July 23, 2018

Eric Dulik carded consecutive 73s to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Monday.

Dulik, Melville medal in U.S. Amateur Qualifier at Bidermann

  WILMINGTON, Del. Erik Dulik, a recent University of Louisville men's golf standout, and Jack Melville, a rising junior at the University of Delaware, overcame whipping winds and cognitive course challenges to share medalist honors in a U.S. Amateur Qualifier administered by the Golf Association of Philadelphia at Bidermann Golf Club (par 72, 6,871 yards) Monday.

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  The two posted 2-over-par 146s on a day that demanded patience, persistence and perseverance.

  Wind gusts up to 40 mph on a Dick Wilson design glistening with native grassland tested the collective will and wits of the 70-player field. Dulik and Melville adapted accordingly and admirably to advance.

  The U.S. Amateur will take place Aug. 13-19 at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif.

  The wind was nuts all day, Dulik, 24, of Great Falls, Va., said. I feel like I did a great job flighting my ball, keeping myself out of a lot of trouble. I dont think I made a double bogey today. I kept the ball in front of me, tried to avoid the big hazards and took bogey when I needed to.

  Today, with the conditions, I kind of just grinded out there. Patience was key, Melville, 20, of Maple Glen, Pa., said.

  The co-medalists started on opposite ends of the tee sheet. Melville, playing in the days first group, posted a 2-over-par 74 in the morning two shots off the 18-hole lead, held by Hartefeld Nationals Ryan Rucinski, a senior at Wilmington University and recent BMW Philadelphia Amateur medalist. His feel for the flatstick changed in the afternoon.

  Putts just started falling in the second round, Melville, a Lu Lu Country Club member, said. In the first round, I was hitting fairways and greens, but just burning edges. I just tried to stay patient. A couple of putts went in this round, which helped.

  Mid-range looks on Nos. 11 (par 3, 184 yards) and 16 (par 3, 232 yards) represent the happy couple. Melvilles 7-iron on the first nearly caught the front bunker. He nudged a wedge to six feet and executed the ensuing par putt. Melville buried an eight-foot slider on the 16th hole after the wind caught his 3-wood and created a difficult uphiller.

  A birdie on the 13th hole (par 4, 378 yards) gave Melville the greens gusto he needed down the stretch. Following a safe 4-iron off the tee, he combated the wind with a 6-iron from 180 yards. Melville converted a 15-footer for 3.

  I started getting the feel of the greens right. I started getting some confidence with the putter after that, he said.

  Hard to believe the confidence wasnt bubbling already. Melville carded a trio of birdies prior. On No. 1 (par 4, 359 yards), he spun a 98-yard sand wedge off the green and drained a 25-footer from the fringe. Melville wanted a pitching wedge in his hands as an approach club. Mission accomplished after he played a 4-iron out of the left fairway bunker to 130 yards. Melville executed a 15-footer for birdie. With the wind breathing down his neck on No. 12 (par 5, 521 yards) tee, he launched his drive into safe haven 280 yards from the flagstick. Melvilles 3-wood landed short of the green. A chip to six feet meant a 4.

  A pair of par 3s giveth, and a pair taketh from Melville Monday. Three-putts on Nos. 4 (176 yards) and 8 (211 yards) inflicted bogeys. Melvilles miss on the former served as a microcosm of the day.

  I hit my tee shot 10 feet above the hole, I just touched it and it went 10 feet past the hole. I missed the putt coming back up, Melville said. I knew everyone had to play in those conditions, so I didnt let it get to me. I just moved on. It was probably the windiest [day of golf] Ive ever played. But I was having fun out there. I was using the wind [to my advantage]. I watched the British Open, and I was like, Man, this is like the British Open out here. I just started playing more low shots, which was fun.

  Dulik, playing in the days last group, also used selective and creative shotmaking to his advantage Monday.

  Just making sure you dont get too aggressive when the wind is howling like that because you can turn a five-yard draw into a 20-yard draw, he said. You have to be careful. Things can go south quick.

  They never did at Bidermann. Fresh off a Top 20 performance in the Delta Dental State Open of Virginia, Dulik rattled off 11 consecutive pars to start Round Two and remained in the qualifying mix. Mostly safe, routine work, except for a 15-foot save on No. 8 that amended a loose hybrid. Dulik played the remaining 10 holes in 1 over to match Melville.

  Dulik, who transferred to Louisville following a year at the University of Delaware, inked three birdies and an eagle en route to a 73 in Round One. He hit a gap wedge 120 yards to 20 feet on No. 1 (par 4, 359 yards); a 7-iron to 20 feet on No. 11 and a straightforward chip to three feet on No. 12.

  While Melville is halfway through collegiate academics (a finance major) and athletics, Dulik is uncertain as to his next step post-summer.

  Im really considering going to European Tour Q-School in October. Its either that or continue playing in amateur events, Dulik, who majored in sport management at Louisville, said. I have a big decision coming up.

  The next big decision for the co-medalists and first-time U.S. Amateur participants? Who will accompany each on a trip to Pebble Beach?

