May 10, 2016

Beck, Feld head BMW Philadelphia Amateur Qualifier at Blue Bell

  BLUE BELL, Pa. — Ryan Beck and Ben Feld, a pair of middle-amateurs with premiums on game management, carded respective 1-under-par 70s to top a BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifier at Blue Bell Country Club (par 71, 6,726 yards) Tuesday. The two led a field of 143 players hoping to attain one of 16 available spots and ties for the Championship proper. | Scorecards | Photo gallery | History |

  The cut line fell to 75 by day’s end. The 116th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship will take place June 13-15 & 18 at Merion Golf Club’s historic East Course.

  The co-medalists come from opposite ends of the GAP experience spectrum. Beck, 29, of Ambler, Pa., is a relative newcomer, with a collection of recent BMW GAP Team Matches appearances to his credit. He played competitive golf in high school (Hatboro-Horsham) but took time off post college to establish a professional career. Encouraged by self-improvement as of late, he decided to see how he’d stack up against fellow BMW Philadelphia Amateur hopefuls. The Championship proper’s venue enticed, too.

   “I wanted to see if I could get on Merion,” Beck, a commercial real estate manager, said. “We actually played them in the [BMW GAP Team] Matches this year. I was not fortunate to play away, so I was pretty bummed out by that. It was a good motivation to go out and play today.”

  Feld, 25, of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., is a two-time BMW Philadelphia Amateur semifinalist (2012, 2014) and frequent competitor on the Association circuit. He recently medaled in a GAP Middle-Amateur Championship Qualifier presented by Callaway Golf at Concord Country Club. Feld is also a former Blue Bell member (2006-11). He lost in the club championship final on three occasions, but did clinch consecutive Montgomery County Amateur titles at Blue Bell in 2011-12.

   “Obviously I know this place very well,” Feld said. “When I first started to play competitively, this is where I was playing out of. I feel pretty comfortable here. The one thing I knew you had to do here was to drive it well. I drove it well enough today. There were no re-tees, which is really the goal around here. You have white stakes on both sides of each hole. Trusting that there was plenty of room out there was definitely something I needed to keep reminding myself.”

  The inner-nagging worked. Feld registered nine of 13 fairways on the day. Citing a lack of feel for the greens early, he carded a bogey on No. 2 (par 4, 460 yards), leaving an uphill 30-footer six feet short of the jar.

   “I had three sketchy first putts on the first three holes,” he said.

  The round quickly went from sketchy to stellar. Feld rattled off three consecutive birdies to climb up the leaderboard. He converted a left-to-right breaking 35-footer on No. 4 (par 4, 440 yards) following a 6-iron from 177 yards. On No. 5 (par 4, 368 yards), Feld knocked a sand wedge 105 yards to 10 feet below the hole. He capped the red run with an unwavering 12-footer on the par 3, 186-yard No. 6, set up by a smooth 6-iron.

  Like Feld, Beck thrived on Nos. 4-6 with birdies. He drained a pair of 10-footers after wedge set-ups (pitching from 135 yards on No. 4, sand from 120 yards on No. 5). A 7-iron on No. 6 put Beck 25 feet from the hole location. He made good on the lengthy try. Beck added three more birdies on the card. He sent a 25-footer up a ridge and into the cup on No. 12 (par 3, 183 yards). The upcoming par 5s netted red as well. Beck stuck a 60-degree wedge 75 yards to three feet on the 505-yard 14th hole. Beck powered a 7-iron 170 yards to 10 feet on the 493-yard 17th hole and lipped out the eagle attempt. A trio of lip-outs on the back nine (Nos. 10, 15 and 16) prevented outright medalist honors.

  “I really hit well off the tee today. If not for a couple three-putts coming in, it would have been a much lower round,” Beck said. “Overall, I’m very pleased with the round.”

  Feld, too, found hiccups coming in. He fanned a 4-iron from 192 yards on No. 11 (par 4, 448 yards) and missed a 15-footer to save par. A 3-iron on No. 16 (par 3, 198 yards) traveled through the green and nestled in a bare area between clumps of grass. Given the lie, Feld attempted to pop a putter, but his golf ball hopped and stopped at 15 feet. He fired a birdie on the closing 18th (par 4, 405 yards) to secure a subpar score. Instead of overloading a wedge, Feld dropped a 9-iron 134 yards to 20 feet. With a beat on its line, he canned the straightaway putt.

