Aug. 9, 2018

Michael R. Brown, Jr. of Lu Lu Country Club smashes his closing drive
on No. 18 (par 5, 460 yards) during the 116th #PatCup at Gulph Mills Golf Club.

Brown’s birdie barrage leads to Patterson Cup glory

  KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.–Michael R. Brown, Jr. openly talks about the self-doubt associated with his golf game. His self-confidence and self-belief are always at a premium.

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  In Thursday’s final round of the 116th Joseph H. Patterson Cup, Brown banished those inner demons, at least temporarily, with a scintillating mid-round move that led to an eventual victory.

  Brown carded a second-round 5-under 66 to finish the 36 holes at 4 under, two shots clear of the field. Fellow Lu Lu Country Club mate Mark Farley, too, shot up the leaderboard and, too, posted a final-round 66 to finish second.

  It is Brown’s third Golf Association of Philadelphia Major title. He adds the Patterson Cup to victories in the 2009 Middle-Amateur Championship and 2010 Open Championship.

  “All golfers question themselves,” said Brown, 45, of Maple Shade, N.J. “I feel a lot better now. Having won two of them before, the last one being in 2010, it feels good to be more recent. I’ve been kind of feeling like the good days were behind me. It seems like it’s harder and harder to win and I feel like it’s harder and harder to play the game as I get older.”

  Brown entered the second round five shots behind Day 1 leader Scott McNeil of Bala Golf Club. McNeil carded a 4-under 67 Wednesday.

  Brown’s day didn’t start so promising. On No. 1 (par 4, 427 yards), he had to chip out from the right trees with his second shot and would eventually make bogey.

  He cancelled that out with a birdie on No. 3 (par 4, 460 yards) thanks to a 164-yard 7-iron that stopped a foot from the hole.

  As the leaders struggled, Brown ratcheted up the pressure. He rocketed up the leaderboard by playing holes Nos. 7-12 in 5 under. He went birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie-bogey-eagle.

  “I got a little lucky. I made a 20-foot downhiller for birdie on No. 7 (par 5, 496 yards). I hit it entirely too hard. If it doesn’t go in I’m going to three-putt most likely,” said the soft-spoken Brown. “After I made birdie on No. 10, I thought I had a chance to win.

  “I was hoping opportunistically the eventual winner would be at 4 under. That’s what I finished at.”

  After No. 7, Brown’s birdies went as so: on No. 8 (par 4, 361 yards) he lifted a wedge 54 yards to five feet; on No. 9 (par 4, 378 yards) he hit a wedge from 97 yards to six feet; on No. 10 (par 4, 414 yards) he ripped a 9-iron from 131 yards to six feet and on No. 12 (par 5, 518 yards) he made eagle when he drained a 25-footer after striping a 5-iron from 197 yards to reach the green in two.

  His No. 11 (par 4, 353 yards) bogey blemish came as the result of finding the fairway bunker with his tee ball.

  Brown ended his round with five straight pars before converting a short birdie try on No. 18 (par 5, 460 yards) after finding the green in two shots.

  “I’m a little shocked,” said Brown. “I didn’t put myself into the golf tournament until pretty late. There are a lot of good young players and a lot of good older players and it’s really hard to win in Philadelphia. I couldn’t be happier. It’s a relief as much as a feeling of accomplishment because you would hate to work hard and not be paid off.”

  Farley, 22, of Langhorne, Pa., started the day 2:30 hours before the leaders after an opening-round 3-over 74.

  “I wasn’t really thinking I’d be in contention for the championship,” said Farley. “I just wanted to go out and play a solid, smart round of golf and see where that put me. I was fortunate enough to eagle No. 18 and get to 2-under total. Then it kind of sunk in where I was at overall.”

  The Patterson Cup was Farley’s lone Association appearance this year.

  The 2018 Temple University graduate is working at Liberty Mutual in Conshohocken, Pa. and has had little free time.

