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Players to Watch follow-up

December 20, 2017

The Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine, in its spring edition, outlined four “Players to Watch” in 2017. How did those selected for the segment fare this tournament season? Let’s find out.


Amateur: Carey Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club


Bina opened his campaign by advancing to U.S. Open Sectional qualifying. He carded rounds of 68 and 76 during that stage, missing the cut at Canoe Brook Country Club. He also missed the cut in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship at Philadelphia Cricket Club, carding rounds of 74 and 80. Bina tied for 21st in the Joseph H. Patterson Cup at Wilmington Country Club (South) and 25th in the Open Championship at Philadelphia Country Club. He did find success outside the GAP circuit. He posted a pair of Top 10 finishes in the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Amateur and Open Championships, respectively. Bina represented GAP during the Philadelphia Challenge Matches.


Senior: Joseph Lewis, Aronimink Golf Club

A Senior Division sophomore, Lewis tied for 28th in the Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross) at Spring Ford Country Club. He missed the match-play cut in the Brewer Cup presented by Callaway Golf at St. Davids Golf Club by two strokes. Lewis opened the Senior Amateur Championship at Lehigh Country Club with an 80. Mother Nature stopped any chance of leaderboard ascension.


Super Senior: Steve Tagert, Spring Ford Country Club

Tagert captured the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) at Lu Lu Country Club, besting three others in a sudden-death playoff. He also won the Super-Senior title in the Senior 27-Hole Challenge at Brookside Country Club alongside Carl Everett, a Merion Golf Club member. In addition, Tagert tied for 22nd in the Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross), placed 24th in a shortened Senior Amateur Championship and missed the match-play cut in the Brewer Cup.


Junior: Nicholas Gianelos, Radley Run Country Club

In his lone Golf Association of Philadelphia appearance, Gianelos missed the match-play cut in the Junior Boys’ Championship presented by PURE Insurance. He carded a 7-over-par 79 at Spring Ford.

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