  Feld is two-for-two when it comes to medaling in 2016. He attributes such a sharp start to his profession; Feld is the interim men’s golf coach at Drexel University.

  “Being around the game, you’re mentally sharp because you’re constantly thinking strategy,” Feld said. “Already being in midseason form mentally has definitely helped me place my ball around a golf course these last couple of weeks.”

  When Merion’s famed East Course last welcomed the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship 62 years ago, GAP Hall of Famer John Dyniewski defeated N. Harper Steward of Manufacturers Golf & Country Club, 4&3. The Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine highlighted the event’s history at Merion in its Spring 2016 issue.

  The BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship is the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s premier event. Participants must first advance through a one day, 36-hole stroke play qualifier to gain one of 32 available match play positions. Those who qualify for match play must advance through four matches in two days to reach the Amateur Final, which is typically held on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend. The winner receives the J. Wood Platt Trophy; its namesake holds a record-seven Amateur Championship titles.

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Name, club Score
Ben Feld, Green Valley Country Club 70
Ryan Beck, Old York Road Country Club 70
Edward Kelly, Jr., Old York Road Country Club 71
Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club 71
Christopher Clauson, Sandy Run Country Club 72
Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 72
Ron Robinson, Talamore Country Club 72
Sean Torpey, Commonwealth National Golf Club 72
Alexander Kim, Blue Bell Country Club 73
Jonathan Radick, Northampton Valley Country Club 73
Luca Jezzeny, The Bucks Club 73
Ben Bershad, Hopewell Valley Golf Club 74
Kevin Turner, Radnor Valley Country Club 74
David Colleran, Jr., Overbrook Golf Club 75
David Waxman, Little Mill Country Club 75
Gordon Jamieson, Merion Golf Club 75
Ken Sim, Commonwealth National Golf Club 75
Kevin Hart, Jr., Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club 75
Ross Pilliod, Gilbertsville Golf Club 75
Failed to qualify
Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club 76
Dan Wach, Blue Heron Pines Golf Club 76
Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club 76
Geoffrey Cooper, North Hills Country Club 76
Greg Berdini, Little Mill Country Club 76
J.T. Spina, Spring Ford Country Club 76
Jason Marks, Blue Bell Country Club 76
Mark Czerniakowski, Lu Lu Country Club 76
Matt Marino, Waynesborough Country Club 76
Michael DiMeglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 76
Steven Owens, III, Philadelphia Publinks GA 76
Thomas Fisher, Talamore Country Club 76
Andy Beittel, Bala Golf Club 77
Bradley Bernosky, Broad Run Golfers Club 77
Brian Zinman, Saucon Valley Country Club 77
Chris Lawler, Applebrook Golf Club 77
Clark Holle, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 77
Eric Holt, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 77
Jonathan Burns, Talamore Country Club 77
Quinn Guzman, Indian Valley Country Club 77
Anthony Barr, Blue Bell Country Club 78
Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
Daniel Pinciotti, Jr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club 78
Dave Marshall, Trenton Country Club 78
Eric Carlidge, North Hills Country Club 78
Erik Reisner, The ACE Club 78
John Robinson, Lu Lu Country Club 78
Kevin Sosna, PineCrest Country Club 78
Mark Hill, Rolling Green Golf Club 78
Pierce Herbst, Sea Oaks Golf Club 78
Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club 78
Adam Warner, Tavistock Country Club 79
Corey Betham, Philadelphia Publinks GA 79
Ilhwan Kim, Blue Bell Country Club 79
James Schmidt, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 79
Jeffrey Palmer, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 79
