July 25, 2017

David Hicks (left) and Dylan Stein (right) both earned #USAmateur invites.

Stein medals; Cooley takes final #USAmateur Qualifier spot

  ELVERSON, Pa. Rain and inclement weather threatened and arrived with a delaying impact Mondays U.S. Amateur Championship Qualifier at Stonewall, but in the end, it wasnt wet or dark enough to keep medalist honors out of Dylan Steins grasp.

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  Stein, a rising University of Arizona junior who plays out of Mercer Oaks Golf Course, fired a 2-under total of 138 to lead a pack of 125 hopefuls competing on Stonewall's two tracks -- Old (par 70, 6,923 yards) and North (par 70, 6,821 yards).

  An hour and twenty-minute delay began the day in gloom due to rain accumulations roughly three inches that fell overnight. Tee times were pushed back, but the show went on. But as the 36-hole event carried on, the Flemington, N.J. residents medalist honors didnt appear as if they would be awarded Monday after all.

  When the horn sounded at 7 p.m., Stein, who carded an even-par 70 in the morning, stood on the 16th green of the Old Course wondering if hed squeeze his second round in.

  The green light was ultimately given to resume play at 8 p.m. Stein, hustling from tee-to-green, would go par-bogey-par to clinch the top honor. His 2-under 68 was tied for low on the Old track, which served as the main site of the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

  I was definitely stiff heading back out there, said Stein, who transferred to Arizona after spending his first season with Towson University. But when I got out there I was still looking to make birdies. I wanted to be aggressive.

  I was actually worried the most about how the greens would be, said Stein. It did rain a little bit and I was worried if it was going to slow up or be more receptive. The course is unbelievable. It drained well and everything was great.

  Stein says hell join a few of his Wildcat teammates for the championship proper. The #USAmateur is set for Aug. 14-20 at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. and Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif.

  Id say I put extra pressure on myself today, knowing a few of our guys already made it. But it feels good to get a spot and Im excited to play out there, he said.

  The other two spots secured on Monday went to David Hicks of Cape May Court House, N.J., a College of William and Mary junior standout, and Michael Graboyes, a senior Cornell University player of Watchung N.J., who each carded 1-under totals of 139.

  The days overall low round a 3-under 67 on the North track in the morning wave propelled Hicks, a Wildwood Golf & Country Club member, into qualifying position.

  His name isnt a new one to the Golf Association of Philadelphia region. Hicks has become a mainstay near the top of GAP Major leaderboards as of late. Hes recorded Top 10 finishes in the Joseph H. Patterson Cup in back-to-back years, and reached the Round of 16 in this years #BMWPhillyAm at Philadelphia Cricket Club.

  Making a USGA championship has always been a goal for me, said the 20-year-old Hicks. Ive always played OK and somewhat competitive in these events, but Ive never really been near the cut at the end of the day.

  Daylight also became an obstacle for Hicks in finishing off his dual stellar rounds. A form of speed golf was implemented by him and his group.

  Ive really got to thank my playing competitors. They kept saying, We really dont want to go out tomorrow so lets just book it. They were really great with that, he said. I tried to take my time and missed a couple of putts but I was able to make a good one on No. 18 (par 4, 451 yards), a 10-foot par putt to finish.

  Four contestants Carter Thompson of Tallahassee, Fla., Ben Cooley of Rydal, Pa., Ryan Dornes of Lancaster, Pa. and Christian Sease of Mount Pleasant, S.C. returned to the Old course Tuesday morning to decide the final spot. All four players finished at even-par 140 on Monday.

  The playoff began on No. 9 (par 3, 218 yards) on Tuesday at 7 a.m. Cooley secured the fourth and final spot in result of a beautiful bunker blast that lead to a tap-in par. Sease was tagged as the first alternate after a great bogey despite finding the left water hazard off the tee, while Dornes, a Penn State University junior, went on to grab the second alternate position after birdieing the second playoff hole, No. 10 (par 4, 442 yards).

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Qualifers

Name, city, state

R1-R2Total

Dylan Stein, Flemington, N.J.

70N-68O138

Michael Graboyes, Watchung, N.J.

69N-70O139

David Hicks, Cape May Court House, N.J.

67N-72O139

*Benjamin Cooley, Rydal, Pa.

71O-69N140

 

Alternates

*Christian Sease, Mount Pleasant, S.C.

72O-68N140

*Ryan Dornes, Lancaster, Pa.

69N-71O140

 

Failed to qualify

Carter Thompson, Philadelphia, Pa.

70N-70O140

Chris Cerminaro, Carbondale, Pa.

71N-70O141

John Sawin, San Francisco, Calif.

