BMW Philadelphia Amateur Qualifying: Berwick - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Berwick’s Gronka shines on home course

Grant Gronka of the host club carded a 1-over-par 72 to earn medalist honors in BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifying at Berwick Golf Club (par 71, 6,473 yards) Tuesday.

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Gronka, 23, of Bloomsburg, Pa., earned one of three spots available for the Championship proper. A.J. Donatoni of Fox Hill Country Club and Anthony Proud, a GAP Youth on Course member, also advanced.

The cutline stopped at 2-over-par 73.

The 124th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship will take place June 11-13 & 15 at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, Pa.

The final BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship Qualifying will take place on May 20 at Golden Oaks Golf Club.

BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship
Originating in 1897, the Amateur Championship is GAP’s premiere individual event. Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Albert H. Smith captured the first Amateur Championship by defeating J.D. Winsor of Merion Cricket Club in 37 holes. The event’s format switched to medal play in 1938. J. Wood Platt went on to win two consecutive Amateurs under that format. His brother William “Zimmer” Platt earned the 1940 title at Philadelphia Cricket Club by being the only competitor to finish all 72 holes. The event’s format reverted back to match play in 1941. The Amateur Championship wasn’t contested from 1943-45 because of World War II. Overall, 34 courses have hosted the Amateur.

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, clubScore
Grant Gronka, Berwick Golf Club72
Anthony Proud, GAP Youth on Course73
A.J. Donatoni, Fox Hill Country Club73
Alternates (in order)
Connor Matteo, Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club74
Anthony Cordaro, Saucon Valley Country Club74
Failed to qualify
James Gradisek, Philadelphia Country Club74
Alex Anderson, Huntsville Golf Club75
Larry Martone, Stonewall77
Sean Kelly, Bucknell Golf Club77
Vince Scarpetta, Jr., Nittany Country Club78
Nicola Cerilli, Indian Valley Country Club78
Jay Pagana, Susquehanna Valley Country Club81
Aaron Steinhart, Colonial Golf & Tennis Club81
Eric Shenyo, White Clay Creek Country Club81
Anthony White, Indian Valley Country Club81
Cade Kelleher, Country Club of Scranton83
Michael Duffy, Saucon Valley Country Club85
Zachary Burley, Chester Valley Golf Club86
Stephen Dosiak, Jr., Huntsville Golf Club88

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