A GOLF COURSE illuminates the friendship between Cole Berman and Max Siegfried, former class- mates at The Haverford School.
The two spend summers together following
the same blueprint: arrive as the morning dew
sparkles, practice and play until your body or a
fading sun say no more.
Berman earned the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Junior Player of the Year Award from
2012-14. Siegfried is beyond proud to follow
in his best friend and mentor’s footsteps. The
Aronimink Golf Club member accumulated
497.5 points to receive the 2015 distinction.
“I can’t tell you that I know anyone better or
closer than Cole. It’s strange,” Siegfried, a senior
at The Haverford School, said. “I talk to him every day. We’re brothers. We talk like we’re brothers. We’re that close. His mom calls me her son
and in our family, Cole is our adopted son. He
understands me better than anyone. He’s more
than my best friend.
“I told Cole at the beginning of the year that
I was going to [try and win the Junior Player of
the Year Award]. He said, ‘Go ahead and do it.’
He’s the one who got it all started.”
“To have my Junior career end and to have him
take over the reins [as Junior POY] is really fun to
watch for me,” Berman, 19, of Rosemont, Pa.,
said. “It’s been fun to see him improve as a golfer
over the past couple of years and really mature.
He really proved himself this year. To have him win
it the year directly after I did made it special.”
“He has a passion for golf similar to me. It
was easy for us to practice together a lot,” Ber-
man, now a sophomore at Georgetown Univer-
sity, added. “We drove off of each other’s work
ethic and love for golf.”
Siegfried’s obsession created a tireless ma-
chine on the GAP circuit in 2015. In the 101st
Junior Boys’ Championship Qualifier at Indian
Valley Country Club, Siegfried stood at 6 over
thru 10 holes before flipping on the subpar
switch. He played the next 118 holes across the
Division’s Majors in 5 under, with match play
concessions in the Junior Boys’.
Siegfried captured the Christman Cup pre-
sented by Global Golf Post at Gulph Mills Golf
Club with rounds of 71 and 67. He earned run-
ner-up honors in the aforementioned Junior
Boys’, where he fell to Kyle Vance, 4& 2, in the
Final, and the 31st Jock MacKenzie Memorial,
where he lost to Mark Benevento, Jr. in a sud-
“To say that I didn’t finish outside of second
place in any of the GAP Junior events is really
cool. To almost win everything is really some-
thing special,” Siegfried said. “When I walked
off the 18th green at Gulph Mills and saw my
dad (Steve) and brother (Cory) there supporting
me … that was the best moment.”
“It was so awesome to see him break out
finally,” Cory added. “The amount that he’s
improved in the past few years has been so
immense that it surprises him even. To me,
it wasn’t a really a surprise. He’s matured so
much. Mentally, he can kick me to the curb,
which is huge. He’s got such a good head on his
shoulders. It’s incredible that he always points
it back to me and says I was his inspiration. I
would just play with him because I love him.”
Siegfried indeed deems his older brother an influence akin to Berman.
“When I was younger, I wasn’t very good,”
Siegfried said of older brother Cory. “I wanted
to be as good as he was.”
“I’m learning more from him now more than
ever. I feel like I’m in his shadow now,” Cory added.
A magnified motivation isn’t solely responsible for Siegfried’s transformation. His mental
approach, sharpened by visits with golf psychologist Dr. Morris Pickens, improved drastically throughout the tournament season.
“I was always a head case and I still am at
times,” Siegfried said. “Honestly this year, I’ve
learned how to handle myself on the course,
which is so key to playing good golf.”
Siegfried will head to the University of Virginia
in the fall of 2016. Beforehand, he plans on taking advantage of his final year of Junior eligibility.
“It’s kind of like he got some blood in his
mouth after a win and a good summer. He
wants it so much more,” Cory added. “He’s like
a machine.” m
JUNIOR Player of the Year
MAX SIEGFRIED___________ BY TONY REGINA ___________
Max Siegfried finished first or second
in every Major Golf Association of
Philadelphia Junior tournament.