First-round leader Evan Katz, dropped a stroke , but his 71-72–143 turned out
to be good for a four-shot lead after 36 holes of the 84th annual Frank Emmet
Schoolboy championship at Worthington Manor Golf Club, June 22. Of the top six
scorers at the beginning of the day, only Pieter DeGroot was able to improve his
score and his 74-73–147 enabled him to vault into second place with one round
For Katz, much of the round over the par-72, 6695-yard layout in Urbana, Md.,
was a struggle, as he was 2 over par for 16 holes and admitted it was,
“frustrating. I couldn’t get anything [putts] to drop.” After a bogey at No. 10
and six straight pars, the Duke University recruit finally found some success,
chipping in for birdie at 17 and dropping a six-foot putt to get back to even
for the round.
DeGroot was 2 over par for the front nine, but rallied to draw level before
slipping with s bogey at the 16th.Kyle Balow, 15, a sophomore at Quince Orchard
High School, started the round two shots off the pace, but dropped back with a
3-over 75 that was still good for third place. Of the four players tied for fourth
at 150, Patrick McCarthy, a Gonzaga junior, had the best effort, as he used the
day’s low round, 71, (bolstered by fiveback-nine birdies) to move up the ladder.
Ryan Balow, Kyle’s older brother, also improved, as he finished 76-74, while Andrew
Twillman and Jordan Bessalel each posted 75-75. Bassalel, a Sidwell Friends graduate
who will attend Middlebury College, said his game has improved of late as he has been
working on the mental part and not letting adversity bother him. He put that work on
display, as he double-bogeyed the 13th, then settled down to par the last five holes.
The Balow brothers dove-tailed two-day yo-yo efforts and captured first place in the
inaugural School Team Championship for Quince Orchard with 149-149–298. Gonzaga #3
improved, 154-145–299, to claim second place, followed by Gonzaga #2, 148-152–300,
in the eight-team chase.
Round 2 Results ⇒ WMGA-Schoolboy-2017-Results-Rnd 2
Round 3 Start Times ⇒ WMGA-Schoolboy-2017-Start Times – Rnd 3
High School Team Results ⇒WMGA-Schoolboy-2017-Results-Team Final