***Michael R. Brown, Jr. contacted GAP officials on Friday and informed them of a potential rules violation during the final round of the Patterson Cup at Manufacturers’ G&CC. Brown told the GAP Tournament Committee that upon a further review of his round he believes that he played from a wrong place. He believes that he inadvertently moved his ball in play before executing a chip shot on the bank of the 18th hole. Having failed to replace his ball, Brown, therefore played from a wrong place and subsequently signed for a lower score than he recorded. He was disqualified from second place (he tied Patrick Sheehan) as a result.****
FORT WASHINGTON, Pa.– Peter Bradbeer turned in a performance for the ages. Literally.
The 23-year-old from Merion Golf Club established a Patterson Cup 36-hole scoring record of 12-under-par 131 Thursday at Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club (par 72, 6,847 yards). The Patterson Cup, presented by Provident Bank, is GAP’s second-oldest tournament at 119 years old. That score bested Brandon Matthews’ 2013 total of 10-under 134 when Cedarbrook Country Club played host.
Bradbeer’s Final-round 8-under 64 also established a new course record (when No. 18 is played as a par 5 using the upper green complex). Additionally, his victorious 72-hole Silver Cross total of 17-under-par 268 eclipsed the previous low mark of 275 held by Jeff Osberg from 2015. The Silver Cross is 115 years old.
There is more.
Bradbeer, who won the 2017 Patterson Cup at Wilmington Country Club (South), became the 23rd individual to win two or more titles. He also earned the Silver Cross that season. With this year’s triumph in the Silver Cross – presented to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying round(s) of the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship and the Joseph H. Patterson Cup – Bradbeer became the 26th player to win two or more of those.
Have. A. Day.
“It’s incredible. The names on [the Patterson Cup] trophy are unbelievable,” said a stunned Bradbeer, who lives in Rosemont, Pa. “So to win it twice, I’m just honored. It just reaffirms to me that I can play this game and I can play it very well.”
His Final Round scorecard confirms his reaffirmation. It included nine 3s and two eagles. He played the five par 5s in 6 under. For the week, he had 11 birdies, the two aforementioned eagles and just three bogeys.
“It’s a great way to finish up the year, almost. That’s my competitive low,” said Bradbeer. “It’s really special, and to have my dad [Brad] here … it’s the first time he’s ever seen me win anything. He wasn’t there for Wilmington. He wasn’t there for the [BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship] medal at Cedarbrook. He’s been so supportive of me. I couldn’t be where I am today without him.”
The almost in his statement: Bradbeer is one of nine GAP members who qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship at Oakmont Country Club, which begins next Monday.
Patrick Sheehan of Talamore Country Club placed second at 7 under. He, too, will compete in the U.S Amateur.
Defending Patterson champion Zach Barbin of Loch Nairn Golf Club tied for 24th place.
Bradbeer started to pull away from a compact leaderboard on No. 9 (par 5, 470 yards) when he registered his first of two eagles. He ripped a 7-iron from 176 yards to nine feet and made the putt. Two holes later, on No. 12 (par 5, 516 yards), Bradbeer started his title surge. He launched a cut 5-iron from 215 yards to 15 feet. Putting more defensive than aggressive, his putt for 3 tumbled in softly. At the time, he held a two-shot lead.
Bradbeer silenced all contenders and, in essence, secured the victory soon thereafter with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 (par 5, 524 yards) and 16 (par 4, 426 yards). He drained a seven-foot putt on 15 and followed that up with a 15-footer on 16.
His final stroke was the pièce de résistance. On No. 18 (par 5, 546 yards), after launching a 5-wood from 228 yards to the back collar of the green, he eventually drained a … wait for it …. seven-foot birdie putt.
This may be the end of Bradbeer’s GAP adventures. He’s planning to head to Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying later this year.
“I will be playing [Korn Ferry Qualifying] as an amateur, but we’ll see,” said Bradbeer. “I’m playing great golf. I’m going to go for it and see where I land.”
Today, he landed in the history books.
The Joseph H. Patterson Cup memorializes a man who fostered the game in its infancy. Joseph Henry Patterson, a Philadelphia Cricket Club member, competed in the first out-of-town match played by a team of Philadelphians. Friends of Patterson donated the Cup, designed by J.E. Caldwell & Co., to the Association in 1900.
