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.
|Andrew Mason, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||66|
|Stephen Seiden, Llanerch Country Club||67|
|Matthew Teesdale, Commonwealth National Golf Club||70|
|Christopher Fuga, Phoenixville Country Club||70|
|G. Patrick Dougherty, Philadelphia Cricket Club||70|
|Peter Barron, III, Stone Harbor Golf Club||71|
|Oliver White, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club||71|
|James Kania, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club||72|
|John Brennan, Spring Ford Country Club||73|
|Joseph Gunerman, Jericho National Golf Club||73|
|Greg Jarmas, Philadelphia Publinks GA||73|
|Benjamin Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||73|
|James Ridgway, Wildwood Golf & Country Club||73|
|David Sanders, Laurel Creek Country Club||73|
|Scott McLaughlin, Commonwealth National Golf Club||73|
|Ben Feld, Blue Bell Country Club||73|
|Michael McDermott, Merion Golf Club||74|
|Michael Hyland, Little Mill Country Club||74|
|Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club||74|
|Robert Galbreath, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club||74|
|Thomas Gramigna, Tavistock Country Club||74|
|William Jeremiah, Bidermann Golf Course||74|
|Kevin Genuardi, Cedarbrook Country Club||74|
|Jeffrey Griest, Waynesborough Country Club||74|
|James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club||74|
|Mark Coassolo, Brookside C.C. of Allentown||74|
|Patrick Phillips, Spring Ford Country Club||74|
|Roger Stone, Downingtown Country Club||74|
|Bobby Svigals, Radnor Valley Country Club||74|
|Benjamin Smith, Little Mill Country Club||74|
|Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club||75|
|Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course||75|
|Lance Hornung, Wedgwood Country Club||75|
|Rodney James, Five Ponds Golf Club||75|
|Mike Meisenzahl, Little Mill Country Club||75|
|Robert Robertson, Philadelphia Cricket Club||75|
|Christopher Crawford, Spring Mill Country Club||75|
|Ted Brennan, Philadelphia Country Club||76|
|Duke Delcher, Sandy Run Country Club||76|
|Jimmy Wolfe, Bellewood Golf Club||76|
|Andrew Strock, Makefield Highlands Golf Club||76|
|Jeff Osberg, Llanerch Country Club||76|
|Daniel Charen, Makefield Highlands Golf Club||76|
|P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club||76|
|Ryan Gelrod, Commonwealth National Golf Club||76|
|Gary Schoeman, Stonewall||76|
|Michael Walker, Loch Nairn Golf Club||77|
|Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club||77|
|Danny Costello, Spring Mill Country Club||77|
|Chris Lange, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club||77|
|Cory Siegfried, Philadelphia Country Club||77|
|James Braunsberg, Blue Bell Country Club||77|
|Christopher Lange, Overbrook Golf Club||77|
|Tom DiCinti, Links Golf Club||77|
|Patrick Ross, Glenmaura National Golf Club||77|
|Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook||78|
|Byron Whitman, Golden Oaks Golf Club||78|
|Samuel Hockfield, White Manor Country Club||78|
|Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club||78|
|Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club||78|
|Peter Moran, Edgmont Country Club||78|
|Sam Pancoast, Radley Run Country Club||78|
|Gregg Angelillo, Moselem Springs Golf Club||78|
|Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club||78|
|Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club||78|
|Failed to qualify|
|Andrew Lawson, Hershey’s Mill Golf Club||79|
|Tucker Koch, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve||79|
|Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club||79|
|Robert Cunningham, Overbrook Golf Club||79|
|Jamie Slonis, Tavistock Country Club||79|
|Robert Acciardo, Whitford Country Club||79|
|Steve Ransom, Jr., Wildwood Golf & Country Club||79|
|Brad McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club||79|
|Vince Boyle, Torresdale-Frankford Country Club||79|
|Kyle Sterbinsky, Yardley Country Club||79|
|Max Matejik, Yardley Country Club||79|
|Michael Johnson, Talamore Country Club||79|
|Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club||79|
|Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club||80|
|Nick Iacono, Fieldstone Golf Club||80|
|Greg Matthias, Hartefeld National||80|
|Jimmy Johnston, Merion Golf Club||80|
|Greg O’Connor, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||80|
|Robert Bechtold, Loch Nairn Golf Club||80|
|David Shields, Philadelphia Publinks GA||80|
|Jim Rattigan, Schuylkill Country Club||80|
|Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club||80|
|Geoffrey Cooper, Laurel Creek Country Club||81|
|Daniel Long, Honeybrook Golf Club||81|
|Andy Achenbach, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve||81|
|Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club||81|
|Aaron Burton, Hartefeld National||81|
|Ryan McCarty, Little Mill Country Club||81|
|Paul Kovalcheck, Lu Lu Country Club||81|
|Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club||82|
|Chris Hunger, Wedgwood Country Club||82|
|Mike Amole, Huntingdon Valley Country Club||82|
|Brad Sokol, Green Valley Country Club||82|
|Ryan Worthy, Merion Golf Club||82|
|Alexander Hicks, Wildwood Golf & Country Club||83|
|Sean Torpey, Doylestown Country Club||83|
|Reilly Erhardt, Trenton Country Club||83|
|Cameron Liebert, White Manor Country Club||84|
|Peter Eiler, Commonwealth National Golf Club||84|
|Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club||84|
|Mike Hartsough, Edgmont Country Club||85|
|Erik Settelen, Bensalem Township Country Club||86|
|Shawn Lavin, Philadelphia Publinks GA||86|
|Matt Dietrich, Whitford Country Club||86|
|Connor Eichman, Llanerch Country Club||87|
|James Bea, Spring Mill Country Club||87|
|Johan van Schalkwyk, Burlington Country Club||87|
|Mark Hodgson, Medford Village Country Club||87|
|Lance Oberparleiter, Little Mill Country Club||87|
|Matt Hancock, Chester Valley Golf Club||88|
|William Rolli, Philadelphia Publinks GA||91|
|Louis Giovi, Old York CC at Chesterfield||WD|
|Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club||WD|
|Doug Marcincin, Northampton Country Club||WD|
|Bill Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club||WD|
|Michael Kania, Overbrook Golf Club||WD|