Allenwood, PA—Sunny skies welcomed 18 of the top junior golfers on the 2017 NCPGA Junior Tour as they took on White Deer Golf Complex for the annual Match Play Invitational on Tuesday and Thursday.
Tuesday’s action was highlighted by almost all the favored seeds advancing in both the main draw and the beatens bracket. The top-seeded William Knauth cruised through both his matches, winning 9&8 and 9&7 to advance to the semifinals. The only upset of the first round came from 9-seed Benjamin Sweetra, who came out on top of Tyler Nordblom 3&2. Roman Reeder took 5th seed Morgan Sohosky to the final hole in the first round, nearly pulling off the upset.
The second round on Tuesday was home to some very competitive matches in the winners’ bracket. 2nd seed Matthew Storeman barely was able to overcome 7th seed Ben Barnett, winning in 20 holes. Barnett holed out for eagle on hole 12, and made a stellar up-and-down to stay in the match on hole 18. Storeman narrowly missed a lengthy eagle putt on the first playoff hole before finally getting the better of Barnett on the next hole. The only other upset of the day came from 5-seed Morgan Sohosky. She and 4th-seeded Vincent Bender went back and forth for 20 intense holes until Sohosky put her tee shot to 2 feet on the second playoff hole, leading her to the win. 3rd-seeded Tanner Adriance reached the semifinals without much trouble.
Thursday’s first round welcomed some sensational play. In the beatens bracket, 12th-seeded Roman Reeder beat 8-seed Tyler Nordblom 5&3 by shooting even par for 15 holes on the challenge course. 10th seed Carter Reichenbach overcame 11th seed Nate Ewing by winning 1 up. In the winners’ bracket, Matt Storeman was -4 after 15 to beat Tanner Adriance 5&3. Meanwhile, William Knauth shot a magnificent round of 6-under 66 to inch out Morgan Sohosky, who fired a 4-under 68 of her own on the challenge course for the lowest round of her life.
The final round on Thursday did not disappoint, as both matches had excitement throughout. Roman Reeder won 4&3 over Carter Reichenbach to claim the title in the beatens bracket. In the main draw championship match, Matt Storeman and William Knauth went back and forth the entire round. After nine holes, William said that he was playing the worst golf of his life, but still managed to shoot a 3-under 33 on the front of the challenge course. Matt was also -3, and the match was all square. After the 15th hole, Knauth worked his way to 3 up, but Storeman had an answer. Matt drained a 20-footer for birdie on 16 to stay in the match. Then on the par-3 17th, he put it his tee shot in the right rough, on the backside of a hill, with a seemingly impossible short-sided pitch left, while Knauth had a 25-foot uphill putt left for birdie and the win. After a read and confidence boost from his caddie William Adair, Storeman shocked everyone there except himself and his caddie, holing out the difficult pitch shot to stay alive in the match. But William Knauth would not let the madness spoil his victory. Knauth rolled in the putt from 25 feet to halve the hole and win the match 2&1. The two finished out hole 18, and Knauth shot his second 66 of the day, while Storeman carded another sub-70 round of his own. It was a fitting way to complete an event filled with spectacular shots and scoring from the whole field, deeming it beyond worthy of its status as the NCPGA Junior Championship.
The next open event in the NCPGA Junior Tournament series is at Mill Race Golf and Camping Resort on Monday, August 7. The NCPGA is thankful for its support from Blaise Alexander Family Dealership, Jersey Shore State Bank, and The Goulden Touch Foundation. For all results and more information regarding the championship series visit www.ncpga.net.
Participating clubs in the NCPGA are Bucknell G.C., Lewisburg; Shade Mountain G.C., Middleburg; Susquehanna Valley C.C., Hummels Wharf; Corey Creek Country Club, Mansfield; Tyoga Country Club, Wellsboro; Wynding Brook Golf Club, Milton; White Deer G.C., Allenwood; Belles Springs G.C., Mackeyville; Mountain View Country Club, Boalsburg; Clinton Country Club, Lock Haven; Eagles Mere Country Club, Eagles Mere; Lost Creek GC, Oakland Mills; Lewistown Country Club, Lewistown; Knoebels Three Ponds Golf Club, Elysburg; Nittany Country Club, Bellefonte; Timber Trails Golf Club, Pocono Pines; Toftrees Golf Club, State College; and Williamsport Country Club, Williamsport.
Main Draw – Round of 16 (Challenge Course) – Tuesday, 8/1
#9 Benjamin Sweetra def. #8 Tyler Nordblom – 3&2
#7 Benjamin Barnett def. #10 Carter Reichenbach – 2&1
#6 William Adair def. #11 Nate Ewing – 6&4
#5 Morgan Sohosky def. #12 Roman Reeder – 1 UP
#4 Vincent Bender def. #13 Logan Fisher – 7&6
#3 Tanner Adriance def. #14 Shawna Markle – 4&3
#2 Matthew Storeman def. #15 Dylan DeFazio – 7&6
#1 William Knauth def. #16 Joseph Propheta – 9&8
Main Draw – Round of 8 (Vintage Course) – Tuesday, 8/1
#5 Morgan Sohosky def. #4 Vincent Bender – 20 holes
#3 Tanner Adriance def. #6 William Adair – 3&2
#2 Matthew Storeman def. #7 Benjamin Barnett – 20 holes
#1 William Knauth def. #9 Benjamin Sweetra – 9&7
Beatens Bracket – Round of 8 (Vintage Course) – Tuesday, 8/1
#12 Roman Reeder def. #13 Logan Fisher – 9&7
#11 Nate Ewing def. #14 Shawna Markle – 2&1
#10 Carter Reichenbach def. #15 Dylan DeFazio – 6&5
#8 Tyler Nordblom def. #16 Joseph Propheta – 7&6
Beatens Bracket – Semifinals (Challenge Course) – Thursday, 8/3
#10 Carter Reichenbach def. #11 Nate Ewing – 1 UP
#12 Roman Reeder def. #8 Tyler Nordblom – 5&3
Beatens Bracket – Finals (Challenge Course) – Thursday, 8/3
#12 Roman Reeder def. #10 Carter Reichenbach – 4&3
Main Draw – Semifinals (Challenge Course) – Thursday, 8/3
#2 Matthew Storeman def. #3 Tanner Adriance – 5&3
#1 William Knauth def. #5 Morgan Sohosky – 2&1
Main Draw – Finals (Challenge Course) – Thursday, 8/3
#1 William Knauth def. #2 Matthew Storeman – 2&1