July 26, 2017

Connor Sheehan, a Millersville University senior, medaled at Philmont.

Conestoga's Sheehan snags medalist honors in #PatCup Qual.

  HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. — Conestoga Country Club’s Connor Sheehan is a Golf Association of Philadelphia rookie, and was again a newcomer to Philmont Country Club (par 70, 6,601 yards) Wednesday in the first of two Joseph H. Patterson Cup Qualifiers. Despite no local knowledge, he seemed to have it all figured out by the time he hit Philmont’s finisher, and eventually, the scoring table.

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  Sheehan fired a 2-under-par round of 68 to earn medalist honors, topping a field of 125 Patterson Cup hopefuls vying for 31 spots and ties.

  The cut stopped at 6-over 76 on the day. The championship proper will be played Aug. 9 and 10 on Wilmington’s South track.

  Sheehan, a rising Millersville University senior, who just started playing in GAP events this season, played like a veteran on a day numbers were high while the medalist went low.

  “It felt good to break out of my recent slump today,” said Sheehan, who missed the cut in the GAP Open at Philadelphia Country Club in his Major debut. “I felt like I had it all going today. I only missed three greens and that really kept me steady.”

  A problem Sheehan has been facing during that slump is bogeying opening holes. Ratifying that problem remained a focus today. Count today as a step in the right direction.

  His driver off the tee on No. 1 (par 4, 392 yards) was pulled into the left rough, but a nice 9-iron left him with 15 feet for birdie. That attempt hit nothing but the bottom of the cup.

  “I’ve had a problem in competitions starting off bad, usually with a bogey,” said the twenty-one-year-old Sheehan. “That was a big start for me today. It’s been a point of emphasis for me. It definitely helped – so far, so good.”

  Sheehan laced a drive on No. 5 (par 4, 445 yards) down the middle, then struck 7-iron to the green, leading to a 12-foot bender for birdie. Things were looking up.

  That is, until his only bogey blemish on the day arrived on the challenging par-3 11th (222 yards). He equipped hybrid off the tee, failing to find the green, chipped up and missed a makeable 4-footer.

  That bogey didn’t sit well with him, so in response, he erased it on No. 12 (par 5, 491 yards). Sheehan smacked driver off that tee, hit hybrid from 238 yards out to just in front of the green, then hit wedge to within inches for the tap-in birdie.

  He’d par the next six holes to finish at the magic 2-under number.

  Sheehan, who calls Quarryville, Pa. home, led the Marauders this past season with a stroke average of 74.6, winning three tournaments overall. In result of his highly successful junior season, he was named to the Division II Ping All-Region Atlantic Team.

  GAP competition seems to have arrived just in time for Sheehan’s steady rise to recognition. He says he looks forward to consistently competing in Major championships from here on out.

  “The [GAP] really just runs phenomenal tournaments. I’ve really enjoyed myself so far,” he said. “I’ve got a bunch of buddies out here that play, and it’s been great to compete out here. Not to mention the talent that plays in these events. I’m excited to get to Wilmington.”

  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

Connor Sheehan, Conestoga Country Club

68

Patrick McRae, West Chester Golf & Country Club

69

Matt Smith, Wilmington Country Club

70

Robert Firth, Jr., Commonwealth National Golf Club

71

Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

71

Chris Anderson, Wilmington Country Club

72

Steve Cerbara, Jericho National Golf Club

72

Rodney James, Five Ponds Golf Club

72

Carlos Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown

73

David Gall, Riverton Country Club

73

Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club

73

Joey Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club

73

Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club

74

Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74

Liam McAnally, Applecross Country Club

74

Erik Reisner, The ACE Club

74

Anthony Sebastianelli, Glen Oak Country Club

74

Rob Streit, Jr., North Hills Country Club

74

Connor Vanin, Philadelphia Publinks GA

74

Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield

75

Mark Farley, Lu Lu Country Club

75

Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75

Richie Kline, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

75

D.J. Pinciotti, III, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

75

Todd Vonderheid, Huntsville Golf Club

75

Jack Wallace, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75

Stephen Barry, Running Deer Golf Club

76

Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club

76

Nicholas Biondi, Glenmaura National Golf Club

76

Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club

76

Trey Croney, Applebrook Golf Club

76

Mike Kacelowicz, Schuylkill Country Club

76

Ben Litt, Riverton Country Club

76

Jason Loehrs, Cobbs Creek Golf Club

76

Chris Meares, Running Deer Golf Club

76

Michael Shevlin, Sr, Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

 

