Williamson Cup Heads to Saucon Valley

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (August 8, 2016) - Jack Wall of Brielle, N.J., carded two rounds of 1-over 72 at Bellevue Country Club on Monday to earn co-medalist honors and lead Team MGA to a second place finish in the 53rd Williamson Cup, a junior team competition between 11 different golf associations throughout the Northeast and Canada.

The Golf Association of Ontario earned the victory at 11-over 437 for the 36-hole competition, in which three out of four players' scores count toward the team total. Ontario's victory is their 12th all-time, breaking a tie with the MGA for the most in the history of the event.

Following the morning round of play, the MGA stood in third place with a score of 11-over 224, just one shot behind the Pennsylvania Golf Association and two shots off Ontario's leading pace. Wall's 72 led the MGA, while MGA/MetLife Boys champion Nathan Han of Somers, N.Y., had a 75 and recent Met Am match play qualifier William Rand of New York, N.Y., a 77 to count toward the team's total.

In the afternoon, Han, Rand and Matt Minerva of Elmsford, N.Y., all improved upon their morning scores to help Team MGA jump past Pennsylvania thanks to a 6-over 219 team performance. However, Ontario recorded the day's best 18-hole total, a 2-over 215, to claim the six-stroke victory. Wall was consistent with his second straight 72, while Han and Minerva carded 74s and Rand a 73.

The 54th Williamson Cup will be hosted by the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association, being contested at Pittsburgh Field Club.

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ELMSFORD, N.Y. (August 10, 2015) - The MGA's Williamson Cup team will head to Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa., this week for the 52nd annual event which brings together competitors from 10 different Associations throughout the Northeast and Cananda.

Representing team MGA this year are four of the Area's top junior players: Brent Ito of Ardsley, N.Y., Ethan Ng of New York, N.Y., Ryan Davis of Berkley Heights, N.J., and John Felitto of Mountainside, N.J.

In 1964, A. Fred Williamson established the tournament on behalf of his father, who was one of the founding members of the prestigious Winged Foot Golf Club and a long-time member of the USGA Executive Committee. Rooted in the principles of professionalism and tradition in golf, it was created to provide young hopefuls with the opportunity to compete in national and international play. Not only that, but it’s a way for them to form new bonds with their teammates and other competitors from around the world and gain experience playing on some of the most beautiful and well-respected courses in the world.

These four bring great experience to the field - all four played in the MGA's Carter Cup at Baltusrol on July 29 and have been playing well through the summer. Brent Ito, the 2014 MGA/MetLife Boys Champion, has competed in almost every MGA event this season. The 16-year-old finished third at the Carter Cup, advanced to the Round of 16 for match play at the Met Junior, and competed at the Met Amateur and Ike.

Ethan Ng, 15, is fresh off an appearance at the U.S. Junior Amateur and a T-11 finish at the Carter Cup. He advanced to the semifinals in the Met Junior at Paramount, falling to the eventual champion James McHugh. Ng is also one of the favorites for this year's MGA/MetLife Boys Championship, holding the No. 1 seed in he match play event which falls right after the Williamson Cup, August 13-14, at Gardiner's Bay.

John Felitto, 17,  played in his second consecutive U.S. Junior Am this past July. The future Notre Dame golfer has also been a familar name on the MGA circuit this summer, most recently finishing in the top half of the field at the Carter Cup. Felitto also competed in this year's NJSGA Open Championship and logged a top-20 finish at the NJSGA Amateur Championship.

Ryan Davis, also 17, narrowly missed out on qualifying for the U.S. Junior Am, finishing as the first alternate. More recently, Davis finished in the middle of the pack at the Carter Cup. Davis also made the on-site cut at the NJSGA Amateur Championship.

The Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) serves as host for the 36-hole stroke play event. The low three scores of each four-man team in each round will count toward the team total.

The MGA last hosted the Williamson Cup in 2013 at Sleepy Hollow in Scarborough, N.Y. The MGA finished as the runner-up team and are looking to bring the trophy back to the MGA since their back-to-back wins in 2011 and 2012.

Live scoring, courtesy of GAP, will linked on the MGA's website. You can also join in or follow the conversation on social media, using #2015Williamson.

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