July 28, 2017

Kevin Kornuszko hits a 3-wood on No. 15 (par 4, 421 yards).

Spring Mill’s Kornuszko cards 68, caps #PatCup Qualifier at Bluestone

  BLUE BELL, Pa. — If the Matt Davis Golf Academy needs a testimonial, then Kevin Kornuszko is the guy to call. The Spring Mill Country Club member shaved two strokes off his handicap index since a consultation there last month.

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  Signs of his improvement sprouted throughout Bluestone Country Club (par 71, 6,530 yards) Friday. Kornuszko carded a 3-under-par 68 to earn medalist honors in a Joseph H. Patterson Cup Qualifier on the delightful design. He earned one of 30 qualifying positions and ties available for the Championship proper.

  The cut line stopped at 77 by day’s end. The 115th Joseph H. Patterson Cup will take place Aug. 9-10 at Wilmington Country Club (South).

  “I took a lesson [with Matt Davis] to fix some iron play. Since then, I’ve really been hitting it a lot better with the iron game,” Kornuszko, 39, of Warrington, Pa., said. “I wasn’t putting enough weight on my front set-up. It’s been effective. From that day on, I’ve been much better.”

  Proof is in Kornuszko’s red pudding at Bluestone. Although he set foot on the property for the first time, Kornuszko executed each shot like a knowledgeable veteran. He deposited a pair of 12-footers for birdie on a pair of par 5s to start. A sand wedge from 80 yards on No. 1 (529 yards), and a gap wedge from 110 yards on No. 5 (531 yards) served as the setups. His only outward bogey occurred on No. 2 (par 4, 413 yards).

  Then came a back-nine breakout.

  Kornuszko, who registered 13 greens in regulation on the day, saw four consecutive birdie opportunities inside 20 feet, but walked away with pars. On the par 4, 380-yard 14th hole, he capitalized on tedious chance from the collar. Kornuszko drained a 20-foot, left-to-right slider following a 6-iron from 180 yards. He ran a 3-wood through the fairway on the next hole, a dogleg left par 4 measuring 421 yards. A troubling lie forced a punch shot; a lob wedge to the front of the green and a two-putt meant a bogey. Kornuszko, a soft-spoken and swift striker, recovered from the rare error by sticking an 8-iron to two feet on No. 16 (par 3, 158 yards) for birdie. Consider the closing par 4, 407-yard 18th hole a clear demonstration of Kornuszko’s improvement. He split the fairway with a powerful drive, knocked a pitching wedge 125 yards to 12 feet and strutted toward the jar as his 12-footer for birdie clattered.

  “I hit it better than I have in years,” Kornuszko, a sales manager, said. “I’ve been playing a lot of golf the last few weeks and I’ve been hitting it really well. I didn’t make a lot of birdie putts today, but still enough to get to 3 under.”

  More flexibility in his work and family schedule allowed Kornuszko to spend more time focusing on his game this summer. He’s auditioned for the Patterson Cup and Middle-Amateur Championship over the past few years. A missed cut here, a middle of the pack finish there.

  Perhaps Wilmington will tell a different tale, given his progression of late.

  “I’ll try to keep playing as well as I can, make the cut and put up the best number I can,” Kornuszko said.

  The second oldest Championship in the Golf Association of Philadelphia, the Joseph H. Patterson Cup memorializes a man who fostered the game in its infancy. Joseph Henry Patterson, a Philadelphia Cricket Club member, competed in the first out-of-town match played by a team of Philadelphians. Friends of Patterson donated the Cup, designed by J.E. Caldwell & Co., to the Association in 1900.

