Jun 19, 2018

Raising the Barr: Blue Bell’s own tops 104th Junior Boys’ Qualifier

June 19, 2018

BLUE BELL, Pa. — On the 17th hole, Anthony Barr plopped onto the ground and smiled at the sky for a moment. The golf gods gave once again, and shock — the good kind, that is — overtook the Blue Bell Country Club member.

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Fortunate bounces, plus a sizzling putter, offered Barr plenty to smile about Tuesday. He carded a 4-under-par 67 to earn medalist honors in the 104th Junior Boys’ Championship Qualifier on his home course (par 71, 6,269 yards). The cut line stopped at 73.

  Barr, as a result of his performance, is the tournament’s No. 1 seed. He will face Spring Ford Country Club’s Ryan Tall, fresh off a semifinal appearance in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship, when the Round of 16 begins tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. The quarterfinals will follow.

  “On the front nine, it felt like I couldn’t miss a putt. On the back nine, I got a lot of lucky breaks,” Barr, 18, of Harleysville, Pa., said. “It was a good day. I’ll take it for sure. Knowing I’m at my home course, it gave me a lot of confidence. I just wanted to see how low I could go. I knew I felt comfortable on the greens and had the reads.”

  All the reads … and the feels Tuesday. It started on No. 3 (par 3, 153 yards) when Barr buried an uphill 20-footer following a smooth 8-iron. Barr, playing in the morning, then assembled a trio of birdies to charge up the leaderboard. On No. 5 (par 4, 359 yards), he hit a 58-degree wedge 65 yards to four feet. Barr stopped an 8-iron at three feet on the par 3, 164-yard No. 6. After sending a 6-iron into the front left bunker on the next hole (par 5, 508 yards), he splashed out to six feet and cleaned up the ensuing birdie putt. The putter provided peace on mind in the form of pars otherwise.

  As for the fortuitous bounces and golf god gifts, look no further than the par 5, 516-yard No. 9, in addition to the aforementioned No. 17 (par 5, 484 yards). On the former, Barr swiftly swung a driver and consequently saw it drifting out-of-bounds right. He teed up a provisional, only to learn he didn’t need it. Barr’s drive careened off the cart path and remained in play. He walked away unscathed.

  “I got very lucky. I’ve hit that tee shot before in member play while never actually trying to do it. I blocked it right and got scared, but it worked out,” Barr said.

  As a member, Barr is keenly aware of Blue Bell’s demands: tee precision and strategic ball placement. With out-of-bounds right and hazard left, the 17th is no exception. Barr’s 3-wood breached the white stakes there. He played his third shot into the left rough and then hit a heavy pitching wedge from 170 yards. It hitched a ride on the downslope and settled eight feet from a front right hole location. Barr, who will attend McDaniel College in the fall, drained the par putt, sunk to his knees and laughed.

  “I just hit some bad shots, and I just got lucky on the outcomes,” he said.

  Sharing in the jovial spirts were playing partners Patrick Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley Country Club and Patrick Sheehan of Talamore Country Club. The two heaped praise and expressed their disbelief — in a good way — throughout the day.

  “It calms you down. You’re not really thinking about a lot of stuff because you’re talking the whole time,” Barr, the 2015 men’s champion at Blue Bell, said.

  Barr’s personal best at Blue Bell is a 65. He turned in his best Golf Association of Philadelphia finish Tuesday.

  “It feels really good to be able to put myself in a position I was hoping to be in. There’s a lot of work to be done tomorrow still,” Barr said.

  Woodcrest Country Club’s Noah Schwartz carded a 3-under-par 68 to finish a shot back. The incoming Cornell University freshman and recent Penn Charter graduate registered 16 greens in regulation and rarely faced a birdie opportunity outside of 20 feet.

  “I was just steady. My caddie [and friend Joel Hark] was a big help. I don’t think I would’ve come close to 68 without him,” Schwartz, 18, of Cherry Hill, N.J., said.

