The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

June 18, 2014

Wilson holds 2-stroke lead over Colbert at Herald-Tamie Junior Golf Championship

By Lynn Saternow
Herald Sports Editor

- — It’s never easy in a golf tournament when you are chasing the leader. It’s even more difficult when you are chasing history, as well.

Such is the case for Hickory High senior Billy Colbert who has a chance to become only the second golfer in history to become a 4-time champion of the prestigious Herald-Tam O’Shanter Junior Golf Championship.

For a second straight year, Colbert trails Kennedy Catholic’s Jacob Wilson by 2 strokes after the opening round. Wilson shot 78 and Colbert 80.

Last year, in winning his third Herald-Tamie crown, Colbert tied Wilson on the second day of play and then won on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Only one other player — Michael Klaric III — since the tournament began in 1949 has won 4 titles.

Also in the hunt is West Middlesex’s Ryan Dogan. Dogan, better know for his skills in basketball for the Big Reds, proved he’s not too bad with the little sphere, either, as he posted an 83. In with an 85 was Teddy Haaz.

Can history repeat itself and Colbert rally from a 2-stroke deficit to Wilson? Actually history might not have a chance.

Colbert faced a tough decision after meeting with his family yesterday. His great-grandmother (Mildred Nestarec) died recently, and the funeral is this morning at about the same time Colbert would be playing No. 12 at Tamie.

What will be the call? Play or not? Stay tuned ...

Notes: The top 18 players from Tuesday’s round advanced to the finals which were to begin at 7:25 this morning ... The tournament began in 1949 as the brainchild of Herald Sports Editor Johnny Pepe and Tam O’Shanter owner Jack Kerins. One of the players in Tuesday’s action was Conner Stevens, 12, a great-grandson of Pepe.

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Tuesday’s scores


Jacob Wilson    78

Billy Colbert    80

Ryan Dogan    83

Teddy Haaz    85

Joe Faber        87

Conner Stevens    89

Jesse Kirila    89

Brandon Cioffi    92

Justin Atkinson    93

Cory Haaz        97

Cameron Colbert    99

James Hayes    99

Abby Hearns    104

Dean Baker    108

Zack Cattron    109

Tony Trenga    110

Luke Sadowski    114

Bryce Schell    116

Missed cut

Brenden Hoover    126

Joseph Mirizio    137

Max Baron        190

Aaron Erimias    WD