Visitors Ryan Moylan and Alejandro Rodriguez fashioned sub-par rounds and remained at the top of the leaderboard, as play in the 86th Frank Emmet Schoolboy championship moved through its second round at Worthington Manor Golf Club in Urbana, June 20.
Moylan, whose immediate family lives in Vero Beach, Fla., but who has relatives living in the Washington area (father, Tim, and uncle, Kevin, were fixtures on the Middle Atlantic golf circuit in past years) posted a 1-under-par 71 for a 36-hole total of 138. That was four shots clear of his closest challenger, Rodriguez, who is visiting from Spain, at 72-70—142. The course was played at 6,481 yards.
In a Pre-Schoolboy division for players who have not yet started high school, Alex Maloy, 14, who will attend Georgetown Prep in the fall, shot a second straight 72 for a winning 144, backed by Bryan Kim, 75-75–150. Maloy’s round included an eagle-3 at the fifth hole where he used driver-5-iron to two feet. The younger group played a course of 6,212 yards, with No.5 at 485 yards.
The long-hitting Moylan — he averages about 320 yards off the tee — started on No. 10, and collected six birdies, three bogeys, and one “double.” In his first round, over a course he had not seen before, he had an eagle-3 at the 503-yard fifth hole (driver, 9-iron to 20 feet), four birdies, and a bogey. For the eight par-5’s (two rounds), he was 6 under par.
“Not knowing the golf course,” the leader said, “I kind of had to steer my way around,” and avoid mistakes, while “I hit my irons really well and it helped in hitting 16 greens in regulation.” His only real mistake was following a bad chip shot with a three-putt at the third hole.
Rodriguez, one of three to open with 72, was the only one to improve as he took sole possession of second place. Only four other players in the older division broke 150 for the two rounds: Dylan Allen, DeMatha, 73-70–143; Elliott Haas, Urbana H.S., 73-72–145, Michael Crowley, 74-74–148, and Austin Steckler, Calvert Hall, 75-74–149. Allen’s second round included a back-9 33, with four birdies.
Rodriguez, 15, started on the back nine, opened with a birdie and followed with eight straight pars. For the round, he birdied the four par-5’s.
Notes: Stephen Betz, 16, a DeMatha sophomore, eagled the 536-yard 18th with driver, pitching wedge to five feet. . .Grant Exley, Potomac School, eagled the 18th. . .A field of 31 players will play the final round, with tee times between 7 a.m. and 8:40 a.
Schoolboy Team Competition – Urbana High School won the team competition with a two day total of 293 (+5). Urbana fielded two teams, and the grouping of Bach Ngo, Michael Snyder, and Elliot Haas won by a stroke over the team from DeMatha. Players may form teams of either two or three players and the low two scores each of the first two days count. The team results are ⇒ HERE
The Schoolboy began in 1934 as the ‘Washington Post Metropolitan Schoolboy.’ It was dedicated to and renamed in 1983 for Frank Emmet, one of the most influential leaders of junior golf in the nation who watched over junior golf in the Washington DC area for many years. Past champions include Marvin ‘Bubby’ Worsham (1946-47), Deane Beman (1955-56), and current PGA Tour player Denny McCarthy (2009-10).
For many years the Schoolboy was the kick-off for the summer junior golf season and attracted the best juniors on the east coast.
Start times and results are ⇒ HERE