June 20, 2018

Cole Berger of White Manor Country Club finished in second place at the Berkshire Country Club Open Qualifier to advance to the 114th Open Championship July 18-19 at St. Davids Golf Club.

Little Mill's Kwon medals in #GAPOpen Qualifier at Berkshire

  READING, Pa.–Vince Kwon loves to take an easy stroll with his dog, Mickey, as much as he possibly can.

  Wednesday in a #GAPOpen Qualifier at Berkshire Country Club (par 71, 6,381 yards), Kwon smoothly sauntered to a round of 4-under-par 67 and his first Golf Association of Philadelphia medalist honor.

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  The Championship Proper, the 114th edition, takes place on July 18-19 at St. Davids Golf Club.

  “I love to walk my dog Mickey and just stroll around,” said Kwon, 24, of Marlton, N.J. “He calms me down and is very enjoyable. Each time I come home, he always wants to do something. Whenever I have a bad round I will go home and he will make me happy. He is like my best friend.”

  A total of 35 players qualified with the cutline ultimately finishing at 75.

  Kwon got off to a sizzling start on No. 1 (par 5, 485 yards) after splitting the fairway with his driver. He then hit a 6-iron flag-high from 190 yards and converted a five-footer.

  He then used his 54-degree wedge from 100 yards in the left fairway bunker on No. 2 (par 4, 314 yards) and rolled in another six-footer. Making those short putts was key throughout the day for Kwon.

  “I have been working hard on my putting specifically between four and six feet,” said Kwon. “When I am out there practicing, I am grinding for three hours working on putts inside six feet that are straight and break both left to right and right to left. I hit 50 putts from each of those areas around the cup.”

  Kwon added birdies on Nos. 8 (par 4, 302 yards) because of a smooth 54-degree wedge to 10 feet; 12 (par 5, 552 yards) as a result of tremendous touch around the green with his 54-degree wedge and 13 (par 4, 460 yards) after hitting a tight draw with a 9-iron from 160 yards in the left rough to seven feet.

  Kwon’s final two circles on the card came on Nos. 15 (par 4, 460 yards) and 18 (par 4, 320 yards). After blistering a drive down the center on 15, Kwon hit 7-iron from 180 yards to four feet on the third tier of the green. Kwon said No. 15 was the highlight of the day for him.

  Kwon continued his strong touch around the greens on 18 after hitting a driver just short of the green in the right rough. He then played a bump-and-run with his 54-degree wedge to seven feet. He rolled it in center cut to post 4 under.

  But for Kwon this round, which included a total of six birdies and two bogeys, was unexpected. Especially with the struggles he has had off the tee with his driver recently. But at Berkshire, his driver was pure and reliable.

  “Today, everything felt stress-free for some reason,” said Kwon, of Little Mill Country Club. “I’ve been struggling with my swing and I haven’t been striking the ball well at all. My driver was viciously hooking on me. But last week I found something and I have continued to grind and work on it.

  “But when I had no confidence in it, I kept hitting it. I just powered through it and tried to double-cross it by trying to fade it. But today my driver was working beautifully.”

  Kwon found something in the hands of Indian Spring Golf Course Director of Instruction Steve Sieracki. Kwon said Sieracki just simplified his thoughts and they mostly worked on his fundamentals.

  “Shooting a score like this gives me a ton of confidence,” said Kwon. “Especially since I really wasn’t striking it solid or playing well. Being the medalist means a lot. It shows I can compete and play with these guys again. This puts my confidence back to where it usually is and I am excited to keep playing this summer.”

