CB West's Jezzeny Tops Leaderboard After Day One of Districts (10-8-18)

Ben Reese recaps Monday’s District One boys/girls golf action.

By Ben Reese

LIMERICK -- It was Columbus Day and there was some discovery going on at Turtle Creek Golf Course in the first round of the District One boys golf tournament.

First, Luca Jezzeny of Central Bucks West discovered what it was like to lead the tournament after the first day of play.

Then Council Rock South's Matt Fleming discovered how to come back from a disappointing round in the Suburban One League championships.

Stephen Butler of Souderton discovered his tournament game and Pennridge's Brendan Bauer discovered what it felt like to get a reprieve to play another day.

On the girls side, which was played at Gilbertsville Golf Course, there was some discovery done also. Four girls, including two from the SOL (Pennsbury's Jade Gu and Wissahickon's Cristea Park) put together rounds under par and two more girls (Sarah Scarpill of CB East and Quakertown's Madilyn Siuta) qualified for the second round at Turtle Creek.

Jezzeny, who has verbally committed to play golf at Brown University next year, went out and scorched the course for a 4-under 68. He put it together with one thing in mind, advancing.

"I was hitting the ball great; on top of that, (I was) making some putts," Jezzeny said. "That definitely led to a low score.

"I've got to keep my game plan the same. Play my own game and play every shot.

"Obviously, the number one thing is to move on. Playing my own game, seeing how good I can play. The main goal is to make the states. Give myself a shot at winning the state title. That's my overall goal."

If he can keep to his game plan, that goal could be within his reach.

As for Fleming, he didn't play as well as he would have liked in the SOLs. He went out with the number one group but ballooned to a 7-over 78 at Five Ponds Golf Club.

"Last week, I played well enough," he said. "I didn't strike the ball the way I wanted to and I left a lot of strokes on the par threes. I played the par threes a lot better today which is a big difference.

"My first nine (he started the day on the 11th hole in the shotgun start) I played really well like from tee to green. I struck the ball really well off the tee and then putted. I made all my birdie putts that I had. I felt really under control today. I felt like I really played well.

"Today doesn't really mean a lot. It's what I have to do tomorrow. I put myself in a good position to put up a good score and take some pressure off."

Butler, who is only a sophomore, put it all together at Turtle Creek. He had finished the SOLs three strokes behind the leaders, which included his brother Thomas, who suffered through a very tough day at districts.

"I was quite happy with it (the round) because I haven't shot this well in a tournament round ... forever," he said. "I was quite happy that I could come out and play a solid round of golf.

"I could putt and drive the ball really well today. I made three birdies and I was hitting a lot of fairways."

Then there was Bauer. As the scores were being tallied, it appeared that he would just miss the cut after bogeying his last hole.

But, when everything was said and done, he, along with 10 other golfers, jumped up into the final spot above the 30-and-ties cut line.

"Really thrilled," he said. "It's good to be here."

What about that last hole?

"It's a long par-4," he explained. "I thought I did well enough but I just didn't hit it far enough on the second shot.

"I'm not mad at all. That's all that matters. I get to play another day and that's fine by me. How far I've come - I'm happy with it already."

For the girls, Gu and Park tied for second with 1-under 70s. They trailed leader Victoria Kim of West Chester East by two shots.

Scarpill came home with a 5-over 76 and Siuta with a 9-over 80. These four were the lone SOL girls to advance to the second day of play.

For the boys, also qualifying for the second day were CB East's Patrick Sheehan (72), Souderton's James O'Malley (75), Pennsbury's Will Gerrity (75) and Ethan Finkelstein (75), Patrick Laushell of Pennsbury (76), CB South's Jack Cenci (77), Jack Marvin of Hatboro-Horsham (77) and Council Rock North's Nick Taylor (77).

The second round of the District One Tournament will begin at 10 a.m. at Turtle Creek. Eighteen boys and nine girls will qualify to advance to the Eastern Regional tournament at Golden Oaks in Fleetwood on Oct. 15.

QUALIFIERS FOR SECOND ROUND (Boys)
1          Luca Jezzeny,  CB West                68      
T2       Liam Hart, Holy Ghost Prep           69      
T2       Matt Fleming, CR South                69
4          David  Colleran, Radnor               70
5          Andrew Wallace, Harriton             71
T6       Patrick Sheehan, CB East               72      
T6       Kevin  Smith, Strath Haven            72
T8       Josh Ryan, Norristown                   73
T8       Will Bennink, Unionville                 73
T8       Kemp Bassett, Conestoga              73
T8       Jack Cooley, Unionville                  73
T8       David Fitzgerald, Harriton              73
T8       Richie Kline, Unionville                  73
T8       Luke Watson, Spring-Ford              73
T15     Caleb Ryan, Norristown                  74
T15     Stephen Butler, Souderton              74
T15     Roy Anderson, Unionville                74
T15     Nate Pierce, Spring-Ford                 74
T19     Morgan Lofland, Conestoga             75
T19     Dylan Lasecki, Methacton                75
T19     James O'Malley, Souderton              75
T19     Nick Martin, Methacton                    75
T19     Will Gerrity, Pennsbury                    75
T19     Ethan Finkelstein, Pennsbury            75
T19     Axel Kalbach, Spring-Ford                75
T26     Cole Shew, WC East                        76
T26     Ryan Glenn, Owen J. Roberts           76
T26     Patrick Laushell, Pennsbury             76
T26     Joe O'Malley, Bishop Shanahan        76
T30     Connor Bennin, Unionville               77
T30     Jack Cenci, CB South                      77
T30     Ryan D'Ariano, WC Rustin               77
T30     Chris Skean, Unionville                   77
T30     Brendan Bauer, Pennridge              77
T30     Jack Marvin, Hatboro Horsham       77
T30     Blake Stephano, Radnor                 77
T30     David Merz, Strath Haven               77
T30     Nick Taylor, CR North                     77
T30     Matt Walsh, Downingtown East       77
T30     Dan Kovacevich, Holy Ghost Prep    77

QUALIFIERS FOR SECOND ROUND (Girls)
1          Victoria Kim, WC East                    68
T2       Jade Gu, Pennsbury                        70
T2       Cristea Park, Wissahickon                70
T2       Charlotte Scully, Unionville              70
5          Samantha Yao, Conestoga              71
6          Riley Quartermain, Haverford          73
T7       Liddie McCook, Downingtown East    76
T7       Lily Byrne, Downingtown West          76
T7       Sarah Scarpill, CB East                     76
10       Olivia Wirsching, Mt St. Joseph         77
11       Clare Gimpel, Mt St. Joseph              78
T12     Ava O'Sullivan, Downingtown East     80
T12     Madilyn Siuta, Quakertown                80
T14     Sofia Amoroso, WC East                    81
T14     Caroline Gola, Mt St. Joseph              81
T14     Anisha Sonti, Downingtown East        81