121st #PattersonCup: Round One - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Aug 09, 2023

121st #PattersonCup: Round One

Barbin, Paczewski share Patterson Cup lead

HAVERTOWN, Pa.–A pair of maturing collegians kept their emotions in check and golf balls on task en route to the top of the 121st Joseph H. Patterson Cup, presented by Provident Bank, first-round leaderboard. Austin Barbin of Chesapeake Bay Golf Club, a Liberty University fifth-year senior, and Logan Paczewski of Huntsville Golf Club, a Rutgers University sophomore, each posted 5-under-par 66s Wednesday at Llanerch Country Club (par 71, 6,727 yards).

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Both are in search of a first GAP Major title.

Austin Barbin

Both spoke about the ability to keep an active mind calm and nerves steady as they navigated an unexpectedly windy, and testing, Llanerch in championship conditions. Matt Mattare of Saucon Valley Country Club, a two-time GAP Major winner, and Nelson Hargrove of Merion Golf Club, a former BMW Philadelphia Amateur finalist, are tied for third at 3 under.

Barbin, Paczewski and Mattare start their final round at 9:10 a.m. off of No. 1. Due to expected storms slated to hit the area tomorrow afternoon, tee times will be split between Nos. 1 and 10. Traditionally, all players start on the first hole.

The cut line for the Patterson Cup fell at 3 over with 66 players moving on to Day 2.

Barbin and Paczewski have the physical tools. They are long-hitters with deft touch around the greens. The scorecards tell that part the story. Barbin made eight birdies and three bogeys. Paczewski had seven birdies and two bogeys. Both, though, were happier with their mental approach that produced the physical results.

“My goal today was to be really positive,” said Barbin, 22, of Elkton, Md. “On the first tee, I kind of struggled in the past with having doubts and being negative. Everyone kind of goes through phases like that. So the entire day today, I was trying to be positive. I wanted to have a very positive mentality with the last thought in my head being where do I want the ball to be.”

Add in a renewed confidence with the driver courtesy of a Fujikura Ventus Black 7 shaft, and Barbin’s game is sharp.

He noted he hit only two poor drives: On No. 16 (par 5, 505 yards), when he found the left trees but still made birdie, and on No. 6 (par 4, 420 yards), where he made bogey. Every part of the game was good.

Starting his round on No. 10 (par 4, 446 yards), Barbin lifted a 60-degree wedge from 82 yards to 15 feet for birdie and on No. 13 (par 4, 308 yards), he drove it to 10 yards short of the green and chipped up tight for another bird. A three-putt temporarily derailed Barbin on No. 14 (par 4, 467 yards), before he carded red figures on Nos. 15 (par 4, 321 yard) and 16 (par 5, 505 yards). A bogey on No. 17 (par 3, 155 yards) saw Barbin turn in 3 under.

On the front side, Barbin birdied three of his first five holes: Nos. 2 (par 4, 442 yards), 3 (par 4, 467 yards) and 5 (par 5, 554 yards), all of the tap-in variety. His birdie putt distances: a foot, three feet and a foot.

Barbin bogeyed the aforementioned sixth, but responded on No. 7 (par 4, 386 yards) when he clipped a 60-degree wedge from 85 yards to two feet.

“You know, it’s kind of like I was saying, the mental side again,” said Barbin, 2019 Junior Player of the Year. “I was just thinking about the next shot and trying to hit the best possible shot possible each time.”

Barbin has good vibes at Llanerch.

Last year, Barbin finished sixth in the Pennsylvania Amateur Championship that was held here.

Paczewski, on the other hand, was getting his first look at Llanerch.

“It’s awesome. I love all the character to the course,” said Paczewski, 19, of Dallas, Pa. “A lot of really unique hills and a lot of really great bunkers. The greens are perfect. It’s a great track.”

He made the turn in 2 under courtesy of four birdies and two bogeys before closing with a clean back nine. Paczewski birdied Nos. 12 (par 3, 178 yards), 15 and 17 and registered all pars on the other six holes. On No. 12, he hit a “bullet cut” 6-iron to five feet; on No. 15, he knocked a short chip to three feet and then on No. 17 dripped in a 10-foot birdie after his 9-iron found the green.

Good tempo. Better temperament.

“You got to keep calm out there, level-headed,” said Paczewski. “I’ve done a much better job this summer at that. Especially for me that’s a big part. I can’t get emotional out there because when I get emotional you use all your energy.”