71O-70N141

Jay Whitby, Wyoming, Del.

73O-68N141

Yoseph Dance, Richmond, Va.

73O-69N142

Rodney Anders, Telford, Pa.

72O-71N143

Kevin Conners, Downingtown, Pa.

74O-69N143

Tony Gil, Thornhill, Ontario

72N-71O143

Andrew Kolarik, Cockeysville, Md.

71N-72O143

Paul Acierno, Flourtown, Pa.

72N-72O144

John Barone, Dunmore, Pa.

71N-73O144

John Buliga, Langhorne, Pa.

76O-68N144

Elliott Grayson, Shelby, N.C.

73O-71N144

Ian Hildebrand, Purcellville, Va.

75N-69O144

Connor Sheehan, Quarryville, Pa.

71O-73N144

Henry Shimp, Charlotte, N.C.

76N-68O144

Carey Bina, Villanova, Pa.

75N-70O145

Geoffrey Cooper, Erdenheim, Pa.

75N-70O145

Luca Jezzeny, Furlong, Pa.

75O-70N145

Gary McCabe, Collegeville, Pa.

69N-76O145

Marty McGuckin, Valley Forge, Pa.

76O-69N145

Cory Siegfried, Haverford, Pa.

70N-75O145

Peter Bradbeer, Rosemont, Pa.

71O-75N146

Alexander Butler, East Norriton, Pa.

72N-74O146

James Kania, Jr., Haverford, Pa.

72N-74O146

Brendan Bacskai, Berwyn, Pa.

78O-69N147

Nicholas Biondi, Moosic, Pa.

77N-70O147

Roland Massimino, Lumberville, Pa.

77O-70N147

Jack Melville, Maple Glen, Pa.

73N-74O147

Sam Soeth, Newtown Square, Pa.

73O-74N147

Joseph Chambers, Malvern, Pa.

77O-71N148

Ryan Tall, Malvern, Pa.

74N-74O148

Robert Bechtold, Avondale, Pa.

76N-73O149

Cole Berman, Rosemont, Pa.

73N-76O149

David Kim, Dresher, Pa.

77O-72N149

Matt Kristick, Berlin, Md.

76O-73N149

Bin Kwon, Marlton, N.J.

73N-76O149

Joshua Madarang, Chester Springs, Pa.

75O-74N149

Benjamin Smith, Philadelphia, Pa.

75N-74O149

Sam Stilwell, Sterling, Va.

74O-75N149

Quinn Dolan, Broomall, Pa.

79O-71N150

Scott McLaughlin, Hatboro, Pa.

73N-77O150

Christopher Reedman, Langhorne, Pa.

74N-76O150

Erik Reisner, Philadelphia, Pa.

78O-72N150

Caleb Ryan, Norristown, Pa.

74N-76O150

Troy Vannucci, Marlton, N.J.

79O-71N150

Reed Winkler, Wilmington, Del.

74O-76N150

Michael Cook, Berwyn, Pa.

75N-76O151

Robert Maguire, Pottstown, Pa.

74O-77N151

Stephen Barry, Mullica Hill, N.J.

77O-75N152

Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, Del.

74O-78N152

Sean Seese, Rydal, Pa.

76O-76N152

Grant Skyllas, Wyomissing, Pa.

75O-77N152

Andrew Wallace, Narberth, Pa.

74N-78O152

Aaron Fricke, Denver, Pa.

80O-73N153

Connor McNicholas, Ambler, Pa.

76O-77N153

Rory Smith, Addison, Texas

78O-75N153

Tyler Canfield, West Chester, Pa.

79N-75O154

Brian Gillespie, Newtown Square, Pa.

79N-75O154

Paul Mauer, Eagleville, Pa.

76N-78O154

John Murphy, II, Cape May Court House, N.J.

79O-75N154

Forrest Swisher, Titusville, N.J.

77N-77O154

Nicholas Dimaio, Old Brookville, NY

77O-78N155

Dylan Chessher, Dover, Del.

76N-80O156

Christopher Lawler, Philadelphia, Pa.

77O-79N156

Kevin Silvestri, Marlboro, N.J.

73O-83N156

Andreas Aivazoglou, Glen Mill, Pa.

75N-82O157

Alexander Kim, Blue Bell, Pa.

78O-79N157

Paul Kovalcheck, Aston, Pa.

75O-83N158

Tanner Robb, West Chester, Pa.

78N-80O158

Cory Haldeman, Center Valley, Pa.

82O-77N159

David Kimbley, Elverson, Pa.

76N-83O159

Thomas Lewis, Doylestown, Pa.

79N-80O159

Brandon Raihl, Wernersville, Pa.