  This has been a dream to play in [the U.S. Amateur], Dulik said. No words. Im just beaming.

  Its crazy. It hasnt set in yet, Melville added.

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Qualifiers

Name, club

R1-R2Total

Erik Dulik, Great Falls, Va.

73-73146

Jack Melville, Maple Glen, Pa.

74-72146

 

Alternates (in order)

Joe Tigani, Hockessin, Del.

74-74148

*Austin Barbin, Elkton, Md.

73-76149

 

Failed to qualify

Steve Skurla, West Chester, Pa.

73-76149

Jolo Timothy Magcalayo, Philippines

75-75150

Michael O'Brien, West Chester, Ohio

77-73150

Conrad Von Borsig, Philadelphia, Pa.

73-77150

Benjamin Feld, Philadelphia, Pa.

73-78151

Shawn Lavin, Drexel Hill, Pa.

72-79151

Michael R. Brown, Jr., Maple Shade, N.J.

76-76152

Gary McCabe, Collegeville, Pa.

74-78152

Tyler Newton, Bel Air, Md.

77-75152

Ryan Tall, Collegeville, Pa.

77-75152

Zachary Barbin, Elkton, Md.

79-74153

Robert Bechtold, Avondale, Pa.

76-77153

Zachary FaloneMickleton, N.J.

77-76153

Paul Mauer, Eagleville, Pa.

73-80153

Marty McGuckin, Valley Forge, Pa.

75-78153

Jay Whitby, Wyoming, Del.

77-76153

Alexander Butler, East Norriton, Pa.

77-77154

Michael Davis, Philadelphia, Pa.

74-81155

David Kim, Dresher, Pa.

78-77155

Robert Maguire, Pottstown, Pa.

79-76155

Alex Mulrooney, Wilmington, Del.

77-78155

Ryan Rucinski, Wilmington, Del.

72-83155

Michael Cook, Berwyn, Pa.

79-77156

Nelson Hargrove, Haverford, Pa.

80-76156

Russell Wren, Morgantown, Pa.

78-78156

Cole Berger, West Chester, Pa.

78-79157

Grant SkyllasWyomisssing, Pa.

75-82157

Parker Wine, West Chester, Pa.

79-78157

Steve McDonald, Nashville, Tenn.

81-77158

Wills Montgomery, Exton, Pa.

79-79158

Dan Brown, Broomall, Pa.

78-82160

Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, Del.

76-84160

Jack Irons, Naples, Fla.

79-81160

Thomas Lewis, Doylestown, Pa.

79-81160

Reed Winkler, Wilmington, Del.

81-79160

Stephen Cerbara, Langhorne, Pa.

82-79161

Robert Olseski, III, Wayne, Pa.

84-77161

Matthew Smith, Yorklyn, Del.

77-84161

Blake Hinckley, Chadds Ford, Pa.

86-76162

Jakob Keidel, Ocean View, Del.

81-81162

Matt Kristick, Berlin, Md.

85-77162

Stephen Seiden, Newtown Square, Pa.

81-81162

Max Siegfried, Villanova, Pa.

83-79162

Matthew Davis, Newtown Square, Pa.

84-79163

Brian Fischer, Philadelphia, Pa.

83-80163

Logan Fuglestad, Newtown, Pa.

83-80163

Ross Pilliod, Reading, Pa.

81-82163

Scott Forrester, Cheltenham, Pa.

78-86164

Mark Wachter, Wilmington, Del.

81-83164

Elmer Hansen, IV, Blue Bell, Pa.

79-86165

Tianlin Zhang, Concord, Mass.

79-86165

Sumeet Arora, Woodridge, Ill.

76-90166

Joseph Chambers, Malvern, Pa.

81-85166

Sam Soeth, Newtown Square, Pa.

88-78166

Max Harrington, Emmaus, Pa.

84-83167

Regan Papariello, Philadelphia, Pa.

86-81167

Brendan Bacskai, Berwyn, Pa.

83-85168

Richard Kline, III, Kennett Square, Pa.

86-83169

Nino Rosal, Camden, Del.

86-84170

Mark Coassolo, Macungie, Pa.

89-87176

Dylan Chessher, Dover, Del.

93-94187

Peter Bradbeer, Rosemont, Pa.

82-WDWD

Evan Brown, Kennett Square, Pa.

83-WDWD

Steve Oh, Philadelphia, Pa.

87-WDWD

Danny Pedrazzi, Glen Allen, Va.

83-WDWD

Nikita Romanov, Wilmington, Del.

WD-WDWD

Jeffrey Romines, Conshohocken, Pa.

WD-WDWD

Keegan Shreves, Potomac, Md.

WD-WDWD

Jay Vasil, King of Prussia, Pa.

WD-WDWD

Cole Berman, Rosemont, Pa.

WD-WDWD

Scott Cahayla, Wilmington, Del.

WD-WDWD

Chris Lange, Jr., Bryn Mawr, Pa.

WD-WDWD

David Liotta, Broomall, Pa.

WD-WDWD

Mike Moffat, Warrington, Pa.

WD-WDWD

 

*determined in playoff

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