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Name, clubScore
Logan Paczewski, Huntsville Golf Club66
Austin Barbin, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club66
Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club68
Nelson Hargrove, Merion Golf Club68
Jeff Osberg, Pine Valley Golf Club69
Drue Nicholas, Galloway National Golf Club69
Ryan Tall, LuLu Country Club69
Kevin Lydon, LuLu Country Club70
Zak Drescher, Bent Creek Country Club70
Evan Barbin, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club70
Michael R. Brown, Jr., LuLu Country Club70
Michael Crowley, Briarwood Golf Club70
Steve Passalacqua, Greate Bay Country Club70
Liam Hart, Spring Mill Country Club71
Christian Matt, Cedarbrook Country Club71
Ryan Gelrod, Philadelphia Cricket Club71
Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club71
Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club71
Ben Keyser, Legacy Club at Woodcrest71
Matthew Homer, Wilmington Country Club72
John Barone, Glenmaura National Golf Club72
Benjamin Feld, Green Valley Country Club72
Connor Bennink, RiverCrest GC & Preserve72
Joshua Ryan, The 1912 Club72
Troy Vannucci, Little Mill Country Club72
Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club72
William Pabst, Elmhurst Country Club72
Jake Maddaloni, Aronimink Golf Club72
Ben Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club73
John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club73
John Lalley, Llanerch Country Club73
Brandon Wilson, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club73
Peter Garno, Merion Golf Club73
Andy Butler, Huntingdon Valley Country Club73
Rij Patel, Country Club of York73
Zachary Falone, Running Deer Golf Club73
Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club73
Jack Irons, Little Mill Country Club73
Addison Owens, USGA/GAP GC73
Robert Olseski, Applebrook Golf Club73
Richard Riva, LuLu Country Club73
Win Thomas, USGA/GAP GC73
Scott McNeil, The 1912 Club73
Zack Amole, French Creek Golf Club73
David Mecca, Glen Oak Country Club74
Alexander Kim, Philadelphia Cricket Club74
Matt Dolinsky, Honeybrook Golf Club74
Andrew Keeling, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club74
David Kim, LuLu Country Club74
Kevin Kramarski, Moorestown Field Club74
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club74
Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia Cricket Club74
Andrew Mason, Huntingdon Valley Country Club74
Sean Flanigan, Sakima Country Club74
Stewart Rickenbach, Huntingdon Valley Country Club74
Nathan Guertler, Merion Golf Club74
Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club74
Greg Howson, St. Davids Golf Club74
Charles Young, Briarwood Golf Club74
Chris Lawler, Riverton Country Club74
Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club74
Eric Williams, Honesdale Golf Club74
Stephen Scott, Legacy Club at Woodcrest74
Caleb Taylor, USGA/GAP GC74
Peyton Mussina, Williamsport Country Club74
Nicholas Orlando, Llanerch Country Club74
Failed to qualify
Brock Kovach, LedgeRock Golf Club75
Jalen Griffin, Five Ponds Golf Club75
Jon Rudisill, Little Mill Country Club75
Thomas Larkin, USGA/GAP GC75
Jack Melville, LuLu Country Club75
Jack Wallace, Riverton Country Club75
Zach Dilcher, Hartefeld National75
Joseph Tigani, Fieldstone Golf Club75
Matthew Zerfass, Brookside CC of Allentown75
Ryan Barnett, Aronimink Golf Club75
J.T. Spina, Philadelphia Cricket Club75
Ross Pilliod, LuLu Country Club75
Roy Anderson, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club75
D.J. Pinciotti, Huntingdon Valley Country Club76
Jackson Debusschere, The Springhaven Club76
Nikita Romanov, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club76
Cael Ropietski, Huntsville Golf Club76
R.J. Wren, LuLu Country Club76
Daniel Rudershausen, Bidermann Golf Club76
Greg Sadowski, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association76
Brendan Bacskai, Applebrook Golf Club76
Jimmy Kramarski, Moorestown Field Club76
Gerald Haftmann, Rolling Green Golf Club76
Kevin O’Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club77
Morgan Lofland, Phoenixville Country Club77
Ian Masenheimer, Lehigh Country Club77
Ryan Cass, Hidden Creek Golf Club77
Matthew Bastian, Rolling Green Golf Club77
Nick Ciocca, Aronimink Golf Club78
Hayden Moffat, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association78
Bryan Keeling, Spring Mill Country Club78
Jon Rusk, LuLu Country Club78
Ryan Richardson, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association78
John Meyers, Makefield Highlands Golf Club78
Tylor Love, Legacy Club at Woodcrest78
Marc Fillari, Pennsauken Country Club78
Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club78
Nathan Fry, Green Pond Country Club78
Philip Mortell, Honeybrook Golf Club78
Jake Hanzel, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia78
Quinn Hamilton, Country Club of Scranton78
Johnny Murphy, The Shore Club79
Eric Carlidge, North Hills Country Club79
Matt Gaffney, Medford Village Country Club79
Bank Apinyawuttikul, USGA/GAP GC79
Alex Seelig, Reading Country Club79
Kevin Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club79
Matt O’Donnell, Merchantville Country Club80
Connor Vanin, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association80
John Stevenson, LuLu Country Club80
Anthony Cordaro, Saucon Valley Country Club80
Dave Liotta, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club80
Michael Olson, Pennsauken Country Club80
Tommy Ditullio, Manasquan River Golf Club80
Keller Mulhern, Whitford Country Club80
Pete Moran, French Creek Golf Club80
Stephen Barry, Running Deer Golf Club80
Christopher Ault, Yardley Country Club80
Greg Berdini, Scotland Run Golf Club81
Michael Boden, Aronimink Golf Club81
Xiong Da, USGA/GAP GC81
Matt Crilley, Steel Club81
Voltaire Escalona, Philadelphia Cricket Club81
Luke Fagley, LedgeRock Golf Club82
Brian Degnan, Rolling Green Golf Club82
Kevin Kornuszko, Spring Mill Country Club82
Jake Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club83
Marshall Kain, Overbrook Golf Club83
Sebastian Botero, North Hills Country Club83
Nick Ostash, Five Ponds Golf Club84
Matthew McCaffery, USGA/GAP GC85
Daniel Wu, Bluestone Country Club85
David Hertgen, Springdale Golf Club85
James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club85
Tony Ball, French Creek Golf Club86
Nick Hano, LuLu Country Club88
Justin Spaeth, Cedarbrook Country Club89
Jack Dare, Riverton Country Club89

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