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120th #PattersonCup: Round One

Nicholas sets #PattersonCup Round One scoring record

WAYNE, Pa. – Drue Nicholas, a member of Galloway National at the Jersey Shore, reigned as Poseidon in a sea of red Wednesday at St. Davids Golf Club (par 70, 6,545 yards). Nicholas, a Drexel University junior, held his trident high, carding a Joseph H. Patterson Memorial Cup, presented by Provident Bank, first-round scoring record of 7-under 63. His tally topping a historic scoring day at the Association’s final Major. A total of 24 players are under par.

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“The last time I played a true round was at the Philadelphia Open, so I had no clue where the game was coming into this,” said Nicholas, 20, of Philadelphia, Pa. “I’m super happy about it. I only have two tournaments this summer. Getting out early in my second one and playing well its great heading into the school year. With my internship [at the Haverford Trust Company working in equity research], I can only play and ask for so much. My [Drexel] coach [Ben Feld] and I came up with a compromise for the summer.”

The cut line for the 120th Joseph H. Patterson Memorial Cup landed at 3 over with 66 players advancing. It equaled the lowest cut in relation to par since the event moved to its two-day format in 2009.

Round Two begins at 7:30 a.m. Nicholas, Michael R. Brown, Jr. and Andy Butler, in the final group, start at 11:20 a.m.

Brown, 49, of Maple Shade, N.J. and LuLu Country Club, and Butler, 26, of Philadelphia, Pa. and Huntingdon Valley Country Club, finished at 6 under. Brown, the 2018 Patterson Cup winner and 2022 BMW Philadelphia Amateur Champion, made seven birdies and a bogey. Butler hit 17 of 18 greens, made five birdies, an eagle and a bogey.

Nicholas’ 18 holes were bogey-free, including a stretch of six-straight birdies.

He started his round on the back nine and announced his adventure intentions almost immediately.

Nicholas birdied No. 11 (par 5, 542 yards) when he ripped a 3-iron from 230 yards into the right greenside bunker. He escaped the sand by hitting his third shot to three feet for an easy birdie. Four pars followed, before the smooth-swinging Nicholas ramped up the heat index on an already sweltering day. He birdied No. 16 (par 5, 504 yards) after reaching the green with a 3-iron from 237 yards and two putted from 30 feet for a 4. On No. 17 (par 3, 154 yards), Nicholas knocked an 8-iron to eight inches for a tap-in 2. On No. 18 (par 4, 393 yards), he completed his opening nine holes by knocking a 56-degree wedge from 115 yards to two feet.

Nicholas made the turn at 4 under.

“After [No.] 17, I got it to 3 under. I birdied 18 and birdied 1. I was like, ‘Wow this pretty good, let’s just hang on,’” said Nicholas. “It’s super common for everyone to go out hot and fizzle on the back nine. To go 3 under after going 4 under, I’m super pleased with that.”

On No. 1 (par 4, 384 yards), he launched a 60-degree wedge from 93 yards to 15 feet and made the putt. He followed up on No. 2 (par 4, 445 yards) with a 20-foot downhill birdie conversion after hitting the green with a 9-iron from 155 yards. On No. 3 (par 4, 349 yards), he made it a half-dozen consecutive circles speared when he knocked down a wedge from 50 yards to six feet. In the cup went the birdie putt.

“I’ve never made six birdies in a row before,” said Nicholas. “In school, if you make five birdies in a row they call it the Iron Lotus. Nobody’s even done it.”

Nicholas spoke about the prowess of his driver and his flat stick in blazing to a record. The latter saving him twice in the final three holes. On No. 7 (par 4, 465 yards), the hardest ranked hole of the day, he sank a 15-foot downhiller for par after finding trouble off the tee. On No. 9 (par 3, 220 yards), the putter life-lined his round once again. His 4-iron came up short of the green and his pitch carried long of the hole. Concerned? Not. He rolled in another 15-footer for par.

Ride over.

“Usually everything [in my game] is pretty level, pretty good,” said Nicholas, whose only Patterson Cup appearance came last year at Manufacturers’. “I’m not great at one thing. I’m not necessarily bad at anything. Today, I hit the driver well and the putter was really good. I putted last night in the golf room at Drexel. It worked. I wouldn’t have shot that if I didn’t putt well.”

The prior low opening Patterson Cup round in relation to par was 6 under. That mark was shared by Brandon Matthews (2012) and Jeff Osberg (2015).

NOTES-The Silver Cross Award is comprised of the qualifying rounds of the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship and the Patterson Cup. John Peters of Carlisle Country Club holds a two-stroke lead on Brown. He carded a 3-under 67 in the Patterson Cup’s first round.

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GAP

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 340 Member Clubs and 99,000 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.

