123rd #BMWPhillyAm: Day One - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Jun 12, 2023

123rd #BMWPhillyAm: Day One

Weather delays Qualifying; play resumes tomorrow

HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa.–Qualifying for match play of the 123rd BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship will be completed tomorrow after rain and lightning postponed play at both Huntingdon Valley Country Club (par 70, 6,818 yards) and Lookaway Golf Club (par 72, 6,906 yards). Players at the Championship’s main site, Huntingdon Valley, were taken off the golf course at 3:11 p.m. Competitors at Lookaway Golf Club, the other qualifying site, were brought in at 4:39 p.m.

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Play resumes at 8 a.m. Tuesday at Huntingdon Valley. Lookaway restarts at 8:30 a.m.

Upon completion, Round of 32 Matches will be contested.

Morgan Lofland of Phoenixville Country Club and Ben Smith of Carlisle Country Club, two college talents, are tied atop the scoreboard at 5 under.

Lofland, a Penn State University rising junior, and Smith, a Mt. St. Mary’s University rising senior, competed at Lookaway in their respective first rounds. Both carded 6-under 66s.

Lofland made a name for himself in the 2021 BMW Philadelphia Amateur with a semifinal appearance. He lost to eventual champion Conor McGrath, 3&2. He’s also in good recent form. Last week, he and partner Jackson Debusschere captured the GAP/DSGA Four-Ball Championship at White Clay Creek Country Club. In his round at Lookaway, Lofland made eight birdies and two bogeys. Most of his red figures registered coming with a strong putter. All his birdies being within 18 feet.

Smith made hay on Lookaway’s four par 5s. He played those in 5-under par, highlighted by an eagle on No. 8 (par 5, 541 yards). He knocked an 8-iron from 180 yards to six feet. This is Smith’s second Amateur appearance. He fell to Liam Hart in the second round last year.

This is first time since 2013 Qualifying failed to finish on Day One.

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 340 Member Clubs and 100,000 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.

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