July 18, 2017

Matt Mattare of Saucon Valley Country Club took the
113th Open Championship at Philadelphia Country Club by two strokes.

Saucon’s Mattare secures 113th #GAPOpen Championship

  GLADWYNE, Pa.–Matt Mattare remained calm at every point of crisis in the Open Championship’s final round. A near disaster on No. 16 included.

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  Entering Round 2 with a four-shot advantage, and fresh off a Philadelphia Country Club (par 71, 6,920 yards) course-record of 8-under-par 63, Mattare kept the field at arm’s length throughout to register a two-shot victory. Mattare, an amateur, finished the 36 holes of the event’s 113th edition with a 138 total. He posted a second-round 4-over 75.

  Mattare joins former Professional Ralph Hutchison as the only Saucon Valley Country Club reps to earn Open hardware. Hutchinson took the 1954 Open.

  Brian Bergstol, Shawnee Country Club’s director of instruction, and Tony Perla, an assistant professional from Philadelphia Cricket Club, tied for second place as well as low-pro honors at 2 under. Only four players broke par for the 36 holes.

  “It certainly wasn’t as easy as yesterday,” said Mattare, 31, of Jersey City, N.J. “It feels great to get it over the finish line. I feel like my résumé has a bunch of runner-ups and Top 5s and not enough of the big hardware. It feels great to bring this one home.”

  Mattare’s top prior Open finish was a tie for third in 2011 and 2016.

  He did win the Association’s Middle-Amateur Championship last spring at Waynesborough Country Club in a three-man playoff.

  “This is definitely the biggest win I’ve had,” Mattare added.

  This year’s Open was the first with a revamped format, which included the expansion of the field to 130-plus players (up from 78) and administration of the tournament over two days instead of one. A total of 65 players made the cut (the cut was the low 60 players and ties) – 38 amateurs and 27 professionals.

  Mattare opened his title march in solid, yet conservative, fashion with nine straight pars. He either found the putting surface or the fringe on every front-nine hole. At one point, standing on No. 5 (par 3, 153 yards) he held a six-shot advantage. Mattare headed to the back nine eventually five strokes clear.

  That’s when a little trouble started to brew. On Nos. 10 (par 4, 435 yards) and 11 (par 3, 192 yards), he missed both greens with resulting bogeys. On the former, his tee ball found the left rough and his subsequent approach missed right. On 11, his 5-iron landed eight feet left of the flagstick but bounced over the green. He missed his four-foot par try.

  “The pins were a little tougher and the greens dried out a little bit,” said Mattare of the course conditions. “I wasn’t hitting bad shots. It was set up tough and the course fought back a little bit. I bogeyed Nos. 10 and 11. I didn’t hit bad shots. They just kind of bounced over the green. And I didn’t get up-and-down.”

  Mattare found the greenside bunker on No. 15 (par 3, 221 yards) for another over-par score and then on No. 16 (par 4, 403 yards) almost watched his monster lead disappear.

  He ripped a perfect drive and was left with an 85-yard wedge shot.

  “The only time I felt like I hit a really bad shot was on No. 16 when I laid the sod over [the second shot],” said Mattare. “It’s such a ticklish shot down the hill, hitting a three-quarter lob wedge off a downhill lie to a pin where you have the size of a coffee table to land it in.”

  Mattare’s next shot from 38 yards ran through the green, leaving him a 35-foot par effort. His bogey putt was six feet.

  “That was the only putt I made outside three feet. Yesterday I had 13 one putts, today I had one. It was a very timely one putt. We got through that and here we are.”

  He concluded with solid tee to green play and two pars.

  Bergstol carded a 2-under 69 with six birdies to gradually move up the leaderboard. His score tied for the low round of the day.

  Perla, who opened the second round at 4 under after a 67 yesterday, never seemed to find solid footing. He did, however, answer the bell late when he launched a 90-yard sand wedge on No. 18 (par 4, 390 yards) to eight feet and made the birdie putt to tie Bergstol as the low pro.

