Dilisio, Griffin eye national stage
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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.”