119th #GAPOpen: Round Two - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jul 20, 2023

119th #GAPOpen: Round Two

RGGC’s Shattuck redeems at Lookaway

BUCKINGHAM, Pa.–A year later, Braden Shattuck found himself in the same spot with the same shot. Standing on the 18th tee box of the 119th Philadelphia Open Thursday, the 28-year-old surged to the top of the scoreboard. Flashback to last July, at Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Wissahickon Course, Shattuck was tied for the lead on 18. His closing tee ball flared to the right, however, and trickled out-of-bounds by four inches. A double bogey dropped him into a tie for second.

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Campbell Wolf

So with redemption on the mind, and 2-iron in-hand, Shattuck scripted a dreamy final scene in 2023. He stepped up, took a deep breath, and roped said 2-iron down the center of Lookaway’s intimidating 18th hole. The Rolling Green Golf Club Director of Instruction then added some whip cream and strawberries with a decisive, and delicious, approach: a 7-iron from 166 yards to five feet.

Shattuck made birdie, instantly eliminating the Cricket nightmare.

The strong hitter played the Philadelphia’s Open’s 36 holes in 10 under, carding a final-round 66 to swoop past a field of the area’s top amateur and professionals. His 10 under equaled the lowest score in relation to par. Rich Steinmetz set the mark in 2009 at Bent Creek Country Club. In addition to hoisting the John J. McDermott Trophy, presented to the champion, Shattuck earned the $7,000 low professional prize.

Campbell Wolf, an amateur representing the GAP/USGA GC, placed second at 8 under courtesy of a final-round 67. Day One leader Trevor Bensel, an assistant professional at Sandy Run Country Club, spun his wheels to an even-par 72 and a tie for third at 7 under.

“Of course it obviously felt great to get some redemption from last year since I completely messed that one up,” said a smiling Shattuck. “I played well both days and just felt good to get it done.”

And what about that final tee shot? Did you have a flashback to 2022?

“Oh yeah, all the negative thoughts came running back to me there on 18. As soon as I hit it, though, I knew it was gonna be pretty good.”

The victory is Shattuck’s first in the Philadelphia Open. But not his most impressive of 2023.

The local Aston, Pa. product, and Wilmington, Del., resident made headlines nationwide with a victory in the 2023 PGA Professional Championship in May. He made a 10-foot par on the last hole for the win.

Today, it was a strong middle move that put Shattuck in prime position. He birdied Nos. 7-10 to eliminate a three-shot deficit and forge to a tie for the lead. He, Wolf and Bensel exchanged spaces and first places before Shattuck finally emerged late.

On No. 7 (par 4, 399 yards), a sand wedge from 110 yards stopped 10 feet above the cup before he converted the birdie putt; on No. 8 (par 5, 542 yards), Shattuck ripped a 2-iron from the fairway to the front of the game and chipped up to a couple feet for a tap-in four; on No. 9 (par 4, 352 yards), a driver and pitching wedge from 45 yards stopped 20 feet from the cup. The next shot found the bottom of the jar. On No. 10 (par 4, 308 yards), Shattuck ratcheted up the heat on a hot and humid afternoon when he ripped 3-wood to the greenside rough and dropped the ensuing four footer.

With two holes remaining, Wolf and Shattuck were the last pair standing. Shattuck a stroke ahead.

Wolf, in the group ahead of Shattuck, played No. 17 (par 5, 520 yards) first and two-putted from 90 feet for birdie to force a tie atop the leaderboard. Shattuck responded in kind, though. He knocked a 5-iron from 220 yards to approximately 60 feet. He converted the ensuing three-footer for birdie to regain the advantage.

“I was just trying to play pretty boring golf to be honest,” said Wolf, 24, of Mechanicsburg, Pa. “I think that was kind of the plan this entire week. Just go out there and be competent with what I was trying to do. I was just a bit slow yesterday so unfortunately I was a little far behind. I started out great today and it’s awesome I was able to get this close.”

Wolf made a run into the championship picture with an early stretch similar to Shattuck’s.

He birdied No. 1 (par 4, 379 yards) and then added red figures on holes Nos. 3 thru 6 to lap a number of contenders. The highlight a 40-foot birdie on No. 6 (par 3, 201 yards).

“There’s a lot of good names on that [John J. McDermott] trophy, and to be in that company feels great,” said Shattuck. It feels really nice to win this one.”

