Delaware 1 Wins PGA Jr. League Philadelphia Section Championship; Advances to the Regional Championship
BLUE BELL, Pennsylvania – Cedarbrook Country Club hosted the 2018 PGA Jr. League Philadelphia Section Championship on Saturday, August 25, with eight All-Star teams of junior golfers ages 13 all looking for their chance to advance to next month’s Regional Championship at LedgeRock Golf Club in Mohnton, Pennsylvania.
Eight All-Star teams arrived at Cedarbrook Country Club for their quarterfinal matches after advancing through a qualifying stage at either Newark Country Club or LedgeRock Golf Club on August 6. In the early morning the matches were sent out on both the front nine and back nine at Cedarbrook Country Club. The teams playing in the quarterfinals were the All-Star teams from (North Philadelphia vs Jersey Shore), (HVCC 1 vs Delaware 1), (Lancaster 1 vs York 2), and (Flourtown vs Penn State).
After the morning matches, all teams were treated to lunch before the four remaining teams (Jersey Shore vs Delaware 1 and Lancaster 1 vs Penn State) headed back out for their semifinal matches. Unlike the quarterfinals, all semifinal matches were played on Cedarbrook Country Club’s front nine. Once again teams played outstanding matches but it was the Delaware 1 team (PGA Captain – Dave Seeman) and the Penn State team (PGA Captain – Steve Wager) that advanced to the final Championship round.
Special congratulations to Michael Maslanka of team Delaware 1 who aced the par-3 9th hole at Cedarbrook Country Club after the tee shot with his 9-iron found the bottom of the cup on the 120 yards long hole during this 2nd round.
After only a short break, the teams from Delaware 1 and Penn State were ready to get their Championship match underway. Throughout the course of the match, both All-Star teams showed why they deserved to be in the Championship round. However at the end of the day it was the All-Star team from Delaware 1 that came out on top.
The juniors that represented the team from Delaware 1 included Win Thomas (Hartefeld National GC), Nicholas Gross (Hartefeld National GC), Adrian Jordan (Hartefeld National GC), Mathew Normand (Hartefeld National GC), Henry Stone (Hartefeld National GC), Michael Maslanka (Rock Manor GC), Zac Antao (Rock Manor GC), Jack Homer (Wilmington CC), Drew Allen (Wilmington CC), and Jax Puskar (Kennett Square G&CC).
With their 7-5 victory over Penn State, Delaware 1 will now represent the Philadelphia PGA at the Regional Championship at LedgeRock Golf Club on September 15-16 where they will play for one of 12 spots in the 2018 PGA Jr. League Championship presented by National Car Rental at Grayhawk Golf Club (Scottsdale, Arizona) November 16-19.
The PGA Jr. League Postseason presented by National Car Rental is designed to celebrate the regular recreational season held in April through July, as well as provide a fun and welcoming environment for the 20 percent of PGA Jr. League players who identify as competitive golfers. Following the regular season, 10-player All-Star teams were formed from a combination of players in each local league.
PGA Jr. League brings friends and families together around fun, coed team golf experiences, all with expert coaching and instruction from PGA and LPGA Professionals, who serve as Captains of the teams. A record 50,000 boys and girls participated in PGA Jr. League this year, growing from 42,000 players in 2017. For more information on PGA Jr. League, visit PGAJrLeague.com.
As the Official Partner of PGA Jr. League, National Car Rental is committed to growing future business leaders by growing junior golf. National Car Rental helps provide fun, engaging and welcoming experiences for PGA Jr. League golfers and their families all season and postseason long.