The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 15, 2013

ACC champ gives course good marks



When you’re smiling: Sunnehanna Club Champion Joe Cavalier has one piece of advice for recent Richland High School graduate and Greater Johnstown Open champion Brady Moran: Smile more.

The reason?

Cavalier, who shot an 81 and failed to make the cut, is Moran’s orthodontist. Moran carded a 75 Saturday and finished at 227. Cavalier finished at 242.

“It would be good for me, a chance to show off my work,” Cavalier said jokingly. “Brady’s a flat-liner. He’s stoic and that’s probably a reason why he’s great at all the sports he plays. You could never tell if he’s having a bad day or a good day.”

Moran did give his caddie, Pat Lennon, a grin after he sunk a par putt on No. 18, which gave him difficulties on Friday. The putt was part of a strong finish for Moran, who reached the green on the tricky final hole after his drive landed in the left rough.

Moran also made a nice par putt on No. 17, which drew applause from his sizeable gallery.

“It was awesome. It was an honor,” Moran said. “I’ll do this any time they give me an opportunity.”

The tournament marked Moran’s first appearance as a player, but he’s no stranger to the amateur.

In 1999, a picture appeared in The Tribune-Democrat of a 3-year-old Moran enjoying the competition. He also caddied the tournament twice for J.T. Griffin.

Two of his brothers, Connor and Ryan, served as caddies for other golfers, and big brother expects his siblings to follow his footsteps as future Sunnehanna Amateur qualifiers.

“I’m a little scared because they’re going to be very good if they stick with it,” Moran said.

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