Aug 11, 2011

Another Mason masterpiece puts him atop 109th Patterson Cup

MALVERN, Pa.–Andrew Mason of Huntingdon Valley CC continues to craft a season for the ages. Mason, winner of the 107th Open Championship as well as the 98th Pennsylvania State Amateur Championship earlier this summer, maneuvered himself into prime position for a prominent title yet again. The 22-year-old Mason snared the lead in Thursday’s 109th Joseph H. Patterson Cup by a stroke after equaling White Manor CC’s (par 71, 6,922 yards) competitive course record.

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 Mason navigated the perilous White Manor CC track on a perfect summer day to the tune of 5-under-par 66. He enters the second and final round of the Association’s last Major of the season with a one-stroke lead. Steve Seiden of Llanerch CC carded a 4-under 67 in the morning. Three players, G. Patrick Dougherty of Philadelphia Cricket Club; Chris Fuga of Phoenixville CC and Matthew Teesdale of Commonwealth National GC are tied for third at 1 under.

Tomorrow’s second round begins at 8 a.m. with the final threesome of Mason, Seiden and Fuga starting their journey at 11 a.m.

When asked the reason for his successful string of tournaments, Mason offered a quick response.

  “I have a better mental approach [than in the past],” said Mason, a former Temple University standout. “In college I came close to a few wins but never sealed the deal. I decided to take a more conservative mental approach. I began to realize that you really don’t need to go at every flag, 15 footers for birdie or 10 footers for par aren’t always that bad.”

  Mason is looking to become the fourth player to win both the Open and Patterson Cup in the same year. William Hyndman, III (1968 and 1969) and R. Jay Sigel (1980 and 1986) each turned the feat twice and James McHale, Jr. of Whitemarsh Valley CC was the first to do so in 1948.

  A victory would also make Mason the first player to win two Golf Association of Philadelphia Major’s titles since Michael McDermott of Merion GC took the 2008 Mid-Am and Amateur championships.

 Mason again displayed an affinity for speedy greens and red figures.

  He carded seven birdies against two bogeys on a day where the scoring average was 77.94.

  Mason birdied No. 2 (par 4, 430 yards) after knocking an 8-iron from 150 yards to four feet; drained a 10-footer on No. 5 (par 4, 469 yards) for 3; knocked a lob wedge from 80 yards to four feet on No. 6 (par 5, 555 yards) and chipped up from just short of the green on No. 7 (par 4, 306 yards) to a couple feet. He three-putted No. 9 (par 4, 409 yards) from 30 feet away and the lethal back right of the green to make the turn in 3 under.

  Another three-putt bogey on No. 10 (par 4, 414 yards) had Mason steaming a bit, but as he’s done time and time again this summer, the Huntingdon Valley resident bounced back in birdie bunches. On No. 11 (par 5, 525 yards), Mason reached the green in two with a 2-iron and eventually tapped in for 4; on No. 15 (par 4, 330 yards), he lofted a lob wedge from 60 yards to 15 feet away and on No. 17 (par 5, 552 yards) made a crafty up-and-down from the left greenside bunker.

  “I played real solid today. I missed one green and had two three putts,” said Mason. “I made a few 15 footers. I’m sticking to my game plan of playing pretty conservative and taking my chances when I get them.”

  Standing one back of Mason is White Manor’s biggest course fan.

  Seiden, who finished at 4 under, the low score of the morning wave, seems to always play well at his home away from home.

  In the last two Golf Association of Philadelphia administered events at White Manor in which Seiden participated, the Chadds Ford, Pa. resident posted a 74 in a U.S. Mid-Am. Qualifier last year (he missed the cut by one stroke) and posted a 1-under 70 in the Amateur Championship Qualifier in 2007. He entered match play as the fifth seed that year.

  “I’m ecstatic I put a good round together on a very difficult golf course. For some reason, at this golf course, I always play well. Anytime I tee it up at a tournament here I always seem to play solid. There are some hard holes out there and difficult par 3s. It’s comfortable for me,” Seiden said.

  Seiden carded a spiffy 67 with five birdies against one bogey.

  He posted red circles on four of his final six front-nine holes to ascend the leaderboard.

  On No. 4 (par 4, 410 yards) after blocking a drive right, he ripped a 5-iron from 178 yards, uphill and into the wind, to 15 feet; on No. 6, Seiden chipped up to three feet after coming up 30 yards short of the green; on No. 7 drained a 20-footer from right of the hole; and on No. 8 (par 3, 142 yards) almost jarred a pitching wedge before settling for an easy 2.

  Seiden bogeyed No. 10 when his drive found a divot in the fairway, but gained that stroke back on No. 17 when he hit his wedge from 100 yards to 15 feet behind the hole and made the putt.

NOTES–Rich Thon of The Springhaven Club aced the par 3, 142-yard eighth hole with a 9-iron. It was the second hole-in-one for the 56-year-old Golf Association of Philadelphia regular. He drained his tee shot, ironically, on No. 8 at Llanerch CC last year with a 2-iron … The cut line for the low 60 players and ties fell at 7-over 78. A total of 64 players made the cut … The Patterson Cup also serves as the final two rounds of the Silver Cross Award. The Silver Cross is awarded to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying rounds of the Amateur Championship and the Patterson Cup. Amateur Championship medalist Mike Meisenzahl of Little Mill CC carded a 75 and leads Mason and Robert Galbreath, Jr. of Huntingdon Valley CC by a shot. Meisenzahl stands with a three-round total of 213.

