124th BMW Philadelphia Amateur: Day One Recap - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

HVCC’s Patrick Isztwan adds to Amateur legacy

LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. – Patrick Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley Country Club needed a fortuitous email and some lady luck to make it into and out of BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifying last year. Tuesday, he took matters into his hands. In a record-setting way.

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Isztwan posted an Amateur Championship tournament low 9-under-par 134. The 9 under is a record score in relation to par. The 134 two-round total equals Doylestown Clint Deibert’s mark set in 2006 at Huntingdon Valley and Torresdale-Frankford Country Club (now Union League Golf Club at Torresdale).

Isztwan’s rounds were 69 at North Hills Country Club (par 71, 6,498 yards) in the morning and 65 at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club (par 72, 6,843 yards).

The first-round matches begin at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow. Second-round matches follow.

The quarterfinals and semifinals are Thursday. The 36-hole Final begins at 7 a.m. Saturday.

The cut line fell at 3-over 146. There was an 11-player for nine positions playoff.

Michael R. Brown, Jr. of LuLu Country Club, the 2022 BMW Philadelphia Amateur Champion, earned the 32nd and final qualifying position. He plays Isztwan.

Michael Crowley, the reigning BMW Philadelphia Amateur Champion, qualified for match play and is the No. 13 seed.

Home-club hopeful Will Davenport, fresh off a sterling run to the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball with partner Mike Smith at neighboring Philadelphia Cricket Club a few weeks ago, finished at 5 under and is the No. 4 seed.

“That’s pretty awesome,” said Isztwan, 20, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., of setting the record. “I mean the names on that list are phenomenal. The history of GAP is so deep that that’s very special.

“[My caddie] Cory [Meyer] and I talked about it yesterday, about not trying to top last year. I mean, even if somehow I go on to win it this year or some other year, I’m probably never gonna top just the experience of playing at home and playing in front of everyone. So the goal this year was to not be thinking about last year and just playing the holes in front of us and letting it all fall into place.”

He did that in spades.

Isztwan’s 2 under at North Hills in the morning was one of three a.m. rounds in the red.

Then at Whitemarsh Valley for the afternoon 18 holes, Isztwan, who carried his cardboard lunch box around for the entire round, caught fire.

“I’ve done it a lot in in college events when they give you the box lunch in-between rounds,” said Isztwan, who was an alternate last year before receiving an email from GAP’s Championship Department to inform him he was in the field. “I like it because there’s food in there. And sometimes you get hungry at the end of the rounds and I don’t have a ton of like snacks in my bag. So it’s like kind of a fallback plan. Every time I do it, there’s a bunch of people asking me to take it and throw it out for me. I’m like, ‘No.’ I don’t know, maybe it [keeps me] comfortable.”

Starting on the back nine, he birdied Nos. 12 (par 3, 175 yards), 13 (par 4, 372 yards) and 17 (par 5, 484 yards). The final coming with a spectacular sand play from the left greenside bunker. A longest splash shot spun below the hole to 10 feet before he rolled it in. Isztwan added a circle on No. 2 (par 4, 431 yards), before almost recording, dare we say, a golfing first – an ace, albatross combo.

On No. 4 (par 3, 241 yards), he ripped a 6-iron that bounced short of the green and rolled up to 10 inches. From the tee, it appeared that the ball took a look at the cup.

Two shots later, on No. 5 (par 5, 509 yards), Isztwan’s 230-yard, 4-iron hit the flagstick and stopped four feet from the hole. A perfect coda to his medalist performance.

“You don’t want to end up in a playoff but the goal today was just to make match play,” said Isztwan. “And I put myself in a good position after North Hills. Then I was just able to kind of come out here and play smart and had a couple of putts drop for me. I mean there are so many good players in GAP that it doesn’t matter what seed you are, you’re gonna have a tough match. So I’m not going to be walking through anyone. I’m going to have a tough match whoever I play.

“Cory and I were very definitive with lines out there today. That’ll be the same thing tomorrow. Hopefully, not get ahead of ourselves and not get too upset. We are just trying to stay levelheaded. I played real smart. We were very disciplined out there.”

We’ll see if it’s a championship recipe, or at least a repeat championship match recipe.