Qualifiers

Name, club

Score

(a) Vincent Kwon, Little Mill Country Club

67

(a) Cole Berger, White Manor Country Club

69

Zack Kempa, Chester Valley Golf Club

70

(a) Kevin Kramarski, Riverton Country Club

70

(a) Zachary Barbin, Loch Nairn Golf Club

71

(a) John Foley, Raven's Claw Golf Club

71

(a) Ryan Cass, Merchantville Country Club

72

Terry Hatch, Hickory Valley Golf Club

72

(a) Brock Kovach, LedgeRock Golf Club

72

Zac Oakley, Waynesborough Country Club

72

(a) P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

72

(a) Oliver White, Stonewall

72

(a) Ronald Yanoski, III, Glen Oak Country Club

72

(a) Kyle Henofer, Indian Valley Country Club

73

(a) William Howard, V, Applebrook Golf Club

73

Joseph Kogelman, GOLFTEC Moorestown

73

Tom Michaels, Berkshire Country Club

73

(a) Ron Nattle, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA

73

Michael Paukovits, St. Davids Golf Club

73

(a) Steve Skurla, White Manor Country Club

73

(a) Jason Wilson, Philadelphia Publinks GA

73

(a) John Buliga, Yardley Country Club

74

(a) Steve Cerbara, Jericho National Golf Club

74

(a) Lukas Clark, Jericho National Golf Club

74

(a) Michael Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club

74

(a) Richard Riva, Bent Creek Country Club

74

(a) David West, Philadelphia Publinks GA

74

(a) R.J. Wren, LedgeRock Golf Club

74

(a) Brett Brenner, Green Valley Country Club

75

(a) Wills Montgomery, Bala Golf Club

75

Anthony Napoletano, Golf Course at Glen Mills

75

(a) Regan Papariello, St. Davids Golf Club

75

(a) Ryan Rucinski, Fieldstone Golf Club

75

William Sautter, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75

(a) Eric Williams, Honesdale Golf Club

75

 

Failed to qualify

(a) Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club

76

John Esher-Hagel, St. Davids Golf Club

76

(a) Nicky Marrollo, Whitford Country Club

76

(a) Ross Pilliod, LedgeRock Golf Club

76

(a) Rocco Sgrillo, Philmont Country Club

76

Nathaniel Short, Union League National Golf Club

76

(a) Sumeet Arora, Honeybrook Golf Club

77

(a) Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club

77

(a) Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club

77

(a) Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club

77

Doug Delaney, Union League National Golf Club

77

(a) Matt Graeff, Manufacturers'  Golf & Country Club

77

(a) Blake Hinckley, Wilmington Country Club

77

Eric Kennedy, Overbrook Golf Club

77

(a) Matt Kristick, Blue Bell Country Club

77

(a) Peter Moran, Whitford Country Club

77

(a) Ed Brown, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

78

(a) Alexander Butler, Bluestone Country Club

78

Scott Chisholm, Rolling Green Golf Club

78

(a) Michael Fagan, Philadelphia Publinks GA

78

(a) Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78

(a) Conor Kerins, Rolling Green Golf Club

78

(a) Mariano Medico, Fox Hill Country Club

78

(a) Ryan O'Donnell, Rolling Green Golf Club

78

Eric Schultz, Sunnybrook Golf Club

78

(a) Brad Sokol, Green Valley Country Club

78

Andy Watters, Talamore Country Club

78

(a) Joseph Dulka, DuPont Country Club

79

(a) Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club

79

(a) Greg Welsh, Talamore Country Club

79

(a) Jordan Cook, Waynesborough Country Club

80

(a) Hank Kovalcik, Trenton Country Club

80

(a) Robert Olseski, III, Applebrook Golf Club

80

(a) Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

80

(a) William Thornton, Jr., LedgeRock Golf Club

80

(a) Brett Wallace, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

80

Mark Anderson, Philadelphia Cricket Club

81

(a) Scott Niggli, White Clay Creek Country Club

81

(a) Patrick Serfass, St. Davids Golf Club

81

(a) Tianlin Zhang, White Clay Creek Country Club

81

(a) Dylan Audi, LedgeRock Golf Club

82

(a) Charles Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club

82

(a) Dave Landau, Berkshire Country Club

82

(a) Andrew Simpson, PineCrest Country Club

82

(a) Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club

82

(a) Kevin Maguire, Trump National Golf Club - Philadelphia

84

(a) Dominick Mancinelli, Glenmaura National Golf Club

84

(a) Logan Fuglestad, Jericho National Golf Club

86

(a) Dan Rudershausen, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

86

(a) Tyler Ulrich, LedgeRock Golf Club

86

(a) Owen Brown, Coatesville Country Club

87

(a) Jh Park, Blue Bell Country Club

88

(a) Larry Gauger, Radnor Valley Country Club

89

(a) Reed Huntzinger, Golden Oaks Golf Club

93

(a) Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club

WD

(a) Brandon Cassidy, Commonwealth National Golf Club

WD

(a) Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club

WD

(a) Andreas Aivazoglou, Rolling Green Golf Club

WD

(a) John Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club

NS

 

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