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#BMWPhillyAm: Day One

Peters, Vannucci share BMW Amateur Championship medalist prize

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GLADWYNE, Pa.– Troy Vannucci looks to make a bit of history. John Peters (pictured above) hopes to build on his recent history. On Monday, the two made Amateur Championship history. Peters and Vannucci added their names to the list of qualifying medalists.

The duo finished the 36-hole qualifier at Philadelphia Country Club (par 71, 6,827 yards)/Union League Liberty Hill (par 72, 7,247 yards) at 6-under 137. Peters, a Carlisle Country Club member, carded a 69 (PCC) and 68 (Liberty). Vannucci, representing Little Mill Country Club, went 70 (PCC)-67 (Liberty).

The 122nd BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship established its own piece of history as well. The cutline of 2-over par is the lowest qualifying score in the event’s history. The previous mark of 5 over came in 2004 at Philadelphia Cricket Club (Militia Hill/Wissahickon). The low 32 players advanced to match play, which begins at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. Defending Amateur Champion Conor McGrath of Huntingdon Valley Country Club missed the cut, finishing at 4 over. Vannucci is the No. 1 seed and Peters the No. 2 seed, based on a draw by lot.

“It’s an honor. I really love playing in the Philly Am to start the summer. This is one I really look forward to coming to each year. It’s always at a good spot and the field is strong. To be medalist is a great accomplishment for me,” said Peters, 19, of Carlisle, Pa., a rising Duke University sophomore. “I’m looking forward to match play and the rest of the week.”

Peters exploded onto the national golfing landscape a year ago at Merion Golf Club’s fabled East Course. On No. 18, he holed an 8-iron from 193 yards for eagle to stun the Ardmore property by capturing the Pennsylvania Golf Association Amateur Championship by a stroke.

“It’s definitely a great accomplishment. That was big for my confidence. With that said, I had to reset a little bit and realize if I want to continue to improve there is more to golf than just one tournament, even though it so historic and I’ll remember it for the rest of my life,” said Peters. “I want to be more than just one day and one week. I have to do the right things every day. I have to practice the right things and practice smart. And believing in myself to continue to put good results together.”

Peters’ beliefs are only getting stronger. He ended his first collegiate season at Duke with a Top-10 finish in the Stitch Intercollegiate held at Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State, the last event of the year.

He made eight birdies and two bogeys over his 36 holes Monday. He finished with three birdies on his final four holes at Liberty Hill, taking a more aggressive approach knowing he was in the match-play field with a chance at medalist honors up for grabs.

“I want to build momentum for the rest of the week, and I feel like I did that with my second round at Liberty Hill,” said Peters.

Vannucci, 30, of Marlton, N.J., who caddied for cousin Michael Hyland when he took medalist honors in 2009 at Stonewall, is the hottest player in the tri-state area. He took the GAP Middle-Amateur Championship three weeks ago at Jericho National Golf Club. Last week, he advanced to the quarterfinals of the New Jersey State Golf Association Middle-Amateur Championship.

Vannucci hopes to join Michael McDermott as the only player to win the Middle-Amateur and Philadelphia Amateur Championship, consecutively.

“The swing feels good. I know Philadelphia Country really well. I play in the DeBaufre Players Trophy (Philadelphia Country Club’s invitational) each year,” said Vannucci, who has won three of the last four editions. “My current form is good. I’m not getting ahead of myself. I’m just playing one shot at a time. I feel like I’ve been in some pressure situations to know how to calm the nerves and stick around.”

Vannucci is making his fifth appearance in the Amateur match play bracket. His longest run came last year at Cedarbrook Country Club with a trip to the quarterfinals. Peters, who is competing in his third Amateur, made match play for the first time last year. He fell in the Round of 16 to 2020 Amateur Champion Zach Barbin.

Vannucci’s round at Country was quiet with only two birdies and a bogey. At Liberty Hill, he went full Sesame Street, filling the card, with circles and squares. He had six birdies, one eagle and three bogeys. His eagle came on his finishing hole, No. 9 (par 5, 550 yards), when he laced a 3-iron from 217 yards to four feet, securing co-medalist standing.

GAP

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 Association’s 330 Member Clubs and 90,000 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.

