All the news around the county golf scene, including the U.S. Junior Girls, Players Amateur, Women's Eastern Amateur, Philadelphia Section (pro and junior) events and the GAP Team Championship highlight this week's golf column.
New Hope's Erica Herr will be making her second consecutive trip to the United States Golf Association's Junior Girls Championship.
Herr qualified by tying for 4th place in local qualifying held at Spring-Ford where she posted an 80 to finish 3 shots behind medalist Gabriella Dimarco. Yardley's Jackie Rogowicz scored 92 and placed 21 and failed to qualify for the national championship.
The U.S. Junior Girls Amateur will be played at the Country Club of North Carolina July 19-24. THe event drew more than 1,000 entries, its largest ever, this year.
Herr (left, with unidentified girl on right) competed in the event last year at Trump National (N.J. Golf Club. Alexis Thompson, the 15-year-old who turned professional two weeks ago at the LPGA ShopRite Classic in the Atlantic City area, won the event in 2008, while former LPGA professional Hollis Stacy won three consecutive events friom 1969-1971. Other notable champions include Mickey Wright, Nancy Lopez, JoAnne Carner and Amy Alcott.
Recently the 14-year-old placed 38th in the 99th playing of the Women's Eastern Amateur Championship at Shackamaxon in Scotch Plains, N.J., carding rounds of 83-85-85---253. Spring Mill's Hilary Lassoff was the top local finisher after a 246 effort, good for 30th place. She scored rounds of 81-82 and 83.
Herr competed in the Trusted Choice Big I State Championship at Penn National (Founders Club), placing second behind Erie's Karlie Zabrosky by a stroke. Herr earned alternate status to the national event with a 74-78---152 effort....
Bill Walker, the Neshaminy High School grad who currently serves as PGA Teaching Professional at Twisted Dune Golf Club near Atlantic City, came within a whisker of winning the Philadelphia Section PGA TaylorMade-adidas Golf Classic at Woodcrest Country Club.
Walker, the 1994 men's club champion at Middletown Country Club, carded a sparkling 5-under-par 66 to tie Applebrook head professional Dave McNabb. The two later battled for the championship later in the day, with McNabb's 35-foot birdie putt on the par-5 finishing hole (the first playoff hole) sealing the deal. Trenton pro Graham Dendler was 8th after a 70.
Walker was awarded the Player Assistant Organization championship with the 66, while Mark Walder of the Dom DiJulia School of Golf placed 7th....
Zachary Herr is playing in the big, big time this week, competing in one of the nation's top amateur events, The Players Amateur in South Carolina.
The Players Amateur, co-founded by Richboro native Duke Delcher and longtime friend Tom McKnight, regularly draws an outstanding field. Past champions include Ben Curtis (former British Open champion), Bill Haas and Rickie Fowler. Former U.S. Open champ Lucas Glover also played in the event.
Herr, 15, is the youngest player in the field of the 72-hole, stroke play event, whose defending champion is Bud Cauley and has more than 20 of the top 100 in the Scratch Players World Ranking entered....
Doylestown's Kevin Webb claimed top honors in the Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Tour event at Valleybrook, carding a 2-under-par 70.
Raleigh Chapin (Doylestown) finished at 74, while Denis Dotson (Yardley) was at 75 and T.J. Summers (Doylestown) added a 76. Colby Lederer (Levittown), Blayze DiPasquale (Richboro) and Austin Birkey (Newtown) finished at 78 and Logan Cloak (Ivyland) finished at 79. All earned berths to the Junior Tour Championship. DiPasquale also competed in the Trusted Choice Big I Pennsylvania Championship, placing 9th after rounds of 75-79---154.
At Downingtown, Kevin Webb posted another first place finish in the boys 16-18 division with a 1-under-par 71. Austin Birkey (Newtown) was 11th....
The Yardley men's entry in the Golf Association of Philadelphia finished 4th in the Team Championship finals with 7.5 points behind 13-time champion Overbrook (24 points), Philadelphia (21) and Mercer Oaks (17).
Al Padavano won his singles match for Yardley while Jack Anderson tied his match.
Mercer Oaks was led by Newtown's Glenn Smeraglio, who won his singles match and teamed with Tom Bartolacci, Jr., to claim their best-ball match. Ed Erickson won its singles match.