Wilmington’s Mitchell brothers sweep Jock MacKenzie Memorial - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jul 15, 2013

Wilmington’s Mitchell brothers sweep Jock MacKenzie Memorial

  ORELAND, Pa. — The Mitchell family needs to clear more space in its rapidly expanding trophy case.

  Four days after Randy and his son Davis captured the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 56th Father & Son (Younger), Davis and his younger brother Colman won their respective divisions in the 29th Jock MacKenzie Memorial at a steamy Sandy Run Country Club (par 72, 6,405 yards). The Wilmington Country Club members became the second set of brothers in the last three years to sweep the event; Trenton Country Club’s Reilly and Reagan Erhardt did so in 2011.

   “It means more than winning individually,” Davis, 15, said. “We’re pretty close and play a lot of golf together. We just try to come out and have fun. I’ve been working pretty hard on my game, and to see the results is a great feeling. I’ll always remember today. I’ve talked to past champions about this tournament and know how big it is.”

   “It’s really awesome to have us win together because we’ve been playing for a long time,” Colman, 11, said. “I try to practice a lot of things he does. This is really cool.”

  Playing in the day’s third group, Davis Mitchell fired a 3-under-par 69 to put the Junior Division on notice immediately. A dialed-in wedge game provided the Wilmington, Del. resident with a plethora of tap-in birdie opportunities. For example, on the par 4, 384-yard No. 5, he knocked a wedge 105 yards to five feet. Davis nearly jarred a 40-yard wedge for eagle on No. 7 (par 4, 317 yards). The straightaway par 5, 564-yard 11th hole showed a similar story as he stopped a 70-yard wedge at a foot. Davis inked red on the next par 5 (No. 15, 487 yards) as well, powering a 4-iron 210 yards to a fairway upslope 30 yards from the flagstick. A tight-wedge tactic translated into a two-footer for birdie.

   “My wedges were my strong point today,” Davis, 15, an incoming sophomore at The Tatnall School, said. “My ball-striking and irons were pretty good too, so everything’s clicking right now.”

  Sensing his contentious status on the leaderboard, Davis found the No. 18 (par 4, 322 yards) fairway and hit a gap wedge 125 yards to 12 feet right of the hole location.

   “I was kind of nervous,” he said. “I heard Andrew [Carber of Talamore of Country Club] was playing well, so I was just trying to play it smart. I got lucky.”

  A focused Davis sunk a right-to-left breaker for birdie, retrieved his golf ball from the jar, grabbed the flagstick and shed an uncharacteristic smile.

   “I usually keep my emotions in check,” he said. “I’m a competitor and I’m just trying my hardest on each shot. I’m trying to get the best result out of it. Once I start getting confident, I feel like I can hit every shot.”

  The red figures more than made up for a pair of missteps for Davis. He reached the No. 6 (par 4, 377 yards) green with a 75-yard wedge shot to 10 feet and proceeded to three-putt. Unfamiliarity on the par 4, 324-yard No. 9 led to a bogey as well. Davis steered a 5-iron into the right tree-line, and with his view to the flagstick obscured, missed the green on his second stroke.

  Although he’s been eligible to compete in the Jock MacKenzie for a few years, Davis didn’t enlist.

   “I felt like I needed to improve my game to play in a tournament like this,” he said.

   Colman fired a 4-over-par 40 to take the tournament’s Junior-Junior Division by a stroke.

  “It feels really good. I was just thankful that I played really well,” Mitchell, an incoming sixth grader at The Tatnall School, said.

  Colman, also of Wilmington, Del., played his first three holes in 1 under. On the par 5, 564-yard No. 11, he drilled an 8-iron 110 yards to 20 feet for birdie.

