Trenton’s Erhardt brothers sweep 27th Jock MacKenzie Memorial - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jul 18, 2011

Trenton’s Erhardt brothers sweep 27th Jock MacKenzie Memorial

  ORELAND, Pa. — The Erhardts will save space for July 18, 2011 in the family scrapbook. Brothers Reilly and Regan, both of Trenton CC, captured their respective divisions in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 27th Jock MacKenzie Memorial at Sandy Run CC (par 72, 6,354 yards) Monday. The Newtown, Pa. residents are the second set of brothers to win the event in the same year. Eric and Steve Zayes of Doylestown CC turned the task in 1988.

Reilly and Regan Erhardt

  “This is great. To win something with my brother is just fantastic,” Reilly, 15, said. “Regan came in [to follow me] when I was on the 14th hole and said that he had won. I was so proud of him. I wanted to see if I could try to do that myself. Fortunately, I was able to.”

  “It’s pretty incredible,” Regan, 13, said. “I was really happy that I won, but I’m even happier that Reilly won too.”

  Reilly Erhardt carded a 1-over-par 73 to top the Junior Flight. The win served as the icing on a delectable 2011 GAP cake. He finished as runner-up in the Junior Boys’ Championship at Running Deer GC and tied for third in the Christman Cup at Bidermann GC.

  “This is overwhelming,” an emotional Erhardt said of the Jock win. “I didn’t really play well last year in a lot of these tournaments, and this year, to play so well and finally win one is pretty cool.”

  With the win Monday, Reilly Erhardt also earned the Harry Hammond Award, which 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.

  “I figured that if I posted a good round today, I’d have a good shot to win it,” Erhardt, a soon-to-be freshman at The Hun School, said. “It’s a great award. I’ve seen some pretty great people win it, and I’m pretty proud that I can be a part of it.”

Sarah Easton

  And what a good round of golf it was. Erhardt fired three consecutive birdies to move into red figures early. He negotiated an obstructing tree on No. 4 (par 4, 318 yards) with a 50-degree wedge from 100 yards out. Erhardt cleaned up a seven-footer for birdie.

  “I was just behind a tree. I had a little gap that I was trying to go through,” he said of the challenging approach. “I told my caddie, ‘if it put it through here, it can be really close.’ And that’s exactly what I did.”

  On No. 5 (par 4, 384 yards), Erhardt pured an 8-iron 145 yards to seven feet. The slender swinger crushed a 5-iron 170 yards to three feet on No. 6 (par 4, 377 yards) to cap the birdie stretch. A double bogey on the par 4, 317-yard No. 7 doused Erhardt’s hot putter. His 3-wood tee shot deflected off a seed box and into the fairway bunker. Erhardt’s bulky sand shot came up short. He launched a pitching wedge to the back of the green and three-putted. Erhardt also failed to get up-and-down on No. 9 (par 4, 324 yards) after hitting a heavy pitching wedge from 100 yards out.

  “It seemed like I got some really good breaks and some really bad breaks to even it up,” he said.

  Erhardt didn’t let the round get away from him, though. He again compiled a three-birdie stretch to burrow back into red figures. On No. 14 (par 4, 407 yards), he rifled an 8-iron 150 yards to 10 feet. Following a 6-iron punch-out from the fairway bunker on No. 15 (par 5, 487 yards), Erhardt watched his pitching wedge shot from 80 yards collide into a ridge in front of the green and coast to 10 feet. He canned the left-to-right breaker. Erhardt stuck a soft pitching wedge 125 yards to a foot on No. 16 (par 4, 372 yards).

  “I tried to hit a low spinner sort of thing,” Erhardt, who won the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Junior Boys’ Championship two weeks ago, said. “That was my best shot of the day.”

Cassidy Gavaghan

  A pair of missteps coming in prevented Erhardt from maintaining red on the scorecard. He left a 9-iron from 135 yards out short of the No. 17 (par 4, 370 yards) green. Erhardt’s chip didn’t release the way he intended, and he missed an ensuing eight-footer to save par. He attempted to muscle a 6-iron out of the left rough on No. 18 (par 4, 322 yards), but his ball clipped a tree and settled in the rough inches from the front bunker. Erhardt’s pitch stopped nine feet shy. He pushed his par putt left of the jar.

  Onto Regan, who registered a nine-hole score of 3-over-par 39 to take the Junior-Junior Division. Regan has served as Reilly’s bag-totter for the duration of the tournament season. He showcased his competitive chops Monday.

  “People know that I’m a pretty good caddie, but now that they’ve seen me play, they know that I’m a pretty good player,” Regan Erhardt said.

