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Radnor Valley CC’s Bobby Svigals captures Christman Cup

  NORTH HILLS, Pa.-Bobby Svigals of Radnor Valley CC experienced a career-best performance on a day when he needed it most.

  The Villanova, Pa. resident registered a 36-hole total 143 to capture the Christman Cup Friday at Lu Lu CC (par 71, 6,327 yards). A humbled and soft-spoken Svigals expressed sentiments of pride and joy regarding a victory that featured a litany of firsts.

BOBBY SVIGALS

  “It’s the first 36-hole tournament I”ve ever won,” he said. “It’s the first time I’ve ever broken 150. Seventy is the best score I’ve ever shot. It”s a really nice win. I’ve been playing good, but I really didn’t have too many expectations coming in.”

  Svigals, 17, started his title quest with three consecutive bogeys. On No. 1 (par 5, 478 yards), his tee shot nearly breached the out-bound stakes. He reached the putting surface with his fourth stroke, but missed a 10-footer to save par. He launched his 6-iron 175 yards on No. 2 (par 4, 357 yards) into the bushes and couldn’t get up-and-down. A figurative dagger on No. 3 (par 4, 427 yards) again slashed Svigals’ scorecard. His 4-iron from 190 yards out hooked to the right of the recover, and Svigals neglected to save par.

  Three bogeys on his first three holes could’ve severely damaged Svigals mentally, but the soon-to-be Episcopal Academy senior remained even-keeled.

  “I was hitting it all over. I’m not exactly sure what turned it around,” he said. “I just started making a lot of putts after that. I played really consistent.”

BEN COOLEY

  Svigals, who reached the semifinals in this year’s Junior Boys’ Championship, soon found magic with his flatstick. He carded his first birdie of the tournament on the par 4, 440-yard 13th hole. His 6-iron sailed 170 yards and settled 30-feet from the flagstick. Svigals rolled in a downhill, left-to-right breaker. He converted a six-footer for birdie on No. 14 (par 4, 358 yards) after a smooth 9-iron approach. Svigals’ tee shot on the shortish par 4, 297-yard 16th hole fell short of the green, but he chipped up and fired a 15-footer to post his third red figure.

  Svigals carded a 2-over-par 73 in the morning round, one stroke shy of 18-hole leader Mike Davis of Merion GC. He had one goal in mind for the afternoon session.

  “Try to go as low as I could go,” Svigals said. “I felt that I was putting really well.”

  And he did just that, thanks to a fabulous flatstick. Following a string of six straight pars, Svigals, who started his second round on the back nine, fired a birdie on No. 16. His drive missed the green left, so Svigals chipped up and executed a 10-footer for birdie. He blasted his sand wedge 110 yards on No. 18 (par 4, 399 yards) and drained a 15-footer for birdie. Svigals continued his red figure surge by drilling his 7-iron 165 yards on No. 3 (par 4, 399 yards). His delicate, downhill 20-footer dropped into the jar.

  At that point, Davis and other challengers, such as Benjamin Cooley of Lu Lu CC and Ted Brennan of Philadelphia, had faded slightly. Standing at 1-under-par with six holes to play, Svigals implemented a conservative strategy to retain his place atop the leaderboard.

  “I figured a bunch of pars would get the job done,” he said.

  Easier said than done. Svigals registered back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 5 (par 4, 443 yards) and 6 (par 3, 178 yards). His approach on the first drifted into the right-side trees. Svigals returned to the green with a lob wedge, but couldn”t convert a 20-footer for par.

On the latter, Svigals’ 5-iron landed short of the green. His eight-footer for par lipped out. But Svigals stayed mellow and finished with three safe and sufficient pars.

  Cooley, runner-up in the Junior Boys’ Championship, finished second with a 3-over-par 145 total.

NameClubRd 1Rd 2Total
Bobby SvigalsRadnor Valley Country Club7370143
Benjamin CooleyLu Lu Country Club7570145
Ted BrennanPhiladelphia Country Club7374147
Michael DavisMerion Golf Club7275147
Paul Carbone, Jr.Old York Road Country Club7377150
Zach ArsenaultLittle Mill Country Club7476150
S. Louis Kelly, Jr.Philmont Country Club7971150
Kyle SterbinskyYardley Country Club7675151
Mike AmoleHuntingdon Valley Country Club7675151
Cole BermanPhiladelphia Cricket Club7578153
Kyle WilliamsGlen Oak Country Club7678154
Bryce CatonHopewell Valley Golf Club7678154
Regan PaparielloWhite Manor Country Club7877155
L.J. GeorgettiWildwood Golf & Country Club7877155
John LeightonHuntingdon Valley Country Club7679155
Zachary MelnickPlymouth Country Club8175156
Austin MannPhiladelphia PGA Junior Tour7680156
Vincent SirianniWhitemarsh Valley Country Club7482156
Justin SmithHuntingdon Valley Country Club7879157
Jack Walsh, Jr.Old York Road Country Club8275157
Kyle MartinCommonwealth National Golf Club7978157
Christopher CrawfordLu Lu Country Club8176157
Alex DupreRolling Green Golf Club7781158
Colin GoanLittle Mill Country Club8078158
W. Evan ThorntonBerkshire Country Club7880158
Mac SelverianAronimink Golf Club8078158
Rich ThorpeLu Lu Country Club7980159
Evan GalbreathPhilmont Country Club8277159
Vince BoyleTorresdale-Frankford Country Club7980159
Chris Szal, Jr.Torresdale-Frankford Country Club8179160
Eric MontellaGlen Oak Country Club8180161
Brendan PaparielloWhite Manor Country Club7884162
Brock KovachBerkshire Country Club8181162
T.J. SummersCommonwealth National Golf Club8281163
Julian DoreyTavistock Country Club7786163
R. Morgan DoughertyHuntingdon Valley Country Club8183164
Ryan FogelPenn Oaks Golf Club7985164
Jonathan RennardPhoenixville Country Club8480164
Matthew FedderBala Golf Club8679165
Jalen GriffinTalamore Country Club8283165
Daniel Hayes, IIIYardley Country Club8284166
Conor PocinoOld York CC at Chesterfield7987166
Steven AltieriHopewell Valley Golf Club8482166
Francis WorthingtonManufacturers Golf & Country Club8185166
Matt YanekWoodstone Country Club8384167
Robert HoeppnerCommonwealth National Golf Club8682168
Eric SlawterSt. Davids Golf Club8484168
Luke LiddellTorresdale-Frankford Country Club8287169
Christopher RotelliHuntingdon Valley Country Club8288170
Geordie LukasWhitford Country Club8488172
Joseph Rueter, Jr.Torresdale-Frankford Country Club8983172
Reilly ErhardtTrenton Country Club8692178
Matthew Bastian, Jr.Rolling Green Golf Club9590185
Ryan MeisenzahlHidden Creek Golf Club8996185