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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 300 Member Clubs and 80,000 individual members are spread across the Eastern half of Pennsylvania and parts of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.
|Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club||67-64–131|
|Patrick Sheehan, Talamore Country Club||65-71–136|
|Liam Hart, Spring Mill Country Club||67-70–137|
|Andrew Keeling, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club||65-72–137|
|John Peters, Carlisle Country Club||66-71–137|
|Stephen Cerbara, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||68-70–138|
|Zach Juhasz, Northampton Country Club||69-69–138|
|Dougie Ergood, Tavistock Country Club||71-68–139|
|Ross Pilliod, LedgeRock Golf Club||69-71–140|
|Ben Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||67-74–141|
|Benjamin Feld, Green Valley Country Club||67-74–141|
|Andy Butler, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||68-74–142|
|Calen Sanderson, Jericho National Golf Club||71-71–142|
|Troy Vannucci, Little Mill Country Club||71-71–142|
|Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club||69-74–143|
|Richie Kline, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club||74-69–143|
|Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||67-76–143|
|Michael O’Brien, LuLu Country Club||66-77–143|
|Jon Rusk, LuLu Country Club||71-72–143|
|Jim Sullivan, LuLu Country Club||70-73–143|
|Ryan Tall, LuLu Country Club||74-69–143|
|Nikita Romanov, Loch Nairn Golf Club||74-70–144|
|Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club||72-73–145|
|Zachary Barbin, Loch Nairn Golf Club||70-75–145|
|Buddy Hansen, Blue Bell Country Club||71-74–145|
|Dan Keenan, Little Mill Country Club||69-76–145|
|Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club||72-73–145|
|Drue Nicholas, Galloway National Golf Club||72-73–145|
|Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club||74-72–146|
|John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club||74-72–146|
|Michael Davis, Merion Golf Club||71-75–146|
|Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club||73-73–146|
|Marty McGuckin, Philadelphia Cricket Club||71-75–146|
|Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia Cricket Club||72-74–146|
|Caleb Ryan, The 1912 Club||69-77–146|
|Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club||71-75–146|
|John Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club||73-74–147|
|Logan Hess, Crossgates Golf Club||73-74–147|
|Andrew Mason, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||72-75–147|
|Tyler Zimmer, Philadelphia Country Club||73-74–147|
|P.J. Acierno, LuLu Country Club||71-77–148|
|Peter Barron, III, Galloway National Golf Club||72-76–148|
|Tyler Sokolis, LuLu Country Club||73-75–148|
|P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club||71-77–148|
|Austin Barbin, Loch Nairn Golf Club||73-76–149|
|Patrick Knott, Merion Golf Club||73-76–149|
|Wills Montgomery, LuLu Country Club||74-75–149|
|Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club||73-77–150|
|Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club||71-79–150|
|Max Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club||73-77–150|
|J.T. Spina, Philadelphia Cricket Club||72-78–150|
|Matt Dolinsky, Honeybrook Golf Club||74-77–151|
|Nick Fioravante, LedgeRock Golf Club||73-78–151|
|Kevin O’Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club||73-78–151|
|Matthew Bastian, Rolling Green Golf Club||73-79–152|
|Matthew Crescenzo, LuLu Country Club||74-78–152|
|Connor McNicholas, The 1912 Club||72-80–152|
|Stephen Barry, Running Deer Golf Club||74-79–153|
|Michael Fioravante, LedgeRock Golf Club||74-79–153|
|Ryan Borrmann, Five Ponds Golf Club||73-81–154|
|Christopher Cerminaro, Elkview Country Club||73-81–154|
|Andrew Curran, Philadelphia Cricket Club||72-82–154|
|Jimmy Finnerty, Radley Run Country Club||72-82–154|
|Brad Mills, Wedgwood Country Club||74-80–154|
|Nick Hano, LuLu Country Club||74-81–155|
|Sean McMonagle, Tavistock Country Club||74-81–155|
|Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||74-81–155|
|Richard Riva, Bent Creek Country Club||74-82–156|
|Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club||73-83–156|
|Andy Beittel, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club||74-83–157|
|Christopher Clauson, LuLu Country Club||73-84–157|
|Jordan Cooper, Woodcrest Country Club||73-84–157|
|Adam Armagost, Little Mill Country Club||74-84–158|
|John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club||74-84–158|
|Michael R. Brown, Jr., LuLu Country Club||69-DQ–DQ|
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