Failed to qualify

John Barry, Lancaster Country Club

77

Tyler Canfield, Downingtown Country Club

77

Brandon Capone, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

77

Mark Hill, Rolling Green Golf Club

77

Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club

77

Keith Matt, Talamore Country Club

77

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

77

Shane Nocito, Philmont Country Club

77

Patrick O'Brien, North Hills Country Club

77

Ryan Orcutt, Philadelphia Publinks GA

77

Brad Sokol, Green Valley Country Club

77

Jeff St. Amour, Llanerch Country Club

77

Tim Westfall, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

77

Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club

78

J.J. Berenato, Llanerch Country Club

78

Matt Brainard, Loch Nairn Golf Club

78

Eric Carlidge, North Hills Country Club

78

Andrew Carnevale, North Hills Country Club

78

Quinn Dolan, Rolling Green Golf Club

78

Brad Ebersole, The Ridge at Back Brook

78

Carlo Fitti, Llanerch Country Club

78

Kyle Ginty, Talamore Country Club

78

Todd Anderson, Wilmington Country Club

79

Dante DiStefano, Commonwealth National Golf Club

79

G. Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club

79

Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club

79

William Mitchell, Laurel Creek Country Club

79

Peter Moran, Whitford Country Club

79

Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

Owen Samuda, Valleybrook Country Club

79

Joe Tigani, Fieldstone Golf Club

79

Jordan Wycoff, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

79

Matthew Bastian, Jr., Rolling Green Golf Club

80

John Buliga, Yardley Country Club

80

Brian Bygott, Tavistock Country Club

80

Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club

80

Kenny Engel, Jr, Bensalem Township Country Club

80

Daniel Galbreath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

80

Joel Hark, Woodcrest Country Club

80

Kevin Hart, Jr., Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club

80

Phillip Held, Jr., Blue Bell Country Club

80

Matt Keim, Brookside Country Club

80

Blaine Lafferty, Little Mill Country Club

80

Thomas Lewis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

Nick Madden, Lu Lu Country Club

80

Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

80

Kevin Bonner, Talamore Country Club

81

Christian Haldeman, Saucon Valley Country Club

81

Bryan McClaskey, Merchantville Country Club

81

Jeffrey Romines, Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

Reed Winkler, Hartefeld National

81

Brandon Cassidy, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

Jim Engler, Sea Oaks Golf Club

82

Archie Filshill, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

82

Brian Fisher, Phoenixville Country Club

82

Phil Formica, Yardley Country Club

82

Kevin Frost, Philadelphia Cricket Club

82

Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

82

Nicholas Lukow, Woodstone Country Club

82

Bill Murray, Woodcrest Country Club

82

Pat Pasquariello, Philadelphia Country Club

82

Alec Ryden, Laurel Creek Country Club

82

Christopher Skean, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

82

Ryan Bowman, Aronimink Golf Club

83

Joseph Dulka, Bellewood Country Club

83

Dave Landau, Berkshire Country Club

83

Brian Trymbiski, Doylestown Country Club

83

Mark Kosko, Sea Oaks Golf Club

84

Jack LaRosa, Philmont Country Club

84

Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club

84

Cory Haldeman, Saucon Valley Country Club

85

Frederick Hammer, Merion Golf Club

85

Matthew Law, Yardley Country Club

85

Steve Marshalek, Whitford Country Club

85

Kenneth Matt, Talamore Country Club

85

William Rolli, Philadelphia Publinks GA

85

Mike Hartsough, The Springhaven Club

86

Dylan Topaz, Philadelphia Cricket Club

86

Michael Diemer, Riverton Country Club

87

Elliot Sheftel, Lehigh Country Club

88

Liam Ward, Applecross Country Club

88

George Connell, Jr., Gulph Mills Golf Club

89

Larry Gauger, Radnor Valley Country Club

89

Mark Hodgson, Medford Village Country Club

89

Jon King, LedgeRock Golf Club

89

Michael Lewers, Aronimink Golf Club

90

Joe Spitaleri, Inniscrone Golf Club

92

Jose Rovelli, Philadelphia Cricket Club

93

Robert Filipe, Medford Village Country Club

95

William Howard, V, Applebrook Golf Club

DQ

Fran Begley, Wedgwood Country Club

NS

Rodney Anders, Indian Valley Country Club

WD

Greg Bender, Honeybrook Golf Club

WD

Ryan Bree, Fieldstone Golf Club

WD

Sean Ebert, Commonwealth National Golf Club

WD

Matthew Kristick, Inniscrone Golf Club

WD

Maximillian Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club

WD

William Naylor, Applebrook Golf Club

WD

Griffin Smith, Jericho National Golf Club

WD

Alan Wagenschnur, Loch Nairn Golf Club

WD

 

DQ-disqualification; NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

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