Sudell defends title at Joe Felder PGA Junior Championship
GREENWICH — Wednesday marked a championship day for two sisters and a sweet repeat for two more competitors at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course.
It was kids’ day at The Griff, as the 2019 Town of Greenwich Joe Felder PGA Junior Championship took place and the young golfers were indeed, in tournament form.
Tyler Sudell, a rising Greenwich High School senior, repeated as the boys’ 14-17 year-old 18-hole champion, while sisters Juliette and Charlotte Santulin each won their respective age-group flights at the town’s popular junior tournament, which was sponsored by Greenwich Independent Insurance.
Chad Ruggiero won the 10-13 year-old 18-hole flight for the second straight year and Ajax LaNasa captured the 10-13 year-old 9-hole title at hot, humid Griffith E. Harris Golf Course.
Sudell shot a 7-over-par 78 to claim his second consecutive boys 14-17 year-old 18-hole winner’s trophy.
“Lately, I haven’t been playing well from the blue tees,” Sudell said. Today, I felt good out there, so to shoot 78 was a really good accomplishment.”
Sudell’s round began with a birdie on the par-4, first hole. He drove the green on the 10th hole on his way to making birdie, then sank birdie putts on the 16th and 18th holes.
“Getting a birdie on 18 was a good way to finish the round,” said Sudell, who is a member of Greenwich’s golf team, which won the FCIAC and state title this past spring. “It feels great to win it again and I always look forward to competing in this tournament.”
JT Spadone was the runner-up in the boys’ 18-hole 14-17 year-old flight, carding an 82. Peter Kapp shot an 83 to finish third, followed by Miles Langhorne and Michael Hickey, both of whom finished with an 85.
BOYS 10-13 YEAR-OLD 18-HOLE FLIGHT
Consistent throughout, Ruggiero took top honors in the flight, posting an impressive 4-over-par 75 from the green tees.
“It feels very good to win the tournament, considering I’ve won other times,” said Ruggiero, who shot an 82 in the tournament last summer. “It’s been getting better for me at this tournament every time.”
Ruggiero had a strong back nine, rolling in birdie putts on Nos. 10, 12, 14 and 15. The 13-year-old plans on playing on the golf team at St. Luke’s School this coming year.
“I live right near here, so I play a lot of golf at this course,” he said. “It’s a great course.”
Henry Graham shot a 79 for a second-place finish in the flight.
GIRLS 14-17 year-old 9-hole flight
Juliette Santulin took home the championship trophy with a nine-hole score of 49. Santulin, 16, attends the French American School in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
“I had some great drives on a couple of the holes and some good
Rain showers hit the area at 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, but fortunately, they passed through quickly. Sofia Ghorbel, a member of the Greenwich High girls golf team, placed second in the flight with a 51 over nine holes.
BOY 10-13 YEAR-OLD 9-HOLE FLIGHT
LaNasa broke the tournament’s record in the flight by shooting a sizzling 3-under-par 34 from the gold tees. He drove and putted well throughout en route to earning the championship trophy.
Leo Graham was the runner-up (45), followed by Robert Ryan (47) and Reid Rodgers (48).
GIRLS 10-13 YEAR-OLD 9-HOLE FLIGHT
Charlotte Santulin posted a roun
“I was really looking forward to this competition, so I was really happy to win it,” said Santulin, who plays at Winged Foot Golf Club with her family regularly. “This was a lot of fun.”
2019 TOWN OF GREENWICH JOE FELDER PGA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course
BOYS 18-HOLE 14-17 YEAR OLD FLIGHT: Tyler Sudell 78; JT Spadone 82; Peter Kapp 83; Michael Hickey 85; Miles Langhorne 85; Ryland Magee 86; Robert Pedicano 86; Matteo Santulin 87; Oscar Saltissi 102.
GIRLS 14-17 YEAR-OLD 9-HOLE FLIGHT: Juliette Santulin 49; Sofia Ghorbel 51
BOYS 10-13 YEAR-OLD 9-HOLE FLIGHT: Ajax LaNasa 34; Leo Graham 45; Robert Ryan 47; Reid Rodgers 48; George Kapp 52; Max Corbo 53; Winston Rose 53.
BOYS 10-13 YEAR-OLD 18-HOLE FLIGHT: Chad Ruggiero 75; Henry Graham 79; Will Newman 96; Theodore Walsh 96; Theo Perkins 96; Lennork Lehmitz 106; Yuta Takahashi 109.
GIRLS 10-13 YEAR-OLD 9-HOLE FLIGHT: Charlotte Santulin 41; Yvette O’Brien 44; Mia Rodgers 46; Julianna Penna 49; Caroline McShea 48; Claire Yu 54; Estelle Santulin 56; Quianxue Ge 66.