Stroke-Play Qualifying 
Name, clubR1-R2-Total
John Peters, Carlisle Country Club69PCC-68LH–137
Troy Vannucci, Little Mill Country Club70PCC-67LH–137
Jeffrey Cunningham, LuLu Country Club70PCC-68LH–138
Austin Barbin, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club71PCC-69LH–140
John Brennan, Philadelphia Cricket Club70PCC-70LH–140
Joshua Ryan, The 1912 Club67PCC-73LH–140
Benjamin Smith, Carlisle Country Club70PCC-70 LH–140
Max Siegfried, Aronimink Golf Club67PCC-74LH –141
Michael R. Brown, Jr., LuLu Country Club72PCC-70LH –142
Jon Rusk, LuLu Country Club70LH-72PCC–142
Zach Dilcher, Hartefeld National71LH-72PCC–143
Ryan Tall, LuLu Country Club69PCC-74LH –143
Matt Teesdale, The 1912 Club69PCC-74LH–143
R.J. Wren, Honeybrook Golf Club66PCC-77LH–143
Dawson Anders, Indian Valley Country Club72PCC-72LH–144
Brandon Dalinka, The Ridge at Back Brook67PCC-77LH–144
Jalen Griffin, Five Ponds Golf Club71PCC-73LH–144
Scott McNeil, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association72PCC-72LH–144
David Mecca, Glen Oak Country Club74PCC-70LH–144
John Meyers, Golden Pheasant Golf Course71LH-73PCC–144
Logan Paczewski, Huntsville Golf Club71PCC-73LH–144
J.T. Spina, Philadelphia Cricket Club71PCC-73LH–144
Campbell Wolf, Carlisle Country Club72PCC-72LH –144
Christopher Ault, Yardley Country Club70PCC-75LH –145
Anthony Cordaro, Saucon Valley Country Club71LH-74PCC–145
Buddy Hansen, Blue Bell Country Club68PCC-77LH –145
Liam Hart, Spring Mill Country Club72LH-73PCC–145
Will Holt, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club72LH-73PCC–145
Kevin Lydon, Commonwealth National Golf Club71LH-74PCC–145
Nikita Romanov, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association68LH-77PCC–145
Connor Sheehan, Tanglewood Manor Golf Club70PCC-75LH–145
Jack Wallace, Riverton Country Club71PCC-74LH–145
Failed to qualify 
Stephen Eigenrauch, Laurel Creek Country Club73LH-73PCC–146
Benjamin Feld, Green Valley Country Club72PCC-74LH–146
Andrew Keeling, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club73PCC-73LH–146
Dan Keenan, Little Mill Country Club69LH-77PCC–146
Kevin Kramarski, Moorestown Field Club75LH-71PCC–146
Jim Sullivan, LuLu Country Club74LH-72PCC–146
Andy Butler, Huntingdon Valley Country Club77PCC-70LH–147
Brandon Capone, Mercer Oaks Golf Course72PCC-75LH –147
Andrew Curran, Philadelphia Cricket Club73LH-74PCC–147
Morgan Lofland, Phoenixville Country Club76PCC-71LH –147
Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley Country Club74PCC-73LH –147
Jack Melville, LuLu Country Club75PCC-72LH–147
Hayden Moffat, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association72PCC-75LH–147
Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia Cricket Club71PCC-76LH–147
Ryan Barnett, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association77LH-71PCC–148
Mark Benevento, Philadelphia Cricket Club73LH-75PCC–148
Connor Bennink, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club78PCC-70LH–148
Ben Cooley, Huntingdon Valley Country Club75LH-73PCC–148
Jack Irons, Little Mill Country Club73PCC-75LH–148
Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club75PCC-73LH–148
Matthew Krass, Radley Run Country Club76LH-72PCC–148
Bo Maguire, Brookside Country Club76LH-72PCC–148
William Pabst, Elmhurst Country Club73PCC-75LH–148
Alex Pillar, Woodloch Springs77PCC-71LH–148
Stewart Rickenbach, Huntingdon Valley Country Club73PCC-75LH–148
Caleb Ryan, The 1912 Club75PCC-73LH–148
Conrad Von Borsig, Philadelphia Cricket Club74LH-74PCC–148
Christopher Warner, Makefield Highlands Golf Club69LH-79PCC–148
Dan Ayars, Sakima Country Club71LH-78PCC –149
Zachary Barbin, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club76PCC-73LH–149
Cole Berman, Merion Golf Club74PCC-75LH–149
Michael Davis, Aronimink Golf Club73PCC-76LH–149
Jake Fazio, Huntingdon Valley Country Club72PCC-77LH–149
Brian Gillespie, St. Davids Golf Club76PCC-73LH–149
Marc Mandel, Philadelphia Cricket Club72LH-77PCC–149
Alex Seelig, Reading Country Club74LH-75PCC–149
Logan Hay, Burlington Country Club71PCC-79LH–150
Bryan Keeling, Spring Mill Country Club77PCC-73LH–150
