CAGT Falls Road Open

November 23, 2009 by  

The Capital Area Golf Tour (CAGT) completed the Falls Road Open yesterday.  The CAGT has one more tournament to round out its inaugural fall season.  The season culminates at Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club, a Gary Player-designed course located in Leesburg, VA.

First round action in the Boys 10-12 Division (par 71 for this division), Evan Santa (Edgewater, MD) had the low round of the day with a 76 that included 8 pars and three birdies.  Will Haller (Gaithersburg, MD), playing in the same group with Santa was two back (78).  Jack Klein (Bethesda, MD) made his way into the second round final group with an 85.

Other 10-12 first round scores:

  • Isaiah Boucher (Orange, VA) – 88
  • Eli Robertson (Ashburn, VA) – 90
  • Adam Reiskin (Bethesda, MD) – 93

In the Boys 13-15 Division, Augustin Goudet (Bethesda, MD) shot an 81 to take the first round lead.  Matthew DiSalvo (Great Falls, VA), who just last week was bumped from third place by Goudet in a scorecard playoff, was one back at 82.  Brent Bubes (Bethesda, MD), seeing his first competitve play since recovering from two broken wrists, was five back of the lead with an 86.

Other 13-15 first round scores:

  • Bill Freschi (Ashburn, VA) – 91
  • Drew Johnson (Fairfax, VA) – 95
  • John McGuiness (Oakton, VA) – 97
  • Ryan Woodward (Mt. Airy, MD) – 98

Max Ruge (McLean, VA) carded a 77 in the first round of competition in the Boys 16-18 Divsion.  He told DC Metro Junior Golf that he left a few putts out there and felt he could go lower in the second round if he gave himself the same opportunities on Sunday.  Right behind Ruge were Evan Scott (Potomac, MD) and Andrew Monger (Ellicott City, MD), both with 79s.

Other 16-18 first round scores:

  • Tyler Reid (Springfield, VA) – 82
  • Ian Robertson (Ashburn, VA) – 83
  • Jason Slater-Barrera (Washington, DC) – 90
  • Alex Vargas (Olney, MD) – 96

In the Girls Under-10 Division, nine-year old Lena Capoccia (Bethesda, MD) fired an 86.  She said it wasn’t her best and was hoping to do better in the second round.

In second round action, Capoccia ran into a few bumps along the way and ended with a 96 (182).  Her caddie/father (in the CAGT, players in the Under 10 Division are allowed to use a caddie) said she struggled a bit but hung in there and she will definitely be back.  From what we saw on the course over the two days, Capoccia is a very determined and well-composed player and we have no doubt she will do well in the game.

In the Boys 10-12 Division, Klein had the low score for the division with an 81 (166).  This proved to be three strokes shy of moving into the 2nd place position as Haller, though not exactly happy with his score of 86 (164), held on to keep 2nd.  Santa was one off of Klein’s pace with an 82 (158) but it was enough to secure the victory and take home the Champion’s trophy.

Other 10-12 final scores:

  • Boucher – 88/90 (178)
  • E. Robertson – 90/90 (180)
  • Reiskin – 93/93 (186)

In the second round of the Boys 13-15 Division, rounding the turn, DiSalvo jumped ahead of Goudet albeit with some assistance from Goudet who took a nine on the 450-yard par 4, #2.  DiSalvo made the turn at 38 to Goudet’s 43.  Although Goudet worked hard to keep himself in the running, DiSalvo remained calm on the back nine and went one over for a total of 74 (156).  Goudet was in the clubhouse at 84 (165).  Bubes really stepped up his game on the second day.  Two bogeys on the front for a 37 and a flawless back nine consisting of nine straight pars for a 35 and 72 total for the round.  His two day total of 158 landed him solidly in 2nd place and only two back from the Champion, DiSalvo.

Other 13-15 final scores:

  • McGuiness – 97/98 (185)
  • Johnson – 95/98 (193)
  • Woodward – 98/96 (194)
  • Freschi – 91/WD (No Score)

In Boys 16-18 Division, there was plenty of excitment to be found but it wasn’t for first place.  This is not meant to underscore Ruge’s performance.  He commented to DC Metro Junior Golf after the first round that he thought he could go lower and that he did.  He went even on the front and two over on the back for a 72 (149).  If not for the double bogey on the 172-yard par 3 #14, his score would likely have been in the red.  Either way, it was enough to hold onto his first round lead and hoist up the Champion’s trophy.

Monger and Scott, playing in the same group with Ruge, made the turn at 40 and 39, respectively.  This is important since both players were tied for second after round one.  So, at this point, Scott had a one-stroke lead in the round.  At #12, Monger birdied to Scott’s bogey putting Monger ahead by two in the round.  Scott got one back on #13 and another on #14 and at #15 he gathered one more to lead the round by one.  At #16, Scott played it well and took a five for par.  However, Monger did one better with a birdie.   After 16 holes, Scott was at 69 and Monger at 69.  Both play #17 to par and were holding a 73 going into #18.  In the first round, Scott played to par on #18 while Monger played bogey.   On this day, on the 36th and final hole of the tournament, the roles were reversed with Monger carding the par and Scott with the bogey.  Final talley – Monger 77 (156) and Scott 78 (157) for second and third place, respectively.

Other 16-18 final scores:

  • I. Robertson – 83/81 (164)
  • Reid – 82/85 (167)
  • Slater-Barrera – 90/91 (181)
  • Vargas – 96/93 (189)

It was nice to see so many parents and spectators at the tournament this weekend.  Hopefully this will be a trend that will continue upwards.  See below for images of the trophy winners.  Check back soon for a full gallery of images from the weekend.

**News worth mentioning here is that the CAGT has just announced on its website ( that the Tour Championship (an invitational) to be played in the spring of 2010 will be ranked by GolfWeek.  This is big news for the Tour.  Junior players should take note of this when planning out their spring playing schedules.

Len Capoccia

Len Capoccia

(l-r) Evan Santa. Will Haller, Jack Klein

(l-r) Evan Santa. Will Haller, Jack Klein

(l-r) Augustin Goudet, Matthew DiSalvo, Brent Bubes

(l-r) Augustin Goudet, Matthew DiSalvo, Brent Bubes

(l-r) Evan Scott, Max Ruge, Andrew Monger

(l-r) Evan Scott, Max Ruge, Andrew Monger


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