Liam Hart ’19 captures Philadelphia Junior Open
Holy Ghost Prep junior Liam Hart, the 2017 PIAA Class 3A state champion, won the Philadelphia Junior Open on May 12-13 at Five Ponds Golf Course in Warminster by shooting a 69 and a 74 to finish one-over par. Hart easily captured the title by seven strokes over Karsen Rush of Chambersburg, Pa.
“The key to my win at the Philly Junior Open was just playing smart,” says Hart. “I drove the ball pretty straight, hit most greens, and made some putts. When I wasn’t hitting it great, my putter would step up, and vice versa. I didn’t make a double bogey or worse either day, so that definitely helped.”
It marks the second straight Hurricane Junior Golf Tour event that Hart has won. Back in late April, Hart bested the field in the New Jersey Spring Open at Hopewell Valley Golf Club. Hart will spend lots of time on the links during the summer months.
“I am going to play about 10 events during the summer months,” says Hart. “I will also begin to visit colleges in the summer. I plan on playing a tournament down at Pinehurst (the terrific golf course down in North Carolina), so I’ll kill two birds with one stone and also visit a number of southern colleges that week.”
Given his 2017 state title, his selection as this year's High School Boys Golfer of the Year by the Bucks County Courier Times, and his recent success on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, Hart is building an impressive golf resume, one that should impress college golf coaches when Hart begins his college search process in earnest this summer.
“For golf, taking action to reach out is more on the player than it is on the recruiter,” says Hart. “Over the summer, I will really dive into the recruiting process and reach out to schools I am interested in.”