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Merion’s Davis, Aronimink’s Selverian scorch 26th Francis X. Hussey field

  SPRINGFIELD, Pa.–On a sweltering summer day, Michael Davis and Mac Selverian scorched the 26th Francis X. Hussey Memorial Tournament and venerable Rolling Green GC (par 71, 6,315 yards) for a record-tying score of 8-under-par 63. Davis and Selverian’s total equaled the 2005 Junior Division (14-to-17 years old) mark established by Cole Willcox of Philadelphia CC and Jason Bernstein of White Manor CC.

  “We thought we could go low because the course was set-up a little short and the greens were perfect,” said Davis, 15, of Newtown Square, Pa. “If you got your putt on the right line, everything went in.”

(From left) Michael Davis of Merion GC, caddie Dan Bernard
and Mac Selverian of Aronimink GC.
  The duo’s scorecard bore out that statement.

  Even-par through three holes, on No. 4 (par 4, 362 yards), Davis lofted a pitching wedge from 125 yards to 15 feet and drained the birdie. On No. 5 (par 4, 373 yards), Davis again registered the team’s better-ball score of 3 after hitting a 54-degree wedge from 102 yards to 18 feet above the hole for birdie. Both putts rattled the bottom of the cup on the final roll.

  On No. 6 (par 3, 172 yards), Selverian carded his first under-par effort, rocketing a 7-iron to 12 feet for 2 and then on No. 7 (par 5, 512 yards), drained an eight-footer for 4. The duo turned in 4 under.

  “Going into the back nine we knew there would be some real opportunities to score,” said Selverian, 17, of Wayne, Pa., when asked about breaking the tournament record. “We just tried to make birdies and no bogeys.”

  Davis, who qualified for the U.S Junior Amateur earlier in the year, had other ideas on the drivable 12th (par 4, 277 yards). He found the green off the tee and curled in a downhill, right-to-left eagle putt for a deuce. Selverian then kept his team’s momentum going on No. 13 (par 4, 405 yards) with a smooth 15-foot uphill par save after both players struggled. The duo then finished birdie-birdie for 63.

  On No. 17 (par 5, 473 yards), Selverian knocked a 60-degree wedge from 56 yards to three feet and then on No. 18 (par 5, 508 yards), with the tournament-record talk prevalent, Selverian again took command. Coming up just short of the par 5 in two shots, he chipped up and drained a 15-footer to equal the record. Selverian actually gave up on the birdie putt which twisted in on the last roll.

  “I actually pushed it,” said Selverian.

  Davis and Selverian are long-time Junior golf friends but this is the first year they’ve teamed up for the Hussey.

  Davis, a highly-regarded national Junior player, is a sophomore at Malvern Prep and reigning Inter-Ac League Champion. Selverian, a senior at The Haverford School, placed in the Top 10 in the Inter-Ac Championships a year ago.

Junior-Junior Division
  The team of R.J. Wren of Honeybrook GC and Davis Mitchell of Wilmington CC carded a 1-over-par 37 to earn the Junior-Junior Division title (13-and-under). The Junior-Junior Division, a nine-hole competition, played to a yardage of 3,336 yards.

R.J. Wren (left) and Davis Mitchell.
  “It’s pretty cool. Last year I lost by two strokes and I had two penalty strokes,” said Wren.

  Added Mitchell, a recent winner of the Father-Son Younger Junior-Junior Division, “It’s an honor to play in a tournament honoring Francis Hussey. I read a little bit about the history of this tournament and it’s a sad story.”

  Wren, 13, of Morgantown, Pa. and Mitchell, 13, of Wilmington, Del. are typically competitors and not teammates.

  The two know each other from U.S. Kids Golf and Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour events.

  “It’s great to team up with a great player and friend,” said Mitchell.

NOTES-A total of 42 teams competed in the Hussey, named in honor of the former Rolling Green GC junior member.

