Coley Hunter, a senior at Gonzaga College High School, retained his lead with the help of three back-nine birdies, but the margin is shrinking in the 85th Frank Emmet Schoolboy championship under way at Worthington Manor Golf Club.
Hunter, who had opened with a 1-under-par 71 and a three-shot lead on Day 1, posted a 70 for 141 and a two-stroke edge on Pieter DeGroot, also a Gonzaga senior, who came on strongly with a second-day 69 for 143. Matthew Malits, from DeMatha High School, with 75-73–148, was the only other starter in the 51-player Schoolboy division to break 150.
With the field cut approximately in half, 27 players at 168 or better will play the final round on June 22.
One title was decided for the first time, as the newly installed Pre-Schoolboy division for players who have not yet entered high school, had 14 starters complete two rounds. Esteban Knorr, from Arlington, Va., who had started with 79 but was only two players and four shots behind, carded a 76 for a 36-hole total of 155 and a 1-stroke victory over Alexander Maloy, Potomac, Md., 77-79–156.
Knorr, 14, included three birdies in his tour of the 6,251-yard, par-72 course in Urbana, Frederick County, and the one, at No. 16, turned out to be the winner. The two were even after 27 holes, but Maloy, 13, made a double-bogey at 12 and got only one back with a birdie at 14.
Hunter, who admitted to playing, “a little better,” had five birdies, including a chip-in and two 15-foot putts, to go with three bogeys, the result of two missed greens and a 3-putt, in holding his lead. DeGroot, who said he played, “more solid,” hit 16 greens and ended with five birdies, two bogeys.
The two 17-year-olds were in the last starting group and thus avoided all but the tail end of a morning rain storm that blew through and made a mess of a bunch of scorecards. Among the casualties was one player who played the two par’-5’s on the front in 11 (No. 5) and 10 (No. 9)strokes, respectively. No. 5, 533 yards long, which played the toughest, extracted five 7’s, four 8’s, a 9, a 10, two 11’s, and a 12, among others numbers. Joe Hemsley, from Georgetown Prep, was at the other end of the spectrum, as he scored the hole’s only birdie, hitting his 7-iron approach shot to two feet.
There were also some fine recoveries — either from the first to second round or from front nine to back nine. Graham Kalan, from Bishop Ireton, showed the most improvement, going from 90 to 75, followed by Carlo Pizzano, from Saint Anselms Abbey School, from 84 to 72, and Nick Politis, Quince Orchard High School, 88 to 78. In the second round, Addison Wells, from Severna Park High School, showed the difference the rain made, as he had 50 on the front nine, to 39 on the back, finishing with five successive pars.
Hunter also sparked Gonzaga No. 2 to the team championship as the school finished 152-148–300, followed by Gonzaga No. 1, led by DeGroot, 152-151–303, and Georgetown Prep No. 1, 150-156–306. Quince Orchard High School, the 2017 champion, placed fourth with 158-161–319.
The full list:
Gonzaga 2 (Coley Hunter, Sean McGarrity, Tommy Siracuse) 152-148–300
Gonzaga 1 (Pieter DeGroot, Patrick McCarthy, Kevin Johnson) 152-151–303
Georgetown Prep 1 (Nicholas Barros, Joe Hemsley, Keegan Shreves) 150-156–306
Quince Orchard (Kyle Balow, Ryan Balow, Nick Politis) 158-161–319
Archbishop Spalding High School (David Borchard, Phillip Maneval) 163-165–328
Walter Johnson High School (Owen Porter, Jake Griffin) 161-170–331
Urbana High School (Bennett Elgin, Elliott Haas) 168-165–333
DeMatha High School (Matthew Malits, William Strasser) 169-166–335
Georgetown Preo 2 (T.J. Celeste, Finn Lindsay, Trey Cox) 168-172–340
Potomac School (Ethan Shapiro, Max Cristinzio) 71-181–352
Landon School (Charlie Bundy, John Muller) Incomplete
Frank Emmet Schoolboy Championship round 3 start times are ⇒ HERE
Players at 168 or better have survived the two round cut – 27 players in 9 groups of 3 players each. The first time fo the day is 7:00 AM. The leaders – Coley Hunter (141), Pieter DeGroot (143), and Matt Malits (148) are in the last group at 8:28 AM.
Round two scores are ⇒ HERE
The start times and results on our scoring link have been fixed. Go ⇒ HERE
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Good luck to all tomorrow!