Patrick Knott, Merion Golf Club75PCC-75LH–150
Sean McMonagle, Tavistock Country Club79LH-71PCC–150
Ross Pilliod, LedgeRock Golf Club76PCC-74LH–150
Matt Dolinsky, Honeybrook Golf Club79LH-72PCC–151
Logan Hess, Crossgates Golf Club76PCC-75LH–151
William Mirams, USGA/GAP GC78PCC-73LH–151
D.J. Pinciotti, Huntingdon Valley Country Club73LH-78PCC–151
Jason Wilson, Olde Homestead Golf Club79LH-72PCC–151
John Dimler, Northampton Country Club78PCC-74LH–152
Greg Howson, St. Davids Golf Club75LH-77PCC–152
Max Muller, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club73LH-79PCC–152
John Samaha, Old York Road Country Club78LH-74PCC–152
Jacob Sokalsky, Penn Oaks Golf Club76LH-76PCC–152
P. Chet Walsh, Philadelphia Country Club77LH-75PCC–152
Jack Carrigan, Hartefeld National75LH-78PCC–153
Jake Hanzel, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia74LH-79PCC–153
Marty McGuckin, Philadelphia Cricket Club76LH-77PCC–153
Connor Vanin, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association72LH-81PCC–153
Logan Wagner, Meadia Heights Golf Club82LH-71PCC–153
Evan Barbin, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club79LH-75PCC–154
Jack Hamilton, Merion Golf Club77LH-77PCC–154
Jeffrey Homer, Wilmington Country Club78PCC-76LH–154
Joseph Tigani, Fieldstone Golf Club76PCC-78LH–154
Alex Butler, Overbrook Golf Club79PCC-76LH–155
Christopher Dorey, Makefield Highlands Golf Club78LH-77PCC–155
Nick Hano, LuLu Country Club79LH-76PCC–155
Patrick Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club73PCC-82LH–155
Shane Lawler, Chester Valley Golf Club77LH-78PCC–155
Blake Reifsnyder, Galen Hall Country Club75LH-80PCC–155
Joseph Rueter, Sandy Run Country Club78LH-77PCC–155
Sean Sigall, Little Mill Country Club73LH-82PCC–155
Jack Tarzy, Medford Lakes Country Club75PCC-80LH–155
Sam Varano, French Creek Golf Club77LH-78PCC–155
Andrew Wallace, Green Valley Country Club73PCC-82LH–155
Conner Charlebois, Bala Golf Club80PCC-76LH–156
Mike Moffat, LuLu Country Club76LH-80PCC–156
Bill Murray, Burlington Country Club78LH-78PCC–156
Joe Roeder, Merion Golf Club80LH-76PCC–156
Daniel Rudershausen, Bidermann Golf Course76PCC-80LH–156
Matthew Shevlin, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association78PCC-78LH–156
Jackson Tappen, Cedarbrook Country Club78LH-78PCC–156
Brian Zinman, Saucon Valley Country Club75LH-81PCC–156
Carter Field, LuLu Country Club79LH-78PCC–157
Nathan Guertler, Merion Golf Club78LH-79PCC–157
Darren Nolan, Cedarbrook Country Club78PCC-79LH–157
Bryan Ott, Schuylkill Country Club73PCC-84LH–157
Richard Solano, Scotland Run Golf Club83LH-74PCC–157
Andrew Carnevale, North Hills Country Club76LH-82PCC–158
Joseph Russo, Running Deer Golf Club75LH-83PCC–158
John Stevenson, North Hills Country Club77LH-81PCC–158
Robert Cummings, Riverton Country Club73PCC-86LH–159
Christian Deussing, Jericho National Golf Club79LH-80 PCC–159
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club82LH-77 PCC–159
Benjamin Saggers, Applecross Country Club77PCC-83LH–160
Austin Schreffler, Armitage Golf Club78LH-82 PCC–160
Tyler Zimmer, Philadelphia Country Club78PCC-82LH–160
Sean Semenetz, Philadelphia Cricket Club80LH-81 PCC–161
Michael Fioravante, LedgeRock Golf Club84PCC-79LH–163
Grant Skyllas, LedgeRock Golf Club84LH-79 PCC–163
Michael Zieg, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club81LH-83 PCC–164
Billy Hallman, Shepherd Hills Golf Club82LH-83PCC–165
Ashley Brasfield, Rolling Green Golf Club83PCC-83LH–166
Greg DeLuca, Trenton Country Club80PCC-87LH–167
Elmer McCray, III, Greate Bay Country Club82LH-86PCC–168
Steve Oh, DuPont Country Club89LH-80PCC–169
Jeff Gardiner, Hartefeld National84LH-88PCC–172
Brian Sokolowski, Mercer Oaks Golf Course84LH-93PCC–177
Frank Kohute, Trump National Golf Club – PhiladelphiaNS
Brian Lipps, Tavistock Country Club84LH-WD–WD
Robert Lugiano, Huntsville Golf Club73LH-WD–WD
Jake Maddaloni, Aronimink Golf Club79PCC-NS–NS
Tyler McGarry, Huntsville Golf Club75PCC-WD–WD
Brandon Roche, Little Mill Country Club83LH-WD–WD
Cole Willcox, Merion Golf ClubWD
 
PCC – Philadelphia Country Club; LH – Union League Liberty Hill
NS-No show; WD-withdrawal