New Hope's Zachary Herr came within a whisker of winning the 62nd
Pennsylvania Junior Golf Championship.
Herr, the opening round leader, and Fox Hill Country Club's Brandon
Matthews finished regulation 36 holes knotted at 136. Herr had opened
with a 67 and added a 69, while Matthews posted a 71 and 65 over the
Hershey Country Club. The two players finished seven shots better than
anyone else in the field.
The two trudged back to the 18th hole to begin their playoff. Both
ripped drives down the fairway. Herr's approach nestled to within 15
feet of the flagstick, while Matthews stroked his about 16 feet away.
Matthews won the putting contest by sinking his birdie putt as Herr's
attempt was just off the mark.
Ironically also dropped the 2009 event in a playoff.
Yardley's Reilly Erhardt, the defending champion, tied for sixth at 144
after rounds of 71 and 73 while club mate Vinay Ramesh was 36th after
an 80-73-153 effort....
At Northampton Valley Country Club, defending men's club champion Duane
Walker will face a stern test in his effort to retain his crown. Also
in the championship flight are Jeff Hilton, Keith Smedley, Matt Kothe,
Buff Radick, Mike Burns, Paul Unis, Jonathan Radick, Steve Heckman, Tim
Whartenby, Blake Campbell and J.J. Johnson.
At Makefield Highlands, Ann Provenzano made the 4th of July a memorable
holiday with an ace on the par-3, 116-yard 17th hole.