  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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Championship Flight
Name, club Score
Anthony Barr, Blue Bell Country Club 67
Noah Schwartz, Woodcrest Country Club 68
William Mirams, Shawnee Country Club 69
Andreas Aivazoglou, Rolling Green Golf Club 71
Austin Barbin, Junior Players Club 71
William Bennink, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 71
Kevin Smith, The Springhaven Club 71
Charlie Baker, Gulph Mills Golf Club 72
Andrew Curran, Philadelphia Cricket Club 72
Nicholas Gianelos, Radley Run Country Club 72
Nikita Romanov, Junior Players Club 72
Patrick Sheehan, Talamore Country Club 72
Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 73
Alex Seelig, Reading Country Club 73
Ryan Tall, Spring Ford Country Club 73
Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club 73
First Flight
Liam Hart, Spring Mill Country Club 74
Matthew Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club 74
Benjamin Pochet, Spring Ford Country Club 74
Jack Sullivan, The Shore Club 74
Sam Walker, St. Davids Golf Club 74
Ryan D’Ariano, Penn Oaks Golf Club 75
Greg DeLuca, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 75
Buddy Hansen, IV, Blue Bell Country Club 75
Jack Irons, Little Mill Country Club 75
Matthew Law, Yardley Country Club 75
Morgan Lofland, Phoenixville Country Club 75
Ryan McCabe, The Springhaven Club 75
*Finnian McGarry, Tavistock Country Club 76
*Nate Pierce, Spring Ford Country Club 76
*Joshua Ryan, Junior Players Club 76
*Christopher Skean, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 76
Failed to qualify
Henry Fish, Chester Valley Golf Club 76
Richie Kline, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 76
Andrew Miller, Philadelphia Country Club 76
Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 76
Andrew Catania, Blue Bell Country Club 77
Nicholas Fioravante, LedgeRock Golf Club 77
Jack Habeeb, Country Club of Scranton 77
Jake McCloskey, Radley Run Country Club 77
Hayden Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club 77
Jacob Zeng, Applecross Country Club 77
Connor Bennink, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 78
Nicholas Hano, III, Aronimink Golf Club 78
Axel Kalbach, Spring Ford Country Club 78
Jack Murray, Stonewall 78
Darren Nolan, Talamore Country Club 78
Nick Schnur, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 78
J.T. Spina, Spring Ford Country Club 78
Dylan Williams, Bala Golf Club 78
Michael Zeng, Applecross Country Club 78
Evan Barbin, Junior Players Club 79
Jack Cooley, Bidermann Golf Club 79
Jack Davis, Aronimink Golf Club 79
Corey Haydu, Commonwealth National Golf Club 79
Jake Maddaloni, Aronimink Golf Club 79
Caleb Ryan, Junior Players Club 79
Drew Stern, Yardley Country Club 79
Colin Walsh, Commonwealth National Golf Club 79
John Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club 80
Thomas Butler, Indian Valley Country Club 80
Chase Cohen, Blue Bell Country Club 80
Hayden Greer, Laurel Creek Country Club 80
Case Hummer, Aronimink Golf Club 80
Brian Pelose, Tavistock Country Club 80
Liam Caspar, Running Deer Golf Club 81
David Colleran, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 81
Evan Drummond, Applecross Country Club 81
Ryan Kennedy, Applecross Country Club 81
Joseph Morganti, Llanerch Country Club 81
William Pabst, Jr., Elmhurst Country Club 81
Kyle Resuta, Spring Ford Country Club 81
Roy Anderson, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 82
Derek Answini, Fox Hill Country Club 82
Simon Asadoorian, Heidelberg Country Club 83
Joshua Brauer, Spring Ford Country Club 83
Stevie Eigenrauch, Laurel Creek Country Club 83
Jack Fialko, Aronimink Golf Club 83
Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 83
Dylan Lasecki, Blue Bell Country Club 83
Tyler Tornoe, St. Davids Golf Club 83
Joshua Brown, The Shore Club 84