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 345 Member Clubs and 110,000 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, club
Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club69NH-65WV–134
Austin Barbin, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club72NH-65WV–137
Patrick Sheehan, Talamore Country Club70WV-68NH–138
William Davenport, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club70WV-68NH–138
Mark Miller, Philadelphia Cricket Club72NH-67WV–139
Andy Butler, Huntingdon Valley Country Club70WV-71NH–141
Tyler McGarry, Huntsville Golf Club70WV-71NH–141
Aaron Fricke, LuLu Country Club70NH-72WV–142
Calen Sanderson, Jericho National Golf Club71NH-71WV–142
Louis Giovacchini, Mercer Oaks Golf Course71WV-71NH–142
Jake Haberstumpf, LedgeRock Golf Club72WV-71NH–143
Connor Sheehan, Tanglewood Manor Golf Club72NH-72WV–144
Michael Crowley, Briarwood Golf Club73NH-71WV–144
Thomas Young, Saucon Valley Country Club72NH-72WV–144
Craig Hornberger, Lancaster Country Club73NH-71WV–144
Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook72WV-72NH–144
Hayden Moffat, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association74WV-70NH–144
Jackson Debusschere, DuPont Country Club71NH-74WV–145
Ben Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club73NH-72WV–145
William Pabst, Elmhurst Country Club75WV-70NH–145
Richard Riva, LuLu Country Club77NH-68WV–145
Jon Rusk, LuLu Country Club70WV-75NH–145
Andrew Curran, Philadelphia Cricket Club73WV-72NH–145
*John Lalley, Llanerch Country Club74NH-72WV–146
*Logan Paczewski, Huntsville Golf Club74WV-72NH–146
*Evan Eichenlaub, Saucon Valley Country Club72WV-74NH–146
*Peter Garno, Merion Golf Club78WV-68NH–146
*Ward McHenry, Spring Ford Country Club76NH-70WV–146
*David Mecca, Wemberly Hills Golf Club73WV-73NH–146
*Evan Barbin, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club75WV-71NH–146
*Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club72NH-74WV–146
*Michael R. Brown, Jr., LuLu Country Club70WV-76NH–146
Failed to qualify
*Owen Mulhern, Whitford Country Club75WV-71NH–146
*Daniel Oh, Blue Bell Country Club73NH-73WV–146
Connor Bennink, Peninsula Golf & Country Club75WV-72NH–147
Zak Drescher, Bent Creek Country Club75WV-72NH–147
Liam Hart, Spring Mill Country Club73NH-74WV–147
Jeffrey Homer, Wilmington Country Club72WV-75NH–147
Peyton Mussina, Williamsport Country Club69NH-78WV–147
Matt Teesdale, The 1912 Club73NH-74WV–147
Joseph Tigani, Fieldstone Golf Club76NH-71WV–147
Jack Wallace, Riverton Country Club70WV-77NH–147
Benjamin Feld, Green Valley Country Club74WV-74NH–148
Andrew Mason, Huntingdon Valley Country Club77WV-71NH–148
Chris Lawler, Riverton Country Club73WV-75NH–148
Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia Cricket Club78NH-70WV–148
Morgan Lofland, Phoenixville Country Club72NH-76WV–148
Ryan Tall, LuLu Country Club75NH-73WV–148
Charlie Barrickman, Radley Run Country Club77WV-72NH–149
Sebastian Botero, North Hills Country Club76NH-73WV–149
Matthew Homer, Wilmington Country Club77NH-72WV–149
Drue Nicholas, Galloway National Golf Club76WV-73NH–149
Alex Seelig, LedgeRock Golf Club74NH-75WV–149
Zach Arsenault, Medford Village Country Club75NH-75WV–150
Mark Benevento, Jr., Philadelphia Cricket Club78WV-72NH–150
Jarred Berish, Bellewood Country Club78NH-72WV–150
Chris Binet, LuLu Country Club74WV-76NH–150
Alex Butler, Overbrook Golf Club75NH-75WV–150
Chris Fieger, Sr., Heidelberg Country Club73WV-77NH–150
Michael Fioravante, LedgeRock Golf Club74WV-76NH–150
Jalen Griffin, Five Ponds Golf Club76WV-74NH–150
David Kim, LuLu Country Club75NH-75WV–150
Brock Kovach, LedgeRock Golf Club72NH-78WV–150
Kevin Kramarski, Moorestown Field Club73NH-77WV–150
Kevin Lydon, LuLu Country Club76WV-74NH–150
Joey Morganti, Llanerch Country Club74NH-76WV–150
Jordan Shuey, USGA/GAP GC74NH-76WV–150
Kevin Cahill, Merion Golf Club73WV-78NH–151
Daniel Charen, LuLu Country Club74NH-77WV–151
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club76NH-75WV–151
Hunter Stetson, Aronimink Golf Club76WV-75NH–151
Zach Dilcher, LedgeRock Golf Club82NH-70WV–152
