NJ.com golfers to watch, 2021


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Vincent Apostolico, Sparta, Sr.

Apostolico, linked to Hofstra and co-captain, has been a starter since first year and has been instrumental in conference, tri-county and section championships for the past two years. Apostolico was selected as a member of the US NJAC Conference First Team in his second season. In 2018, he shot a 78 in the T of C and in 2019, shot a 74 to tie for fourth in the NJAC tournament.

Barnes Blake, Westfield, so.

Blake recently qualified for the Dustin Johnson World Junior Invitational at TPC Myrtle Beach in early March, where he shot 83 straight on his first attempt. He will provide Summers with a solid 1-2 punch in the team competitions to start the year.

Cole Ekert, Chatham, Sr.

Ekert, bound for Richmond, is currently New Jersey’s top male player on the Junior Golf Scoreboard. Last summer, Ekert placed second in the Metropolitan Golf Association’s Carter Cup, the organization’s boys ‘stroke play championship, and third in the MGA boys’ match play championship. He scored ninth in the NJSGA Amateur Championship last August and won the NJPGA Junior Section Championship last June. In 2019, he led Chatham to the county and section championships – winning individual medal honors at both events – and was an all-state first team selection by the New Jersey PGA. That’s not all, Ekert also hosts an annual charity outing called Juniors Fore Goryeb to benefit his local children’s hospital, an event that has raised over $ 70,000 over the past three years.

Michael Foley, Sparta, Sr.

The Foley, linked to Wagner and co-captain, was a 2018-19 U.S. first team selection of the NJAC conference. Foley is tied for second with a 72 in the 2019 Hunterdon / Warren / Sussex tournament, tied for fifth with an 82 in the North 1 & 2 Sectional and tied for third with an 82 in the 2019 T of C.

Joe Giamanco, Christian Brothers, Sr.

Giamanco has a 0.2 handicap with a low 70s average, has won several junior tournament wins and is in the top three. Last summer, he clocked the lowest second round in NJPGA junior tour history on day one of the Mountain Classic, shooting an 8 under 64, highlighted by two eagles. Giamanco played a role in back-to-back CBA State Championships and unbeaten records in 2018 and 2019.

Graeme Hollingshead, Gill St. Bernard’s, Sr.

Hollingshead, bound for Gettysburg College, opened the 2019 season with the school’s very first hole-in-one in a game or tournament, when GSB defeated Belvidere, 153-340! He hit the ninth 142-yard par 3 hole at Harker’s Hollow Golf Club in Phillipsburg. Currently ranked No. 32 in the state by Junior Golf Scoreboard, Hollingshead has a gross average of 78.45. He finished 10th out of 80 golfers at the 2019 Skyland Conference Championship with a 79 and finished fifth (77) of 75 in the 2018 Somerset County Tournament.

Lance Hollingshead, Gill St. Bernard’s, Fr.

Hollingshead, Graeme’s younger brother and teammate, made his second appearance in the National Final of the Drive, Chip and Putt competition last Sunday at the legendary Augusta National Golf Club. He finished third out of 10 golfers in the Boys 14-15 category. Currently, No. 849 nationally on the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) rankings.

Garrett Kessler, West Essex, Sr.

The Rutgers-linked Kessler is New Jersey’s No.2 ranked signer in the 2021 class by the Junior Golf Scoreboard. Kessler, who was a 2019 All-State Third Team Selection by NJ.com, tied for first in NJSIAA Group 2 in his second season. He won the 2019 K-Golf Classic and also landed three second places. As a rookie he won the 2018 Essex County Tournament.

Ethan Lee, Christian Brothers, Jr.

Lee is currently ranked No. 540 nationally in the World Junior Golf Rankings and will lead, along with senior Giamanco, as ABC look to defend their 2019 State team title, aim for their third in a row and continue their streak. two years without defeat.

Isaiah Marseille, Blair, So.

Originally from Linden, Marseille is one of the best underclass golfers in the state. In addition to qualifying for the 2020 Dear NJ Junior Championship with a par of 72, Isaiah twice finished in the top 10 at AJGA events last summer and recently finished tied for 19th in the first Mack Champ Invitational in Houston. Currently, Marseille is n ° 487 nationally in the ranking of the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA).

Chase Millar, Delbarton, Sr.

The Fairfield-linked Millar finished tied for 10th place (80) in the 2019 non-public individual tournament A and finished in a tie eight for 27th (80) in the 2019 C individual T.

Brandon Mudrick, Wallkill Valley, Sr.

