Jerry Wall, CBA, boys golfer of the year

Jerry Wall, CBA, boys golfer of the year

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Jerry Wall, CBA, boys golfer of the year

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When Jerry Wall entered the Christian Brothers Academy lineup a year ago, inserted by coach Tim Sewnig when NJSIAA Tournament play began, he made his presence felt immediately.

He propelled the Colts to a South/Central Non-Public A title, before his 76 at Neshanic Valley put the finishing touches on the team title at the Tournament of Champions.

“We knew that last season we were going to get Jerry into the lineup come states,” Sewnig said. “We had some seniors who deserved a chance to try to win Monmouth County and the Shore Conference, but we said all along that Jerry would be a part of the team come the state events.”

This season, the sophomore was a regular right from the start and immediately established himself as not only one of the Colts’ strongest players, but as someone who could challenge the best in the state.

At the Galloway Challenge at Galloway National in early April, Wall fired a 1-over-par 72 to claim the individual title in an event that featured some of the state’s top players. While CBA finished second in the team event that day to Bergen Catholic, Wall topped players like Bergen Catholic’s Harrison Shih, who won the individual state championship a year ago.

Two weeks later at the Monmouth County Tournament, Wall took the title in his first try as he finished with a 70 at Hominy Hill in Colts Neck for a four-shot victory over his brother, Ethan, a junior for the Colts. He went 3-under-par on Hominy Hill’s par-3s that day in producing a dominating performance.

He led for much of the day at the Shore Conference Tournament, before teammate Vince Palazzolo eagled two of his final four holes to shoot 69 and top Wall by three shots at Charleston Spring in Millstone.

“He has just been such a consistent performer for us all season,” Sewnig said. “His stroke average is under par for our matches, which is an indication of just how well he’s been playing.”

So when the state events began, Wall was firmly entrenched as one of the Colts’ leaders. More titles followed.

At the South/Central Non-Public A sectional at Mountain View in Ewing, Wall played well enough to grab fifth place overall, as the Colts emerged as the team champion.

A week later at Hopewell Valley in Hopewell at the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions, Wall posted a 75 in difficult conditions and tied teammate Vince Palazzolo for the low round on the team, as the Colts came away with the Non-Public A state championship.

As Wall prepares to play in a host of junior tournaments this summer, while trying to qualify for the U.S. Junior Championship for a second straight year, the only question is how good can he be over his final two seasons with the Colts.

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