association’s Executive Secretary from 1951-76. Ms. Burnett was an ardent Junior golf supporter who emphasized sportsmanship and respect for the game. “I was very strict about checking the rule book. I didn’t make the rules, but since they are there, you have to abide by them.”

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Qualifiers
Championship Flight
Name, club Score
Nicholas Gianelos, Radley Run Country Club 65
Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club 69
Ron Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club 69
Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club 71
Doug Ergood, Tavistock Country Club 71
Billy Civitella, Radnor Valley Country Club 73
David Hurly, White Manor Country Club 73
Andreas Aivazoglou, Rolling Green Golf Club 74
Andrew Lombardo, Indian Valley Country Club 74
Billy Matthews, North Hills Country Club 74
Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 74
Cory Haldeman, Saucon Valley Country Club 74
David Colleran, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 74
Griffin Smith, Jericho National Golf Club 74
Marty McGuckin, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 74
Ryan Conners, Whitford Country Club 74
First Flight
Akhil Giri, Laurel Creek Country Club 75
Danny Dougherty, DuPont Country Club 75
Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club 75
Ryan Tall, Spring Ford Country Club 75
Samuel Walker, St. Davids Golf Club 75
Zachary Barbin, GAP Junior Players Club 75
Andrew Ring, Meadowlands Country Club 76
Hayden Rousselle, Lookaway Golf Club 76
John Updike, Aronimink Golf Club 76
Ryan Bree, Fieldstone Golf Club 76
William Mitchell, Laurel Creek Country Club 76
*Anthony Barr, Blue Bell Country Club 77
*Caleb Ryan, GAP Junior Players Club 77
*D.J. Pinciotti, III, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 77
*Max Harrington, Moselem Springs Golf Club 77
*Wills Montgomery, Whitford Country Club 77
Failed to qualify
Ben Wiseman, The Bucks Club 77
Davis Flannery, Overbrook Golf Club 77
Alex Mulrooney, DuPont Country Club 78
Austin Barbin, GAP Junior Players Club 78
Brendan Hansen, Metedeconk National Golf Club 78
Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
Dante DiStefano, Commonwealth National Golf Club 78
David Kim, Commonwealth National Golf Club 78
Greg DeLuca, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 78
Jack Melville, Lu Lu Country Club 78
Jack Mitchell, V, Waynesborough Country Club 78
Joe Delfranco, McCall Golf & Country Club 78
Kyle Quagliero, Medford Lakes Country Club 78
Lukas Clark, Jericho National Golf Club 78
Matt Graeff, Cedarbrook Country Club 78
Nicky Marrollo, Whitford Country Club 78
Philip James, Cedarbrook Country Club 78
Brandon Jensen, Philadelphia Cricket Club 79
Brian Aslanian, Galloway National Golf Club 79
Case Hummer, Aronimink Golf Club 79
Jake Sitzler, Burlington Country Club 79
Joseph Dougherty, Rolling Green Golf Club 79
Kevin Smith, The Springhaven Club 79
Nick Maff, Northampton Country Club 79
Noah Harrington, Cedarbrook Country Club 79
Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club 79
Stephen Lorenzo, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 79
William Foxman, Gulph Mills Golf Club 79
Andrew Desjardins, Waynesborough Country Club 80
Greg Welsh, Talamore Country Club 80
Jacob Hanzel, Running Deer Golf Club 80
Jon Nolan Perry, Waynesborough Country Club 80
Joseph Morganti, Llanerch Country Club 80
Mathew Becker, Commonwealth National Golf Club 80
Matthew McGettigan, Sandy Run Country Club 80
Pat Donaldson, Tavistock Country Club 80
Ronald Yanoski, III, Glen Oak Country Club 80
Clay Asplundh, The Ridge at Back Brook 81
Dylan Audi, LedgeRock Golf Club 81
Eric Carlidge, North Hills Country Club 81
Evan Brown, Hartefeld National 81
Evan McNally, Medford Lakes Country Club 81
Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
Shane Nocito, Philmont Country Club 81
Andrew Kotler, Cherry Valley Country Club 82
Bobby Beck, Lehigh Country Club 82
Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 82
Cooper Kronenberger, Penn Oaks Golf Club 82
Gavin Sims, Overbrook Golf Club 82
Hunter Eife, Merchantville Country Club 82
Joel Hark, Woodcrest Country Club 82
Kevin Scherr, GAP Junior Players Club 82
Matthew Rizzo, Sea Oaks Golf Club 82
Nick Kuhn, Blue Bell Country Club 82
Thomas Dzwonczyk, Country Club of Scranton 82
Buddy Hansen, IV, Blue Bell Country Club 83
