He’s won plenty of titles and accolades peppering through his home course over an accomplished high school golfing career.
But Mariano Medico is still searching for a championship in the Allan Memorial Golf Tournament.
He’ll get another chance to win one this weekend, when Medico teams up with his brother Larry Medico Jr. for the second straight year in the 114-team Allan Tourney, which opens with championship flight qualifying at 7 a.m. today at Fox Hill Country Club.
“We’re going to give it another shot,” Medico said.
He’s had plenty of clutch shots to smile about at Fox Hill throughout four impressive seasons at Holy Redeemer High School, a run which ended with Medico celebrating a PIAA Class 2A team title with his Royals buddies this past season. He’s also won individual District 2 and team titles with steady play and some precise putting at Fox Hill - where he began carving his path to two straight appearances in both the state and individual golf tournaments while playing the Exeter course in 2012 and 2013.
“That’s my course,” said Medico, who is headed to Monmouth University to open his collegiate golfing career in the fall. “I play it almost every day.”
He hasn’t been playing it much this week.
Medico was busy competing in the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s (GAP) Junior Boys Championship, where he shot a tournament-low 70 Wednesday morning and reached Thursday’s semifinals at Riverton Country Club.
But winning the Allan would mean even more to him.
“Playing in these big events, it’s very important,” Medico said. “This is going to be my last Allan before I go to school.”
He played the past two Allan tourney with mixed results.
Teaming with his father, Larry Medico Sr., Mariano Medico went into the final rounds with a shot to win before falling just short. Last year, Mariano teamed up with his brother Larry Jr. and fell out of contention on the first day of championship flight play.
“I played well two years ago,” Mariano Medico said. “Last year we flat-out played bad in the tournament. To be honest, last year with my brother was a little weird. My brother actually got in the day before the tournament. It sort of came quick, and I don’t think we were prepared. This year, we’ve been working real hard. His game is better than I’ve ever seen it, to be honest.”
They’ll have quite a challenge trying to dethrone supreme area golfers John Mikiewicz and Tom Biscotti, who teamed up to win last year’s Allan championship. And the team of long-time Fox Hill champion Ed Hennigan and Irem Temple Country Club ace Jim Hoover, back for more this weekend after finishing third in the Allan a year ago, is never an easy task.
Those are just two of the teams promising tough competition in a full field of 114 teams and 128 golfers trying to join the tournament’s illustrious history this weekend.
“I think what makes it popular is the fact John Allan’s been held for the past 68 years,” Fox Hill general manager Shane Bradley said. “It encourages competition of not only our members but our guests. It brings out the best from the younger kids who have been in high school to veterans who have been successful for awhile. The entire membership looks forward to being at the club and the competition.”
Although wet weather over the past few days may soften the grounds, the tournament isn’t expecting any major delays over the weekend.
“We don’t anticipate any issues with the rain,’ Bradley said. “It looks like the whole schedule should shape up to be nice.”
“It means a lot,” Mariano Medico said of the tourney, “because it’s good for the club, good for all the area.