GREENWICH — Tyler Sudell won the boys’ 18-hole, 14-17 year-old flight at the Town of Greenwich Joe Felder PGA Junior Championship on Wednesday for a very special person.
His younger brother Steven, who has cancer, smiled as Tyler was presented with the championship trophy by Griffith E. Harris PGA golf professional Joe Felder.
“I obviously wanted to do it for my brother, because I don’t know how much time he has left,” said Tyler Sudell, a rising Greenwich High School junior. “I wanted to make him happy.”
Steven Sudell, 14, was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in the spring of 2017. He received radiation treatment and underwent surgery, but this past spring it was discovered that tumors spread into his spine. Sudell has since undergone multiple unsuccessful radiation treatments.
In the Town Junior Championship in 2016, Steven Sudell was the champion of the boys’ 10-13 year-old 9-hole division.
“Obviously, he is not able to play golf, so I just wanted to make him happy and enjoy the day,” Tyler Sudell said. “He won the previous year, it’s sad.”
The brave youngster, got to see his older brother receive the winner’s trophy after he shot a 76 a Griffith E. Harris Golf Course on Wednesday.
“To win my first golf tournament feels amazing,” Sudell said. “I just got a new set of clubs yesterday (Tuesday), so I had to adjust with the distance, but it’s great.”
Consistent throughout, Sudell rolled in a birdie putt on the 14th hole.
“I had three bogeys on the back nine, so that birdie on 14 gave me momentum, which helped,” said Sudell, whose division included 11 players.
A member of the Greenwich High boys golf team that captured the FCIAC and CIAC Division I titles in 2018, Sudell will be a part of another formidable Cardinals squad next spring.
“It’s going to be another good year,” he said. “I was the sixth man this past season, so hopefully, I’ll move up. All of the guys on our team are great, so hopefully, we’ll do it again and win states.”
Miles Langhorne placed second in the boys’ 14-17 year-old 18-hole flight with a solid round of 78. Jacob Cohen shot an 80, while Michael Hickey carded an 84.
BOYS 18-HOLE, 10-13 YEAR-OLD FLIGHT
Chad Ruggiero claimed the first-place trophy in the 10-13 year-old, 18-hole flight, shooting an 82. Theodore Walsh was second with an 84, followed by JT Spadone (95).
“I was able to get some pars on the par 3s and the third hole, I had a birdie on the shorter par 5,” said the 12-year-old Ruggiero, who attends Greens Farms Academy. “My approach shots were pretty good and my putting was really good. The course was very well set up and the greens were perfect.”
GIRLS 9-HOLE, 10-13 YEAR-OLD FLIGHT
Laetitia Cartellieri earned top honors in the nine-player flight with a 43 over nine holes.
“I am really happy with my drives and putts, because they have improved a lot and I am happy with how I played,” said Cartellieri, a 13-year-old Greenwich Academy student, who began playing the sport more frequently two summers ago. “It was a really good tournament here at the Griff and I had a lot of fun.”
Yvette O’Brien finished one shot behind Cartellieri with a 44. Lavinia Cartellieri, Laetitia’s sister, and Sofia Ghorbel, each carded a 47.
“It was my first time on this course and I liked it, it was really beautiful,” said O’Brien, a 12-year-old, who goes to Greenwich Academy. “I did well and I improved from the last time I played in a tournament.”
O’Brien’s chipping was on point Wednesday.
“Every time I chipped, I thought of all the things I needed to do and it ended up being a good chip,” she said.
GIRLS 14-17 YEAR-OLD 18 HOLE FLIGHT
Jackie Intriere was the winner and as she joked when she received the trophy, “the competition was tough.”
Intriere was the only competitor in the division.
“It was a nice round, even though there was no one to compete against,” said Intriere, a 15-year-old Greenwich High student. “It was nice to get out there and the course was wonderful. Hopefully, next time, there will be more players.”
BOYS 10-13 YEAR-OLD 9-HOLE FLIGHT
An impressive round of 40 gave 10-year-old Brunswick School student Henry Graham the title.
“Driving was very tough for me, but then I got into a groove,” Graham said. “My putting was good, which helped me shoot a pretty low score.”
Charles Schrohe was the runner-up in the division, finishing one shot back with a 41. Brandon Yu carded a 46, while Ryan Crowley finished with a 48.
“My chipping was really good,” said Schrohe, a 13-year-old Eastern Middle School student. “The course was really good, the fairways and greens were really nice. I’m happy with my score.”
JOE FELDER PGA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Boys 14-17 year-old 18-hole flight
Tyler Sudell 76; Miles Langhorne 78; James Pryor 80; Jacob Cohen 83; Michael Hickey 84; Peter Kapp 86; Declan Long 89; Christopher Dunn 89; Luke Rutkose 99; Thomas Mantello 104; Jimmy Cabot 108
Boys 10-13 year-old 18-hole
Chad Ruggiero 82; Theodore Walsh 84; JT Spadone 95
Boys 10-13 year-old 9-hole
Henry Graham 40; Charles Schrohe 41; Brandon Yu 46; Ryan Crowley 48; George Kapp 50
Girls 10-13 year-old 9-hole
Laetitia Cartellieri 43; Yvette O’Brien 44; Lavinia Cartellieri 47; Sofia Ghorbel 47; Claire Yu 54; Alexandra Freeman 54; Ava Sreenan Cassidy 63; Charlotte Langhorne 63; Anna Leslie 73
Girls 14-17 year-old 18-hole
Jackie Intriere 101
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