Stephen Lorenzo, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 84
Simon Miller, Woodcrest Country Club 84
Andrew Ranaudo, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club 84
Stephen Butler, Indian Valley Country Club 85
Justin Cinnamond, West Chester Golf & Country Club 85
John Haley, Blue Bell Country Club 85
Chad Kemmerer, Waynesborough Country Club 85
Nick Martin, Blue Bell Country Club 85
Collin McDonald, Cedarbrook Country Club 85
Justin Panner, Indian Valley Country Club 85
Frank Rauscher, IV, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 85
A.J. Thomas, Spring Ford Country Club 85
Matthew Hanzel, Running Deer Golf Club 86
Mario Ventresca, Cedarbrook Country Club 86
Will Blatchford, St. Davids Golf Club 87
Robbie Copit, Green Valley Country Club 87
Luke Corcoran, Cedarbrook Country Club 87
Drew Loughnane, Merion Golf Club 87
Henry Pilliod, Reading Country Club 87
Alec Ryden, Laurel Creek Country Club 87
Luke Watson, Spring Ford Country Club 87
James O’Malley, Junior Players Club 88
Zach Sandler, Bluestone Country Club 88
Christopher Buysse, Waynesborough Country Club 89
Noah Greenspun, Woodcrest Country Club 89
Christopher Knox, Downingtown Country Club 89
Matt Macbride, Moorestown Field Club 89
Drew Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club 89
Ben Lee, White Manor Country Club 90
Davis Flannery, Overbrook Golf Club 91
Michael Bednar, Rolling Green Golf Club 92
James Gradisek, Philadelphia Country Club 92
Elias Sulpizio, Riverton Country Club 92
Mason Asadoorian, Heidelberg Country Club 93
Sean Caspar, Running Deer Golf Club 93
Bryce Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 93
Jason Rieger, Sunnybrook Golf Club 93
Thomas Larkin, Junior Players Club 94
Zach Bruecks, Inniscrone Golf Club 95
Martin Cryan, Fox Hill Country Club 95
Jack Dunsmore, The Bucks Club 95
Edward Trumpbour, Philadelphia Country Club 96
Alec Stern, Philadelphia Country Club 98
Jimmy Mahon, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club 103
Thomas Newman, II, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 104
Michael Fioravante, LedgeRock Golf Club 108
Will Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club 109
Daniel Bastian, Rolling Green Golf Club NS
Tyler Hawley, Towanda Country Club NS
Joe Dugery, Applebrook Golf Club WD
James Quinn, III, St. Davids Golf Club WD
* — determined in playoff
NS — no show; WD — withdrawal
Junior Team Championship results
Blue Bell Country Club 216
Anthony Barr 67
Matthew Lafond 74
Buddy Hansen, IV 75
Nick Martin 85
Kennett Square Golf & Country Club 223
William Bennink 71
Christopher Skean 76
Richie Kline 76
Connor Bennink 78
Spring Ford Country Club 225
Ryan Tall 73
Benjamin Pochet 74
J.T. Spina 78
Drew Steinmetz 89
Huntingdon Valley Country Club 232
Patrick Isztwan 73
Conor McGrath 76
Frankie Gregor 83
Bryce Fazio 93
Applecross Country Club 236
Jacob Zeng 77
Michael Zeng 78
Ryan Kennedy 81
Evan Drummond 81
Aronimink Golf Club 236
Nicholas Hano, III 78
Jake Maddaloni 79
Jack Davis 79
Case Hummer 80
Spring Ford Country Club 2 239
Nate Pierce 76
Axel Kalbach 78
A.J. Thomas 85
Luke Watson 87
Blue Bell Country Club 2 240
Andrew Catania 77
Chase Cohen 80
Dylan Lasecki 83
John Haley 85
Woodcrest Country Club 241
Noah Schwartz 68
Simon Miller 84
Noah Greenspun 89
St. Davids Golf Club 244
Sam Walker 74
Tyler Tornoe 83
Will Blatchford 87
Indian Valley Country Club 250
Thomas Butler 80
Stephen Butler 85
Justin Panner 85
Laurel Creek Country Club 250
Hayden Greer 80
Stevie Eigenrauch 83
Alec Ryden 87
Andrew Gallagher WD
Cedarbrook Country Club 258
Collin McDonald 85
Mario Ventresca 86
Luke Corcoran 87
Chris LaRosa WD
Running Deer Golf Club 260
Liam Caspar 81
Matthew Hanzel 86
Sean Caspar 93
Philadelphia Country Club 264
Andrew Miller 76
James Gradisek 92
Edward Trumpbour 96
Alec Stern 98
*top three scores count toward total*

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