118th GAP Open: Round One - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jul 19, 2022

118th GAP Open: Round One

Shattuck leads #GAPOpen, posts 2-under at Wissahickon

FLOURTOWN, Pa.–Braden Shattuck, Rolling Green Golf Club’s Director of Instruction, applied lessons learned at another A.W. Tillinghast masterpiece to conquer the first day of the 118th Open Championship at a steamy Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon, par 70, 7,012 yards).

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Shattuck, who said he had never seen Cricket before Tuesday but has played at sister course Baltimore Country Club plenty of times prior, finished at 2-under 68.

The Open Championship, or what is commonly referred to as the Philadelphia Open, annually assembles the most talented tournament field of amateurs and professionals in the Delaware Valley. It’s done so since 1903.

This year’s roster started with 144 players, 102 amateurs and 42 professionals. The cut to the low 60 players and ties landed at 5-over par 75.

The second round begins at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The final group of Shattuck, Robert Fenton, an assistant professional at Sunnybrook Golf Club, and Brian Isztwan, an amateur from Huntingdon Valley Country Club, starts at 11 a.m.

Fenton, 30, of Ewing, N.J., stands in second place after carding the only other under-par score (1 under) of the day. Isztwan and Barbin are tied for third at even. Isztwan, 22, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., is the recent winner of the 19th R. Jay Sigel Pennsylvania Amateur Match Play Championship presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. Barbin, 21, of Elkton, Md., is a rising senior at Liberty University and former GAP Junior Player of the Year. A group of 10 players stands at 1 over.

“This is my first go around here,” said Shattuck, 27, of Glen Mills, Pa. “I love [architect] Tillinghast golf courses. One of my friends plays out of Baltimore [Country Club] and I go down there and play a decent amount. I love that golf course. This has a lot of familiar vibes to that. It’s right in front of you. All the bunkers are right where you need to land in the fairway, so you have to hit good tee shots. If you hit good tee shots it’s fairly straight forward from there. I hit a bunch of good tee shots [today], which is rare for me. I’m very pleased.”

Shattuck missed three fairways and recorded only one three putt to post Round One’s low number. Solid play considering the scoring average was 76.73.

Shattuck started his day on the back side on the par-4, 423-yard 11th hole (for logistical purposes). He carded a tidy level par score through his first nine holes with a bogey and birdie. As temperatures rose, so did Shattuck’s game.

On No. 2 (par 4, 425 yards), he knocked a 9-iron from 151 yards out to 30 feet above the hole before sending the birdie home. With an unexpected red circle on the card, Shattuck stepped to No. 3 (par 3, 117 yards) full of confidence and a lob wedge in-hand. His tee ball landed hole-high left, six feet from the cup. He made the birdie putt.

A bogey on No. 4 (par 4, 487 yards) resulted from an errant tee shot and subsequent approach. However, Shattuck, whose best finish in the Open is a tie for sixth in 2020 at Doylestown Country Club, responded a few holes later with another long birdie on No. 8 (par 4, 365 yards). He sank a 30-foot slider for 3. The round could have, and more likely should have, been a shot better. Shattuck’s most impressive swing of day came a hole earlier, on No. 7 (par 5, 553 yards), when he rocketed a 3-wood from 252 yards to 20 feet on the putting surface. However, instead of an eagle or birdie, his lone three putt of the day resulted in a par.

Shattuck, who worked at Bidermann Golf Club the last two years, is good friends with 2021 Open Champion Blake Hinckley.

“I was so happy for him. It was great to see him play well. He had been struggling a little bit and played super well for the event. I was really pumped for him,” said Shattuck. “We are going to room together for [Korn Ferry] Q-School in August. I have low expectations [for that]. I’m going to go play and hope for the best.”

A little hope, and some more fine play, may land Shattuck and Hinckley together on the Johnny J. McDermott Trophy, presented to the winner of the Association’s third oldest championship.

A nice place for friends to hang out.

Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The Association’s 330 Member Clubs and 90,000 individual members are spread across Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Round One 
Name, clubScore
Braden Shattuck, Rolling Green Golf Club68
Robert Fenton, Sunnybrook Golf Club69
(a) Austin Barbin, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club70
(a) Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club70
Trevor Bensel, Sandy Run Country Club71
(a) Michael Gallagher, Galloway National Golf Club71
(a) Morgan Lofland, Phoenixville Country Club71
(a) Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club71
(a) Drue Nicholas, Galloway National Golf Club71
John Pillar, Sr., Woodloch Springs71
(a) Ross Pilliod, LedgeRock Golf Club71
Ryan Rucinski, Wilmington Country Club71
(a) Joshua Ryan, The 1912 Club71
(a) Alex Seelig, Reading Country Club71
(a) John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club72
John Cooper, Green Valley Country Club72
(a) Zach Dilcher, Hartefeld National72
Eric Kennedy, Overbrook Golf Club72
(a) Marty McGuckin, Philadelphia Cricket Club72
(a) Daniel Oh, Blue Bell Country Club72
(a) Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia Cricket Club72
Parks Price, Country Club of York72
(a) Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club72
(a) Colin Smith, Bidermann Golf Course72
(a) Ben Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club73
(a) Jeffrey Cunningham, LuLu Country Club73
(a) Jalen Griffin, Five Ponds Golf Club73
(a) David Kim, LuLu Country Club73
Alexander Knoll, Glen Brook Golf Club73
(a) Christopher Ault, Yardley Country Club74
(a) Zachary Barbin, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club74
Brian Bergstol, Shawnee Country Club74
Scott Chisholm, Rolling Green Golf Club74
(a) Anthony Cordaro, Saucon Valley Country Club74
(a) Jackson Debusschere, The Springhaven Club74
Brian Kelly, Bucknell Golf Club74
Chris Krueger, Kings Creek Country Club74
(a) Scott McLaughlin, LuLu Country Club74
(a) Scott McNeil, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association74
(a) Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club74
(a) John Meyers, Golden Pheasant Golf Course74
(a) Jeff Osberg, Pine Valley Golf Club74
(a) Logan Paczewski, Huntsville Golf Club74
(a) Rij Patel, Country Club of York74
(a) Lorenzo Sanz, Briarwood Golf Club74
(a) Conrad Von Borsig, Philadelphia Cricket Club74
(a) Corey Betham, St. Davids Golf Club75
Travis Deibert, Doylestown Country Club75
Kyle Early, Waynesborough Country Club75
(a) Gerald Haftmann, Rolling Green Golf Club75
(a) Ben Keyser, Legacy Club at Woodcrest75
(a) Shane Lawler, Chester Valley Golf Club75
Michael Little, Makefield Putters75
(a) Tyler McGarry, Huntsville Golf Club75
(a) Mark Miller, Philadelphia Cricket Club75
Zac Oakley, Bidermann Golf Course75
(a) Stewart Rickenbach, Huntingdon Valley Country Club75
Mark Sheftic, Lookaway Golf Club75
Rich Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club75
Billy Stewart, Union League Liberty Hill75
Missed cut 
(a) P.J. Acierno, LuLu Country Club76
Andrew Barbin, Jr., Chesapeake Bay Golf Club76
(a) Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club76
(a) Michael Crowley, Briarwood Golf Club76
(a) Tim Hager, Philadelphia Cricket Club76
(a) Nelson Hargrove, Merion Golf Club76
Terry Hertzog, Philadelphia Section, PGA76
(a) Kevin Kramarski, Moorestown Field Club76
(a)Tucker Sandercock, Steel Club76
(a) Sean Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club76
(a)Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club76
(a) J.T. Spina, Philadelphia Cricket Club76
(a) Joseph Tigani, Fieldstone Golf Club76
(a) Mario Ventresca, Cedarbrook Country Club76
Matthew Zehner, Wilmington Country Club76
(a) Tyler Zimmer, Philadelphia Country Club76
Matt Episcopo, Pine Valley Golf Club77
(a) Dougie Ergood, Tavistock Country Club77
George Forster, Radnor Valley Country Club77
David Hicks, Philadelphia Country Club77
Joseph Kogelman, GOLFTEC-Moorestown77
(a) Jimmy Kramarski, Moorestown Field Club77
(a) Chris Lawler, Riverton Country Club77
Hugo Mazzalupi, Linfield National Golf Club77
Dave McNabb, Applebrook Golf Club77
(a) Caleb Ryan, The 1912 Club77
Rocco Sgrillo, LuLu Country Club77
(a) William Smith, Chambersburg Country Club77
Andrew Turner, Berkshire Country Club77
(a) Troy Vannucci, Little Mill Country Club77
(a) Michael Carr, Philadelphia Cricket Club78
(a) Cameron Deiuliis, Makefield Highlands Golf Club78
(a) Jake Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club78
Rusty Harbold, Philadelphia Cricket Club78
Mike Ladden, Whitford Country Club78
(a) Jack Melville, LuLu Country Club78
Hugh Reilly, Philadelphia PGA78
(a) Jon Rusk, LuLu Country Club78
(a) Kevin Scherr, Allentown Municipal78
(a) Sean Sigall, Little Mill Country Club78
(a) Benjamin Smith, Carlisle Country Club78
(a) Scott Storck, Philadelphia Cricket Club78
(a) Michael R. Brown, Jr., LuLu Country Club79
(a) Jack Dare, Riverton Country Club79
(a) Jake Elliott, Bala Golf Club79
(a) Andrew Keeling, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club79
(a) Kevin Lydon, Commonwealth National Golf Club79
(a) Alex Pillar, Woodloch Springs79
(a) Kyle Pritchard, Olde Homestead Golf Club79
(a) Thomas Weir, Honeybrook Golf Club79
Doug Delaney, Union League National Golf Club80
(a) Matthew Krass, Radley Run Country Club80
Ryan Lagergren, Stonewall80
(a) Thomas Larkin, Paxon Hollow Country Club80
Thomas Michaels, Berkshire Country Club80
(a) Hayden Moffat, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association80
(a) Joey Morganti, Llanerch Country Club80
Stephen Sanderson, Pine Valley Golf Club80
(a) Charles Young, Briarwood Golf Club80
(a) Matt Dolinsky, Honeybrook Golf Club81
(a) Scott Ehrlich, Waynesborough Country Club81
(a) Nick Hano, LuLu Country Club81
(a) Christian Matt, Cedarbrook Country Club81
(a) William Pabst, Elmhurst Country Club81
(a) Sean Flanigan, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association82
(a) Jeff Long, Riverton Country Club82
(a) Brian Noonan, Frosty Valley82
(a) Frank Osborne, Elkview Country Club82
(a) Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club83
(a) Liam Hart, Spring Mill Country Club83
(a) Gary Schoeman, Gulph Mills Golf Club83
(a) Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club83
(a) Kavian Bina, Jeffersonville Golf Club85
(a) Jonathan Glick, Meadia Heights Golf Club85
Curtis Kirkpatrick, Indian Spring Country Club85
(a) Ryan McCabe, The Springhaven Club85
Scott Reilly, Philadelphia Country Club85
(a) Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club85
(a) Lou Tonon, Greate Bay Country Club85
(a) Lodie van Tonder, Sakima Country Club86
(a) Chris Conklin, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association87
Jim Smith, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club87
Mike Paukovits, Chestnut Hill College88
(a) Jack Irons, Little Mill Country ClubWD
WD – withdrawal 
(a) – denotes amateur 

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