Jul 12, 2012

Riverton’s Kramarski grabs Jock MacKenzie in playoff

 ORELAND, Pa. — On the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Junior circuit, Kevin Kramarski of Riverton Country Club is best known for his wardrobe. The Moorestown, N.J. resident dresses in the vein of PGA Tour icon Rickie Fowler.

  Kramarski matched his idol’s attire and Championship prowess in the 28th Jock MacKenzie Memorial Monday. He defeated Yardley Country Club’s Reilly Erhardt, the tournament’s defending champion, in a sudden-death playoff to capture the crown at a stifling Sandy Run Country Club (par 72, 6,405 yards).

   “I just feel like my heart’s rushing,” an eager Kramarski said. “I have mixed emotions. I’m really happy, obviously. Everything feels good right now.”

   “I can’t really complain,” Erhardt, 16, of Newtown, Pa., said. “I played well. Kevin played well also. The tee shot in the playoff got me.”

  On the first playoff hole (par 4, 352 yards), Erhardt pulled a choked-down 3-wood left, punched out from underneath a tree and hit a wedge to 25 feet left of the flagstick. Kramarski, meanwhile, found the fairway with a solid 4-iron. He missed the green right with a pitching wedge from 135 yards. With a reasonable lie, Kramarski channeled his inner-Fowler and nestled a chip to two feet. Erhardt nearly canned his 25-footer to match Kramarski’s ensuing 4. His golf ball rammed the back of the jar and popped out.

   “I thought it was going in,” Erhardt said. “I read it how I wanted to and hit it how I wanted to. It was close.”

  Fowler earned his first PGA Tour victory this year in the Wells Fargo Championship. Kramarski followed suit by attaining his first GAP Junior trophy.

   “All I see in Rickie Fowler’s game is confidence,” Kramarski said. “He goes out there regretting nothing. He never really looks that nervous, and I look up to that. I admire how much he puts into his game.”

  After his performance Monday, Kramarski appears well-groomed for the Christman Cup, the final Junior Major of the season.

   “It definitely boosts my confidence. I just have to keep the same mindset for Friday,” he said.

  Kramarski experienced an eventful outward campaign in regulation. His scorecard featured four circles (birdies) and three squares (bogeys) in the first seven holes.

   “My approach shots were key because the birdies that I did make, I stuck them to within 10 feet,” Kramarski, an incoming sophomore at St. Joseph’s Prep, said. “The soft greens helped out a lot today. My drives were straight, which also helped.”

  Kramarski opened with a birdie on No. 1 (par 4, 352 yards), drilling a 9-iron 145 yards to six feet. He missed an 18-inch putt to save par on the next hole (par 3, 186 yards). Kramarski rebounded with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 3 (par 4, 411 yards) and 4 (par 4, 337 yards). He hit a pitching wedge 135 yards to feet on the first, a lob wedge 70 yards to four feet on the latter. Kramarski couldn’t maintain the newfound momentum, however. Missed greens on Nos. 5 (par 4, 384 yards) and 6 (par 4, 377 yards) created bogeys on the scorecard. Kramarski delved into his tight approach coffers for a birdie on the par 4, 317-yard No. 7. He lofted a lob wedge 60 yards to two feet.

  Kramarski moved to 2 under with a birdie on No. 11 (par 5, 564 yards). He crushed a hybrid 250 yards into the left rough just off the green. Kramarski then cozied a chip to 10 feet. A string of seven consecutive pars thrust Kramarski into a bind with Erhardt atop the leaderboard.

   “My game is pretty solid right now. I just need to be more consistent,” Kramarski, who qualified for match play in the Junior Boys’ Championship, said. “I feel like I have good rounds in me to come, but when I don’t play too well, it’s not too bad.”

  Erhardt relied on a rock steady short game, carding four birdies against two bogeys in regulation.

   “Every time I missed a green, I made up-and-downs, so that really helped me make pars,” Erhardt, an incoming sophomore at Holy Ghost Preparatory School, said. “I wasn’t really worried about where I finished. I just wanted to focus on hitting greens and two-putting. I capitalized on the greens I hit.”

  Erhardt strayed from his strategy on two holes, which resulted in his only bogeys. On the par 3, 186-yard No. 2, Erhardt three-putted from 35 feet. With 110 yards into the No. 18 (par 4, 322 yards) flagstick for his third stroke, he attempted to execute a bump-and-run 8-iron, but his golf ball darted into the rear rough. Cue the sharp short game, which allowed Erhardt to ease a chip into tap-in territory for a clutch bogey save.

  Erhardt’s first red figure occurred on No. 7(par 4, 317 yards). He knocked a 9-iron 135 yards to eight feet above the flagstick for birdie. Erhardt birdied a pair of par 3s on the back nine, stopping a crisp 9-iron on the No. 10 (128 yards) at 12 feet and an 8-iron at four feet on No. 12 (167 yards). He drained a downhill, left-to-right breaking 15-footer for a fist-pumping 3 on No. 17 (par 4, 370 yards) following a 115-yard pitching wedge shot.