  Defending champion Jeff Osberg of Huntingdon Valley Country Club tied for 37th after rounds of 74 and 75.

  Next year, St. Davids Golf Club will host the 114th Open.

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Name, club

R1-R2-Total

(a) Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club

63-75–138

Brian Bergstol, Shawnee Country Club

71-69–140

Tony Perla, Philadelphia Cricket Club

67-73–140

John Pillar, Sr., CC at Woodloch Springs

71-70–141

Chris Krueger, Kings Creek Country Club

72-70–142

Michael Little, Lookaway Golf Club

72-70–142

Billy Stewart, The ACE Club

72-70–142

David Quinn, Philmont Country Club

71-72–143

(a) Gary McCabe, Jr., RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

75-69–144

Rich Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club

72-72–144

(a) Michael R. Brown, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club

73-71–144

Jordan Gibbs, Gulph Mills Golf Club

75-69–144

Alexander Knoll, Bethlehem Golf Club

71-73–144

David McNabb, Applebrook Golf Club

73-71–144

(a) Jack Melville, Lu Lu Country Club

70-74–144

(a) Cole Berman, Philadelphia Cricket Club

71-74–145

(a) Yoseph Dance, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

73-72–145

(a) Troy Vannucci, Little Mill Country Club

73-72–145

(a) David Hicks, Stone Harbor Golf Club

69-76–145

(a) Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club

69-76–145

Stuart Ingraham, MGOLF Driving Range & Learning Center

70-76–146

(a) Scott McLaughlin, Lu Lu Country Club

71-75–146

David Pagett, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

74-72–146

Trevor Bensel, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72-74–146

(a) P.J. Acierno, Lu Lu Country Club

73-74–147

(a) Carey Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club

75-72–147

(a) Marty McGuckin, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

70-77–147

(a) Connor McNicholas, Lu Lu Country Club

75-72–147

Mark Sheftic, Merion Golf Club

70-77–147

(a) Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club

75-72–147

(a) Ron Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

73-74–147

Andrew Turner, Sunnybrook Golf Club

73-74–147

(a) Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club

75-73–148

(a) Ross Pilliod, Gilbertsville Golf Club

71-77–148

(a) Glenn Smeraglio, Lu Lu Country Club

75-73–148

William Sautter, Philadelphia Cricket Club

74-74–148

(a) Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club

75-74–149

(a) Michael Davis, Aronimink Golf Club

71-78–149

George Forster, Radnor Valley Country Club

73-76–149

(a) Jeff Osberg, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74-75–149

(a) Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club

75-74–149

(a) Clark Holle, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

73-77–150

Eric Kennedy, Overbrook Golf Club

73-77–150

(a) Christopher Ault, Yardley Country Club

75-75–150

(a) Michael Carr, Philadelphia Cricket Club

73-77–150

(a) Michael Cook, Applebrook Golf Club

73-77–150

Corey McAlarney, Squires Golf Club

75-75–150

Brendon Post, University of Delaware

75-75–150

Matthew Episcopo, Pine Valley Golf Club

75-76–151

(a) Blaine Lafferty, Little Mill Country Club

74-77–151

(a) Andrew Mason, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

74-77–151

Greg Matthias, Tavistock Country Club

74-78–152

(a) Erik Reisner, The ACE Club

75-77–152

(a) Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club

75-77–152

Ryan Lagergren, Stonewall

73-79–152

David Fields, Brookside CC of Allentown

75-78–153

Joey Pohle, Blue Bell Country Club

75-78–153

(a) Alexander Kim, Blue Bell Country Club

75-79–154

(a) Dominic Digiacomo, Greate Bay Country Club

75-79–154

(a) Brett Brenner, Green Valley Country Club

75-80–155

Bill Walker, Riverton Country Club

75-80–155

(a) Ryan Cass, Merchantville Country Club

75-81–156

(a) Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club

75-81–156

(a) Matt Bierer, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

72-85–157

(a) P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club

74-88–162

 