Daniel Rieger, Sunnybrook Golf Club 83
Finnian McGarry, Tavistock Country Club 83
Gunnar Gale, Plymouth Country Club 83
Jacob Zeng, Applecross Country Club 83
Jake McCloskey, Radley Run Country Club 83
Kevin Caverly, Brookside CC of Allentown 83
Noah Schwartz, Woodcrest Country Club 83
Rahil Patel, Woodcrest Country Club 83
Vince Burke, LedgeRock Golf Club 83
Hayden Moffat, Talamore Country Club 84
Mac Costin, Merion Golf Club 84
Matthew Davis, The Bucks Club 84
Matthew Law, Yardley Country Club 84
Parker Wine, Radley Run Country Club 84
Shravann Raja, Laurel Creek Country Club 84
Alex Cook, Waynesborough Country Club 85
Dylan Willey, Burlington Country Club 85
Matthew Acker, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 85
Michael Zeng, Applecross Country Club 85
Andrew Curran, Overbrook Golf Club 86
Archie Filshill, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club 86
Blake Stephano, Aronimink Golf Club 86
Christian Rossi, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg 86
J.T. Spina, Spring Ford Country Club 86
Kyle Kellenbenz, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 86
Matt Marino, Waynesborough Country Club 86
Alec Stern, Green Valley Country Club 87
Daniel Bastian, Rolling Green Golf Club 87
Jack Martinides, Trenton Country Club 87
John Cooper, Blue Bell Country Club 87
Joshua Elder, Riverton Country Club 87
Justin Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club 87
Pat Muth, West Chester Golf & Country Club 87
Timothy Jones, Riverton Country Club 87
Christohper Dalessandro, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club 88
Andrew Gallagher, Laurel Creek Country Club 89
Daniel Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 89
Jack Daley, Blue Bell Country Club 89
Justin Hershey, Applebrook Golf Club 89
Matt Barkann, White Manor Country Club 89
Seamus Gibbons, Sandy Run Country Club 89
Trevor Paolone, Overbrook Golf Club 89
Zak Summy, Applebrook Golf Club 89
Tyler Roland, Overbrook Golf Club 90
Harrison Fellheimer, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 91
Jake Butler, Green Valley Country Club 91
Nicholas Wert, Merion Golf Club 91
Charlie Shallow, Medford Village Country Club 94
Hayden Greer, Laurel Creek Country Club 94
Jack Burton, Overbrook Golf Club 94
Joseph Polidoro, GAP Junior Players Club 97
Forrest Swisher, Jericho National Golf Club NS
Sean O’Sullivan, Riverton Country Club WD
Thomas Coakley, GAP Junior Players Club WD
Junior Team Championship results  
Team Total  
%Huntingdon Valley Country Club 229  
Brent Schoeller 78*  
Conor McGrath 74*  
Brian Isztwan 82  
D.J. Pinciotti, III 77*  
Whitford Country Club 229  
Ryan Conners 74*  
Nicky Marrollo 78*  
Wills Montgomery 77*
Aronimink Golf Club 230  
Matthew Davis 75*  
Case Hummer 79*  
Blake Stephano 86  
John Updike 76*
Radley Run Country Club 232  
Nicholas Gianelos 65*  
Jake McCloskey 83*  
Parker Wine 84*  
Talamore Country Club 233  
Hayden Moffat 84*  
Ron Robinson 69*  
Greg Welsh 80*
Tavistock Country Club 234  
Pat Donaldson 80*  
Doug Ergood 71*  
Finnian McGarry 83*
Cedarbrook Country Club 235  
Matt Graeff 78*  
Noah Harrington 79*  
Philip James 78*
Laurel Creek Country Club 235  
Akhil Giri 75*  
Andrew Gallagher 89  
William Mitchell 76*  
Shravann Raja 84*
Commonwealth National Golf Club 236  
Mathew Becker 80*  
Dante DiStefano 78*  
David Kim 78*  
Overbrook Golf Club 237  
David Colleran, Jr. 74*  
Andrew Curran 86*  
Davis Flannery 77*  
Tyler Roland 90  
Rolling Green Golf Club 240  
Andreas Aivazoglou 74*  
Daniel Bastian 87*  
Joseph Dougherty 79*
Blue Bell Country Club 242  
Anthony Barr 77*  
Jack Daley 89  
Buddy Hansen, IV 83*  
Nick Kuhn 82*
Waynesborough Country Club 243  
Alex Cook 85*  
Matt Marino 86  
Jack Mitchell, V 78*  
Jon Nolan Perry 80*  
Green Valley Country Club 247  
Jake Butler 91*  
Alec Stern 87*  
Andrew Wallace 69*
Sandy Run Country Club 248  
Seamus Gibbons 89*  
Brandon Jensen 79*  
Matthew McGettigan 80*
Woodcrest Country Club 248  
Joel Hark 82*  
Noah Schwartz 83*  
Rahil Patel 83*
Huntingdon Valley Country Club 2 252  
Frankie Gregor 81*  
Daniel Galbreath 89  
Archie Filshill, Jr. 86*  
Matthew Acker 85*
Merion Golf Club 254  
Peter Bradbeer 79*  
Mac Costin 84*  
Nicholas Wert 91*
Overbrook Golf Club 2 265  
Jack Burton 94*  
Trevor Paolone 89*  
Gavin Sims 82*  

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