  Francis suffered with congenital heart disease and passed away in December of 1983 while undergoing major heart surgery. He was 13 years old when he died. Francis was a student in the Haverford Township School system, an avid sports fan and an active junior member at Rolling Green. His courage in the face of his illness was a great inspiration to all who knew him.

Junior Boys (Ages 14-17)

Name, club

Score

Michael Davis/Mac Selverian, Merion GC/Aronimink GC

63

Sean Fahey/Alex Dupre, Overbrook GC/Rolling Green GC

67

T.J. Summers/Kyle Martin, Commonwealth National GC

67

Paul Acierno/R.Morgan Dougherty, Sandy Run CC/Huntingdon Valley CC

68

Charles Cai/Ryan Siegler, Mercer Oaks GC

70

Nolan Dirienzi/Brian Todaro, Rolling Green GC

71

Joseph Rueter,Jr./Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley CC

72

Matthew Bastian,Jr./Quinn Dolan, Rolling Green GC

72

Zach Arsenault/Drew Guarino, Little Mill CC/Burlington CC

73

Christopher Rotelli/Luke Schweitzer, Huntingdon Valley CC

74

Jimmy Ryan/Kevin Zipf, Waynesborough CC/Philadelphia CC

74

Alex Fisher/Jack McAleese, Merion GC/Aronimink GC

75

Mark Lunney/Cole Swiger, Sandy Run CC/Huntingdon Valley CC

76

Sam Gallen/W. Evan Thornton, Berkshire CC

76

Zach Wintsch/Ronnie Chesler, Bellewood GC

76

Brendan Papariello/Mac Walsh, White Manor CC/Aronimink GC

76

Liam Fahey/Nic Pavao, Overbrook GC/Raven's Claw GC

76

John Gilligan/Ryan Sander, Medford Village CC

77

Blaise Giroso, Jr./Kevin Hosey, Fieldstone GC/DuPont CC

77

Reilly Erhardt/Todd Smith, Trenton CC

77

Matt Fazio/Jay Fisher, Huntingdon Valley CC/Five Ponds GC

78

Ryan Mullen/Connor McNulty, Aronimink GC

78

Michael Lacatena/Anthony VanDervort, Riverton CC/Tavistock CC

79

Christian Ritondo/Ryan Conner, Yardley CC

80

Jonathan Bebey/Andrew Carber, Sandy Run CC/Lu Lu CC

80

Chris Michael/Connor Goodrich, Merchantville CC

80

John Concannon/Eddie Maul, Concord CC

82

Chris Binet/Phillip Held,Jr., Whitemarsh Valley CC

84

Edward Selverian/John Zipf, Aronimink GC/Philadelphia CC

88

 

Junior-Junior Boys (Ages 13-and-under)

Name, club

Score

R.J. Wren/Davis Mitchell, Honeybrook GC/Wilmington CC

37

Ryan Brennan/Andrew Todaro, Rolling Green GC

40

Nick Burt/Ben Litt, Moorestown Field Club/Riverton CC

41

Patrick Clearkin/Hugh Farris, Old York Road CC/Huntingdon Valley CC

42

Chris Ferguson/Michael Reed-Price, North Hills CC/Sunnybrook GC

42

Thomas Gravina, Jr./Matt Davis, Aronimink GC

43

Regan Erhardt/Forrest Swisher, Trenton CC/Jericho National GC

44

Daniel Duffey/Jake Fazio, The Bucks Club/Huntindon Valley CC

44

Peter Civitella/Mike Miller, Overbrook GC

45

Billy Civitella/Kevin Civitella, Aronimink GC

47

Paul Barker, Jr./Christopher Dirienzi, Rolling Green GC

51

Matthew Brennan/Chris Aman, Rolling Green GC

54

 

Junior Girls (Ages 14-to-17)

Name, club

Score

Stephanie Bellisario/Courtney Mangano, Overbrook GC/Indian Valley GC

92

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