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Kims are in prime position at district golf tourney

If the first day of the District 1 Golf Championship is any indication, Tuesday’s tournament finale could be a very special day for the Kims of Radnor.

Gabby Kim finished the first 18 holes at Gilbertsville Golf Club tied for the lead in the Class AAA tournament, and June Kim was one shot back of the leading pair.

Gabby Kim birdied the par-4 6th and 7th holes at Gilbertsville to tally a six-over 77, even with Central Bucks East’s Sophia Mancuso for the tournament lead. June Kim struggled down the stretch on the back nine with three consecutive bogeys, but she still covered the course in 78 strokes, all alone in third place, one shot clear of Conestoga’s Samantha Yao and two ahead of a quartet of players heading into Tuesday’s second round at Turtle Creek Golf Club.

Chichester’s Caprian Kan is also in the hunt with a 13-over 84. She’s among the 17 golfers (top 15 plus ties) advancing to Tuesday.

Radnor also claimed Monday’s the top Delco boys player in Jake Calamaro, who shot one-over 73 at Turtle Creek, tied with Great Valley’s Stephen Borst. Calamaro came back in one-under, weathering a double-bogey on 12 with birdies on 10, 13 and the par-5 18th to close his day. His four birdies were tied for third-most among the 110 golfers on course.

Calamaro is among the top 30 golfers advancing to Day 2. Joining him is Raiders teammate David Colleran, who is tied for 19th after a five-over 77. Colleran was one-under for the day after birdies on 11 and 13, but he double-bogeyed 16, 17 and 18 to nearly drop out of the top 30.

Rustin’s Luke Shevlin, who came in three-under, leads the way after a two-under 70. Methacton’s Kyle Vance, Kennett’s Evan Brown and Bishop Shanahan’s Ryan Conners sit at one-under. Unionville’s Jack Niemkiewicz, who led all participants with six birdies but was undone by a disastrous 7 on the par-3 third, is a shot behind Calamaro in a three-way tie for eighth.

Radnor’s Michael Sydnes finished 41st at nine-over 81, done in by six back-nine bogeys. Teammate Chris Austen, who birdied 5 and 8, was tied for 52nd at 11-over 83, the same score carded by Garnet Valley’s Jimmy Gillespie, who birdied 5 and 18.

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