Dili­sio, Grif­fin eye national stage

The Willow Grove Guide - - OPINION -

U.S. Ju­nior Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship.

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

Un­for­tu­nately, their suc­cesses cause a ma­jor scheduOLQJ FRQflLFW. BRWK WKH 8.6. -uQLRU BRys CKDPSLRQsKLS and the U.S. Ju­nior Girls Cham­pi­onship are sched­uled for July 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, July 27.

The Mont­gomery County Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship is Fri­day, July 26.

“Ob­vi­ously, 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 LaNoce, who has worked closely with the Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship since its in­cep­tion. “We wish both of them great suc­cess in the U.S. Ju­nior 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 that both Grif­fin and Dili­sio qual­i­fied for the U.S. Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships for the first time in the same year. 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 tu- telage of PGA pro­fes­sional Lou Guzzi and on the course at Talam­ore CC.

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

Sam Dili­sio, 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 Dili­sio that a spot awaits them, if they re­turn home in WLPH WR FRPSHWH. BuW, LQ WKH words of Chair­man LaNoce, “We would rather see them re­turn as U.S. Ju­nior cham­pi­ons.”

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