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Junior Division
Name, club Scores
Davis Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club 69
Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club 70
Jalen Griffin, Talamore Country Club 71
Ethan Heller, White Manor Country Club 72
Jack Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 72
Jake Van Arkel, Merion Golf Club 72
Thomas Fisher, North Hills Country Club 72
Brandon Raihl, Heidelberg Country Club 73
Kevin Conners, Jr., Whitford Country Club 73
Andrew Carber, Talamore Country Club 74
Brock Kovach, Berkshire Country Club 74
Andy Butler, Meadia Heights Golf Club 75
Evan Thornton, Berkshire Country Club 75
Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club 75
Paul Mauer, Stonewall 75
Andrew Willner, Phoenixville Country Club 76
Jacob Klaus, Tavistock Country Club 76
Michael Reed-Price, Sunnybrook Golf Club 76
Nat Gallen, Berkshire Country Club 76
Brendan Young, Chester Valley Golf Club 77
Daniel Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club 77
Luke McKeogh, Commonwealth National Golf Club 77
Matthew Ade, Riverton Country Club 77
Nick Cappetti, Burlington Country Club 77
Phillip Held, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 77
Sam Gallen, Berkshire Country Club 77
Steven Altieri, Hopewell Valley Golf Club 77
Benjamin Kotler, Bala Golf Club 78
Matt Grubb, Overbrook Golf Club 78
Robert Firth, Jr, Commonwealth National Golf Club 78
Connor Goodrich, Merchantville Country Club 79
David Pontari, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 79
Kyle Allan, Phoenixville Country Club 79
Quinn Dolan, Rolling Green Golf Club 79
R.J. Wren, Applecross Country Club 79
Carter Field, Sandy Run Country Club 80
David Gall, Riverton Country Club 80
Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve 80
Jack Grasso, Sunnybrook Golf Club 80
Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 80
Nick Calabrese, Edgmont Country Club 80
Otis Baker, Gulph Mills Golf Club 80
Chris Binet, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 81
Cole Swiger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
Frankie Brigidi, Philadelphia Cricket Club 81
Griffin Colvin, Concord Country Club 81
Hugh Farris, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 81
Luca Jezzeny, The Bucks Club 81
Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club 81
Michael Winter, Seaview Resort & Spa 81
Patrick Corcoran, Sandy Run Country Club 81
Ben Litt, Riverton Country Club 82
Jack McAleese, Aronimink Golf Club 82
Michael Barychewsky, Yardley Country Club 82
Nicholas Mazza, Sandy Run Country Club 82
Spencer Needham, Hopewell Valley Golf Club 82
Trey Croney, Overbrook Golf Club 82
Brian Fischer, Commonwealth National Golf Club 83
Joseph Rueter, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club 83
Mark Lunney, Sandy Run Country Club 83
Reid Worster, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 83
Brad Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook 84
Kyle Kost, Lookaway Golf Club 84
Peter Dissinger, Merion Golf Club 84
Ryan Bowman, Aronimink Golf Club 84
Teddy Selverian, Aronimink Golf Club 85
Patrick Clearkin, Old York Road Country Club 86
Cameron Cathcart, The Ridge at Back Brook 87
Nick Fizzano, Rolling Green Golf Club 87
JB Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club 88
Andrew Todaro, Rolling Green Golf Club 89
Cabot Asplundh, The Ridge at Back Brook 89
Drew Petri, Jericho National Golf Club 89
James Gavaghan, Sandy Run Country Club 90
Christopher Morrison, Merion Golf Club 91
Max Harrington, Brookside C.C. of Allentown 91
Cody Smith, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 92
Patrick Walsh, Aronimink Golf Club 95
Brendan Steiner, Sandy Run Country Club 102
Buddy Hansen, IV, Blue Bell Country Club 106
Drew Guarino, Burlington Country Club WD
Michael Reynolds, Jr., Sandy Run Country Club WD
Sam Soeth, White Manor Country Club WD
Thomas Gravina, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club WD
Junior-Junior Division
Name, club Scores
Colman Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club 40
Frankie Gregor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 41
Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 43
Daniel Bastian, Rolling Green Golf Club 43
Stephen Lorenzo, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 44
Billy Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club 46
Cael Willner, Phoenixville Country Club 49
Kevin Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club 49
Archie Filshill, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club 51
Matthew Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club 51
Jack Burton, Overbrook Golf Club 53
Matthew Hladczuk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 54
Beckett Chapin, Jericho National Golf Club 55
Junior Girls’ Division
Name, club Scores
Annika Vandayar, Penn Oaks Golf Club 76
Cassidy Gavaghan, Sandy Run Country Club 91
Emily Gilbert, Brookside Country Club 91
Meghan Donahue, Rolling Green Golf Club 93
Keenan Eichman, Llanerch Country Club 102
Anna Haley, Llanerch Country Club 106
Meghan Fahey, Overbrook Golf Club 106
WD – withdrawal

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