  In the Junior Girls’ Division (14 to 17 years of age), Sarah Easton of Manufacturers G&CC carded a 14-over-par 86 to walk away with the victory. Home-club hopeful Cassidy Gavaghan filed a score of 53 to prevail in the Junior-Junior Girls’ Division.

  The Jock MacKenzie Memorial, which originated in 1985, is open to boys and girls from Member Clubs who have not reached their 18th birthday by midnight of the tournament date. Sandy Run CC hosts the event each year.

Junior Division
Name, club Score
Reilly Erhardt, Trenton Country Club 73
Sam Soeth, White Manor Country Club 75
Gordon Dunlop, III, Bensalem Township Country Club 76
Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford Country Club 76
Brock Kovach, Berkshire Country Club 77
Paul Acierno, Sandy Run Country Club 77
R. Morgan Dougherty, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 77
Sam Gallen, Berkshire Country Club 77
Steven Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club 77
Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 78
Will Flood, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 78
Zachary Melnick, Plymouth Country Club 78
Alex Acciani, Talamore Country Club 79
Brian Fischer, Commonwealth National Golf Club 79
W. Evan Thornton, Berkshire Country Club 79
Brendan Papariello, White Manor Country Club 80
Danny Myers, French Creek Golf Club 80
Jesse Hunsicker, Talamore Country Club 80
Jonathan Liu, Commonwealth National Golf Club 80
Kevin Zipf, Philadelphia Country Club 80
Nick Cappetti, Burlington Country Club 80
Alex Dupre, Rolling Green Golf Club 81
Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
Zach Arsenault, Little Mill Country Club 81
Francis Worthington, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 82
Mac Selverian, Aronimink Golf Club 82
Ryan Sander, Medford Village Country Club
T J Summers, Commonwealth National Golf Club 82
Zach Wintsch, Bellewood Golf Club 82
Christopher Rotelli, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 83
Eric Stafford, PGA Individual Member 83
Justin Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 83
Vincent Espinoza, Sandy Run Country Club 83
Will Young, Hopewell Valley Golf Club 83
Daniel Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club 84
Mac Ryan, Overbrook Golf Club 84
Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 85
Jake Van Arkel, Merion Golf Club 85
Kyle Allan, Phoenixville Country Club 85
Todd Smith, Trenton Country Club 85
Jonathan Bebey, Sandy Run Country Club 86
Nicholas Familetti, Rolling Green Golf Club 87
Jack Lewis, Spring Ford Country Club 88
Robert Firth, Jr., Commonwealth National Golf Club 88
Cole Swiger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 89
Jay Fisher, Five Ponds Golf Club 89
Jon Graulich, Meadowlands Country Club 89
Teddy Selverian, Aronimink Golf Club 89
Steven Hladczuk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 91
Jack McAleese, Aronimink Golf Club 93
Reid Worster, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 93
David Pontari, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 95
Mark Lunney, Sandy Run Country Club 95
Brian Kraman, The ACE Club 96
Frankie Brigidi, North Hills Country Club 98
James Gavaghan, III, Sandy Run Country Club 98
Nicholas Mazza, Sandy Run Country Club 99
Michael Reynolds, Jr., Sandy Run Country Club 113
Brendan Young, Chester Valley Golf Club WD
Jack Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club WD
Ryan Mullen, Aronimink Golf Club WD
Junior-Junior Division
Name, club Score
Regan Erhardt, Trenton Country Club 39
R.J. Wren, Honeybrook Golf Club 41
Thomas Gravina, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club 41
Jake Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 42
Jimmy Gallo, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 43
Michael Reed-Price, Sunnybrook Golf Club 43
Cory Hunter, Commonwealth National Golf Club 45
Ryan Brennan, Rolling Green Golf Club 45
Chris Ferguson, North Hills Country Club 46
Matt Nesbitt, Sandy Run Country Club 46
Billy Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club 47
Hugh Farris, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 47
Kyle McGranaghan, Flourtown Country Club 48
Max Siegfried, Philadelphia Country Club 50
Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 55
Christopher Hladczuk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 57
David Kratz, Flourtown Country Club 62
Matthew Brennan, Rolling Green Golf Club 64
Patrick Clearkin, Old York Road Country Club 67
Name, club Score
Sarah Easton, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 86
Jessica Malone, Sandy Run Country Club 102
Maggie Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 110
Reilly Sadowl, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 111
Taylor Hollander, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club WD
Name, club Scores
Cassidy Gavaghan, Sandy Run Country Club 53
Delaney Sadowl, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 79
Phoebe Brinker, Wilmington Country Club NS
NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

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