May 14, 2018

Brendan Borst birdied four of his last six to medal.

Borst’s celebrations continue in #BMWPhillyAm Qual. at Makefield

  YARDLEY, Pa. — For one Cricketeer, the celebrations continued in a big way Monday at Makefield Highlands Golf Club (par 72, 6,720 yards).

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    Brendan Borst, who earned 7.5 points at home for Philadelphia Cricket Club 1 in its successful defense of the BMW GAP Team Matches title on Saturday, took home medalist honors with a 5-under round of 67 in a BMW Philadelphia Amateur Qualifier. Borst birdied four of his last six holes to claim the top spot on a day where red numbers ran rampant.

  The day’s cut line for the field of 138 #BMWPhillyAm hopefuls stopped at 2-over 74.

  Today’s performance punched Borst’s ticket to the Championship proper, which is set for June 12-14 and 16 at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club. Players will compete in stroke-play qualifying on June 12 (one round each at Whitemarsh Valley and Green Valley Country Club) to determine the 32-player, match-play bracket.

   “It’s been a tough start to the year, so to have the last couple of days that I’ve had really were important for me,” said Borst, 28, of Philadelphia, Pa. “Saturday was just an unbelievable day that I’ll never forget. It gave me momentum heading into today for sure.”

  Borst’s front nine – Makefield’s back – produced its ups and downs. Two bogey blemishes on the card were sandwiched by a trio of birdies that resulted in a 1-under front score.

   “I started with a birdie on No. 10 (par 4, 434 yards) after making a five-foot putt but then my game was just really shaky on the next five holes. It started with a bogey on both No. 11 (par 4, 424 yards) and 15 (par 4, 405 yards). Luckily, I got two back there (on the par 5, 489-yard 16th and par 3, 170-yard 17th) before the turn which pointed me in the right direction.”

  Three pars helped steady Borst even further as he began his back nine. After that, the forecast called for 100 percent chance of a birdie storm.

  On No. 4 (par 4, 337 yards), Borst blasted a drive that left him with a wedge approach, resulting in a tap-in 3. He’d keep it going on the par 4, 330-yard 5th after driving the front of the green, leaving him with a standard two-putt birdie from 20 feet.

   “I was hitting my driver perfectly today. It really helped me out there, and I was able to take advantage because of it,” he said.

  His third birdie on the back came on No. 7 (par 5, 595 yards) after Borst’s 3-wood approach placed him just in front of the green, leading to a simple chip and putt for birdie. The final red number came on his finisher, No. 9 (par 5, 512 yards), where Borst’s beautiful drive and lay up left him with just a 50-yard flip wedge into the green, which he put to seven feet and drained it for the medal.

   “I played really well from No. 16 on. It was really fun out there, playing with [Burlington Country Club’s] Jack Wallace and [Rolling Green Golf Club’s] Nick Verrecchio, as we all know each other real well. It was pretty much care free and we were all just having fun together.”

  It was a casual-yet-competitive round that resembled the scene of Saturday, when Cricket 1 won its fourth title in six years.

   “With our other Cricket team [Cricket 2] being in the Playoff, as well as Llanerch Country Club and Huntingdon Valley Country Club with players we know so well, it was an incredible day. To take home the title again was special,” said Borst.

  After the #BMWGTM win, it had been rumored his title-winning teammates had predicted a medal honor in Borst’s favor for today’s event. He lived up to their lofty expectations – and then some.

   “I’ve been playing well at home lately and that worked out on Saturday. But I’ve been playing poorly away from Cricket, so to change that today was a good step in the right direction,” he said.

  Borst is now gearing up to make his first big “splash” in the #BMWPhillyAm, having only qualified for match play once, in 2013 at Aronimink, where he fell to clubmate Joe April, 4&3, in the Round of 32.

   “I didn’t make the qualifying cut last year and wasn’t able to play at home. I’m ready this go around because I really feel like Whitemarsh fits my eye and game,” said Borst.

  2015 runner-up and 2016 semifinalist Michael Davis of Aronmink fired a 4-under 68 to finish just one stroke back of the leader.

   “[Today’s performance] means a lot because the Philadelphia Amateur is always a big one for me,” said Davis, 22, of Newtown Square, Pa. “It’s circled on my calendar every single year. Having played so well in the event the past two out of three seasons, I look forward to it very much.”

  Like Borst, Davis missed the cut at Cricket in last year’s rendition. He’ll look to add to his impressive #BMWPhillyAm résumé when he tees it up at a familiar GAP Major venue.

   “It was definitely a disappointment for me last year, not making the cut [at Philadelphia Cricket], so I had to come back out here today in order to qualify,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to getting back to Whitemarsh Valley as I haven’t been there in a few years. It’s a great track.”

  The BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship is the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s premier event. Participants must first advance through a one day, 36-hole stroke play qualifier to gain one of 32 available match play positions. Those who qualify for match play must advance through four matches in two days to reach the Amateur Final, which is typically held on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend. The winner receives the J. Wood Platt Trophy; its namesake holds a record-seven Amateur Championship titles.