   “I was really excited about that putt. I knew that I needed to make it to have a little bit of a comfort zone to make a mistake on No. 18,” Erhardt said.


  Nick Miller of Overbrook Golf Club defeated Jacob Liberman of Radnor Valley Country Club in a sudden-death playoff to capture the Junior-Junior Division. Both players carded respective 40s (4 over) in regulation.

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Junior Division (ages 14-17)
Name, club Score
*Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club 70
Reilly Erhardt, Yardley Country Club 70
Brock Kovach, Berkshire Country Club 71
Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club 71
Connor Goodrich, Merchantville Country Club 71
Evan Thornton, Berkshire Country Club 71
Drew Guarino, Burlington Country Club 72
Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford Country Club 72
Kyle Kost, Lookaway Golf Club 72
Steven Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club 73
Jake Van Arkel, Merion Golf Club 74
John Foley, Spring Ford Country Club 74
Sam Soeth, White Manor Country Club 74
Jack Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 75
Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club 75
Sam Gallen, Berkshire Country Club 75
Andrew Willner, Phoenixville Country Club 76
Jonathan Liu, Commonwealth National Golf Club 76
Benjamin Kotler, Bala Golf Club 77
Brian Fischer, Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
Regan Erhardt, Yardley Country Club 77
Daniel Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club 78
Matthew Ade, Riverton Country Club 78
R.J. Wren, Applecross Country Club 78
Alex Dupre, Rolling Green Golf Club 79
Mac Ryan, Overbrook Golf Club 79
Michael Winter, Seaview Resort & Spa 79
John Mastronardo, Cedarbrook Country Club 80
Matt Grubb, Overbrook Golf Club 80
Max Siegfried, Philadelphia Country Club 80
Sean Ebert, Commonwealth National Golf Club 80
Jake Kieserman, Philmont Country Club 81
Kyle Allan, Phoenixville Country Club 81
Lane Udis, Meadowlands Country Club 81
Luke McKeogh, The Bucks Club 81
Michael Reed-Price, Sunnybrook Golf Club 81
Thomas Fisher, North Hills Country Club 81
Alex Acciani, Talamore Country Club 82
Austin Dunlap, St. Davids Golf Club 82
Ben Kleiman, Radnor Valley Country Club 82
Ben Litt, Riverton Country Club 82
Kyle Putnam, Talamore Country Club 82
Jordan Lerner, Metedeconk National Golf Club 83
Paul Yun, Applecross Country Club 83
Robert Firth, Jr., Commonwealth National Golf Club 83
Cole Swiger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 84
Harrison Moon, St. Davids Golf Club 84
Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 84
John Buliga, Yardley Country Club 84
Phillip Held, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 84
Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 85
Jack McAleese, Aronimink Golf Club 85
Todd Smith, Trenton Country Club 85
Brad Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook 86
Reid Worster, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 86
David Pontari, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 87
Frankie Brigidi, Philadelphia Cricket Club 87
Jack Grasso, Sunnybrook Golf Club 87
Michael Barychewsky, Spring Mill Country Club 88
Steven Hladczuk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 88
Austin Helms, Philadelphia Country Club 89
Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 89
Andrew Jannetta, Merion Golf Club 90
Cameron Cathcart, The Ridge at Back Brook 90
Chris Cunningham, Aronimink Golf Club 90
Eric Stafford, Philadelphia Junior Tour 90
Jake Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 90
Patrick Corcoran, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 90
Nicholas Mazza, Sandy Run Country Club 92
Edward Selverian, Aronimink Golf Club 93
Ryan Brennan, Rolling Green Golf Club 93
Hugh Farris, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 94
Jack Lewis, Spring Ford Country Club 95
Mark Lunney, Sandy Run Country Club 95
Patrick Clearkin, Old York Road Country Club 95
Cody Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 96
Thomas Gravina, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club 96
James Gavaghan, III, Sandy Run Country Club 98
Brendan Papariello, White Manor Country Club WD
Christopher Pollan, Waynesborough Country Club WD
Paul Mauer Jr, Stonewall WD
Junior-Junior Boys (Ages 13-and-under)
Name, club Score
*Nick Miller, Overbrook Golf Club 40
Jacob Liberman, Radnor Valley Country Club 40
Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club 41
Billy Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club 43
Cory Hunter, Commonwealth National Golf Club 43
Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 44
Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 45
Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 48
David Mester, Rolling Green Golf Club 50
Nick Wert, Merion Golf Club 51
Matthew Hladczuk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 52
Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 53
Matthew Brennan, Rolling Green Golf Club 54
Kevin Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club 59
Taylor Munn, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 62
David Kratz, Flourtown Country Club NS
Christopher Hladczuk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club WD
Junior (Ages 14-17)
Name, club Score
Annika Vandayar, Penn Oaks Golf Club 78
Ashley Cassidy, Commonwealth National Golf Club 83
Alison Snakard, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 89
Maggie Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 94
Meghan Donahue, Rolling Green Golf Club 100
Reilly Sadowl, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 103
Keenan Eichman, Llanerch Country Club 106
Junior-Junior (Ages 13-and-under)
Name, club Score
Cassidy Gavaghan, Sandy Run Country Club 48
Delaney Sadowl, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 68

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