Jeff Frazier, Carlisle Country Club76WV-76NH–152
Grant Gronka, Berwick Golf Club75WV-77NH–152
Bud Hansen, Blue Bell Country Club74NH-78WV–152
Oscar Maxfield, John F. Byrne Golf Club78NH-74WV–152
Sam Pancoast, Radley Run Country Club81WV-71NH–152
Nikita Romanov, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association74WV-78NH–152
Cael Ropietski, Huntsville Golf Club75NH-77WV–152
Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club75NH-77WV–152
Benjamin Smith, USGA/GAP GC77WV-75NH–152
Logan Wagner, Bent Creek Country Club74NH-78WV–152
Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club76WV-77NH–153
John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club74NH-79WV–153
Jack Homer, Wilmington Country Club76WV-77NH–153
Ian Larsen, Honeybrook Golf Club80NH-73WV–153
Matthew Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club72WV-81NH–153
Jack Melville, LuLu Country Club78NH-75WV–153
Stewart Rickenbach, Huntingdon Valley Country Club81WV-72NH–153
John Stevenson, LuLu Country Club79NH-74WV–153
Anthony Cordaro, Saucon Valley Country Club75WV-79NH–154
William Howard, Applebrook Golf Club79NH-75WV–154
Jack Irons, Medford Lakes Country Club79WV-75NH–154
Andy Kerestesy, Running Deer Golf Club77NH-77WV–154
Sam Martini, Woodstone Country Club and Lodge78NH-76WV–154
Christian Matt, Cedarbrook Country Club78WV-76NH–154
Daniel Rudershausen, Bidermann Golf Club81NH-73WV–154
Luke Shevlin, Concord Country Club78NH-76WV–154
Matthew Bastian, Rolling Green Golf Club78WV-77NH–155
Drew Garis, North Hills Country Club78NH-77WV–155
R.J. Wren, LuLu Country Club76NH-79WV–155
Stephen Dressel, St. Davids Golf Club77NH-79WV–156
Scott Kalamar, Green Pond Country Club80WV-76NH–156
Stephen Lorenzo, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club82WV-74NH–156
Connor Sharp, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale77NH-79WV–156
Dan Ayars, Sakima Country Club82WV-75NH–157
Ryan Barnett, Aronimink Golf Club79NH-78WV–157
Matt Graeff, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club77WV-80NH–157
David Palumbo, Steel Club76NH-81WV–157
D.J. Pinciotti, Huntingdon Valley Country Club80WV-77NH–157
Greg Sadowski, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association78NH-79WV–157
Eric Williams, Honesdale Golf Club80WV-77NH–157
Michael Zieg, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club78WV-79NH–157
 Ryan Borrmann, Five Ponds Golf Club83WV-75NH–158
Michael Henry, Overbrook Golf Club79NH-79WV–158
Andrew Keeling, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club86WV-72NH–158
Kevin O’Brien, Cedarbrook Country Club81WV-77NH–158
Brian Pelose, Tavistock Country Club79NH-79WV–158
Patrick Boles, Skytop Lodge79NH-80WV–159
Kasim Narinesingh-Smith, Radley Run Country Club80WV-79NH–159
Josh Anderson, LedgeRock Golf Club77NH-83WV–160
Jackson Puskar, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club79WV-81NH–160
Ryan Hoffner, Country Club of York81WV-80NH–161
Alex Mayernik, USGA/GAP GC77WV-84NH–161
Dom Guerrera, Coatesville Country Club81NH-81WV–162
Jimmy Kramarski, Moorestown Field Club80WV-82NH–162
David Colleran, Overbrook Golf Club81NH-82WV–163
Seiji Sako, McCall Golf Club82NH-81WV–163
Greg Hanna, Applebrook Golf Club81WV-83NH–164
Steve Levchenco, Philmont Country Club83WV-81NH–164
Connor Matteo, Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club84WV-80NH–164
Anthony Proud, GAP Youth on Course81WV-83NH–164
Richard Talbot, Springdale Golf Club82NH-82WV–164
Corey Betham, St. Davids Golf Club89WV-76NH–165
A.J. Donatoni, Fox Hill Country Club86WV-79NH–165
Rick Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club81WV-86NH–167
Justin Howe, Applecross Country Club82NH-85WV–167
Greg O’Connor, Bellewood Country Club89NH-81WV–170
David Miller, USGA/GAP GC87NH-90WV–177
Matthew Barnes, LuLu Country Club80NH-WDWV–WD
Michael Dunphy, USGA/GAP GC82WV-WDNH–WD
Jaren Hunsaker, LuLu Country Club90WV-WDNH–WD
Chris Szal, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale79NH-WDWV–WD
Matthew Zerfass, Brookside CC of AllentownWDNH-WDWV–WD
*Determined in a playoff

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