Matt Graeff, Cedarbrook Country Club 79
Seamus Gibbons, Sandy Run Country Club 79
Sean Seese, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 79
Thomas Lindberg, St. Davids Golf Club 79
Tucker Koch, Overbrook Golf Club 79
Andrew Curran, Overbrook Golf Club 80
Dominic Foti, Philmont Country Club 80
John Updike, Aronimink Golf Club 80
Jules Quinones, Blue Bell Country Club 80
Noam Roizman, Meadowlands Country Club 80
Tim Slizofski, North Hills Country Club 80
Andreas Aivazoglou, Rolling Green Golf Club 81
George Petrellis, Commonwealth National Golf Club 81
Jonathan Kruse, Bala Golf Club 81
Mark O’Neill, Sandy Run Country Club 81
Michael Shevlin, Sr., Philadelphia Publinks GA 81
Sean Smith, Rancocas Golf Club 81
Andrew Lombardo, Indian Valley Country Club 82
Charles Scalzott, Hidden Creek Golf Club 82
Dan Gallagher, Riverton Country Club 82
Michael Boden, Aronimink Golf Club 82
Nick Madden, Lu Lu Country Club 82
Nick Verrecchio, Rolling Green Golf Club 82
Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club 82
William Bello, Metedeconk National Golf Club 82
J.J. Berenato, Llanerch Country Club 83
Noah Schwartz, Woodcrest Country Club 83
Patrick Conroy, Llanerch Country Club 83
Reid Carnes, Sea Oaks Golf Club 83
Sean Ebert, Commonwealth National Golf Club 83
Brent Schoeller, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 84
Buddy Hansen, IV, Blue Bell Country Club 84
Cole White, Blue Bell Country Club 84
Dan Clark, Old York Road Country Club 84
David O’Malley, Commonwealth National Golf Club 84
Ellis Chandler, Honeybrook Golf Club 84
Frank Rauscher, IV, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale 84
Kenneth Matt, Philadelphia Publinks GA 84
Mathew Becker, Commonwealth National Golf Club 84
Matthew Kreuter, Plymouth Country Club 84
Phillip Held, Jr., Blue Bell Country Club 84
Scott Forrester, Meadowlands Country Club 84
Zach Dilcher, Hartefeld National 84
C.J. Sicilia, Cedarbrook Country Club 85
Daniel Mahoney, Lu Lu Country Club 85
Gene Goudy, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 85
James Greenhalgh, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club 85
John Birk, Huntingdon Valley Country Club 85
Kevin Bonner, Talamore Country Club 85
Michael Dafnis, Plymouth Country Club 85
Thomas Brennan, Talamore Country Club 85
Alex Papageorge, Lookaway Golf Club 86
Bruce Himelman, Greenbriar Oceanaire Golf & Country Club 86
Daniel Rieger, Sunnybrook Golf Club 86
Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club 86
Jason Kowalski, Yardley Country Club 86
Joe Crane, Philmont Country Club 86
John VanDame, Jr., Philadelphia Publinks GA 86
Brian Sokolowski, Mercer Oaks Golf Course 87
John Buliga, Yardley Country Club 87
Nick Kuhn, Blue Bell Country Club 87
Stephen Guertler, Valleybrook Country Club 87
Stephen Welkie, Silver Creek Country Club 87
Todd Baron, Philadelphia Publinks GA 87
James Levy, Radnor Valley Country Club 88
Jason Barkley, Moselem Springs Golf Club 88
Michael Mann, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park 88
Pat Rooney, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club 88
Tom Toto, Blue Bell Country Club 88
Frankie Brigidi, Philadelphia Cricket Club 89
Matthew Hilbush, Commonwealth National Golf Club 89
Edward Conway, Blue Bell Country Club 91
Mike Keenan, Commonwealth National Golf Club 91
Zachary Rothaus, Philmont Country Club 91
Christopher Furgiuele, Lookaway Golf Club 96
L.J. Georgetti, Wildwood Golf & Country Club 96
Rob Beaver, Makefield Highlands Golf Club 98
John Alterman, Commonwealth National Golf Club DQ
Butch Silknitter, Bellewood Country Club DQ
Anthony List, Jr., Llanerch Country Club WD
Dave Fardon, Philadelphia Publinks GA WD
Jake Brnich, Lu Lu Country Club WD
James Kaiser, Tavistock Country Club WD
Jon Nolan Perry, Waynesborough Country Club WD
Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club WD
Tom Coyne, McCall Golf & Country Club WD
Ty Krieger, Lancaster Country Club WD

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