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Qualifiers

Name, club

Score

Kevin Kornuszko, Spring Mill Country Club

68

Matt Bierer, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

71

Adam Mistretta, Silver Creek Country Club

71

Paul Mauer, Stonewall

72

Alexander Butler, Bluestone Country Club

73

Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club

73

Dan Joseph, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

73

Steve Oh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

74

Danny Dougherty, DuPont Country Club

74

Mark Agnew, Hartefeld National

74

Corey Betham, Philadelphia Publinks GA

75

Ed Brown, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

75

Mike Sydnes, Talamore Country Club

75

Dylan Chessher, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

75

Alex Cook, Waynesborough Country Club

75

Thomas Dzwonczyk, Country Club of Scranton

75

Frank Petrash, IV, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76

Brendan Bacskai, Applebrook Golf Club

76

David West, Whitford Country Club

76

Blake Hinckley, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

76

Andrew Kotler, Cherry Valley Country Club

76

Daniel Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

76

Jonathan Radick, Spring Mill Country Club

77

David Kim, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club

77

Ronald Jamarowicz, White Clay Creek Country Club

77

John Mikiewicz, Fox Hill Country Club

77

Chuck Briggs, Bala Golf Club

77

Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club

77

Buddy Hansen, IV, Blue Bell Country Club

77

Kevin Karabin, Glen Oak Country Club

77

Failed to qualify

Tom Spano, Llanerch Country Club

78

Connor Boham, Spring Ford Country Club

78

Greg Berdini, Little Mill Country Club

78

Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

Jon Nolan Perry, Waynesborough Country Club

78

Anthony Barr, Blue Bell Country Club

78

Kyle Martin, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78

Ross Pilliod, Bala Golf Club

78

George Petrellis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

79

David Hirschhorn, Old York CC at Chesterfield

79

Robert Olseski, III, Sandy Run Country Club

79

Brett Murphy, Stone Harbor Golf Club

79

John Murphy, II, Stone Harbor Golf Club

79

Joey Hoban, Radley Run Country Club

79

Joseph Chambers, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club

79

Max Harrington, Moselem Springs Golf Club

79

Stephen Scott, Woodcrest Country Club

80

Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown

80

Joe Rochelle, Indian Valley Country Club

80

Philip Potter, Radley Run Country Club

80

J.T. Spina, Spring Ford Country Club

80

Blake Vogdes, Stone Harbor Golf Club

80

Jack Glacken, Bala Golf Club

80

Brad Cornforth, Loch Nairn Golf Club

80

Joseph Markmann, Talamore Country Club

81

Michael Axelrod, Bluestone Country Club

81

Alec Cwienkala, Saucon Valley Country Club

81

Jason Wilt, Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

Bryan Keeling, Spring Mill Country Club

81

Daniel Wu, Blue Bell Country Club

81

Nick Ostash, The Bucks Club

81

Joe Minahan, Brookside CC of Allentown

81

Dan Arison, Applebrook Golf Club

81

Dan Clark, Old York Road Country Club

81

Brendan Mahoney, Philadelphia Cricket Club

81

Charles Meadows, Whitford Country Club

81

Luke McKeogh, Commonwealth National Golf Club

81

Matthew Osorio, Merchantville Country Club

81

Eric Palumbo, Rolling Green Golf Club

82

Kyle Henofer, Indian Valley Country Club

82

Jack Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club

82

Duane Pinnock, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

82

David Guertler, Tavistock Country Club

82

Doug Fedoryshyn, Applebrook Golf Club

82

Brian Keane, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

83

Alec Stern, Green Valley Country Club

83

Chris Jackson, Little Mill Country Club

83

Damian Anzaldo, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

83

Scott Kalan, Squires Golf Club

84

Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club

84

Jack Quirk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

84

Greg Blackburn, Honeybrook Golf Club

84

Kevin Cahill, Merion Golf Club

84

William McGuinness, Tavistock Country Club

84

Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club

84

Joe Visalli, Hartefeld National

84

Steven Altieri, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

84

Anthony Hoffman, Middletown Country Club

84

Alex Golland, Spring Ford Country Club

85

Bradley Roberts, Little Mill Country Club

85

Kevin O'Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club

85

Greg Welsh, Talamore Country Club

85

Scott Lumbatis, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

86

Andrew Gallagher, Laurel Creek Country Club

86

Frankie McVeigh, Llanerch Country Club

87

Dylan Willey, Burlington Country Club

87

Jake McCloskey, Radley Run Country Club

87

Jim Rosenbaum, Old York Road Country Club

89

Christopher Walling, Gulph Mills Golf Club

90

Matt Dreyfuss, Hartefeld National

91

Eric Buckland, Meadia Heights Golf Club

91

Matthew Manfred, Commonwealth National Golf Club

92

James Peruggia, Blue Bell Country Club

93

Jerry Newell, Jr., Fieldstone Golf Club

93

Andrew Ring, Bluestone Country Club

97

John VanDame, Jr., Talamore Country Club

97

Dylan Stein, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

NS

C.J. Bell, McCall Golf & Country Club

WD

Brian Aslanian, Galloway National Golf Club

WD

Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club

WD

Dave DiValentino, Five Ponds Golf Club

WD

Kevin Turner, Radnor Valley Country Club

WD

Noah Schwartz, Woodcrest Country Club

WD

Tom Grady, Radley Run Country Club

WD

Sam Beauregard, GAP Junior eClub

WD

Steven Walczak, Wilmington Country Club

WD

Dan Brown, Llanerch Country Club

WD

Cory Reighard, Llanerch Country Club

WD

Chuck Kraatz, Talamore Country Club

WD

Justin Schorr, Talamore Country Club

WD

Ryan McDonald, Philadelphia Cricket Club

WD

Joe Rossi, Squires Golf Club

WD

Ari Flaisher, McCall Golf & Country Club

WD

Jonathan Green, Green Valley Country Club

WD

Brendan McNamara, The ACE Club

WD

NS — no show; WD — withdrawal

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