  His prior top Association performance came in the 2015 Patterson Cup at Chester Valley Golf Club, where he tied for 19th.

  Brown, the 2010 William Hyndman, III Player of the Year, is in position to take that honor again this year.

  Even if that fails to materialize, his place within the Golf Association of Philadelphia community is already established.

  “In the back of my head, I want to be relevant and part of the conversation [when it comes to top players in Philadelphia],” said Brown. “That’s what motivates me.”

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Name, club

R1-R2–Total

Michael R. Brown, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club

72-66–138

Mark Farley, Lu Lu Country Club

74-66–140

Adam Armagost, RiverWinds Golf & Tennis Club

71-70–141

Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club

70-71–141

Peter Barron, III, Greate Bay Country Club

70-72–142

Blaine Lafferty, Little Mill Country Club

69-73–142

Marty McGuckin, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

70-72–142

Greg DeLuca, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

75-68–143

David Hicks, The Shore Club

71-72–143

Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club

72-71–143

Paul Mauer, Stonewall

72-71–143

Conrad Von Borsig, Philadelphia Cricket Club

69-74–143

Scott McNeil, Bala Golf Club

67-77–144

Campbell Wolf, Carlisle Country Club

68-76–144

Andrew Mason, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72-72–144

Richard Riva, Bent Creek Country Club

72-72–144

Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club

71-73–144

Joe Tigani, Fieldstone Golf Club

68-77–145

Christopher Ault, Yardley Country Club

68-77–145

Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74-71–145

Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia Cricket Club

70-75–145

Jeff Osberg, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

75-70–145

Ryan Rucinski, Hartefeld National

71-74–145

Ryan Tall, Spring Ford Country Club

72-73–145

Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club

75-71–146

Carlos Fullerton, Brookside CC of Allentown

72-74–146

Troy Kelleher, Country Club of Scranton

71-75–146

Patrick Knott, Merion Golf Club

72-74–146

Troy Vannucci, Little Mill Country Club

73-73–146

Jeremy Wall, Manasquan River Golf Club

73-73–146

James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

72-75–147

Matt Kocent, Philadelphia Cricket Club

72-75–147

Thomas Timby, Jr., Mercer Oaks Golf Course

71-76–147

Ethan Wall, Manasquan River Golf Club

72-75–147

Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club

73-75–148

Zachary Barbin, Loch Nairn Golf Club

73-75–148

Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club

72-76–148

John Buliga, Yardley Country Club

74-74–148

Chris Meares, Running Deer Golf Club

72-76–148

Marco Nieto, Glenmaura National Golf Club

74-74–148

Steve Skurla, White Manor Country Club

75-73–148

Sam Soeth, The ACE Club

70-78–148

James Sullivan, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club

75-73–148

Andrew Lombardo, Indian Valley Country Club

75-74–149

Mark Benevento, Jr., Greate Bay Country Club

75-75–150

Alexander Butler, Bluestone Country Club

71-79–150

Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club

73-77–150

Jay Whitby, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club

74-76–150

John Barone, Glenmaura National Golf Club

75-76–151

Thomas Dzwonczyk, Country Club of Scranton

75-76–151

Blake Hinckley, Wilmington Country Club

74-77–151

Nicky Marrollo, Whitford Country Club

70-81–151

Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

75-76–151

Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club

75-76–151

Michael Carr, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73-79–152

John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club

73-79–152

Christopher Cerminaro, Glenmaura National Golf Club

75-78–153

Danny Harcourt, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

71-82–153

Michael Moffat, Lu Lu Country Club

75-78–153

Brandon Capone, Old York CC at Chesterfield

75-79–154

David Herbst, West Shore Country Club

75-79–154

Dan Rudershausen, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

74-80–154

Chris Warner, Yardley Country Club

75-79–154

Andrew Cornish, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

75-80–155

Carey Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club

75-81–156

Reed Winkler, Hartefeld National

72-85–157

Mark Czerniakowski, Lu Lu Country Club

73-85–158

Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club

72-WD–72

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