Dili­sio, Grif­fin eye national stage

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Tony Leodora

For Mont­gomery Me­dia

Would the United States Golf As­so­ci­a­tion, the or­ga­ni­za­tion which runs the U.S. 2SHn, HvHU KRSH WKDW TLJHU Woods and Phil Mick­el­son re­frained from play­ing in the HvHnW?

WRuOG WKH L3GA HvHU wish that In­bee Park and Stacey Lewis skipped the 1DbLVFR CKDPSLRnVKLS?

WRuOG WKH 5 & A, WKH JRvHUnLnJ bRGy RvHU WKH BULWLVK 2SHn, HvHU bH KDSSy DbRuW D no-show from Rory McIl­roy DnG LHH WHVWZRRG? lf course not. But Paul LaNoce, gu­nior Cham­pi­onship chair­man for the Mont­gomery County Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship, sin­cerely hopes the best boy and the best girl in the county are not in the start­ing lineup when the Mont­gomery County gu­nior Cham­pi­onship is played at Ply­mouth CC on guly 26.

Some ex­pla­na­tion is needed about those sen­ti­ments.

-DOHn GULIfin, WKH VHnLRU- to-be at Wis­sahickon High, is the high­est-ranked ju­nior boy in Mont­gomery County, by vLUWuH RI KLV VWHOODU SODy Ln WKH 99WK 3KLODGHOSKLD -unLRU Cham­pi­onship. He set an HvHnW UHFRUG by fiULnJ D 67 in the medal por­tion of play, WKHn DGvDnFHG WR WKH VHPL­fi­nals be­fore fall­ing in match play. He then fol­lowed that by shoot­ing a 1-un­der-par RvHU WZR URunGV DW ,nGLDn Val­ley CC to grab medal­ist hon­ors and qual­ify for the

r.S. gu­nior Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship.

Is­abella ail­i­sio, the ju­niorto-be at Mount St. goseph’s Acad­emy, is the high­es­tranked ju­nior girl in Mont­gomery County — and the de­fend­ing County gu­nior Girls cham­pion. She has al­ready won a num­ber of AgGA national events this yHDU DQG DOsR TuDOL­fiHG WR play in the r.S. gu­nior Girls Cham­pi­onship.

rn­for­tu­nately, their suc­cesses cause a ma­jor scheduOLQJ FRQflLFW. BRWK WKH 8.6. gu­nior Boys Cham­pi­onship and the r.S. gu­nior Girls Cham­pi­onship are sched­uled for guly 19 through 27. If play­ers ad­vance from the medal por­tion of play, they move into match play. If they ad­vance through the match play brack­ets, they could be com­pet­ing un­til Satur­day, guly 27.

The Mont­gomery County gu­nior Cham­pi­onship is cri­day, guly 2S.

“lb­vi­ously, we would love to see them play­ing in the County Am, but if they are still play­ing in the na­tion­als, that’s even bet­ter,” said Lakoce, who has worked closely with the gu­nior Cham­pi­onship since its in­cep­tion. “We wish both of them great suc­cess in the r.S. gu­nior Cham­pi­onships. They have reached the pin­na­cle of ju­nior am­a­teur golf. The best sce­nario would be to see them at the County Am clos­ing cer­e­monies on Sun­day night, hold­ing their medals as national cham­pi­ons.”

It is quite a co­in­ci­dence WKDW ERWK GULI­fiQ DQG DLOLsLR TuDOL­fiHG IRU WKH 8.6. -unior Cham­pi­onships for the fiUsW WLPH LQ WKH sDPH yHDU. The two have been friends and play­ing golf to­gether since they were old enough to swing a club. They have logged many hours un­der the tute­lage of PGA pro­fes­sional Lou Guzzi and on the course at Talam­ore CC.

“This has been an ex­tremely ex­cit­ing week for galen,” said his mother, Lisa ewang, in what is quite an un­der­state­ment.

Sam ail­i­sio, Is­abella’s fa­ther, echoed the same sen­ti­ments. “We have al­ways been com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the Mont­gomery County Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship, but the pos­si­bil­ity ex­ists that Is­abella could still be play­ing in the national cham­pi­onship when that date comes around. If she is not, we hope to make a late en­try for the county cham­pi­onship.”

The County Am board KDs Ds­suUHG ERWK GULI­fiQ DQG ail­i­sio that a spot awaits them, if they re­turn home in time to com­pete. But, in the words of Chair­man Lakoce, “We would rather see them re­turn as r.S. gu­nior cham­pi­ons.”

En­try forms for all di­vi­sions of the Mont­gomery County Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship can be found at any pro shop of the 50 golf cour­ses lo­cated in the county. Also, a form can be down­loaded by go­ing to www.mont­coa­ma­teur.com. nues­tions can be an­swered by call­ing WKH WRuUQDPHQW RI­fiFH DW 610279-9220.

Is­abella Dili­sio has qual­i­fied for the U.S. Ju­nior Girls Cham­pi­onship.

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