Name, clubScore
Andrew Mason, Huntingdon Valley Country Club66
Stephen Seiden, Llanerch Country Club67
Matthew Teesdale, Commonwealth National Golf Club70
Christopher Fuga, Phoenixville Country Club70
G. Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club70
Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club71
Oliver White, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club71
James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club72
John Brennan, Spring Ford Country Club73
Joseph Gunerman, Jericho National Golf Club73
Greg Jarmas, Philadelphia Publinks GA73
Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club73
James Ridgway, Wildwood Golf & Country Club73
David Sanders, Laurel Creek Country Club73
Scott McLaughlin, Commonwealth National Golf Club73
Ben Feld, Blue Bell Country Club73
Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club74
Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club74
Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club74
Robert Galbreath, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club74
Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club74
William Jeremiah, Bidermann Golf Course74
Kevin Genuardi, Cedarbrook Country Club74
Jeffrey Griest, Waynesborough Country Club74
James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club74
Mark Coassolo, Brookside C.C. of Allentown74
Patrick Phillips, Spring Ford Country Club74
Roger Stone, Downingtown Country Club74
Bobby Svigals, Radnor Valley Country Club74
Benjamin Smith, Little Mill Country Club74
Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club75
Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course75
Lance Hornung, Wedgwood Country Club75
Rodney James, Five Ponds Golf Club75
Mike Meisenzahl, Little Mill Country Club75
Robert Robertson, Philadelphia Cricket Club75
Christopher Crawford, Spring Mill Country Club75
Ted Brennan, Philadelphia Country Club76
Duke Delcher, Sandy Run Country Club76
Jimmy Wolfe, Bellewood Golf Club76
Andrew Strock, Makefield Highlands Golf Club76
Jeff Osberg, Llanerch Country Club76
Daniel Charen, Makefield Highlands Golf Club76
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club76
Ryan Gelrod, Commonwealth National Golf Club76
Gary Schoeman, Stonewall76
Michael Walker, Loch Nairn Golf Club77
Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club77
Danny Costello, Spring Mill Country Club77
Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club77
Cory Siegfried, Philadelphia Country Club77
James Braunsberg, Blue Bell Country Club77
Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club77
Tom DiCinti, Links Golf Club77
Patrick Ross, Glenmaura National Golf Club77
Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook78
Byron Whitman, Golden Oaks Golf Club78
Samuel Hockfield, White Manor Country Club78
Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club78
Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club78
Peter Moran, Edgmont Country Club78
Sam Pancoast, Radley Run Country Club78
Gregg Angelillo, Moselem Springs Golf Club78
Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club78
Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club78
Failed to qualify
Andrew Lawson, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club79
Tucker Koch, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve79
Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club79
Robert Cunningham, Overbrook Golf Club79
Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club79
Robert Acciardo, Whitford Country Club79
Steve Ransom, Jr., Wildwood Golf & Country Club79
Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club79
Vince Boyle, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club79
Kyle Sterbinsky, Yardley Country Club79
Max Matejik, Yardley Country Club79
Michael Johnson, Talamore Country Club79
Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club79
Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club80
Nick Iacono, Fieldstone Golf Club80
Greg Matthias, Hartefeld National80
Jimmy Johnston, Merion Golf Club80
Greg O’Connor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club80
Robert Bechtold, Loch Nairn Golf Club80
David Shields, Philadelphia Publinks GA80
Jim Rattigan, Schuylkill Country Club80
Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club80
Geoffrey Cooper, Laurel Creek Country Club81
Daniel Long, Honeybrook Golf Club81
Andy Achenbach, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve81
Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club81
Aaron Burton, Hartefeld National81
Ryan McCarty, Little Mill Country Club81
Paul Kovalcheck, Lu Lu Country Club81
Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club82
Chris Hunger, Wedgwood Country Club82
Mike Amole, Huntingdon Valley Country Club82
Brad Sokol, Green Valley Country Club82
Ryan Worthy, Merion Golf Club82
Alexander Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club83
Sean Torpey, Doylestown Country Club83
Reilly Erhardt, Trenton Country Club83
Cameron Liebert, White Manor Country Club84
Peter Eiler, Commonwealth National Golf Club84
Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club84
Mike Hartsough, Edgmont Country Club85
Erik Settelen, Bensalem Township Country Club86
Shawn Lavin, Philadelphia Publinks GA86
Matt Dietrich, Whitford Country Club86
Connor Eichman, Llanerch Country Club87
James Bea, Spring Mill Country Club87
Johan van Schalkwyk, Burlington Country Club87
Mark Hodgson, Medford Village Country Club87
Lance Oberparleiter, Little Mill Country Club87
Matt Hancock, Chester Valley Golf Club88
William Rolli, Philadelphia Publinks GA91
Louis Giovi, Old York CC at ChesterfieldWD
Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf ClubWD
Doug Marcincin, Northampton Country ClubWD
Bill Civitella, Aronimink Golf ClubWD
Michael Kania, Overbrook Golf ClubWD

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