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Yardley CC’s Charen takes the Christman Cup for his first GAP victory

 BUCKINGHAM, Pa.– It was a day of firsts for Daniel Charen of Yardley CC. The 17-year-old was first to tee off, part of the first group in the clubhouse and, most notably, in first place to take the 7th Christman Cup at Lookaway GC (par 72, 6,684 yards).

  Playing in only his third GAP event, the senior from Neshaminy High School would fire a field low, two-round score of 145 (74-71), passing the 29-player field by three strokes.

  And although his inexperience would show its face during his final round, Charen would hold on to win the championship.

  When asked if he was nervous, an ecstatic Charen put it simply.

  “Yes,” he emphatically said. “I felt the nerves, knowing that I was now 4-under on the back nine.”

  In second place after his first round score of 74, Charen finished the front nine of his second round 1-over par. A score he felt would not win him the championship.

  “I knew I didn’t shoot myself out of the tournament in the first round, but I just knew that after a 1-over front nine, I had to do something special on the back,” Charen said.

  That something special came quickly, as he would birdie No. 10 (par 4, 341 yards) and No. 11 (par 3, 182 yards) just before he found what he needed on No.13 (par 5, 512 yards) with an eagle.

  Charen would lace his drive nearly 300 yards down the left side of the fairway leaving him about 215 yards to the pin. He choked up on his rescue wood and stuck his shot on the left edge of the hole within nine feet, only to putt out from there.

  Charen’s nerves would quickly take over, as the young man from Langhorne, Pa., would string together three consecutive bogeys on Nos. 14 (par 4, 447 yards), 15 (par 3, 170 yards) and 16 (par 4, 384 yards), before he regained control with a birdie on No. 17 (Par 5, 523 yards).

  The Bucks County resident would finish the back nine 2-under-par and emerge victorious with a strong short game at his side.

  “It feels good to win,” said an elated Charen. “I put in so much time in on my short game, that it’s nice to see the hard work pay off.”

  Bobby Arthur of Tavistock CC took the Harry Hammond Award by three strokes over Charen and Robert Galbreath, Jr. of Philmont CC.

  The Christman Cup also serves as the final two rounds for the Harry Hammond Award. The Harry Hammond is given to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying round of the Junior Boys’ Championship and the two rounds of the Christman Cup.

  With their wins, both Arthur and Charen have been invited to play in the Williamson Cup in Syracuse, N.Y. on August 14-15.

Results
Pos. Name Club Rd 1 Rd 2 Total
1 Daniel Charen Yardley CC 74 71 145
T2 Jason Cohan The ACE Club 76 72 148
T2 Rob Galbreath, Jr. Huntingdon Valley CC 76 72 148
T2 Robert Robertson Sunnybrook Golf Club 70 78 148
5 Bobby Arthur Tavistock CC 78 72 150
T6 Brett Falkoff The ACE Club 76 76 152
T6 James Tallent Merion GC 75 77 152
8 John Ladow Bellewood GC 78 75 153
T9 Samuel Ryder Aronimink GC 79 77 156
T9 Eric Chipin Jericho National Golf Club 81 75 156
T9 Christopher Allan, Jr. Penn Oaks GC 80 76 156
T9 Thomas Lindberg St. Davids GC 78 78 156
T13 Kevin Genuardi Cedarbrook CC 79 78 157
T13 Chip Culp Philadelphia Cricket Club 79 78 157
T15 James Bea Spring Mill CC 77 81 158
T15 Scott Morris Doylestown CC 79 79 158
T17 Stephen Frey Whitford CC 81 79 160
T17 Kevin Ignatuk Penn Oaks GC 83 77 160
T17 Richard Gross Glenmaura National Golf Club 82 78 160
T17 Patrick Welsh Huntingdon Valley Country Club 77 83 160
T21 Mark Endres Overbrook Golf Club 85 77 162
T21 Travis Gahman Phila. Publinks GA 88 74 162
T23 Richard Marabella Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 86 77 163
T23 James Kania, Jr Overbrook Golf Club 84 79 163
T23 Michael Kania Overbrook GC 79 84 163
26 William Hoese Links Golf Club 83 81 164
T27 Austin Anthony Philadelphia Cricket Club 82 85 167
T27 Alexander Pompey Country Club of Scranton 85 82 167
29 Paul Kovalcheck Makefield Highlands Golf Club 96 NC NC