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Qualifiers

Name, club

Score

Brendan Borst, Philadelphia Cricket Club

67

Michael Davis, Aronimink Golf Club

68

Ryan Rucinski, Fieldstone Golf Club

69

John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club

69

Steve Cerbara, Jericho National Golf Club

70

Liam Hart, Spring Mill Country Club

70

Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club

71

Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

71

Michael Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club

71

Thomas Timby, Jr., The Bucks Club

71

Adam Warner, Tavistock Country Club

71

Dwight Diorio, Rolling Green Golf Club

72

Matthew Gaffney, Little Mill Country Club

72

Patrick Knott, Merion Golf Club

72

Vincent Kwon, Little Mill Country Club

72

John Lalley, Llanerch Country Club

72

Jeffrey Romines, Philadelphia Publinks GA

72

Sean Torpey, Commonwealth National Golf Club

72

Jack Wallace, Burlington Country Club

72

Sumeet Arora, Honeybrook Golf Club

73

Anthony Barr, Blue Bell Country Club

73

Nick Maff, Northampton Country Club

73

Larry Martone, Stonewall

73

Nikita Romanov, GAP Junior eClub

73

Patrick Sheehan, Talamore Country Club

73

Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club

73

Adam Bracy, Rancocas Golf Club

74

Alex Golland, Spring Ford Country Club

74

Blaine Lafferty, Little Mill Country Club

74

Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club

74

Edward McCrossen, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

74

Robert Moratti, Merchantville Country Club

74

Ryan Tall, Spring Ford Country Club

74

Patrick Welsh, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

74

 

Failed to qualify

Andreas Aivazoglou, Rolling Green Golf Club

75

John Buliga, Yardley Country Club

75

Mark Hill, Rolling Green Golf Club

75

Eddie Johnson, Llanerch Country Club

75

Joseph Markmann, Talamore Country Club

75

Kevin O'Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club

75

Christopher Reedman, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

75

Erik Reisner, The ACE Club

75

Michael Santerian, Wedgwood Country Club

75

David Shields, Flourtown Country Club

75

Griffin Smith, Jericho National Golf Club

75

Jared Tendler, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

75

Will Young, Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club

75

Stephen Barry, Running Deer Golf Club

76

Kevin Cahill, Merion Golf Club

76

Jordan Claffey, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76

Dan Close, Woodcrest Country Club

76

Andrew Curran, Philadelphia Cricket Club

76

Robert Good, Merion Golf Club

76

Matt Graeff, Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club

76

Quentin Griffith, IV, Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

Jack Irons, Little Mill Country Club

76

Matt Keim, Brookside Country Club

76

Peter Sharkey, Jr., Philadelphia Country Club

76

Daniel Simonsen, Green Valley Country Club

76

Jeff St. Amour, Llanerch Country Club

76

Ric Sucro, Cedarbrook Country Club

76

Todd Baron, Philadelphia Publinks GA

77

Ashley Brasfield, Rolling Green Golf Club

77

Justin Fischler, Green Valley Country Club

77

Michael Hodges, The Springhaven Club

77

Thomas Lewis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

Paul Liebezeit, Aronimink Golf Club

77

Andrew Lombardo, Indian Valley Country Club

77

Nick Madden, Lu Lu Country Club

77

Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club

77

Jonathan Radick, Spring Mill Country Club

77

Noah Schwartz, Woodcrest Country Club

77

Brad Sokol, Green Valley Country Club

77

Forrest Swisher, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

77

Cole Berger, White Manor Country Club

78

Dewey Bookholdt, Old York CC at Chesterfield

78

Phil Formica, Yardley Country Club

78

Shawn Gensbauer, Northampton Valley Country Club

78

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

78

Jason Loehrs, Cobbs Creek Golf Club

78

Kevin Maguire, Trump National Golf Club - Philadelphia

78

Brendan McNamara, The ACE Club

78

Steven Owens, III, The Shore Club

78

Billy Reube, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

Tom Stewart, Philadelphia Cricket Club

78

Phillip Villari, Jr., Riverton Country Club

78

Jacob Zeng, Applecross Country Club

78

Brandon Capone, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

79

Brian Corcoran, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

79

Brett Cybulski, Medford Village Country Club

79

Dominic Foti, Yardley Country Club

79

Frank Kohute, Running Deer Golf Club

79

Christopher Marky, Fieldstone Golf Club

79

Steve Mroozian, Philmont Country Club

79

Sean Olejar, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

79

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

79

James Bell, III, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

80

Michael Boden, Aronimink Golf Club

80

Mark Coassolo, Brookside CC of Allentown

80

Brian Fisher, Phoenixville Country Club

80

Logan Fuglestad, Jericho National Golf Club

80

Mike Hartsough, The Springhaven Club

80

David Hurly, White Manor Country Club

80

Jonathan Kruse, Rolling Green Golf Club

80

Daniel Rexon, Tavistock Country Club

80

Nick Verrecchio, Rolling Green Golf Club

80

Daniel Wu, Blue Bell Country Club

80

Kevin Morita, Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

Drew O'Neill, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

81

Matt Smith, Wilmington Country Club

81

Ryan Carroll, Chester Valley Golf Club

82

Brandon Cassidy, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82

Adam Sutovich, Brookside CC of Allentown

82

Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club

82

Garrett Basalyga, Cedarbrook Country Club

83

Alec Cwienkala, Saucon Valley Country Club

83

Tim Erb, Commonwealth National Golf Club

83

Michael Logue, Bluestone Country Club

83

Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club

83

Brian Zinman, Saucon Valley Country Club

83

Ted Brennan, Philadelphia Country Club

84

Chris Walker, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

84

Justin Schorr, Talamore Country Club

85

Matt Shearon, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

85

Justin Gonzalez, Five Ponds Golf Club

86

Jack LaRosa, Philmont Country Club

86

Luke Liddell, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

86

Chuck Lynch, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

86

Eamon Marone, Northampton Country Club

86

Bradley Roberts, Little Mill Country Club

86

Jimmy Cunningham, Aronimink Golf Club

87

Wayne LeSage, Jr., Chester Valley Golf Club

88

Stephen Guertler, Tavistock Country Club

89

John Frampton, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

90

Owen Heffernan, Jericho National Golf Club

91

R. John Burnes, Philadelphia Cricket Club

92

Cal Buonocore, Llanerch Country Club

93

Todd vonVital, Jericho National Golf Club

101

James Kaiser, Tavistock Country Club

WD

Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

WD

 

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