Name, clubScore
Drue Nicholas, Galloway National Golf Club63
Michael R. Brown, Jr., LuLu Country Club64
Andy Butler, Huntingdon Valley Country Club64
Jake Maddaloni, Aronimink Golf Club65
Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook66
Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club66
Morgan Lofland, Phoenixville Country Club67
Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club67
Joey Morganti, Llanerch Country Club67
John Peters, Carlisle Country Club67
Cole Willcox, Merion Golf Club67
Chris Baloga, Briarwood Golf Club68
Brock Kovach, LedgeRock Golf Club68
Kevin Kramarski, Moorestown Field Club68
Richard Riva, LuLu Country Club68
Ryan Tall, LuLu Country Club68
Stephen Barry, Running Deer Golf Club69
Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club69
Andrew Keeling, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club69
Dan Keenan, Little Mill Country Club69
Jason Loehrs, McCall Golf Club69
Kevin Scherr, Allentown Municipal69
Matt Teesdale, The 1912 Club69
Jack Wallace, Riverton Country Club69
Peter Barron, III, Galloway National Golf Club70
John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club70
Anthony Cordaro, Saucon Valley Country Club70
Stephen Dressel, St. Davids Golf Club70
Buddy Hansen, Blue Bell Country Club70
Logan Hay, Burlington Country Club70
Christian Matt, Cedarbrook Country Club70
Marty McGuckin, Philadelphia Cricket Club70
Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia Cricket Club70
Logan Paczewski, Huntsville Golf Club70
Joseph Tigani, Fieldstone Golf Club70
R.J. Wren, Honeybrook Golf Club70
Connor Bennink, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club71
Luis Diaz, Wedgwood Country Club71
Jack Irons, Little Mill Country Club71
Scott McLaughlin, LuLu Country Club71
Ross Pilliod, LedgeRock Golf Club71
Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club71
J.T. Spina, Philadelphia Cricket Club71
Jim Sullivan, LuLu Country Club71
David Colleran, Overbrook Golf Club72
Michael Davis, Aronimink Golf Club72
John Dimler, Northampton Country Club72
David Hurly, Aronimink Golf Club72
Joshua Krumholz, Moselem Springs Golf Club72
Thomas Larkin, Paxon Hollow Country Club72
Colin Sanderson, Makefield Highlands Golf Club72
Alex Seelig, Reading Country Club72
Jarred Texter, Conestoga Country Club72
Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club73
Roy Anderson, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club73
Brendan Borst, Philadelphia Cricket Club73
Alex Butler, Overbrook Golf Club73
Zach Dilcher, Hartefeld National73
Matt Dolinsky, Honeybrook Golf Club73
Zak Drescher, Bent Creek Country Club73
Scott Ehrlich, Waynesborough Country Club73
Luke Fagley, LedgeRock Golf Club73
Johnny Murphy, The Shore Club73
Nikita Romanov, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association73
Jon Rusk, LuLu Country Club73
Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club73
Missed cut
Ryan Barnett, Union League Liberty Hill74
Peter D’Angelo, Burlington Country Club74
Michael Dunphy, USGA/GAP GC74
Mike Flatley, Jeffersonville Golf Club74
Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club74
Gerald Haftmann, Rolling Green Golf Club74
Liam Hart, Spring Mill Country Club74
Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club74
Matt Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club74
Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club74
Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club74
Jonathan Radick, Spring Mill Country Club74
Joe Roeder, Merion Golf Club74
John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club74
Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club74
Todd Baron, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association75
Adam Bracy, Tavistock Country Club75
Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club75
Christian Deussing, Jericho National Golf Club75
Ryan Felpel, Foxchase Golf Club75
Matt Graeff, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club75
Beau Guarino, Riverton Country Club75
Nelson Hargrove, Merion Golf Club75
Corey Haydu, Spring Mill Country Club75
Bryan Keeling, Spring Mill Country Club75
Ben Keyser, Legacy Club at Woodcrest75
Patrick Knott, Merion Golf Club75
Shawn Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club75
Scott McNeil, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association75
Hayden Moffat, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association75
Greg O’Connor, Bellewood Country Club75
Stewart Rickenbach, Huntingdon Valley Country Club75
Patrick Sheehan, Talamore Country Club75
Benjamin Smith, Carlisle Country Club75
Justin Spaeth, Cedarbrook Country Club75
Eric Williams, Honesdale Golf Club75
Campbell Wolf, Carlisle Country Club75
John Barone, Glenmaura National Golf Club76
Christopher Bell, Radnor Valley Country Club76
Jackson Debusschere, The Springhaven Club76
Dougie Ergood, Tavistock Country Club76
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club76
Darren Nolan, Cedarbrook Country Club76
James Ulsh, Carlisle Country Club76
Troy Vannucci, Little Mill Country Club76
Conrad Von Borsig, Philadelphia Cricket Club76
Mark Walkush, Sunnybrook Golf Club76
Brandon Wilson, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club76
Charles Young, Briarwood Golf Club76
Michael Carr, Philadelphia Cricket Club77
Phil Formica, Yardley Country Club77
Matt Grossman, Green Valley Country Club77
Nathan Guertler, Merion Golf Club77
Matthew Krass, Radley Run Country Club77
Devin O’Connor, Country Club of York77
Billy Reube, Huntingdon Valley Country Club77
Caleb Ryan, The 1912 Club77
Brian Walker, Burlington Country Club77
Bank Apinyawuttikul, Five Ponds Golf Club78
James Gradisek, Philadelphia Country Club78
Matthew Osorio, Merchantville Country Club78
Christopher Warner, Makefield Highlands Golf Club78
Michael Winton, Tavistock Country Club78
Kevin O’Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club79
Joseph Rueter, Sandy Run Country Club79
Mario Ventresca, Cedarbrook Country Club79
Kyle Williams, Glen Oak Country Club79
Brett Cybulski, USGA/GAP GC80
Kevin Lydon, Commonwealth National Golf Club80
Tyler McGarry, Huntsville Golf Club80
Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club80
Brendan Mahoney, Philadelphia Cricket Club82
Michael Boden, Aronimink Golf Club83
Joseph Kepic, Jeffersonville Golf Club85
Justin Schorr, Talamore Country Club87
Christopher DeMarco, Glenmaura National Golf Club89
Greg DeLuca, Trenton Country ClubNC
Jason Wilson, Olde Homestead Golf ClubDQ
DQ – disqualification; NC – no card