82O-77N159

Joseph Visalli, Dover, Del.

78N-81O159

Shawn Lavin, Drexel Hill, Pa.

83O-77N160

Ryan Orcutt, Bethlehem, Pa.

80O-80N160

Pete Moran, Chester Springs, Pa.

77N-84O161

Lodie Van Tonder, Pennsville, N.J.

78N-83O161

Dawson Tate Anders, Telford, Pa.

87O-75N162

Christian Haldeman, Center Valley, Pa.

84O-78N162

Robert Olseski, Wayne, Pa.

82N-80O162

Daniel Altieri, Skillman, N.J.

80N-83O163

Andrew Curran, Media, Pa.

83O-80N163

Thomas Freed, Royersford, Pa.

86N-77O163

William Mitchell, Moorestown, N.J.

83O-80N163

Parth Ahuja, Monmouth Junction, N.J.

82O-82N164

Ross Pilliod, Sinking Spring, Pa.

79N-85O164

Kyung Hwan Chung, Tifton, Ga.

81O-84N165

Sean Ebert, Furlong, Pa.

85N-80O165

Wills Montgomery, Exton, Pa.

91O-75N166

Matthew Marino, Malvern, Pa.

88O-81N169

Nicholas Lukow, Whitehall, Pa.

88N-86O174

Andrew Cornish, Santee, Calif.

80N-NCONC

Ransom Hare, Honesdale, Pa.

75N-NCONC

Matthew Bierer, Phoenixville, Pa.

NSO-NSNNS

Gregory Shaw, Cornwall On Hudson, N.Y.

WDO-NSNNS

Matthew Anderson, West Lawn, Pa.

82N-WDOWD

Matthew Balcer, Bensalem, Pa.

77N-WDOWD

Matthew Bastian, Jr., Media, Pa.

73N-WDOWD

Adam Bracy, Edgewater Park, N.J.

WDO-WDNWD

Ed Brown, Rehoboth Beach, Del.

82N-WDOWD

John Burke, Wilmington, Del.

WDN-WDOWD

Stuart Carrihill, Lancaster, Pa.

NSO-WDNWD

Dwight Cauthen, Columbia, S.C.

WDN-WDOWD

Billy Civitella, North Palm Beach, Fla.

WDO-WDNWD

Edward Conway, Horsham, Pa.

WDN-WDOWD

Michael Davis, Newtown Square, Pa.

74N-WDOWD

Joseph Dulka, West Chester, Pa.

82N-WDOWD

Benjamin Feld, Gladwyne, Pa.

74N-WDOWD

John Foley, Limerick, Pa.

82N-WDOWD

Alex Golland, Wynnewood, Pa.

WDO-WDNWD

Blake Hinckley, Chadds Ford, Pa.

77N-WDOWD

Michael Kania, Haverford, Pa.

WDN-WDOWD

Matthew Keim, Limerick, Pa.

79O-WDNWD

Cole Kemmerer, Malvern, Pa.

WDO-WDNWD

Chris Lange, Bryn Mawr, Pa.

WDO-WDNWD

Isaiah Logue, Fairfield, Pa.

WDN-WDOWD

Adam Mistretta, Easton, Pa.

70O-WDNWD

Mike Moffat, Warrington, Pa.

78N-WDOWD

Robert Moratti, Cherry Hill, N.J.

80O-WDNWD

Drew Petri, New Hope, Pa.

81N-WDOWD

Saris Ratanavadi, Los Angeles, Calif.

81O-WDNWD

Ryan Rucinski, Wilmington, Del.

73O-WDNWD

Stephen Seiden, Newtown Square, Pa.

72O-WDNWD

Max Siegfried, Villanova, Pa.

72N-WDOWD

Matthew Smith, Yorklyn, Del.

81O-WDNWD

Tyler Smith, Bath, Pa.

WDO-WDNWD

Matthew Starobin, Davidsonville, Md.

82O-WDNWD

Kelly Sun, Bradenton, Fla.

WDN-WDOWD

Connor Vanin, Coopersburg, Pa.

84O-WDNWD

Blake Vogdes, Wildwood Crest, N.J.

83N-WDOWD

Conrad Von Borsig, Philadelphia, Pa.

NSO-WDNWD

Clancy Waugh, North Palm Beach, Fla.

69N-WDOWD

Russell Wren, Morgantown, Pa.

WDN-WDOWD

Reeves Zaytoun, Raleigh, N.C.

WDN-WDOWD

Tianlin Zhang, Plymouth, Minn.

77O-WDNWD

 

*-determined in playoff

NC-no card; NS-no show; WD-withdrawal

Stonewall courses: N-North; O-Old

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