Scranton’s Reach birdies final hole to nab Christman Cup title - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jul 11, 2008

Scranton’s Reach birdies final hole to nab Christman Cup title

 EXTON, Pa. – Playing in only his second Golf Association of Philadelphia event, Nicholas Reach of the Country Club of Scranton birdied the 36th hole to take home the 2008 Christman Cup title in stunning fashion at Whitford CC (par 71, 6,539 yards) Friday.

  The Moscow, Pa., resident carded a 1-over-par 73 in the morning round only to come back strong with seven birdies in his final 18 holes to post a 4-under-par 68 in the afternoon, good for a two-round total of 3-under-par 141.

  “It’s just amazing,” said the 16-year-old of winning the event over an impressive field. “The competition was so great. I’m just so excited.”

  But amazing could be the best way to describe Reach’s final-round work with the flatstick.

  The high school sophomore-to-be rolled in birdies from just about everywhere including a back-to-back-to-back stint on hole Nos. 15 (par 4, 407 yards), 16 (par 5, 525 yards) and 17 (par 3, 178 yards).

  “I was putting unbelievably in the second round,” he said. “I made everything.”

  But it was Reach who started to believe after his birdie on the 17th hole, his 26th hole of the day as he started on the back nine in the afternoon.

  The relatively unknown player carded a two after poking a 5-iron 15 feet left of the hole and draining the hard left-to-right breaking putt.

  “After I made that putt [on No. 17] I thought to myself ‘Man I’m really in this,’ ” Reach said. “It was a good curler.”

  Knowing that Robert Galbreath, Jr., the four-time Junior Boys’ Champion, was already in the clubhouse at 2-under-par 142 and that Warren Taylor of Yardley CC was making an impressive late charge of his own, Reach knew that all he had to do was finish at even par for the remaining four holes.

  But after an errant drive on No. 8 (par 4, 386 yards) caused the Scranton Prep golfer to make a bogey, plans changed. Reach now needed a tough birdie on the par 5 9th for the victory.

  “I knew that Rob [Galbreath] was 2 under for the day so I knew that I had to birdie my final hole to win,” he said of his thoughts on No. 9 tee.

  Reach pulled his drive a tad left on the bending 9th hole and was forced to lay up in front of the pond. From there he knocked a 56-degree wedge eight feet past the hole, leaving a tricky downhill putt for the title.

  Reach surveyed his putt even more than usual, sent it in for birdie and said afterward that knowing the magnitude of that stroke “absolutely” helped him drain it.

  “I just had to get it started,” he said of his downhill birdie putt on No. 9. “And it went in.”


  Warren Taylor’s (76-69) 145 showing included a spectacular eagle on No. 9 during his remarkable final round in which, at one point, he stood at 6-under-par through 16 of his final 18 holes.

  Galbreath, who also eagled the ninth hole in his first round, finished second giving him the lead in the Harry Hammond Award standings going into the final event, the Jock MacKenzie Memorial set to take place on July 21 at Sandy Run CC.

  The Harry Hammond Award is given to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying round of the Junior Boys’ Championship, the Christman Cup and the Jock MacKenzie Memorial.

  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 136 Member Clubs and 56,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

Name Club Rd 1 Rd 2 Total
Nicholas Reach Country Club of Scranton 73 68 141
Robert Galbreath, Jr. Huntingdon Valley Country Club 72 70 142
Warren Taylor Yardley Country Club 76 69 145
Andrew Zoeller Waynesborough Country Club 71 76 147
Michael Kania Overbrook Golf Club 73 75 148
Jerry Temple, Jr. Cavaliers Country Club 73 76 149
Russell Hartung Doylestown Country Club 71 78 149
Mike Amole Talamore Country Club 71 78 149
Ben Feld Blue Bell Country Club 76 74 150
Ted Brennan Philadelphia Country Club 74 78 152
Pierce Dever Jericho National Golf Club 79 74 153
Vince Boyle JC Melrose Country Club 77 76 153
Daniel Bernard RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 79 74 153
Jordan Keller Brookside C.C. of Allentown 73 81 154
Joseph Gunerman Yardley Country Club 77 77 154
Sam Lerner Woodcrest Country Club 80 74 154
Tommy Shin Laurel Creek Country Club 81 73 154
Peter Eiler Commonwealth National Golf Club 77 78 155
Max Matejik Yardley Country Club 80 76 156
Davis Schaller Marriot Seaview Resort 81 76 157
John Fasy Wilmington Country Club 74 83 157
Tucker Koch RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 81 77 158
Martin Hayden Overbrook Golf Club 81 77 158
John Inman Cherry Valley Country Club 84 74 158
Benjamin Cooley Lu Lu Country Club 77 81 158
Christopher Prechtl Five Ponds Golf Club 81 80 161
Jonathan Heydt Moselem Springs Golf Club 83 80 163
Blayze DiPasquale Jericho National Golf Club 82 81 163
Greg Verde Spring Ford Country Club 73 91 164
James Braunsberg Blue Bell Country Club 78 86 164
Edmond Fenton Jericho National Golf Club 83 81 164
John Thomas Spring Mill Country Club 80 84 164
James Tallent Merion Golf Club 80 85 165
Zachary Falone Rolling Green Golf Club 85 80 165
Zachary Dilcher Hartefeld National 84 81 165
Cameron Liebert Edgmont Country Club 84 82 166
Ian Byerly Coatesville Country Club 87 81 168
Mark DiEleuterio Cavaliers Country Club 88 81 169
CJ Van Ostenbridge Spring Ford Country Club 92 78 170
Paul Carbone, Jr. Old York Road Country Club 91 79 170
Matt McGovern Talamore Country Club 85 85 170
Kyle DiGiacobbe Five Ponds Golf Club 90 80 170
Michael Ashcraft Brookside C.C. of Allentown 89 82 171
Martin Schlenker Penn Oaks Golf Club 85 86 171
John Leskow Laurel Creek Country Club 88 83 171
Jimmy Johnston Merion Golf Club 86 86 172
Jack Rosenberg Waynesborough Country Club 87 85 172
L.J. Georgetti Wildwood Golf & Country Club 86 87 173
Aaron Burton Five Ponds Golf Club 83 91 174
Drew Calamaro Rolling Green Golf Club 85 89 174
Ted Kerschner Overbrook Golf Club 96 90 186
Danny Costello Spring Mill Country Club 99 89 188
Bobby Moratti Makefield Highlands Golf Club 103 95 198
Bill Kuchinsky Downingtown Golf Club 85 WD WD
Ryan Worthy Merion Golf Club 89 WD WD
Scott McCool Saucon Valley Country Club 85 WD WD
Phil Rothermel Golden Oaks Golf Club 93 WD WD

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