Mudrick, linked with Felician University, who intends to major in accounting, was named twice to the second team in the All-Colonial Division of the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference ahead of his junior season. The 5-foot-7, 150-pound player has also just completed his fourth year on the school’s varsity ice hockey team.

Tommy O’Neill, Catholic from Bergen, Jr.

Living right next to the Hackensack Golf Club, O’Neill was on the All-County second team with an impressive 39 points average in his freshman year. His best victory to date came last year at the NJSGA Junior State Championship.

Arav Patel, East Brunswick, Sr.

Patel, linked with George Washington, holds eight wins in his AJGA career and is ranked in the AJGA’s Top 60 Prospects in the class of 2021. Patel has qualified for the New Jersey Amateur Championship and the Met Open Championship last year and claimed a victory at the AJGA Golf Performance Center Junior Open. Patel finished second at the PGA Junior Qualifying Championship and third at the AJGA Junior in Knollwood in 2019. He finished second to ABC’s Jack Wall in the NJSIAA T of C final with a score of 68 as a rookie in 2018, but at the same time won the individual crown of the NJSIAA Group 4 tournament. In 2019, Patel helped East Brunswick to finish second at the Westfield Invitational and the Galloway National Challenge. Currently No. 172 nationally in the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) rankings.

Hunter Po, Bridgewater-Raritan, So.

Po, who plays on his home course at Raritan Valley CC, is currently ranked No. 63 in the World Junior Golf Rankings and No. 536 in the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) rankings.

Shane Quinn, Morristown, Jr.

As a freshman, lost in the playoffs at the NJAC Championship and was a second-team All-NJAC Conference selection. In his first year, he had an average of 3 points and more.

Colin Summers, Westfield, Sr.

Team captain and related to Fairfield, Summers, showed leadership from the start, volunteering to give a presentation to our Varsity and JV teams on Course Management and Strategy during the virtual preseason of the team. While last season didn’t happen due to the coronavirus shutdown, Summers had a great run in the MET Junior Championship at Rockaway River Country Club. Summers and Westfield 2020 captain Jason Lee both clocked a par 72 on qualifying day to move into the top 16 in a field of over 70 players. Summers beat his former teammate, 1 ahead, then advanced to the quarter-finals before ultimately losing to eventual tournament champion Luke Sample, 2 and 1.

Jack Tarzy, Hun School, Jr.

Currently ranked No. 761 nationally in the Global Junior Golf Rankings and No. 905 in the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) rankings, Tarzy secured a second place 41 in a 218-season opener. 259 against Pennington at Bedens Brook Club. at Skillman on March 30.

Paul Ulanich, Freehold, Sr.

Qualified twice by the state and in his long appearance in the Tournament of Champions, he finished tied for seventh in 2019 in his sophomore year. Ulanich is currently ranked No. 503 nationally in the World Junior Golf Rankings.

Derek Weaver, Hackettstown, Jr.

Weaver averaged 37.11 strokes in 20 games, averaging 1.6 above par. His 18-hole tournament average was 77.8. He was a consecutive All-Freedom first-team selection in 2018 and 2019. Weaver also posted scores in the first week of May 2019 with a 34 (-2), 32 (-4), 33 (-1) and 30 (-6). In his freshman year in 2018, he was the first Hackettstown golfer in school history to qualify for the T of C. Currently, No. 675 nationally on the American Junior Golf Rankings Association (AJGA).

Liam White, Catholic from Bergen, Jr.

Only playing his first year, Whit shot five times under par, underscored by a 33 under par of 3 at North Jersey Country Club. He also shot a 34-year-old 2-under at Ridgewood Country Club to help Bergen Catholic head coach Jim Jacobsen to his remarkable 1,100 victory. During his freshman stint, White shot in the 1970s at every 18 hole tournament he played.

Dylan Zhang, Blair, Jr.

The team captain spent part of the winter (while Blair was virtual) in California training for the season. There, he qualified for the Callaway World Championship by winning the Future Champions National Coastal Tour challenge with a total of 3 under par (70-69). Zhang helped Blair win the MAPL Championship in his freshman year.

Others to watch out for: Chris Dorey, Allentown, Sr .; Nathan Drogin, Newark Academy, Jr .; Derek Gutierrez, Cranford, So. ; Austin Liao, Watchung Hills, Jr .; Andrew Lim, Montgomery, So .; Zachary Loninger, Northern Burlington, So .; Blake Oppenheim, Millburn, Sr .; Alex Yip, Morristown, Jr.

Note: Golfers have not had a 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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