Failed to qualify

Jason Calhoun, Philadelphia Country Club

76

(a) Aaron Fricke, Lancaster Country Club

76

(a) Luca Jezzeny, The Bucks Club

76

(a) Bryan Keeling, Spring Mill Country Club

76

Joseph Kogelman, GOLFTEC-Moorestown

76

(a) Andrew Lombardo, Indian Valley Country Club

76

Brett Melton, Radley Run Country Club

76

Tom Michaels, Berkshire Country Club

76

Anthony Napoletano, GOLFTEC-Malvern

76

John Bierkan, Aronimink Golf Club

76

Jakob Gerney, Trump National Golf Club - Philadelphia

76

Terry Hatch, Hickory Valley Golf Club

76

Zac Oakley, The Rookery

76

(a) Richard Riva, Bent Creek Country Club

76

(a) Ryan Rucinski, Fieldstone Golf Club

76

(a) Dylan Stein, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

76

(a) Mike Sydnes, Talamore Country Club

76

(a) Jarred Texter, Conestoga Country Club

76

(a) James Gillespie, Little Mill Country Club

77

(a) Connor Sheehan, Conestoga Country Club

77

(a) Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club

77

(a) Robert Firth, Jr., Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

Robert Hennefer, Indian Spring Country Club

77

Terry Hertzog, Country Club of York

77

(a) Noah Schwartz, Woodcrest Country Club

77

(a) John Barone, Glenmaura National Golf Club

78

(a) Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club

78

(a) Tyler McGarry, Fox Hill Country Club

78

(a) Michael Rogers, Overbrook Golf Club

78

(a) Jon Rudisill, Reading Country Club

78

(a) Kevin Sarlo, Burlington Country Club

78

(a) Chuck Briggs, Bala Golf Club

78

(a) Matthew Davis, Aronimink Golf Club

78

(a) Matthew Finger, DuPont Country Club

78

Steve Swartz, Regents'  Glen Country Club

78

(a) Nicholas Biondi, Glenmaura National Golf Club

79

Nick Gorman, Burlington Country Club

79

(a) Keith Olinick, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park

79

(a) David West, Whitford Country Club

79

Curtis Kirkpatrick, Indian Spring Country Club

79

Rick LeBeau, Gulph Mills Golf Club

79

(a) Ben Litt, Riverton Country Club

79

(a) Frank Corrado, Jr., Lu Lu Country Club

80

(a) Wills Montgomery, Applecross Country Club

80

Eric Schultz, Sunnybrook Golf Club

80

(a) Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield

80

(a) Thomas Lewis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

80

(a) Jim Maru, Northampton Country Club

80

(a) Joel Hark, Woodcrest Country Club

81

(a) Michael Quinn, Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

Scott Reilly, Philadelphia Country Club

81

Gregory Farrow, Deerwood Country Club

81

Ryan Jones, Lehigh Country Club

81

(a) Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

82

(a) Jon Nolan Perry, Waynesborough Country Club

82

(a) William Howard, V, Applebrook Golf Club

83

(a) Joseph Hughes, Little Mill Country Club

83

(a) Scott Kalan, Squires Golf Club

83

(a) Joseph Markmann, Talamore Country Club

83

John Spina, Philadelphia Cricket Club

83

(a) Reed Winkler, Hartefeld National

84

(a) Donald Burgess, Lancaster Country Club

87

(a) Daniel Wu, Blue Bell Country Club

89

(a) Ambrose Abbracciamento, Old York CC at Chesterfield

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(a) Matthew Balcer, Bensalem Township Country Club

WD

Travis Deibert, The Ridge at Back Brook

WD

(a) John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club

WD

(a) Joe Visalli, Hartefeld National

WD

 

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