New Hope's Zachary Herr came within a whisker of claiming the 59th Pennsylvania Golf Association Junior Amateur Championship Tuesday, battling RiverCrest's Tucker Koch into a sudden death playoff.
Koch won the state championship for boys ages 14-17 with a victory on the first playoff hole. Herr, playing out of Jericho National, posted rounds of 70 and 73 for a one-over-par 143 at the Hershey Country Club to get into the playoff. Koch posted a 69-74-143.
The 14-year-old Herr --- the youngest player in the field --- was steady over the 36-hole event in his bid to become only the second Bucks County junior to claim the prestigious state championship. Yardley's Jon Rusk captured the 1995-96 titles.
A bogey on the first hole of sudden dealth eliminated the youngster from New Hope.
Other area players included Commonwealth National's Peter Eiler at 151, Yardley's Andrew Keeling and Doylestown's Russell Hartung at 155, Yardley's Joseph Gunnerman at 156, Yardley's Max Matejik at 161, Jericho National's Blaise DiPasquale at 158, Yardley's Daniel Hayes III at 164 and Yardley's Chris Glennie at 171.
Herr has been playing outstanding golf of late, having captured the Golf Association of Philadelphia Junior Championship and placing 27th in the American Junior Golf Association's Rolex Tournament of Champions last week in Missouri.
Herr was presented the 2009 AJGA-USGA President's Leadership Award for his contributions to charity at the annual Rolex dinner, recognizing his more than $85,000 raised by the Zach Attacks Cancer Foundation over the last two years. In Missouri Herr carded rounds of 74-70-77-73 for a six-over-par 294 in the event won in the past by such name players as Phil Mickelson and David Duval.
Bensalem's Christopher Crawford posted a 75 and placed second in the boys' 13-15 division of the Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Tour event at Talamore. Yardley's Jackie Rogowicz placed second in the girls' division with an 87.
Chip Shots: Christian Bartolacci of Jericho National tied for seventh in the Philadelphia Section PGA TaylorMade adidas Classic at Woodcrest, carding a 71...Drew Coen captured the Delaware Valley Golf League event at Berkleigh with a 72, one stroke ahead of Angelo Pedicini. Alex Gibson was the net winner at 62, one stroke in front of Bruce Fernie and six shots ahead of Dan O'Connor, Jr...Joey Loncosky IV scored a hole-in-one on the par-three, 185-yard 10th hole at Middletown Country Club.