73rd Delaware Amateur: Day One - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Evan Barbin leads after 69 in blustery conditions

WILMINGTON, Del. – Evan Barbin has seen his brother’s Austin and Zach celebrate big wins. 

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Zach, who won the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship and Joseph H. Patterson Cup in 2020 and Austin, the reigning Philadelphia Amateur champion, have held the recent golf headlines in the Barbin family. But Evan is looking to get a headline of his own.

“I’ve always had faith in my game,” Barbin said. “I do learn a lot from Austin and Zach’s experiences. I’ve got no jealousy towards them. It’s just great to always have people to play with and we all support each other in any way we can. It’s just who we are.”

Nick Ciocca

Evan, the youngest of the Barbin brother quartet, surged to the lead after Round One of the 73rd Delaware Amateur Championship with a 69 Monday at White Clay Creek Country Club (par 72, 6,820 yards).

Nick Ciocca, a rising freshman at the University of Notre Dame and of Aronimink Golf Club, and past champion Amory Davis (2007), of Bidermann Golf Club, sit in second after rounds of 70.

“I’ve been playing well ever since college ended,” Barbin, 20, of Elkton, Md., and a rising junior at Liberty University, said. “I was disappointed with how I went out at the Philadelphia Amateur but my swing feels good and I putted extremely well today. My putting and short game have improved a lot. I am making progress with my game and am proud of where it is.”

Defending Champion Blake Micholas, of Kings Creek Country Club, sits in a tie for 68th after an opening round of 85.

Barbin didn’t waste any time getting into red figures. He climbed to 3 under through his first 10 holes after a dazzling lob wedge from 75 yards to five feet on No. 10 (par 5, 582 yards).

Amory Davis

The wind, blowing steadily with heavy gusts mingled throughout the day, played a part in the Day One story. The scoring average was 81.97. Barbin didn’t mind it.

“One of my strengths is flighting the ball low, which was key today in these conditions,” Barbin said. “All you can do is hit the shot you intend to and move on. The wind can play tricks with your mind and swing. I just wanted to trust my short game. This golf course isn’t your average Philadelphia golf course. There’s no room for error here.”

He mixed a bogey on No. 11 (par 4, 405 yards) and a birdie on No. 15 (par 5, 535 yards) on the back nine to reach his magic number. 

“I feel like I have always been a pretty good ball striker,” Barbin said. “For me, the biggest thing I have noticed is my ability to keep the ball in play because here at White Clay Creek that is important. My goal today was to play the same golf ball for the entire round. Hitting my tee ball well is the cornerstone of my golf game. If I can do that, I find that I play really well.”

Barbin, a rising junior at Liberty University studying sports management and finance, has learned quite a bit about college golf in his first two years. Coming off a season with a 74.93 scoring average, he’s hungry for more.

“At Liberty we had a ton of guys graduate this year, so we will have a young roster come the fall,” Barbin said. “It’s going to be fun to see where our team goes next year. College golf is so much different than junior golf. We practice pretty much every day for like 10-11 months. So it does mentally drain you. I was wiped out after my freshman year because I wasn’t prepared for college golf.”

What Barbin is prepared for is a battle of mental warfare over the remaining 54 holes at White Clay Creek. A cut Tuesday to the low 36 and ties, which results in a 36-hole final day Wednesday. With trouble lurking at every corner, momentum can change in an instant.

“I feel like I am in for a solid summer of golf,” Barbin said. “I am so close to winning a title. I am focused on remaining composed and try not to have outbursts. 54 holes is a lot of golf so I will try to make as many birdies as possible and keep the ball in play. That should give me a good chance to be around at the end.”

Stay tuned at gapgolf.org and the DSGA/GAP social media channels (@GAofPhilly/@DSGA_Golf) all week long for Delaware Amateur coverage.