The Open is GAP’s third oldest championship. The Amateur is 123 years old. The Joseph H. Patterson Cup is 121.

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 organization’s 340 Member Clubs and 100,000 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.

Name, clubR1R2Total
Braden Shattuck, Rolling Green Golf Club6866134
(a) Campbell Wolf, USGA/GAP GC6967136
(a) William Pabst, Elmhurst Country Club7166137
Trevor Bensel, Sandy Run Country Club6572137
Alexander Knoll, Glen Brook Golf Club7266138
Zachary Oakley, Bidermann Golf Club6772139
Billy Stewart, Union League Liberty Hill7367140
Michael Little, Clubhouse 547268140
Brian Bergstol, Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort7070140
(a) Andy Butler, Huntingdon Valley Country Club6971140
(a) Kevin Lydon, LuLu Country Club6971140
(a) Michael Crowley, Briarwood Golf Club6872140
(a) Rij Patel, Country Club of York6773140
Anthony Sebastianelli, Rolling Green Golf Club7170141
(a) Daniel Oh, Blue Bell Country Club7170141
(a) Vincent Palazzolo, Metedeconk National Golf Club7170141
Zachary Barbin, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club6972141
(a) Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club6873141
(a) John Lalley, Llanerch Country Club7469143
(a) Alex Pillar, Woodloch Springs7370143
(a) Patrick Sheehan, Talamore Country Club7271143
Mike Meisenzahl, Little Mill Country Club7172143
(a) Drue Nicholas, Galloway National Golf Club7172143
(a) Kevin Kramarski, Moorestown Field Club7073143
Dave McNabb, Applebrook Golf Club7073143
(a) Brock Kovach, LedgeRock Golf Club7470144
(a) Ben Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club7371144
Josef Pohle, Blue Bell Country Club7272144
(a) Logan Paczewski, Huntsville Golf Club7074144
(a) Nikita Romanov, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club6975144
(a) Joseph Tigani, Fieldstone Golf Club7471145
(a) Benjamin Feld, Green Valley Country Club7471145
(a) Morgan Lofland, Phoenixville Country Club7471145
(a) Austin Barbin, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club7372145
(a) Alex Seelig, Reading Country Club7372145
(a) David Colleran, Overbrook Golf Club7372145
(a) Troy Vannucci, Little Mill Country Club7174145
David Quinn, Laurel Creek Country Club7075145
Rich Steinmetz, Spring Ford Country Club7174145
John Pillar, Sr., Woodloch Springs7373146
(a) Stewart Rickenbach, Huntingdon Valley Country Club7274146
(a) Jake Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club7274146
(a) Jared Tendler, Jericho National Golf Club7274146
(a) Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club7076146
Caleb Wittig, Philadelphia Section PGA7473147
(a) Tim Hager, Philadelphia Cricket Club7275147
(a) John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club7077147
(a) Logan Hess, Crossgates Golf Club7474148
Mark Sheftic, Sunnybrook Golf Club7276148
(a) Ryan Tall, LuLu Country Club7078148
(a) Liam Hart, Spring Mill Country Club7475149
Jeff Herb, Waynesborough Country Club7475149
Jeffrey Fick, Moselem Springs Golf Club7277149
Hugh Reilly, The Abington Club7277149
(a) Jake Maddaloni, Aronimink Golf Club7476150
(a) Scott Kalamar, Green Pond Country Club7476150
Rocco Sgrillo, John F. Byrne Golf Club7377150
(a) Zach Dilcher, Hartefeld National7377150
Robby Fenton, Sunnybrook Golf Club7377150
(a) Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club7477151
(a) Xiong Da, USGA/GAP GC7378151
Parks Price, Country Club of York7378151
(a) Zachary Falone, Running Deer Golf Club7378151
(a) David Kim, LuLu Country Club7279151
(a) Ryan Winton, Merchantville Country Club7478152
(a) Thomas Larkin, Paxon Hollow Country Club7479153
(a) Buddy Hansen, Blue Bell Country Club7479153
Stephen Sanderson, Saucon Valley Country Club7479153
(a) Alexander Kim, Philadelphia Cricket Club7382155
(a) Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia Cricket Club72WDWD
Terry Hatch, Royal Oaks Golf Club74WDWD
(a) Matt Gaffney, Medford Village Country Club74WDWD
WD – withdraw

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