Jul 25, 2011

Yardley CC’s Ritondo earns Junior-Junior Boys’ top seed

  MOORESTOWN, N.J.–Christian Ritondo of Yardley CC heeded some motherly advice en route to qualifying honors in Monday’s 63rd Junior-Junior Boys’ Championship at Moorestown Field Club (par 36, 2,818 yards). “She told me not to think about what I was going to do on the first hole,” said Ritondo, who carded a Qualifier best 1-over 37. “I usually start with a double bogey or two and play par golf from there.”

  Ritondo listened well and played even better, opening with four straight pars before capitalizing on a little good fortune on No. 5 (par 5, 401 yards). After almost landing his drive in the right water hazard off the tee, he advanced his next shot up the fairway before knocking his third shot, a 60-yard lob wedge, off the flagstick. It stopped a foot away where he tapped in for a 4.

Christian Ritondo of Yardley CC (right) receives
congratulations from Chris Roselle, Tournament Director,
after earning medalist honors in the 63rd Junior-Junior
Boys’ Championship on Monday at Moorestown Field Club.

  “I was a little nervous because I was 1 under and I was really excited,” said Ritondo of his score at that point.

  The eighth grader double-bogeyed the next hole after going long with his approach and leaving his first chip in the green guarding trees, but finished strong with three consecutive pars to finish at 1 over.

  “I practice three hours a day and felt very confident I was going to be able to do well,” said Ritondo, 13, of Newtown, Pa.

  Ritondo heads into match play as the No. 1 seed in the Championship Flight (eight players). First-round and semifinal matches will be contested tomorrow beginning at 8 a.m. The 18-hole final is set for Wednesday at 8 a.m.

  This could be Ritondo’s lone chance to have his name inscribed on a Golf Association of Philadelphia trophy. He is moving to Jacksonville, Fla., next week. His mother, Darlene Deo, works in the medical supplies field and is transferring south.

  “I’ll get to play a lot more golf,” said Ritondo of the move. “I’m going to try and take up surfing, too.”

  Nate Menon of LedgeRock GC and R.J. Wren of Honeybrook GC tied for second at 38.

  The cut line for the Championship Flight fell at 40.

Championship Flight
Name, club Score
Christian Ritondo, Yardley Country Club 37
Nate Menon, LedgeRock Golf Club 38
R.J. Wren, Honeybrook Golf Club 38
Regan Erhardt, Trenton Country Club 39
Jake Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 39
Nick Miller, Overbrook Golf Club 39
Thomas Gravina, Jr., Aronimink Golf Club 39
Hugh Farris, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 40
First Flight
Ben Litt, Riverton Country Club 41
Griffin Colvin, Concord Country Club 41
Matt Civitella, Waynesborough Country Club 42
Chris Ferguson, North Hills Country Club 43
Brett Seifried, Laurel Creek Country Club 43
Dominic Hagy, Philadelphia Publinks GA 43
Andrew Todaro, Rolling Green Golf Club 43
Max Siegfried, Philadelphia Country Club 43
Second Flight
Forrest Swisher, Jericho National Golf Club 44
Mike Miller, Overbrook Golf Club 44
Cory Hunter, Commonwealth National Golf Club 47
Peter Civitella, Overbrook Golf Club 48
Connor Seifried, Laurel Creek Country Club 49
Nicholas Wert, Merion Golf Club 49
Ryan Brennan, Rolling Green Golf Club 50
Cullen Pina, Overbrook Golf Club 51
Third Flight
Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club 52
Colin Motherway, Cherry Valley Country Club 52
Patrick Clearkin, Old York Road Country Club 52
Rees Kirk, Tavistock Country Club 55
Paul Barker, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club 61
Joseph Conroy, Llanerch Country Club 70

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