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, clubR1
Evan Barbin, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club69
Nick Ciocca, Aronimink Golf Club70
Amory Davis, Bidermann Golf Club70
Aaron Williams, Bayside Resort Golf Club71
Peyton Mussina, Williamsport Country Club73
Charlie Bundy, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association73
Jack Irons, Medford Lakes Country Club74
Morgan Lofland, Phoenixville Country Club75
Jackson Roman, Briarwood Golf Club75
Eli Shah, Penn Oaks Golf Club75
Matthew Homer, Wilmington Country Club76
Alex Seelig, LedgeRock Golf Club76
Vincent Scarpetta, Glenmaura National Golf Club76
Hudson Pace, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club76
Lorenzo Sanz, Briarwood Golf Club77
Jeffrey Homer, Wilmington Country Club77
Kevin Lydon, LuLu Country Club77
Logan Paczewski, Huntsville Golf Club77
Zachary Fischl, Allentown Municipal77
Nick Fioravante, LedgeRock Golf Club77
Harrison Levithan, DuPont Country Club77
Mario Ventresca, Cedarbrook Country Club77
Tyler Cleaves, USGA/GAP GC78
Jacoby Chappa, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club78
Dan Chernosky, Towanda Golf Club78
Jake Haberstumpf, LedgeRock Golf Club78
Colin Sanderson, Jericho National Golf Club78
Jackson Debusschere, DuPont Country Club78
Mark Doughty, Fieldstone Golf Club78
Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club78
Steve Cutler, USGA/GAP GC79
Logan Wagner, Bent Creek Country Club79
Calen Sanderson, Jericho National Golf Club79
Connor McGarrity, Briarwood Golf Club79
Matt Dolinsky, Galen Hall Golf Club79
Brian Zinman, USGA/GAP GC79
Nikita Romanov, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club80
Charles Young, Briarwood Golf Club80
Michael Vital, Northampton Country Club80
Justin Howe, Applecross Country Club80
Drew Zieg, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club81
Tyler McDonald, Plantation Lakes Golf & Country Club81
John Keba, USGA/GAP GC81
Jack Hirsh, Philadelphia Cricket Club81
Stephen Scialo, Fieldstone Golf Club81
Winston Kelenc-Blank, Saucon Valley Country Club81
Zach Mueller, Five Ponds Golf Club81
Kevin Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club81
Brandon Wilson, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club81
Daniel Oh, Blue Bell Country Club81
Michael Dignazio, Wilmington Country Club82
Nick Shevland, Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club82
Jonathan Brohawn, Heritage Shores82
Chris Esbenshade, Bent Creek Country Club82
Ed Brown, Rehoboth Beach Country Club83
Ron Jamarowicz, DuPont Country Club83
Gavin Garrison, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club83
Connor Vanin, DuPont Country Club83
Andrew Sellers, Hooper’s Landing Golf Course83
Matt Lafond, Blue Bell Country Club83
Matthew Perry, Ocean City Golf Club84
Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club84
Matt Rosal, USGA/GAP GC84
Brian Walker, Talamore Country Club84
Dylan Chessher, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club84
Tim Novic, Ed Oliver Golf Club84
Joe Garner, DuPont Country Club84
Matteo Patitucci, Philmont Country Club85
Brandon Prettyman, White Clay Creek Country Club85
Matthew Miller, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club85
Blake Micholas, Kings Creek Country Club85
Trace DeLeon, Baywood Greens85
Luke Hallman, Olde Homestead Golf Club85
Erik Ervin, DuPont Country Club85
Bryan Janocha, Delcastle Golf Club85
Tom Kearns, Hartefeld National85
Joshua Emel, White Clay Creek Country Club85
Kyle Pritchard, Green Pond Country Club85
Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club86
Kaden Kinard, White Clay Creek Country Club86
Robert Bechtold, Fieldstone Golf Club87
Ryan Feldman, Amateur Golf Society87
Chris Waldmann, The 1912 Club87
Robbie Lohkamp, DuPont Country Club88
Anthony DePietress, Carlisle Country Club88
Connor Matteo, Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club88
Andrew Hess, Odessa National Golf Club89
Jeffry Schott, Rock Manor Golf Club89
Alex Vanscoy, White Clay Creek Country Club89
Matthew Vital, Northampton Country Club89
Cameron Baynum, USGA/GAP GC90
Joseph Spitaleri, Ed Oliver Golf Club91
Don Uhrig, LedgeRock Golf Club92
Joel Perry, Mulligan’s Pointe94
Owen Schlegel, USGA/GAP GC94
David Pic, White Clay Creek Country Club97
Remy Haynes, USGA/GAP GC97
James Cole, Ed Oliver Golf Club102
Alex Hosier, French Creek Golf ClubWD
Michael Freccia, USGA/GAP GCWD
Greg Sadowski, Philadelphia Publinks Golf AssociationWD
Brooks Hoffman, USGA/GAP GCWD
Joseph Tigani, Fieldstone Golf ClubDQ
J.P. Hoban, The 1912 ClubNS
WD – withdraw
DQ – disqualified
NS – no show

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