SOL Golfers Advance in District Tournament


By Ben Reese


LIMERICK -- On the PGA Tour, the day before the final round of a tournament, usually a Saturday, is called Moving Day.

That means the golfers are looking to move into contention for the championship, aiming to put themselves into better position for the final round.

At the District One golf championship, Moving Day is actually the first day of the two-day tournament. That was Monday at Turtle Creek Golf Course for the boys and Ravens Claw Golf Club for the girls.

Members of the Suburban One League contingent, 37 boys and 12 girls, all put their best foot forward to attempt to advance into Tuesday's final round. That is what happened for 14 boys and five girls.

They will all get their chance beginning at 9:30 at Turtle Creek, which is where the boys played their opening round. The girls played their first round at Ravens Claw.

Topping the SOL male qualifiers for the second day were Plymouth Whitemarsh's Dylan Gooneratne, Milo Jezzeny of Central Bucks West, Pennridge's Brendan Bauer and CB West's Kevin Lydon. All four golfers shot 2-over par 74.

Leading the way for the SOL girls at Ravens Claw was Jade Gu of Pennsbury and Wissahickon's Elizabeth Beek. They both finished their rounds under par, Gu at 3-under and Beek at 1-under.

The other boys qualifers were Jack Dunsmore of CB East, Nick Hano of CB West, Wissahickon's Christian Matt, Jack Marvin of Hatboro-Horsham, Pennsbury's Will Gerrity, Noah Sim of Hatboro-Horsham, Ryan Reardon of Pennsbury, James O'Malley of Souderton and Samuel Barsh and Jackson Tappen of Wissahickon.

Advancing for the girls with Gu and Beek were Sarah Scarpill of CB East, Pennridge's Ashley Ea and Emma Reilly of CB South.

Gooneratne followed up his win at the SOL tournament with an excellent performance in the opening round of districts. He bogied two holes on the back nine after recording nine straight pars on the front.

"I finished at 74," he said. "I'll take it.

"I played pretty consistently throughout the whole day. I just had that 3-putt on the last hole which cost me a stroke, but it's all about tomorrow now so I've got to play even better than I did today.

"I still need to go out there and play my game. I can't let the pressure get to me. I just have to push right through it and take it one shot at a time."

With his 74, he and the other three at 2-over par trailed the leader, Josh Ryan of Norristown, by three shots. Ryan recorded the only round under par at 1-under.

"My irons were working," Gooneratne said. "My driver was a little bit erratic but I was able to get onto the green with my irons. I was pretty consistent on the greens."

For Jezzeny, it was also a solid, if not spectacular, round. He had three birdies but also had five bogeys.

"I was pretty solid," he said. "I missed a few short putts on the back nine. It put me over par but that's all right.

"I just have to move on to the next day. I feel like I just have to do the same thing as today and it should be fine for regionals. This is my good year so far so I should have a shot (at regionals and states)."

Bauer had only one birdie and three bogeys for his 74. He matched Jezzeny with 37s on both the front and back nines.

"I put myself in a good position and that's all you can ask for," Bauer said. "I made it last year (past the first day of districts) and making it this year is something I was looking forward to.

"I putted really well today. I put myself in some tough situations today where I hit an errant drive or second shot. Definitely on the back nine I wasn't hitting it so well with the driver so getting up and down definitely saved me a few strokes.

"I played really well today. I'm just hoping to do the same thing tomorrow."

Lydon, who finished second to Gooneratne in the SOLs, also went 37-37 on the two nines. He had a pair of birdies but also four bogeys.

Hatboro-Horsham's Marvin is looking to do something in his senior year which he hasn't accomplished before. That would be making regionals.

"I didn't play great today but I made it work," Marvin said of his 76, 4-over par. "I just hit the ball really well. I didn't miss many greens in regulation."

On the girls side, Gu and Beek were at or near the top of the leaderboard all day. They both trailed Sydney Yermish of Lower Merion, who shot an outstanding 6-under 65 at Ravens Claw.

Gu had the most up-and-down day. She had an eagle, four birdies, a bogey and a double bogey for her 68.

Beek was a little more balanced. She had three birdies and two bogeys.

Play will continue on Tuesday with tee times beginning at 9:30 a.m. from both the first hole and the 10th.


Boys qualifying for second round

Josh Ryan, Norristown                             71

Jack Cooley, Unionville                             73

David Fitzgerald, Harriton                         73

Ben Lee, Conestoga                                 74

Calen Sanderson, Holy Ghost                    74

Dylan Gooneratne PW                              74

Milo Jezzeny, CB West                              74

Brendan Bauer, Pennridge                         74

Kevin Lydon, CB West                               74

Kyle Resutta, Phoenixville                         74

Andrew Wallace, Harriton                         75

Jack Dunsmore, CB East                           75

Will Hage, Unionville                                75

Nick Hano, CB West                                 76

Christian Matt, Wissahickon                      76

Jack Marvin, Hatboro-Horsham                 76

Ryan Dariano, West Chester Rustin           76

Jeff Cooper, Methacton                            76

Nick Woods, Garnet Valley                       76

Dylan Kochis, WC Henderson                   77

Jack Hamilton, Radnor                            77

John Engle, Boyertown                           77

Jake Leon, Downingtown East                 77

Conrad Benford, Owen J. Roberts            77

Will Gentry, Pennsbury                           77

Drew Rider, Conestoga                           77

Noach Sim, Hatboro-Horsham                 77

Morgan Lofland, Conestoga                    78

Ryan Reardon, Pennsbury                       78

Roy Anderson, Unionville                        78

Luke Watson, Spring-Ford                      78

Samuel Barsh, Wissahickon                    78

James O'Malley, Souderton                     78

Jackson Tappen, Wissahickon                 78

Joseph Madden, Oxford                         78


Girls qualifying for second round

Sydney Yermish, Lower Merion                65

Jade Gu, Pennsbury                               68

Elizabeth Beek, Wissahickon                   70

Clare Gimpel, Mount St. Joseph               73

Olivia Wirsching, Mount St. Joseph          74

Stefania Fedun, Owen J. Roberts             74

Ava O'Sullivan, Downingtown East           74

Riley Quartermain, Haverford                  76

Victoria Kim, West Chester East               76

Mary Dunigan, Unionville                        76

Sarah Scarpill, CB East                           76

Charlotte Scully, Unionville                      77

Ashley Ea, Pennridge                             78

Grace Smith, Strath Haven                     78

Emma Reilly, CB South                           79